I went to a comedy show last night. I’ve seen a lot more comedy since I moved to LA, in part because I know a couple of people here who do it. One friend actually hosts a monthly show that I always attend, even when I don’t feel like it. When you work from home and start work at 6:30 AM, getting your butt out of the house for a comedy show that starts at 8 PM is a challenge. (Ok, I know plenty of people for whom this would not be hard, but I’m a bit of a homebody.) I always make myself go, though, because no matter how crappy I may feel when I leave the house, I always feel great by time the show starts.
It comes down to this: I love to laugh. And I will laugh at just about anything, though especially at my own jokes–which anyone at DGLM will confirm. And I think humor is important. One of the comics last night dealt with some really dark, heavy topics, but in doing so with humor, she really drew the audience in. People were listening to her in a way they wouldn’t have if she’d dealt with the issues in a more serious way.
All of this is to say, I’d really like to see more funny submissions. Funny memoir, YA, middle-grade, adult fiction–you name it. I’m just in the mood to laugh. And if you’re laughing about life’s more serious subjects, even better. I’ll always take darkly comic over slapstick. So I dare you: make me laugh!