Every beginning comedy book will give you a test to determine if you are funny. No quiz will ever tell you if you can or will be a comedian. Everyone has the capacity to be funny. Most of these tests, that determine if you’re funny, are vague and read like a poorly constructed horoscope that could apply to anyone. What you answer to each question will only tell you if you’re more likely to be a comic.
Most of the time these quizzes look for dysfunction in your family. When they find that dysfunction, or signs of psychological distress, the quiz usually declares you’re fit to be a comic. Then, after hearing what you want to hear in the first page of the first chapter, you throw down your money and buy that book.
All the quiz really tells you is do you fit the profile of the average comedian. Do you have enough problems to make jokes out of. The big problem with the question... [Read Entire Article]
Gilda Radner was born Gilda Susan Radner on June 28th, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan. Her mother named Radner after the title character in the 1944 film Gilda. Today, she is best known as an Emmy Award winning American comedienne and actress and as part of the original Not Ready For Primetime cast members on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. Her life was tragically cut short by ovarian cancer. Some consider Radner the same caliber comedienne as Lucille Ball.
Born to Jewish-American parents, Herman Radner and Henrietta Dworki, Radner grew up in Detroit with her nanny, Elizabeth Clementine Gillies, whom she called Dibby and an older brother named Michael. When they were young, her family spent winters in Palm Beach, Florida. Despite his fifth-grade education, her father made the family fortune from an Ontario brewery that he purchased in the 1920s. Radner's mother, on th... [Read Entire Bio]