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]
Jeff Garlin was born on June 5th, 1962 in Chicago Illinois. Today Garlin is best known as an American comic actor who plays Jeff Greene, Larry David's manager on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He has also toured the country as a stand-up and is an alumnus of Chicago's prestigious Second City Theatre. He has also written and starred in three critically-acclaimed solo shows, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Uncomplicated and Concentrated. Garlin spent the first eleven years of his life in the Chicago suburbs, where his father had a plumbing supply business and his mother was active in community-theater. When Garlin was eight years old, his parents took their son to see a live performance of Jimmy Durante at a Chicago theater, at which point Garlin decided “That’s the job I want.” As a result of his impressionable years, Garlin cites his influences as being the comics of hi... [Read Entire Bio]