Chances are, if you’re reading this post, either:
1. You are a DC cast or crew member (let’s be honest, I’m pretty sure we’re 90% of the readership of this blog)
2. You might be half as susceptible to clickbait as I am.
I don’t know what it is, but Buzzfeed just knows how to get me on their site. 20 things I’ve got to do in my 20s? 9 ways I’ll know chocolate is my favorite flavor? 7 Disney princesses most likely to date the characters of the Avengers??? (Bruce Banner and Belle are clearly #1 by the way) I’ve simply got to know.
The best are the “He buys her roses and gets on one knee… and you won’t believe what happens next” videos. It’s obvious what happens: he proposes. But for some reason every time I expect something crazy to transpire, and watch the clip anyway. I guess it’s just that I’m gullible. I’m talking afraid-to-eat-Gushers-as-a-kid-because-my-head-would-turn-into-a-fruit gullible. (But come on, who doesn’t hear the poor boy in this video screaming, “Help me man!”)
It gets worse. I once cried at a friends 12th birthday party because when the magician/clown said he was going to to turn me into a cow for milk to make a magic cake, I actually believed him. Turns out I just needed to moo, but I thought I was literally turning into a one cow wife. (ba da chhhhh)
To top it off, on my 8th birthday I got a subscription to Astronomy magazine, and in reading one of the satirical articles without understanding the satire, I somehow believed—for a year—that 6-fingered, Rachmaninoff-playing, wormhole-travelling aliens had already visited Earth. I was amazed that I never heard about it in the news until I figured out the truth.
Anyways, I’ve got to go so I can work on my fanfiction, Beauty and the Hulk: Carrying the Banner. But what about you guys? What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever fallen for? Tell me in the comments below, and one of you will win an ALL EXPENSES PAID TRIP TO CANCUN!!!! (Just kidding. But tell me anyways!)
The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them. – Moliere
I think that one of the things that I value most in life is the opportunity to laugh. If there is one thing that lightens the load of everyone in one quick moment, it is laughter. Throughout my life, I have experienced a great deal of happiness because of laughter.
I come from a very funny family. They are all a little bit ridiculous in their own ways, and I love them for it. We are all pretty diverse, and just the stark difference between my family reunions growing up taught me a lot about how comedy is the sudden realization of an incongruity. It allowed me to see too that humor could cure a lot of pain. Many long car trips to Canada were made much shorter by the fun and laughter my family could share along the way. Ha, some were even longer when the laughter wasn’t there. This made me want to develop a way to find humor in everything I could.
So, fast-forward from my childhood to the time that I ran for Student Body President of my middle school. Now, I know that that is not an extremely intense competition, but that is where I really discovered the power of comedy. In a manner remarkably similar to Napoleon Dynamite, I ended up running against the most popular girl at my school.
What is best about this is that I, for some odd reason, decided it would be a good idea to dress up like George Bush and advertise why people should vote for me in that way. Long story short, it worked. I somehow ended up winning, and I think it had more to do with jokes than anything else, because I was not a popular kid, and not a lot of people even knew who I was.
I think I learned an important thing from that. I learned that we remember funny stuff more easily than we might remember pretty much anything else. This led me to explore comedy more as I went through High School.
While I was the improv team captain at my High School, I learned a lot about thinking on my feet and quickly looking at things from different angles. It helped me learn more than I think I ever could have learned without comedy, and it made study groups a heck of a lot more fun. By applying comedy in a lot of aspects of my life, I think it has been greatly improved, and I want others to have that too.
After my High School experience, I spent two years in New York City, where I used comedy differently than I really ever had before, and at the end of that two years, when I was coming back to BYU, I had a friend tell me that I should get involved in Divine Comedy. I thought that sounded fantastic, so I did!
I firmly believe that comedy has a great opportunity to influence us for good. I think that the kind of jokes we tell actually tell a lot about us. I am so excited to be a part of this cast, where we have an opportunity to make some wonderful comedy. It is my hope that as we keep going forward, more of what we do will benefit people, in giving them good things to laugh at and share with those they love.
So back to that quote I shared at the beginning. I think that every time we learn something new, we are admitting that we either didn’t know something before or that we were wrong, but there has got to be a fun way to do that. I think that since the duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them, there is no better way to learn than by laughing.
Hey Readers! We know 2015 has been a sparse year for blog post but we want to change that! We've brought you the farewell post from our dear graduated Stacey but come back next week for material from current cast members. Much love and thanks for reading!