The Happiness Project: Humour

When I planned out my theme for every month almost a year ago, I had no idea that humour would be the perfect theme for this month. I had intended to go see any live comedy I could this month, but due to circumstances that didn’t happen. However, I still consumed plenty of comedy this month. So let’s break it down. 

Podcasts: I love podcasts so much and I already listen to a couple of comedy podcasts. I’ve gotten really behind on podcasts this year so I used this month to get caught up on Dumb People Town and How Did This Get Made. Along with those I also started a new podcast, Oh, Hello: The P’dcast. I loved Oh, Hello: On Broadway on Netflix so I thought the podcast would be fun too. I was correct, it’s very fun. 

Comedy Special: I had already seen it, but I thought this month would be a great time to rewatch John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch. It’s fun and ridiculous, and I just really enjoy it. John Mulaney is one of my favourite comedians and I’ve watched her standup specials more times than I care to admit to. So it was nice to make sure that he was a part of this month as well. 

Comedy Albums: This was something completely new for me. I had no clue where to even start so I asked my friend Andrea for recommendations. I didn’t love all of them (though I loved most) and that’s okay. Not every comedian is everybody’s cup of tea, and that’s okay. The comedy albums I listened to this month were:

 

  • Ivan Decker: I Wanted to Be a Dinosaur
  • Daniel Van Kirk: Thanks Diane
  • Sklar Brothers: Poppin’ the Hood
  • Rhea Butcher: Butcher
  • Christian Finnegan: Two for Flinching
  • Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive
  • Danny Bhoy: Subject to Change
  • Christian Finnegan: Au Contraire 
  • Elvira Kurt: Kitten with a Wit
  • Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening

 

TV Shows: I already love comedy so most of this category was just keeping up with shows I already watch. Schitt’s Creek and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are two of those. I love them both so much and I’m sad that Schitt’s Creek is over and that B99 is over for the season, but I’m happy they got to be a part of this month. Shows are another thing I was behind on so this month I also started catching up on Sex Education. Another show I watched is one I’ve been meaning to watch for ages but then ended up saving for this month on purpose. I binged all of Big Mouth and I actually liked it way more than I thought I would. Though the fact that I love John Mulaney and Nick Kroll probably helped. Last but not least, as I’m writing this, it hasn’t aired yet, but on the evening of April 30, Parks and Recreation is coming back for a one-episode COVID special. I’m so excited. 

Books: I listened to Amy Poehler’s book Yes, Please which was hilarious and just made me love her even more. I read Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman which was funny and heartwarming. I also started (but haven’t finished yet) Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore, which is weird and ridiculous and so much fun. 

Standup Specials: Since the majority of the comedy albums I listened to were by men I tried to focus more on women for standup. I even gave a comedian I haven’t been fond of in the past another try and found that I quite enjoy her now. This month I watched:

 

  • Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty
  • Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial
  • Pete Davidson: Alive From New York
  • Tig Notaro: Happy to be Here 
  • Jenny Slate: Stage Fright
  • Leslie Jones: Time Machine

 

Movie: I only watched one comedy movie this month but I really loved it. I watched Wine Country because after listening to Amy’s book I really wanted to watch something with her in it again. 

Documentary: I love Tig Notaro as a human being and comedian so this month I decided to finally watch her documentary Tig. She’s just so inspiring. 

Improv: Since I couldn’t go see any shows this month I didn’t expect to be able to see any improv, so I was pleased when Middleditch & Schwartz was put on Netflix. I really enjoyed it and found them to be very impressive. 

Clips: I don’t have tv which makes watching some things hard, but I was able to watch clips of SNL: at Home, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Fallon on Instagram. In fact, Seth Meyers is the only place I get my American news now. 

This month was what I really needed. Everything is really tough right now and it was so nice to just be able to focus on things that make me laugh. I never used to be a fan of comedy, and I’m so glad I changed my tune and really love it now. 

Join me next month for Advocacy month.