I’ve decided I’m spending the rest of my life in one big sitcom.
I love comedy, dramedy, rom coms, sci fi comedy, you name it.
I love to laugh and I have the (sometimes Botoxed) laugh lines to prove it.
I love getting people to laugh.
Mind you, even a sitcom has some dramatic moments. It's not all Pollyanna, champagne, limousines, and laughter.
I started out in entertainment in musical comedy.
Then I went into comedy plays & television comedy.
Most of my writing has been comedic in nature.
EXCEPT as of late, when I find I've gotten SOOOO serious.
My husband commented that I’m “deep”.
If by "deep" he meant I’m contemplative, analytical, information-thirsty, and occasionally informational anxiety driven, then, yes, I resemble that remark.
How do we use those traits - that aren’t all bad - to our advantage and not be a Serious Sally all the time?
For me, it’s just not fun.
I don’t mind a serious topic or conversation, but when it consumes us, plagues us and is hard to shake THEN we need to step back, take a deep breath and allow things to evolve...
...instead of doing our best to figure them out.
No more “ figuring it out” for me.
Things culminate, conclude and/or coalesce all on their own whether we spend days trying to figure them out or not.
We can certainly do our part when necessary, but pushing the wagon is a lot harder than pulling it.
IF I HAVE to point a finger; just for argument's sake (and I do my best arguing with myself) I point an unmanicured finger at 24 hour social media, news media and the inability to get away from the news.
We have to admit the news IS pretty awful most of the time.
It keeps us in a heightened state of anxiety with unceasing “Breaking News”.
I’ve taken to watching the Graham Norton Show, stand ups on Netflix, comedy films, comedy series and subscribing to the Good News Network newsletter.
"You can't run away from the news." You say. "YES, I CAN!" I say.
Although, I'll admit in the 21st century the news follows us wherever we go.
Maybe it's my way of taking the sting out of stepping on that hornet's nest.
Granted, many funny people have something very deep going on inside (again no shame in saying I resemble that remark).
I tend to get slightly funereal about things that affect me emotionally: poverty, abuse, starvation, discrimination, racism, bigotry, healthcare deficiencies, insufficient housing, lack of clean water (you know, basic day to day issues in the US).
The current state of affairs has turned KaZ into a very dull girl.
One can be VERY SERIOUS and still address it in a humorous way.
I can handle some of the most devastating information if it has a streak of humor.
“He did WHAT, she said WHAT??
“What the fuuuuuuuuuu????”
I'd rather disarm you with laughter that makes you shake your head thinking “funny, but true.”
Give me a factoid that is funny, ludicrous, or causes apoplectic fits of eye-opening amusement.
I prefer that to having my guts wrenched out through my throat accompanied by guttural sobs of anguish. (Such a pretty picture.)
We have ENOUGH of that in the world - AND IN OUR OWN WORLDS.
I call it humor with a bite.
Just watch the aforementioned Graham Norton and his disarming guests, or Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and so on
I’d rather laugh than cry.
I’d rather nod in agreement while tears from boisterous laughter stream down my cheeks.
I’ll take that hard to swallow information with a side of hilarity, thank you.
Quoting Paloma Faith from her appearance on the Graham Norton Show “if it’s all gone to shit, then let’s dance.”
So LETS DANCE!!!!
“Put on your red shoes and dance the blues.” Thank you, David.
So if I get too serious, call me on it.
I'm going to do my best to LIGHTEN UP and call MYSELF on it.
Laughter is an interesting kind of love.
Loving the human condition, and loving ourselves and others.
I'll admit I don’t find all humor funny. Not all humor is for everyone.
Some I find pretty disgusting.
Nonetheless, freedom of speech, baby, freedom of speech.
I have the right to change the channel if it’s not my Cheez Whiz.
I find slapstick and improv hilarious.
One may find a picture of someone holding what appears to be the severed head of a public figure to be hysterical.
(Sorry, nope, but still freedom of speech.)
I’ll take my comedy with a side of compassion, information, pratfalls, innuendo, sarcasm, rolled eyes and guffaws, sans viscera, thank you very much.
You know the feeling when humor hits you at your core.
The game, set, match laughter that strikes so deeply, and is so all-encompassing, that tears and snot run down your face.
Without a doubt, I feel better after a good cry OR a good laugh.
But given the choice...
...I’d rather cry laughing.
As always, thanks for reading.
See you again next week.
KaZ has been in many facets of entertainment, plus the co-owner of two restaurants, a fitness center, a television production company and the owner of a cinema. She did a stint in politics (she won't be doing that again anytime soon), and in veterinary medicine, She now focuses on writing.
In addition to the above, KaZ is an award-winning vocalist, a former dancer, stunt actor, circus artist, & professional water skier. She has worked as a theater artistic director & writer.
KaZ has been a published writer in magazines & books since the age of 15. She has written plays that have been produced in New York, Florida & New Orleans. She has a featured chapter in the book How To Survive A Move. (Up-to-date she has moved 45 times!) KaZ wrote an article for Organic Wine Journal, and also an article featured at the Ground Zero Memorial.
KaZ co-wrote 2 television informational series & 3 television pilots.
One of the pilots, a sit-com, was produced as a reality pilot. KaZ has revisited it and it's now a one season cable series.
“(And ) Then This Happened.” is based on life, love, and everything in between in the mid-life years. Loosely based on her life and the life of two of her best girlfriends.
KaZ's many high pressure pursuits led her to meditation.
She began studying meditation in '91. Her initial training focused on Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan and his teachers. She is a certified Master Meditation and Qigong Instructor.
Most recently KaZ taught in a juvenile justice facility, and lectured on mental health in juvenile justice.
With writing being her first love, look for KaZ's upcoming children's books
from the mind of two grandmothers.
Plus, a play based on letters from her two great uncles during WWII.