Being Distracted by the Comedy Matrix Code

eyegor I'm starting to wonder if my time spent writing jokes and making people laugh affects my enjoyment of watching others.

I was watching Young Frankenstein the other day, as I was going to record a podcast about it and I had not seen it in a few years. I noticed how I was making note of the beats, the lead-up, the unexpected laugh, etc. And while there were a few moments that got a genuine guffaw out of me, I was analyzing the movie more than I was enjoying it. Mind you, I'm a naturally analytical person--I like examining how something works, what someone's body language means, and why a piece of work is structured a certain way. On the other hand, I used to be able to turn it off and take something in. Now I have to go in with low expectations in order to watch a movie like a normal human being.

While it's OK for movies I have seen before like Young Frankenstein and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I'm noticing that I'm starting to do it with everything. It's one of the many reasons I'm afraid of starting Parks and Recreation. Yes, I hear you, I'm one of those people who has not watch Parks and Rec yet. Yes, I should be feathered, but not so much tarred. Just give me a feather boa; there's a 40 percent chance I'll be so embarrassed and not strut around as a majestic blasphemer. (Those are good odds.)

At the same time... I'm noticing that I'm using that information when I write something for a sketch show or for funsies. It's been so helpful for me in finding my voice as a writer and a comic in addition to helping with the editing process. Which is the point of taking classes at Dallas Comedy House (DCH), or as many keep calling it, "clown college." (I also know for a fact that if DCH had actual clowning classes, many of the students would run away. My aunt was a clown, though... it's in my blood. Clown Blood. But friendly clown blood, not like the clowns that are running around scaring people.)

So this is good. Overall, this is good.

I may never be able to watch Saturday Night Live in the same way ever again, but at least I can be funny. The good news is that it leaves me plenty of time to catch up on seasons I've missed of The Great British Bake Off. Cake is not a joke.

KC Ryan is an improv graduate turned Sketch Writing Level 2 student. When she’s not working at the day job, she is a writer and podcaster for everything that combines feminism, comedy, theatre, and nerdery. She also performs in the puppet improv troupe Empty Inside.