TWO BUCK YUKS : Thanks givenWritten by Keith Bergman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
I am grateful for the art of self-expression. The opportunity to take thoughts from my head, put them out into the world, and sometimes get a positive reaction to them is a trick that will never lose its novelty for me. I enjoy it immensely and I’m glad I get to do it.
I am grateful for funny people I can call friends, whom I’ve met through comedy. My friend Brad Wenzel recently won the Cleveland Comedy Festival’s competition, and got to take a picture while holding a giant check for $2,000. He also got hand-picked by Ricky Gervais not that long ago as a finalist for a spot on Conan O’Brien’s show. Seeing someone half my age and 10 times funnier than me getting the recognition he deserves makes me feel like there is a process and that sometimes it works like it should. It’s a great motivator.
I am grateful for people like Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller and Bill Kline at the Blarney for taking a chance on comedy, and giving a forum (on stage and in the media) to talk about this sometimes maligned art form. I’m grateful for all the stages, be they in bona fide comedy clubs around the Midwest or in VFW halls and dive bars in small towns on two-lane highways. I don’t know yet if these small venues will be a stepping stone for me, or the place I will end up spending my productive years in comedy, but I’m happy for the lights, the mic and the time.
I am grateful for a family that backs me even when they don’t fully understand the point of the endeavor. I literally would not be alive without my wife, my kids, my dad, my sister and my in-laws, and my extended family both blood-bound and otherwise. They form more of a support system than this wayward, frequently-wrong wanderer deserves.
I am grateful for my band mates and all the rock ’n’ roll casualties I spent so many years with in those trenches, and for the actors I met doing community theater. There are so many different ways to find the joy in a creative life well lived, and it’s been a privilege to do these things alongside people who are so determined and passionate about molding the world and making it more colorful and entertaining.
I’m going to work my day job on Thanksgiving, then have dinner with my family. I’ll be on the road the whole weekend, in a car with my friends, touring the Midwest telling dirty jokes and dumb stories, sleeping on couches and eating diner food and laughing like hell. It’s a privilege beyond compare to be who I am, when I am, doing what I do, and I appreciate it as much as I possibly know how.
Keith Bergman is the host of the Two Buck Yuks comedy showcase at The Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St., every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Owen Thomas headlines the show Nov. 27, while Mike Bobbitt tops the bill Dec. 4.