I have always had a sophisticated palette when it comes to comedy. Shoving people into swimming pools? Gold. Animals doing anything? Hilarious. My roommate getting seagull droppings all through his hair? The best thing that’s ever happened.
When I was invited to be a judge for a Thursday comedy talent show at Portland’s own Comedy Connection, I was resistant at first. Unless there is some sort of pie-in-the-face act, what will happen when I’m just not laughing?
The Comedy Connection provided nine comedians equipped with five minute acts, a closing by George Hamm, and a witty host who appeared intermittently on stage throughout the evening.
They were funny.
Local comedians have a spirit that I have never encountered with the nationally-touring, televised stand-up acts. There is a sense of honesty and camaraderie that comes with being in the same ship–these people actually are one of us.
With everything that is going on in our world, (apparently the economy is bad?) I think we tend to forget how funny life still is. In just five minutes, these comedians showed me the lighter side of being broke, being single, and owning your own social awkwardness. Dark cynicism is a hilarious remedy for dark times.
If I can take anything from my experience at the Comedy Connection it is this: get your head out of your Netflix On-Demand menu and get a dose of much-needed hilarity and perspective. http://www.mainecomedy.com/
By Lily Hanstein, Personal Banker, Gorham Savings Bank Marginal Way