Comedy & Vulnerability-1

Pronunciation: ?v?l-n(?-)r?-b?l, ?v?l-n?r-b?l
Function: adjective
Etymology: Late Latin vulnerabilis, from Latin vulnerare to wound, from vulner-, vulnus wound; probably akin to Latin vellere to pluck, Greek oul? wound
Date: 1605*

from Merriam Webster online dictionary

1 : capable of being physically or emotionally wounded
2 : open to attack or damage : assailable
3 : liable to increased penalties but entitled to increased bonuses after winning a game in contract bridge.

This overlay of two presidents speaking in public is a spring board to suggest how vulnerability attracts us at listeners, warms our heart, and allows us to smile and laugh more easily

Regardless of politics, red/blue, black/white – which of the two presidents is a more vulnerable human being?

Which one would be “more easily wounded”? – “open to attack”?

What does this have to do with improvisation, comedy, or how we present who we are to others?

The videos below feature to very funny people who carry a real vulnerability in every nuance, each move, and by their very presence.

Christopher Crosby “Chris” Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997)

Mitchell Lee “Mitch” Hedberg (February 24, 1968 – March 29, 2005)

Do you see it? Suggest other comedians you find vulnerable and I will try to include them in future posts about Comedy and Vulnerability.

Meet Your Playful Self


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