"Frequency of performances"

29 Nov 2011

Steve Macone, for The Morning News:

Someone who has performed twice to thunderous laughter isn’t a comic any more than someone who throws a few good punches is a boxer. But somebody who has performed three nights a week for the last six years but fails to get laughs regularly, or even at all, is considered a bad comic, rather than not a comic at all.

You are what you are doing: standup on the stage and you are a comic; put pen to page and you are a writer. It is impossible to separate the actor from the act, but this reminds of the difficulty in definition. I am a writer only in-so-far as I write and, sometimes, I need to be reminded of this simple truth.

You are not what you have done; you are what you are doing.