You need excellent eyesight to be a good comedian. In order to connect with your audience, you have to see the world as they do. To make them laugh, you have to see what they’re seeing but from a new point of view. To make them walk away repeating your jokes and quoting punchlines to friends because they never thought of it like that before, you have to hang upside down from metaphorical trees, use a telescope, get awkwardly close.
And timing. You need good timing.
Comedian Whitney Cummings has 20/20 vision — she’s also quick. She’s insightful, introspective and extremely funny. (That last one is important if you’re a comedian.) In this episode of The Chatroom, the writer of Two Broke Girls talks to Leandra about what it takes to hold an audience captive, the importance of authenticity and how thinking about fashion made her a better writer. It’s an interesting way to see Cummimgs from a different angle, which is key: to really entertain a group of people, your audience needs good eyesight, too.