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Published on May 22nd, 2013 | by UntoXicated


Benel Germosen – Straight Edged and Stand Up Comedian

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Why are you drug, tobacco and alcohol free?

There’s a lot of reasons that I’m sober. I can’t think of anyone one reason that is more important than the other. Certainly, my family history with drugs comes to mine, but I think it’s deeper than that. I don’t like the effect that drugs, alcohol and tobacco have on people. I find their influences corrupting. I think people who do drugs, drink alcohol or smoke aren’t getting the full view. They’ve removed themselves from the immediacy of experience by choosing to illicit a false emotion. I can understand why people would make that choice, but for me it’s not the way I want to live.

Do you have any life tips for others that you’d like to share?

It’s important to remember that no one is in control. Life is chaos. There are no overbearing presence that’s guiding your life. There is no celestial hand from above steering the course of the world. There is no hidden coterie controlling the world. It’s just people trying to get over. Remember that and remember that the only thing you have control over is the choices you make. Your choices are what define you. The actions you take and the decisions that you honor. Don’t let anyone dictate to you how you’re going to live your life, not even if they’re right. It’s up to you to decide how you’re going to be. And never for get that. It’s your life, live it by your rules.

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4 Responses to Benel Germosen – Straight Edge Stand Up Comedian

  1. Wait, Don’t Laugh By Benel Germosen

    “You should really be in charge of this” said my stoned friend as we sat on the couch and watched four adults try to order a pizza. Those four adults, comedians all, were either drunk, high, or both, which made the process of ordering a pizza absurdly difficult.

    Now, what I said at the time was something like “Nah, I’d stuff it up somehow”, which isn’t a lie — I’m notorious bad at getting orders right, or even working from a list. One time, my mother gave me a twenty, told me to buy two dollars worth of cheese and bring her back the change. I brought her two pounds of cheese and brought her back two dollars worth of change. What I’m saying is I’m not good at getting stuff if money is involved — but it wasn’t the whole truth.

    The truth is this; I’m straight edge, not a babysitter.

  2. Wait, Don’t Laugh By Benel Germosen

    If comedy in New York had a smell, it would be either $3 tecate or $2 PBRs. Whether at one of the hundred of bar-shows that take place throughout the city or in legendary venues like The Comedy Cellar, Carolines or The Comic Strips, audiences are usually laughing with drinks in their hands.

    For many comedians, getting drunk or high before or after the show is part of the comedian experience. While there are outliers, for the most part, comedy seems to come with a two-drink minimum.

  3. Wait, Don’t Laugh By Benel Germosen

    I think what makes my comedy different (if I can even say something like that after a year. I can’t even tell you what a joke is at this point), isn’t the fact that I’m straight edge. It’s my general worldview. A lot of comedy is about reliability, finding common ground with an audience via the ridiculous, the absurd, illogical patterns of life.

    My comedy isn’t really reliable to everyone. In my comedy, I try to make the audience see the world from my point of view. I try to draw the audience into my head and try make them laugh at the way I see things. That means I have to be vulnerable and straightforward with people in a way that they’re not used to. I have to reveal a lot of myself, a lot of really sad shit, to turn around and go “Yeah, but this is why that’s funny.” It makes people uncomfortable because the truth generally does.

    I have a reputation of being a “sad comic” or people say that my comedy is “depressing” or that I’m not “funny” (to be honest, that last one is true), but I like to think that I’m only as sad until the end of the joke. When the smoke clears, I’m still standing, blinking, taking in the pain and turning it into joy. I’m not funny because I’m straight edge, but I’m straight edge in the same way that I’m a comedian. They’re both aspect of my life that reflects the person who I am. They’re choices I made that are extension of me, much more than something I do or represent. They are parts of me, unretractable parts of my being.

    They’re my sobriety and my dick-jokes.

  4. Wait, Don’t Laugh By Benel Germosen

    “You’re still young” is the same thing as saying “You’re not old enough. I still get “you’re still young” at 25 in the exact same voice I got it when I was 15, in the same way that I got it when I was 20.

    “You’re still young.” It’s a nice way of saying “You haven’t been around long enough to matter.”

    In COMEDIAN, Jerry Seinfeld makes the comparison to the amount of time you’ve been doing stand-up comedy to you’re age. If you’ve been doing it a year, you’re a one year old, still shitting in your diaper more often than not and crying for attention. If you’ve been doing it ten years, you’re ten years old. You can reason, you can talk, you might even have insight, but you’re nowhere near mature enough to really comprehend the world yet. If you’ve been doing it 25 years, guess what? You’re a twenty year old. You can smoke, rent a car, drink, vote, go through a painful divorce and not be allowed to see your kid again. You’re a person in every way that it counts, except for people who are older than you. To people who are older than you…“you’re still young”.

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