Comedy in Seven Short Lessons: A Writer Wednesday Post

March 6th, 2013 | Posted by Irene in Uncategorized

Larry David, iPad art & all text
ⓒ Irene O’Garden 2013

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Folks who know me know I pay attention to my dreams. (A theatre piece and a 17- minute cantata are just two of the many fruits I have gathered from this practice.)  Last night brought me such a clear, funny and instructive dream, I thought you might enjoy it.

I dream that Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) is informally teaching  me about comedy. “Comedy Rabbi,” I think, which makes him laugh.

“Life is funny,” he says. “Don’t go making a work of art out of it. It’s funny. It’s not a procedure.” I laugh.

I am staying at his small, surprisingly humble house. The bathroom fixtures are– and here Larry David interrupts to say “I come into your dream to offer my pearls of comic wisdom and you want to talk bathroom fixtures?” I laugh. “My point exactly,” he says. “Comedy is unexpected.”

(But just to let you know? The towel racks and tissue holder are white extruded plastic from the 70’s. )

In the guest room, I see touching photographs of his family members from the shtetl to the forties. He clearly values and remembers his roots. By this he means: don’t lose touch with the real, with what needs honoring or healing.

At dinner with him and friends, I improvise a character. Their laughter is uproarious and I elaborate, to much hilarity. Afterwards I can’t wait to get back to my room to write it down. But Larry follows, postively pestering me with questions about himself. “ So did you really like my show? Tell me what you remember best. How did I look?” I wish he’d go. I want to write down this great material. A moment. Then I laugh.  “Frustration,” he nods. “Classic fodder for comedy.”

I still want to write, and the longer I spend with him, the less of the character I remember.  But he wants to talk, so I decide to let it go. The minute I do, he says, “Yes. The best comedy loves and builds community.”

I realize that if this character is important, she will come back to me. Larry responds, “Yup. The best comedy builds trust in the universe.”

On awakening I marveled once again how concise and entertaining our dreaming selves can be.  Not only some good writing instruction, but a sly reminder not to take myself so seriously.  As for that character? I’ll bet she turns up somewhere, because we all know that the best comedy has a happy ending.

 

 

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  • This was very timing for me! Thanks for sharing! :o)

    • Dear Wilma–realized I had not replied–so happy this hit at a good time for you! thanks for reading!

  • Cathy Gonick

    Hmm. Synchronistically, I was just speaking with a feng shui practitioner who told me that right now – the 3 week interseason between winter and spring – is a great time to just “let it go” and also to laugh, like a child. It’s the energy of spring on its way!

  • Scott Laughead

    I really think Larry David himself came to you in this dream. You found his soul – beneath that sardonic personality he promotes and uses to protect himself. I love the moment that you allowed the human interaction with Larry to take precedence over the need to memorialize your improvisation. SHE will come back to your consciousness. She’s always been here. She is here now. She will always be here. And I can’t wait to experience HER.

    • Look forward to a shared experience sometime soon

  • Debra Griner

    That’s hysterical, Irene! I laughed out loud! What an amazing dream. Who knew you were channeling Larry David! Ha!

    • Thanks, cutie! I can hear your wonderful laugh even now!

  • Ro

    What joy and cosmic insights! This was absolutely wonderful fun.

  • I do hope you sent a copy to Larry David!

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