I love comedy. My main inspiration is Demetri Martin, but I love many others such as Stephen Colbert, Russell Peters (can be quite offensive, however), and Kyle Cease (although can be extremely irreverent).
I’ve done stand-up comedy for a little over a year and have had good responses. It’s been a passion of mine since I started. I don’t curse or use raunchy material on stage. Ever since I started college last year I helped write sketches and participated in comedy improv. (I have a tendency to be a bit profane in improv, it’s a bad move and i always resent myself for doing it). Other than these weaknesses, I love every bit of it. I even added film as a second major to supplement my main liberal arts studies.
It’s a bit of a dream of mine to write comedy professionally and maybe deliver it.
For now, I’m planning to go to graduate school to become a teacher or work in education policy. (I’m currently a undergrad sophomore).
However, i can’t help but think I’ll regret not attempting a job at doing “what I love” every day.
However, there are issues that conflict with my desire to be a Catholic and give myself whole to God. So much of what I see, probably 85% (or more) of what I watch on TV and movies are programs I find questionably immoral. Even with really popular programs my friends watch exhibit fornication, violence, and profanity very lightly.
I’ve looked at internships for a summer to get a better insight into the entertainment business. The ones that appealed to me the most were for Late night talk shows, such as Letterman, Ferguson, and Conan O’Brien.
However, I’ve seen very negative opinions of all three of these comedians around this website. I used to love Conan. Every time I’ve seen him he is hilarious and I loved his commencement speech at Dartmouth. However, I read on these forums that he officiated a gay wedding (both who were employees at the show). To be honest, I haven’t seen much of Ferguson. However, I’ve heard he’s quite raunchy. So would internships at these shows be morally questionable?
I wonder, should I just give up my desire to be pursue comedy? Is it really just a manifestation of my self-glorification and vanity? Is the industry too sinful to remain Catholic in?