What is this?
This is Balls & Jokes. A blog for comedy juggling.
I wanted this blog to be a carbon copy of The Jerx. I think Andy’s work there is inspired.
For those of you who don’t know, Andy is a brilliant thinker who writes an anonymous blog about magic performance. It somehow manages to critically examine magic presentation, review new products, and call out hacks and pedophiles. All while being blisteringly funny. Also, he never uses Oxford commas.
After some soul-searching I realized I couldn’t possibly re-create that *ahem* magic.
Personally I have a problem with being mean and critical anonymously, I have no brilliant ideas about comedy juggling presentation, there are few products to review, and juggling is a little light on p p pedophiles (excuse my Stammer). Lastly, I am not funny enough to blister. It’s possible that I could irritate or discolor.
Still, every time I read Andy’s blog I feel inspired. Inspired to think more about comedy juggling theory. I feel inspired to talk to other people about it and to try new things. I wish that there was a thinker like Andy for comedy juggling. I know that I am not that person. I’m no Mike Davis or Keith Eveslage.
However I am a huge fan of “The Field of Dreams” and so I’m going to build the blog and hopefully some game changing savant will come along and inspire us all. Until then I intend to water the fields and paint the bleachers.
With any luck Balls & Jokes will turn into a resource that provides useful and entertaining information about the art and craft of comedy juggling. Hopefully this blog can bring the comedy juggling community closer. Maybe the next generation of comedy jugglers won’t have to struggle with the same things I did.
I don’t want the 1st post to be all origin story so I’ll leave you with my comedy juggling wish list for 2017.
Wish List 2017
1. I wish that comedy jugglers would stop using “dangerous” props that they buy from juggling stores. If you are going to go the “dangerous” route make the effort to find some other dangerous objects. Please. You won’t regret it.
2. I wish that comedy jugglers would stop using volunteers to climb on stuff. Frank (Miles or Olivier, you can choose) started climbing on people to get on the 6′ unicycle decades ago. I think we can find something new. Let’s try.
3. I wish that more jugglers are presented with the chance that Timo Wopp had. Timo is a German comedian who juggles and who has his full length comedy juggling show on German Netflix. Isn’t that incredible!? Comedy juggling on full display on an entertainment juggernaut! I find it so inspiring. If you can try to use some server proxy and stream German Netflix to watch the special do so. It’s fantastic. Even if you don’t speak German. The special is called “Passion”.
Happy New Year!