Two weeks in the past in the present day, I bought a textual content I didn’t wish to get.
From my “buddy up north” who requested me if I knew my buddy Kevin was useless. I referred to as her and confirmed and started wailing like a sick cat. I simply couldn’t consider it. Nicely, really I might. I’m gonna write about Kevin in due time; I’m nonetheless processing the information. Suffice to say I’m “not over it” and maybe can solely “undergo it”. Suicide has been a part of my artwork and actual life for a very long time. Going again to 1973, when my cousin/half-brother (My father’s second spouse was my aunt), Larry Kenton jumped to his loss of life of one of many Park La Brea towers. He was 25. I instantly went right into a 2 yr emotional coma, simply starring at The Match Sport and spending my total remedy session simply bawling my eyes out.
Then in 2010, after dropping all the things; my house, my enterprise, my metropolis of London, my careers (as a result of they have been all in London) and being caught in an identical tall tower of potential loss of life, whereas my mom was within the subsequent room in her final yr and since I solely had Nationwide Medical health insurance from “my queen”, the British authorities, I couldn’t get a therapist in LA I so desperately wanted. I dedicated myself to leap off the constructing “in 4 days” and advised my household they usually helped me discover a actually good remedy intern for $10 and gave me an outdated bicycle which I used to get round LA, as a result of the Metropolis of Los Angeles stole my automobile. Lengthy story. I began The Laughter Basis to guarantee comedians would have well being care and booked The Hollywood Bowl April 1, 2011, a present which – though had comedians lined up and dedicated reminiscent of Roseanne Barr – by no means occurred. Cash to supply it fell by way of.
And, in fact, I can not neglect my very own use of a gun to my head in my comedy act, whereby I’d inform audiences throughout North America and later Nice Britain and Europe, that it was “my final present” as a result of I used to be hooked on comedy and the laughter and that’s how I ended up producing huge exhibits for Turning Point Scotland, a drug and alcohol charity launched by Princess Diana. (I by no means say “late”; she’s most likely on her means.)
So, final night time I did this present and it was a very nice expertise. Produced by Roland Bondoc, Suicide Hotline is a dwell as soon as a month present at Time Warp Data in Mar Vista. It’s an oddly very entertaining present, which is an element story-telling, half Vaudeville, half true confessional and naturally, half comedy. Wow. What a combo. I talked about Kevin and my very own battles with “suicidal ideation”, which is a situation of psychological fantasy. I am nonetheless processing the expertise of final night time’s present, which as they are saying these days: “It is all good”.
You are assured to snort and be moved on this spellbinding present.
For The Hollywood Canine, this has been Steven Alan “WHOOFY” Inexperienced!