Anonymous asks: When I get nervous or just like a new person I tend to say something mean to diffuse the tension. Like I usually call them a creep and/or make fun of them in some way. Besides “grow up” and “stop being an asshole” — believe me, I’m trying — what can I do? Is there any way to repair a first impression? It kind of kills me to think I’ve hurt someone’s feelings or even just annoyed them when I honestly think they’re cool and really nice and perfect as they are.
Well, as you mentioned, “grow up” and “stop being an asshole” are definitely applicable here, but it sounds like you’re on top of those so I won’t highlight them further.
What I will say is this - insecurity guides this behavior. You’re nervous these people won’t like you as much as you like them, so you’re holding them at arm’s length. It’s a natural reaction to the fear of rejection, to the pain of your appreciation for a person not being reciprocated. If you can hurt someone first, they might not get the chance to hurt you.
Here’s what I’ve learned about insecurity - there are always going to be things I’m insecure about, so I’ve just got to own them and move on.
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Here’s a shorter vision from a different angle.
Comedy Bang Bang Nativity Pageant | 12.05.12
….and now here’s Todd Glass singing the words Bing Bong for 4 minutes.
These were kind of a huge deal for me
The whole “Late Show” story arc on Louie has been some of the most incredible television I’ve seen in a long time. That this show has gone from this little weird show, a tiny production with essentially Louis C.K. himself doing all of the writing, directing, editing, etc., to a show that can pull together massively-successful people like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, David Lynch, and Susan Sarandon, is itself wildly impressive.
Louis C.K. has been working at stand-up since 1984, and making short films throughout the 90s, and his career just has to be a testament to the idea that in order to achieve success, the key is to stay persistent and do good work. If anything, and without explicitly saying it, the takeaway from the “Late Show” arc is exactly that: if you make good things, and keep trying to make better things, you will be recognized for it.