Last night Mitch and I were part of an evening of entertainment for Steelcase. What an inspiring company! Not only is every single product they manufacture quite beautiful – it is also intelligent and healthy. They have been innovators since their second product. Their first was a safe. Then, because men in offices kept flicking their ashes into wire wastebaskets and starting fires, they turned the safe around and into a fireproof wastebasket! (I’m not just sucking up because I want a Buoy).
But the thing that really caught my attention was their tagline: “Love how you work”. Because I work so much. And I do love my work. But it made me think about the fact that I don’t always love HOW I work.
Sometimes I am focused and in the flow, but sometimes I am distracted and compulsive. The trick is that being distracted and being in the flow can look similar. And being focused and being compulsive can also look very much alike. The only difference is how they feel. It feels much different to be focused than it does to be compulsive. It feels much different to be in the flow than it does to be distracted. Love. It’s how it feels not how it looks.
So I will now be frequently asking myself: Do I love how I am working? (I just checked my email – no I did not have to. Distracted not flow!) firstname.lastname@example.org should you care to contact me btw.
One thing that would make me love how I work more is if I could come up with an UnCabaret tagline that I love as much as Love How You Work. I posted about that on Facebook and a good friend of the show, who is an actor and producer, messaged me that he is also a professional tag and title writer and offered to help. That is flow. And I love how that works!
We are meeting on Monday. But until then and with thanks to Steelcase, our temp tag line will be: Love How You Laugh.
Because I am reminded when I hear it that one of the reasons I started UnCabaret was that I was not loving how I was laughing. I felt dirty laughing at comedy as it was being practiced in Comedy Clubs in the late 80’s. I felt I was being tricked into laughing by the rhythm and by lies. I wanted to experience something more authentic and more truthful. Deeper laughs. I used to say: I wanted to enjoy the foreplay as much as the coming. There are many ways to describe why I started UnCabaret and that is one I had lately forgotten until I was reminded last night. I love laughing. And I wanted to love how I laughed again. And there were many people ready to love how they made people laugh again. And so alt comedy was born.
So! This Sunday 11/17, we convene our weekly cabal of the truly gifted artists of alt comedy. Two of our most prolific, Rebecca Corry and Jackie Kashian are joined by two newcomers, UK beatmaster Killa Kela (he has played with Prince!) and violinist Chris Woods, and the charmingly quirk filled Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24″) and master storyteller Carlos Kotkin (“Please God Let it Be Herpes”, The Moth).
Love the way you laugh! And laugh your way into love.