I can’t remember which Malcolm Gladwell book read last year – maybe it was Blink
– but he told a story about comedy, particularly improv, being based on the concept that you can never say no to a suggestion, no matter how absurd. You want me to pretend I’m giving birth to a watermelon while on a tour of the Vatican with a guy I just met who can only speak words that rhyme with “boat?” That’s not impossible! That’s comedy!
This idea has honestly helped me to appreciate comedy more. Now that I realize that the whole point is to suspend your disbelief and just run with the gag, no matter how far it takes you – that taking it to the extreme is only going to increase the value of the joke in the long run – I can let go of all concepts of reality and just laugh.
I think creativity works in a similar way. I think it feeds upon itself and grows larger and larger, and the only thing that can stifle it is a no.
What I’m really saying is that this year is going to be full of much more yes.