Monday, 2 June 2008


Did anyone see Frank Woodley on Rove last night?

Some parts of Rove really irritate me but he always has great guests so last night I was watching it in between tidying up and baking bread (go me, little miss domestic!). I think Frank Woodley is fabulous - as is Colin Lane but I'm kinda glad they've gone their separate ways and we get to see their indivdual talents shine more.

It was a fun interview of course; quite hilarious, especially his answer to the inevitable gay question. Every answer to every question (well, almost) was funny in some way. Which got me to thinking - why do comedians have to be funny *all the time*?

Whenever we see a comedian interviewed, or on a variety show or quiz show or anywhere really, they're always constantly making jokes. Now obviously this is their job and there are times when they're expected to provide some lighthearted diversions. But really, they don't have to be doing it constantly do they? I wonder if they're like that in their everyday lives, always relating the situation they're in to some hilarious anecdote, or if it's just the "stage persona".

I have a bit of a theory (based mainly on my own experience and feelings) that actors love acting so much because they don't have to be themselves; they can be someone else for a while... yes I know, thank you Captain Obvious, but what I mean is that we are hiding in a way, covering our real self up because it's so much easier to be public if we're not revealing ourselves. If I get laughed at or strange looks or ignored, that's okay because it's not really me.

Essentially, what I'm saying is that actors are pretty insecure, and, as well as being lots of fun and requiring a bit of talent, playing a character allows us to find security without revealing too much of ourselves. That's how I feel about it anyway. Maybe other actors will say differently but hey, this is my blog and my theory. (I'm very secure with how insecure I am, thanks very much!)

So, perhaps comedians have a similar thing going on. Whenever I see Frank Woodley (and other comedians too, but Woodley in particular I think), his eyes, to me, do look pretty insecure. I know the "deer in headlights" kinda thing is part of his comedic persona, but it seems to me that if you look in his eyes there's something a bit frightened in there. And it really feels like he's making all those jokes to take the attention away from that insecurity and distract us from finding out who he really might be.

All of which is fine with me, because he's hilarious. It would be great to chat with him I think, it might be quite revealing (but hopefully not as revealing as that Rolf Harris fantasy...).


Anonymous said...

Hey Sum,

I agree. Actors are taught to analyse things too so they can play better characters. I think we overanlyse our own thoughts and actions so much that sometime we aren't playing our true thoughts out in real life, like you say, we are acting out our 'Public Profile'. I find myself sinking into this comfortable little mode so much... that over the last few weeks I have been quite ill. People ask me how I am and I say... oh "I'm fine how are you". I actually find it embarrasing to say I am sick. Weird. See now I am analysing it afterwards too. Yes but I am also secure with my insecurity.

Sumara said...

Hi Sar! How are you?
I've been meaning to email you because I recently realised that we've been to the place your parents are working in HK. Quite a few of our friends have worked their at various times too. I thought that was cool, what a small world.
I'm just glad someone understands what I was trying to say! :)
I know what you mean - I try so hard to be honest, but it's really hard to tell whether a person wants honesty and a real conversation, or if they're just being polite and wanting flippant meaningless chat. So of course we more often than not go for the easy option!
Yes, over-analysing is a good way to put it.

Anonymous said...

Hey thats weird that you've been to crossroads. Was that when you went on your trip to China back in Wesley days?
I don't know how much of a simpson fan you are but I remembering the episode when Homer had his jaw wired and all his family start to find he is a really good listener all of a sudden. Barts talking to his dad about how there was this obvious gag in class that day and everyone had looked at him expectantly... and he says "Then I realised... I had become the class clown." ;-)

Sumara said...

Yep, that's the only time I've been overseas so that's the one! We were only at Crossroads for a day, but one of the ladies who was with us went back and still works there I think, at least she did for several years - her name's Jackie.