“Perhaps, if one wishes to remain an individual in the midst of the teeming multitudes, one must make oneself grotesque.”
-Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
Read that and thought about it in terms of standup. If you're going to stand out amongst the masses of standups, you've got to do/be something grotesque (definition: odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre). Otherwise, you're just another one of the teeming multitudes.
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The value of being grotesque
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