Have you seen the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? Simple premise: Jerry Seinfeld, an American stand-up comedian who rose to prominence yadda yadda yadda, takes his comedian friends out for a drive in fancy cars to get coffee. Cameras roll while they talk about anything. (It’s a web series about nothing!)
As you’d expect, the dialogue, as edited, veers into Jerry and guest laughing about the absurdities of life. I love that Jerry has episodes with two of my favorite comedians, Brian Regan and Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson. While watching these successful artists cruising carefree in vintage autos, I couldn’t help but feel jealous – but not because of their money or fame. Because of the laughs.
I miss spending time with people and laughing. I used to have friends in stitches with my dry one-liners. While touring with my band, I’d crack jokes like knuckles. I’d even liven up the office with some humor. Here’s a video I made for the American Institute for Stuttering about the agonizingly slow elevator in the building.
Now that I work from home as a freelancer – which is a dream come true – I have no office or coworkers. Most of my friends in NYC work long hours and/or have families, so their free time is scarce. I often have work to do during the evenings, too.
Cool Mum and I have some good laughs throughout the day, and that helps. But she agrees with me: It’s essential for us, as parents and people, to have fun time with friends.
I’ve actually been thinking about carving some time out for some intentional storytelling and hangout time with people, friends or strangers. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Do you get enough hangout time with your friends?