Discipleship and Comedy

I have been a student of comedy for as long as I can remember; trying to understand the magic of how some people can make us laugh. I know off by heart great swathes of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, The Two Ronnies and Max Boyce, for example. I am an annoying recipient of jokes as I generally know it, or can see what the payoff is going to be.
Added to this, over the last two years I have completed two comedy courses, and I have read over twenty books on the art …… as well as quizzing every comedian I meet and compiling their wisdom and advice.
I know some stuff about comedy!
But that doesn’t mean that because I know it I can just do it (it REALLY doesn’t).
I was musing on this given how much I see church teaching information about what Christians should do, on what the Bible says, on faith imperatives. But knowing the information in your head doesn’t mean that you can automatically then do it. (This being the case then New Years Resolutions would work and/or very few people would smoke).
In Comedy I rely on observing others making people laugh in the reality of live comedy, on endless practice and critical feedback, and on developing/honing the skills needed, and the camaraderie of others on the front line.
Discipleship is more complicated in that:
There is Soul-journeying needed (to love deeply, to forgive is not merely a choice)
The modelling of this you see is in church …. where it is easy to be a christian
The instruction runs counter to our natural inclinations
It seems to be attached to expert scholarly understanding
The ‘How to’ is very rarely covered
Just musing out loud ……

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