I am a very big stand up comedy fan. One a week I refer to a different stand up comedian as “my favourite comedian.” Just to be consistent, here goes.

I love Chris Rock. He’s my favourite comedian.

I’ve quoted Chris Rock more than probably any other comedian that I’ve ever listened to. I think he might be the smartest, and arguably one of the most important comedians ever. Of all time.

Why?

Because he takes topics that are incredibly uncomfortable and puts them in a light that you can’t help but agree.

One of the things that I really love about comedians is when they are able to make you seriously take a step back and think about the world we live in.

In the case of Chris Rock, this is no exception.

My career as a “daddy blogger” began with a single Chris Rock quote;

You’re supposed to take care of your kids.

There are comedians out there that just say funny things. And that’s nice. I like those people. They’re fine. But the best comedians are those that make us think about our beliefs.

Now how exactly does this relate to laughter being the best medicine?

Well, I like to look at health from a preventative perspective. I look at my health (as often as possible) as a something that I can improve, not something that need to fix. There’s a difference between those two things. It’s a big difference.

Great comedians will make you think about things you weren’t already thinking about. Sometimes you’ll like what you hear. Sometimes you want. Not all comedy is “clean”. There are about 4 good CLEAN comedians out there. Most comedians approach topics that are not simple and clean and sterile. Other comedians approach mundane topics and deal with them in ways that are neither simple, nor clean, nor sterile.

The thing I love the most about stand up comedy is that it (hopefully) makes us focus on the things that are not quite right. Comedians don’t say things we already know. At least not in the way that they’ve presented it.

The thing that I love about stand up comedy is that it challenges our perceptions and trust me, your perceptions needed to be challenged.

So go laugh it up.

But pay attention.