I love comedy. I’m a comedy nerd. I’ve long been a fan of the “alternative” standup comedy scene, which has now proven itself so thoroughly that it should just be called the comedy scene.

This weekend was a thrilling collision of my love of art and my love of comedy.

I’ve become a regular on a comedy show called “Picture This!” Artists like me do improvisational live animation while comedians do their sets. Us artists get to make visual fun out of the comedian’s sets and the comedian’s get to tell jokes about our drawings. It’s a show I love dearly.

Long before I ever did Picture This! I was a huge fan of the yearly comedy festival, SF Sketchfest. This weekend I got to perform at Sketchfest along with some of my comedy heroes at the Eureka Theatre, which is a venue that means a lot to me and brought with it a brand new bunch of pre-show jitters. I’m still kind of reeling from the event.

The show was some of the best fun I’ve ever had.

It’s not always easy for me to talk about good things in my life for fear of coming off cocky or full of myself. I’m much more comfortable feeling and recounting my anxieties and struggles, but what I really feel right now is just gratitude. Gratitude for the awesome people who keep putting me on the show, for the other performers that make it such a great show, and gratitude for how neat life can be (something I usually have a ton of trouble seeing.)

I’ve poured my whole life into art. It’s something I love deeply, but even for an introvert like me it can often feel isolating and lonely. I wrap every ounce of passion and energy and love I have into my work and sometimes it just feels like I’m screaming into the void. Every once and a while though, it provides an intense feeling of connection to the outside world. This weekend was one of those times.

Come back on February 10th for the next page!