If you think being a stand up is about telling stupid jokes in run down dives or headlining in Vegas think again. Although not a stand up comedian once a long time ago I took a course in how to write and perform stand up and actually did a 5 min performance at the world famous Yuk Yuk’s comedy bar in down town Toronto.
So what? you may be saying. I will submit that stand up and improvisation is as real as it gets with emotional invalidation. Why? Because to make an improve scene work and connect with strangers in an audience you have to risk being vulnerable, to be heckled, made fun of and perhaps loved and validated.
Please see this link for Greg Dean on vulnerability being vulnerable and authentic