I was having a discussion with a few other comedians yesterday when I realized, once again, that comedians do not get the credit they deserve for their ability to tackle topics in the news.
People often defer to me on issues like the law and politics because of my history as a lawyer and experience in the political world. And because of that experience, I have many contacts in these fields with expertise. But very often some of the best takes on these issues have come from my comedian friends, some of which never even graduated from college. Because we travel the country (and world), we see things on the ground level. If you go back and watch some comedians like George Carlin and Chris Rock, they were saying things about what was happening and will happen in the future before the so called experts. Comedians get immediate responses and feedback to the things we say and as a result, often have a finger on the pulse of what the world is facing.
Rodney Dangerfield often said "I get no respect" and my comedian friend Adam Burke joked that I (as a former lawyer) get "too much respect" because of my educated pedigree. While I may have undeserved credibility, which may actually be the title of my next special, I think my comedian peers need and deserve more credibility that the public often gives them.
Hope to see you in Texas, Florida and Arizona in January and hope you listen to my new podcast Why Are You Awake! #comedian #happynewyear #formerlawyer #careerchange
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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