The Benefits (and Costs) of Being the Funny One: Chelsea Bolt


Are you or a loved one “the funny one”? If so, take a minute to read about the rewards and consequences.

PRO: Everyone thinks that you’re hilarious

Excellent. You have them eating out of your hand. The joy of the snickering in the desk behind you validates the witty remark you made in class. Laughter is no longer a fear, but a fuel that encourages you to be the funniest person alive. SNL my audition tape is on the way.

CON: Nobody wants to take you seriously

No, I am not ironically talking about film, history, or literature. I want to have an intellectual conversation with you. Please stop staring at me with a weird look on your face. Wait, no. I still don’t want to discuss politics. Never that.

PRO: You lighten the mood wherever you go

Hey! Yeah, it’s Monday. It’s the worst. Let’s go down to the local Walmart and sing Disney karaoke to every person we meet in the frozen food section.

CON: You’re terrible at funerals

I know that Hozier sang, “she’s a giggle at a funeral”, but nobody likes that. No one can put the fun in funeral. This extends to crying as well. My humor cannot reach those who are weeping. Just ask anyone in my family. That’s when I extend a 10 foot pole to comfort them.

PRO: Your wit helps you out of tough situations

Tension is uncomfortable. Luckily, a few quips can grease the wheels. Once the opposition sees how quick you are on your feet, they are bound to back down (still working on a few folks whose faces are permanently angry). Who knows, they might even want to be part of your entourage.

CON: More than once you’ve crossed the line

You know when you’ve really dealt out a zinger, but nobody laughs? Yeah, me too. That kid you were poking fun at for picking his nose in class is standing right behind you. Better yet, the entire audience just stares at you and your joke falls flat. SORRY THAT MY HIGH BROW COMEDY IS TOO MUCH FOR YOU.

PRO: Anybody can be your adoring audience

That kid behind you in line at the concession stand? Probably listening to your offbeat commentary on how George Clooney’s Batnipples singlehandedly killed Alicia Silverstone’s superhero career. Hey, even that classmate thinks you’re a riot and starts to follow you on Twitter (@theonlybolt).

CON: Sometimes you want to be left alone

I’m sure you’re thinking, “GEE, WHAT AN INCONVENIENCE TO BE LOVED BY SO MANY.” Hey, even Britney Spears needs some down time, okay? It’s okay to take a day and hollow out a canoe so that nobody can bother you. Ron Swanson is an inspiration to us all.

Chelsea Bolt is an Indigo Sea Press author of the young adult novel Moonshine. For more information check out these sites:


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2 responses to “The Benefits (and Costs) of Being the Funny One: Chelsea Bolt

  1. It’s strange. I know which “one” each of my sons is, but which one am I? Neat post.

  2. I always wished I could be “the funny one.” Sadly, most of the time, my humor just doesn’t work. Brava to you, Chelsea!

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