Cruz Book Quotes: Funny on Purpose

Aim your comedy guns at the right target is my basic takeaway from those who do comedy right and why I’m liking today’s comedy book by Joe Randazzo “Funny on Purpose”

on page 15 we get Seven Traits of highly successful comedy people: Self-Doubt, Excellent Procrastination Skills, Fear of the unknown, Laziness, Fear of Failure, Poor planning, a Need to Express something to the world — personally, I’m good for “Laziness” and a dying “need to express something to the world

my favorite quote on creating-funny is from page 38: β€œThe two primary functions of comedy are: to push the bounds of comfort and to challenge authority. Without these two principles – and an important and universal third principle, which is to smear the edges of tragedy with a shared sense of the absurd – one does not have comedy.”

finally, grab a listen of author Joe Randazzo’s Viewpoints radio interview chatting “Comedy and Comedians, How do they get so funny?”


 

‘really loved what he said here about the late Joan Rivers — in the business for decades — still tried out her jokes at small clubs before she decided they were keepers.

hey, I’m a keeper too why not…
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Cruz Art show reviewed in the New York Times

Remember in 2003 when I screened my behind-the-scenes ‘making porn‘ video apart of that ‘DL: The Down Low in Contemporary ArtGallery show and it got reviewed in the Arts Section of the New York Times newspaper? – What — No, you say…let’s roll that videotape bob

Okay, I only got one line in the NY Times review, but how many artist can say they got reviewed in the mother-fucking-NEW-York-Times-Arts section??

“Enrique Cruz, known primarily for his gay porn films, makes an art gallery debut with clips of dramatized encounters that combine gansta machismo with same-sex eroticism in subtle ways…”

Nowadays, you can listen to me debate on my new podcastOur HeadSpace Episodes # 1 – 28 on our Souncloud channel

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Debating being Gay versus being Straight

Having had sex with both men & women allows me to walk in many shoes with a soft spot for understanding bisexuality — although, now when asked if I’m gay my answer is I’m selectively gay — which I’m sure stirs up some folks that firmly believe for a dude, once-you-go-cock — you’re locked into the gay camp for life.

I‘ll take a moment to explain myself here: selectively gay is more a sign of slowing down — and getting older — looking to settle down on a long term with that right human being you want to wake-up-next-to-on-a-daily (and it will probably be a dude) but it’s nice to be open minded.

We shot this Debating Being Gay or Straight! video back in 2007 and it went viral on YouTube with the most comments on any of my videos and 10 years later I’m sure the debate will continue

Nowadays, you can listen to me debate on my new podcastOur HeadSpace Episodes # 1 – 28 on our Souncloud channel

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My fun Podcast Our HeadSpace Ep # 27

In Episode # 27 myself (Henry Cruz) and Comedian Keith Fuerstenberg chat “Art of Learning” and “speaking clear to be heard” and other rants and funny side trips…

with the Our HeadSpace Podcast we’re on a journey to become better people & forming better relationships. (re-share often on your own social media)

You can listen to old Our HeadSpace Episodes # 1 – 26 on our Souncloud channel

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I’d be a great cartoon character

recently on the Our Headspace podcast I joked, ‘I’m only Enrique Cruz the porn director on Mondays and Fridays

spending all day thinking about ‘dick‘ could be exhausting – I did it for 10 years as a director and I’ve moved on to more fertile pastures (well sorta) — like the Mafia — and thanks to the internet you can’t really ever leave — I’m tied to 10,000 penises for the rest of my life —

I assume my tombstone will be filled with plenty of penis emoji’s floating in the air.

I write and perform comedy now (and hope to share some of that here with you here on this NEW webpage, it’s actually not a new website we just got rid of all the sexy pinga things) —

Doing Comedy makes perfect sense — to absolutely no one I knew in the porn world — and that’s okay. In the end, if we do anything too serious we all become a cartoon version of ourselves.

And I like this cartoon drawing by the famous cartoonist / stand-up Comedian Jason Chatfield of me waaay better than I do my real self.

My sister asked if I posed for this cartoon drawing, it was drawn recently while I stood fully clothed on a comedy stage…oh, yeah I was talking about my penis.

Pull up a chair & stick around for a while, I’ll be posting pics, cartoons strips that I draw, videos and my other random thoughts here.