Hey, I’m Joe Matarese,
In my 30-year career, I’ve done stand-up, podcasting, and a little comedic acting, and even less dramatic acting. I’ve done a few one man shows that touched on my dramatic interests. If I dare to be completely honest here in this blog format, I’m getting bored just making people laugh.
Occasionally I do get a crowd at a club or theater that allows me to feel free enough to share my introspective side, but it is rare. Comedy audience don’t really want you to take them on a serious journey. I want to find the medium that allows me to go there.
I don’t really know why I like the feeling of being vulnerable in public so much. Maybe because I didn’t have a lot of that growing up. I grew up in a pretty detached from feelings kind of household. My dad didn’t say I love you until I basically asked why he never said that to me in my mid 40’s. I could have never asked that question if I didn’t have the best therapist that I have seen every week for many years. He would push me to do things in a way that I always knew I had to do it. I knew he was right, and I didn’t want to let him down.
It’s amazing how hard it is for people to let their guard down and take a chance to express truth and vulnerability. That is probably my favorite thing about being a stand-up comic. You can just go on stage and share something that just happened and entertain the audience in so many ways. I want to find the right place and right medium for me to share my truth, vulnerability, and comedy ability with audiences.