The It Gets Worse Project Focuses on the Plight of Comedians

It was easier telling my parents I was was gay…” –Nico Santos

Comedians Dave Waite and Grant Lyon have created the It Gets Worse Project as a way “to communicate why being a stand up comedian is simultaneously the best and worst job in the country.” They say it’s “meant as a parody of the popular and inspiring It Gets Better Project” but it “takes the opposite approach and describes the joy of a comedian’s first open mic and descent into the reality of crying alone in a Red Roof Inn after a terrible road gig.” All of the project’s videos can be found at the It Gets Worse YouTube channel.

Comedians submit themselves to constant abuse from audiences and their own inner demons, and yet they keep coming back, continually inspired to write new jokes and try new stages. They are either noble artists or complete idiots.

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