So, it seems comedian Kyle Cease is done pushing his much-criticized stand-up comedy bootcamp and is now turning to spreading a slightly new message: you can overcome crippling anxiety just like he has.
He’ll be embarking on what he’s dubbed the Wake Up College Comedy Tour, and he just posted the below video to help him start securing performance dates across the country.
Over the last few years, Cease has attempted to re-reposition himself as somewhat of a life coach who delivers inspirational messages through his skill as an accomplished stand-up comedian.
You can’t deny the messages Cease talks about in the video here are positive ones: in short, be yourself; don’t worry about what others think of you; embrace your childlike abandonment; follow your dreams— all that good stuff.
But I have no doubt the sheer earnestness (listen to the melodramatic music throughout the video) and the way in which Cease has cast himself as almost prophet-like is going to lead to even more criticism.
At one point in the video, a Cease devotee says, “I think he did something pretty new in comedy– using it to get a point across as opposed to using it as [just] a form of entertainment.”
That is not a new concept in comedy, devotee.
Anyway, check out the video below and let us know what you think. Is this a positive thing? Has Cease gone too far? And what about his appeal to Ellen DeGeneres at the end of the video? Is it cool because it’s honest? Or does he sound desperate?