The Cool Kids

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I've come to the conclusion that there will always be the cool kids in life. I'm not talking about the annoying preppy assholes, I mean the people that you actually like and admire. Maybe they're the fun coworkers at your job, or the athletic people at your gym, or the most creative mom in your mommy group. Whatever it is, it's all completely relative.


The cool kids I happen to be speaking of are the ones that rule the Chicago comedy scene. They're the hip girls and guys who have been in the scene for years and years. They book gigs all over the city and travel all across the country to do shows. They're on Chelsea Lately and Conan. They're people that I might have passed on the street a year ago and couldn't have cared less about. They might have served me dinner at a restaurant and I thought oh, he was a funny server and that was that. But now that I do comedy and I know who they are, I think they're cool. And I want them to like me. Even more so, I want to be one of them. Is that weird? Probably. But I don't care, they're cool to me.

Tuesday nights I go to an open mic at Four Treys. It's one of my favorites because it's hosted by the Jeffs and I happen to like both Jeffs. Toward the end of the night the cool kids start to show up. They hang out by the bar and don't bother listening to newbies like myself tell jokes. Us new kids pack the front near the stage while the cool ones hang out in the back. They all know each other because they've been doing this for at least five or six years. Some for even more. And I know who they are only because I've turned into a bit of a Chicago comedy junkie/loser. I've watched a lot of their videos online. I follow them on Twitter. And I love watching them tell jokes. Because they're good, they're really good.

But they don't know me. When it's my turn to go on stage they don't stop talking. They take shots with each other and continue their conversations. They don't even turn to look at me and to be honest that's okay with me. They have no reason to know me. I'm new and they're established. There doesn't seem to be much in between in comedy.

When I get in my cab to head home the cool kids are hanging outside smoking cigarettes. I look at them and I wonder who the cool kids are in their eyes. We've all got them, some of us just don't write blogs about them... Man, I'm a loser.


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23 comments:

  1. If it makes you feel better, you´re one of my cool kids in the bloggy world :)

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  2. No way are you a loser. This is something everyone absolutely does! There is always someone you admire. I like to remember that everyone has their insecurities, not just me. And honestly, you are the cool kid to some people! Especially in these blogging parts!

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  3. I'm with Esther, ur a cool kid in the blog land!!

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  4. That's really interesting, to think about who the cool kids think are the cool kids. I personally think you're one of the cool kids.

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  5. I bet they secretly follow "The Daily Tay"! You never know. Eventually you will be up there with the cool kids, but I bet the pack of peeps that are "newbies" will be the cool kids soon. It is more experience than actual coolness.

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  6. well this is spot on. there are cool kids and we all feel their presence. everybody looks up to someone- that's a fact. but maybe one day you will be who you're talking about- just don't forget the little people!

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  7. I think we follow each others blogs, so that makes it not creepy for me to comment, right. Whatever, I am a cool kid, so it's fine. Just saying, I might flip shit if I saw you on Chelsea's roundtable, especially if Jo Koy or Josh Wolf are there too.. and for what it's worth, I think you are cool..

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  8. Ah, there's always the cool kids in every aspect of life. But you should feel good because in the world of blogging, you're one of the cool kids to me!

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  9. You are super cool to me! Smooches!

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  10. As we get older we simply choose who they are! You are absolutely right! I tend to think the coolest kids are the kids who don't know they are as cool as they are!
    Eva Marie Taylor

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  11. Really well put! I think we all have a group of "cool kids," and sometimes they make us feel a little less-than-great because we haven't reached their level yet, but what better source of motivation and inspiration is there? And for what it's worth, I agree with everyone else who says you're one of the cool kids in blog land for sure! :)

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  12. So true. I'll join the bloggy masses in saying that you're somebody's cool kid. They're wondering how you got the nerve to go for it and wondering if they'll ever give their dream a try.

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  13. You're def one of the cool kids around blogland… and I know you'll be better than these so called cool kids in comedy when you're famous :)

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  14. You are so not a loser. You're just honest. Plus you know that the cool kids don't know you and therefore can't read your blog all about them. Heh heh.

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  15. Wow! I love this post. So much truth in it.You are definitely one of the cool kids for posting a blog like this! Thanks for sharing!



    Krystal | www.moorekrystal.wordpress.com

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  16. You're totally one of the cool bloggers and even cooler because you're actually doing the comedian thing. And surprisingly admitting that you feel like a loser makes you MORE cool in blog land. Go figure. ;)

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  17. "Cool" is relative! Because I look at you as one of the "cool kid bloggers" and "how do I be more like her?"

    You're cool. Own it, lady!

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  18. You are one of the cool kids! If I stopped you in the street I'd probably ask you for a picture! It's for the blog after all. ;)

    guesswhathollie.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. It is so true that who you think is cool is all relative. I think you’re cool! The same way you described the cool kid comedians, I would describe you as a cool kid blogger if I was ever in the same restaurant or bar as you and be too nervous to say hi:)

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  20. I totally pinned the graphic above on Pinterest before reading this! haha I think I love the post even more after finally reading it :) I agree with a lot of the ladies before me - I think you're a "cool kid" in the blog world. It reminds me of that song "I'm so much cooler online" - you could totally use that line on them :)

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  21. Thank you for writing this post - I was always the wannabe cool kid but never quite could get there because my feelings hurt easily and I care too much to give the aura of not caring, if that makes sense - I think youre a "cool" kid blog so it's refreshing to see you have insecurities as well :) Have no fear, youre going to make it my friend and then the newbies will think you are a cool kid :)

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