by Alexa Fitzpatrick | June 20, 2011 | People
Twelve years ago, I was a struggling comic in Los Angeles, sleeping on a couch in the Hollywood ghetto. I was platonically sharing a room with a guy whom I was crazy about. I paid rent; I did the cooking. I’ve never been married, but I was pretty sure I had all of the downsides of being a wife with none of the perks. I needed to laugh. In Christopher Titus’ first show, Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding, he covered his mother killing his stepfather, her suicide and a girlfriend punching him in the face. The tears streaming down my face were from laughing so hard. I said to my roommate, “I want to do that!” Flash forward: I live in Aspen, I perform comedy, I’ve written my own one-woman show and I finally meet my inspiration and watch his most recent show at the Wheeler Opera House. Neverlution should be required screening for every Congressional freshman class. Don’t let the name fool you; once your abs stop hurting from laughter, you’re going to sign up to be a soldier in his revolution.
ALEXA FITZPATRICK: Tell us about your show Neverlution.
CHRISTOPHER TITUS: We just ended this horrible Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, talentless-slut decade. You point to me where one of these people made you laugh or was interesting on purpose. I love this country more than anything; it’s not the people, it’s the government. Neverlution is a little political, but it’s never right or left.
What inspired it?
CT: Neverlution comes from something that happened at the DMV. This five-year-old was pissing off 300 people and nobody was doing anything. His dad negotiated with him but the kid started yelling again. I said, “Hey! Shut up!” I thought I might get in trouble, but everyone said, “Thank God someone finally said something.” That’s the problem: I think we’ve lost our power in the village. The village doesn’t exist anymore, and that’s why I wrote this show.
What do you hope audiences take away from your new show?
CT: I want it to be laugh-out-loud funny, but also to inspire people to go, “Wait, I do get to make a decision in this country.” We all have it in the back of our minds that we’re free in America. I wrote this show to point out that we are being sold a bill of goods on a daily basis.
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