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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, November 03, 2003
    He was funny because he wasn't afraid of failure
    "I've often said Mike is the funniest human being I've ever known - at least he was the person who was funniest because he was intentionally trying to be funny. I secretly envied his gift [writes Robert Darden, Senior Editor of The Door Magazine].

    "But now that he is gone, why he was so funny came to me in a flash as I driving home from school. He was funny because he wasn't afraid of failure. Comedy is all about being fearless. If you censor yourself because you're afraid of what others may say or how others may respond, you'll never be funny.

    True comedy is experimental, emotional, dangerously close to the edge. Mike took risks.

    He was also the most fun to tease of anybody I've ever known. That's because no one laughed harder when you skewered him.

    These are dangerous traits.

    This is how I picture Jesus. Unapologetically, unabashedly, nakedly emotional. Willing to bare everything at any time for anybody, regardless of race, creed, gender, political party or sexual preference.

    Jesus must have been a riot.

    The world is significantly less raw and revealing now.

    The world is significantly less funny now.

    But heaven must be rockin' tonight."