Andrew Alexander–editor of It’s Always Funny in Philadelphia–found a participant from the festival to write an exposé on the proceedings. The resulting article is fascinating look at the shit show that comedians put themselves through, pretty much all the time.
At the end of the day, it’s hard to sympathize with the masochistic lifestyle choice of the standup comedian, which puts oneself through a dignity juicer semi-nightly for the belief that their voice and point of view are important. (Or, simply for funsies.) Still, when you see a “talented” comedian coming out the other end, you should admire their tolerance for the sausage grinder which takes experiences like this one and learns how to process it into laughs, in pretty much any setting.