Hi everyone. We will be bringing a small part of our show The Secret Comedy of Women® to the TEDx stage and are thrilled at the opportunity to play for such a wonderful group of interesting and dynamic women.
We were recently asked how our TEDx appearance could make a difference. To be honest, we don’t know. But we said yes anyway.
We started writing comedy together back in 1998. We took our inspiration from many sources and the summer we both happened to unearth our sweetly innocent (and wildly funny) childhood diaries we thought, “This could be show.” Yes. Yes, it could. We said yes and we set out to create a comedy show about ourselves and our experience of girlhood to womanhood. Thinking all the time, “Aren’t we something!”
But at our very first performance with a theatre packed full of women, something unexpected happened. It wasn’t that there was laughter, but it was the kind of laughter. It was different. There was howling, wailing, and loud, jubilant chokes of joy. It was the sound of hearts breaking open altogether. In that moment we wanted to take credit, to be the stars, to soak it all up, but the truth was glaringly obvious. The energy in that room was not directed at us. It was directed at each of them. All of them. The show was actually not about us at all. We had accidentally created a show about every single woman in the audience.
Since that humbling moment we’ve just been trying to get out of the way and let The Secret Comedy of Women do what it needs to do in the world. Ten years and a quarter of million audience members later do we think it could make a difference? Yes. Yes, it could. (But it’s not about us.)