Ok heres the deal, I've started to figure out that any line which came from Gazzo is not ok for the midwest. Because people here are too uptight. Funny I was actually born and raised here. What I would like to know is what types of humor one can get away with out here. BUT I REFUSE TO DO SELF DEPRECIATING HUMOR. I AM NOT GOING TO LOWER MYSELF JUST FOR SOMEBODY ELSES AMUSEMENT.
WRONG ATTITUDE!! When I tell jokes and use myself as the butt of the joke I am NOT in any way lowering myself for someone else's amusement. I am being friendly with my audience. I am telling stories, much like Garrison Kellior, that are funny and so everyone can relate to me. I am busking for one reason. Entertainment be d%^&%d I am there to make money! During, and at the end of my show I am asking these people to put "$5, $10, even $20 bills into my hat" (That's the exact phrase I use.) So I have to entertain them AND, most importantly, I have to make friends with them. If I am just Peter doing tricks, so what. But if I am Paddy, a guy that remembers their names, and has opened himself up so that they could laugh, I'll get money.
Self deprecating humour is the difference between a $5 hat and a $50 hat for a 10 minute sidewalk show.