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Delicious Ambiguity - Gilda Radner

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Hello, and welcome to repost it. In the next few moments we'll be breaking down the posts that we have found to be inspiring, interesting, or otherwise entertaining quotes that catch our eye and we feel are worth a deeper look. Thank you for stopping by.


Larry

Okay, Andrew, today we have a quote from one of my favorite SNL people of all time, Gilda Radner, I know you're a big improv guy. So you're gonna appreciate this. I wanted a perfect ending. Now, I've learned the hard way that some poems don't rhyme. Some stories don't have a clear Beginning, middle end, life is not about knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen. Next, delicious ambiguity. I think this quote is great because of the sort of state of where we are as a country with the presidential election and all of the legal wranglings that will go on also, because you're trying to plan a wedding in the midst of a pandemic. And also, you've almost waited for half a year to buy a home that's still in flux. So maybe like there's nobody to talk about uncertainty better than you.


Andrew

It's funny, I've, before we recorded, I had things I thought I was going to talk about, and you said, improv I was gonna go a different way. But it's like, I, I don't make sense because I hate ambiguity. But at the same time, like I can also lean into, to some extent, I was just trying, I was supposed to find out today, if I was gonna be able to buy this house or not. And like the presidential election, I thought there was going to be an A or B. And lo and behold, a C alternative comes up. And that's what you have to go with. And my advice or my my thoughts are, lean into it. Because most of the time, the things you don't plan on end up being better. But also, I don't take that advice sometimes. So it's hard for me to dish it out with a straight face.


Larry

Get out your bingo boards. Serengeti is coming up. Because you know, I saw that coming up the original man sitting on the Serengeti. And I think that our brains are wired, to want to try and get rid of ambiguity, uncertainty, right? Because we don't want the lion to come over the rock and eat us we're trying to our brain is trying to help us form, you know, neat, nice things so that we can move ahead with human evolution. And that's not necessarily the case. So our brain, we're just we're not wired to deal with it well,


Andrew

so when you consider yourself an electrician, you you fancy yourself a very unpredictable person. So did you rewire your brain to be unpredictable? Or do you? Do you fancy yourself a unpredictable person,


Larry

I definitely have a better tolerance debt then for it than my wife does. I definitely can handle it at some points and cannot handle it in others. I feel like I'm not trying to toot my own horn here. But I've definitely felt I've done a pretty good job during the pandemic. I feel like most people are like, we're gonna get a vaccine, we're gonna get vaccine, we're gonna back to normal life. And who knows when that is going to truly happen. Donald Trump's is gonna happen this month, but he doesn't know. So I've really tried to lean into this time of, hey, it is what it is. We can't see everybody. We can't go to birthday parties. We can't play sports. Let's enjoy this time for what it is.


Andrew

Yeah, it. I feel like I have that to some extent, too. It's resetting what your expectations are, though. So like, you just shift within our back to the quote there. Like I think if you look at the most memorable things that you've done in life, none of it went to planned. So like, Oh, I decided to take a quick road trip out of town and hilarity ensued. Or if you think about the most memorable movies, they have this crazy surprise ending. So the ambiguity, like comedy works because you get surprised you laugh at something because you something is set up and then there's a turn and you laugh. And so trying to have everything structured, takes the fun or the comedy out of life.


Larry

And just along those lines. I my favorite part of this whole thing is that poems don't always rhyme. Like we want things to be a certain way we think poetry should rhyme. Some of the most obviously, most beautiful poetry does not rhyme and it's clearly describing things that our brain needs to kind of associate with creativity and Earth.


Andrew

What's your favorite poem?


Larry

Um, goodness, gracious man, where the Sidewalk Ends anything by Shel Silverstein?


Andrew

Oh my goodness. She was one of the original seven cast members of SNL. I don't think anyone would have thought that they'd be going on this long and so like goes to show that's not really a point goes to show you that you never know what's gonna happen like to entertainment studios think they know that something's gonna be great. So they pumped money into it. Waterworld is going to be the next biggest thing. You never know. And life is about going on the journey.


Larry

I'm just gonna tie it up a little bit. Um, you know, you're an improv guy. Gilda Radner certainly was an improv guy. SNL is an improv show. I mean, improv is almost all about uncertainty


Andrew

right? Want to jump in real quick Gilda Radner was not an improv guy,


Larry

gal. Lady.


Andrew

improv is listening closely. I want to pick you up.


Larry

Yeah. Alright. So I mean, but that's the whole point like, don't you go on stage to almost make things uncomfortable when you're doing improv?


Andrew

That's interesting. I don't go in with the mindset that I want to make people uncomfortable. But I think some of the most magical things that have happened on stage have been, because things go, I guess it's, again, it goes back to the surprise, like, it's uncomfortable. And then that tension creates, like, unknown, and then you get surprised by what's happened next. And that could be I mean, that's one of the reasons I think people like scary movies, they know they're gonna be scared, but they like, put themselves in and they like, the spontaneity of it all. I think


Larry

spontaneity, I would just, I hate giving advice. But I would just say in my life, when everything's kind of going down a rabbit hole I didn't think it was if I just take a deep breath and try to retrain my brain, which is trying to make sense of everything. If I just take a deep breath, it will allow me to enjoy the experience better than I would have.


Andrew

I have a question before we get out of here that I can't answer because I'm not a parent. But as a parent, I feel like people's general marching orders is I don't want my kids to ever experience pain, like, but if your kid always has the perfect like, I think it's parents you push people to have the perfect situation. Like how do you reconcile that? Do you? I think you grow from going through pain. Do you ever put your kids through stuff that you're not sure how it's gonna work out?


Larry

Of course, like I would much rather my kids touch the hot frying pan in my house, then go and touch the burning building, right. I'm hoping they're making lots of mistakes in my house. So that prepares them for the bigger mistakes that come when they leave my house. Well, I


Andrew

didn't expect you to say that, but I like that. Well, if you'd like Larry to dip your hand in boiling hot water, please reach out. You find us every post podcast, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I'm Andrew Keller for the masochist, Sam. Thanks for stopping by.


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