First artist? Or first satirist?
When I was writing this at first, it was a lot longer. Had a lot more verbiage about “entertainment” vs “art,” which is a subject I’m forced to spend a lot of time thinking about (and talking about on panels). I like to think of myself as an entertainer, or at least, acknowledge that as my overwhelming priority in writing. But I don’t know. There’s definitely some truth-seeking in what I do.
I trimmed it down, following a joke-writer’s instinct as old as charcoal and ochre on a cave wall.