Yesterday, after I created an important post (for me), I went for a walk by the Charles River, in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA.
A tune I love, by Pat Metheny, called “A Place in the World” was playing on my iPhone.
This was my place in the world, as I saw it:
Then, my iPhone died. And I heard and saw many more wonderful things, in that place in the world. You’ll just have to take my word for it.
Then, last night, I returned to Central Square in Cambridge — a place in the world originally featured here, on Day 511: All-request Weekend.
This time, I was there with my son, for a comedy show with one of our heroes.
(I found that image — plus an interview — here.)
That’s Jonathan Katz. (His official website is here.) On the left, he’s in his animated role of “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.” That Comedy Central Show, airing from 1995 to 2002, is one of my favorite TV shows ever — probably not surprisingly, since it combines two of my passions: stand-up comedy and psychotherapy. I loved each episode, all over again, when I watched them with my son, Aaron, who is also a student of stand-up comedy.
The comedians appearing on Dr. Katz’s couch ranged (alphabetically) from
Tom Agna to
Steven Wright, and included so many other amazing comedians, like
Garry Shandling, Jon Stewart (whose animated image I can’t find, right now), and dozens more.
Also appearing on that great TV Show, with Dr. Katz, was one of my favorite Boston-based (and now Los Angeles-based) comedians …
Ron Lynch, whose stand-up comedy class I took in the 1980’s.
Last night, at Improv Boston, Jonathan Katz was wonderful, and not just because he included me, briefly, in his act. Aaron and I literally laughed out loud, many times.
Then, after the show, for the first time on any stage, Jonathan Katz and my son appeared together:
I’m so glad there’s a place in the world for such things.
Many thanks to Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, and all the other amazing musicans playing “A Place in the World,” to Corporal Joseph U. Thompson, to Jonathan Katz, to Improv Boston, to Ron Lynch, to every comedian who’s ever inspired me or Aaron, to professional (and other types of) therapists, and to you — of course! — for visiting this particular place in the world, today.