I like to brag about being the youngest and only child in my family. It takes most people awhile to figure out that I am the product of a second marriage in a blended family. A few years ago, my former wife pointed out that I was a victim of the youngest child syndrome. If you want to be diagnosed with everything, marry someone with a Psychology or Anthropology degree.
Being diagnosed with the Youngest Child Syndrome led me to come up with a 12-step program for this disorder. After all there is a 12-step program for everything these days. I have yet to find a support group for this but there may be one out there somewhere.
- We admitted that we were powerless over immaturity and that our lives have become highly entertaining.
- Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could help us to be more serious.
- Made a decision to turn our sense of humor over to God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves for new comedy material.
- Admitted to God, ourselves, and another human being just how funny we really are, or at least in our own minds.
- Were entirely ready to have God take away our sense of humor that He so generously gave us.
- Humbly asked Him to make us more boring individuals.
- Made a list of all the people with sticks up their asses that took us too seriously so as to make amends to them.
- Made direct amends to such people, except when to do so would make it hard to keep a straight face.
- Continue to take a personal inventory so as not to offend a world full of stuffed shirts.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God so as to find a balance between being funny and not offending people too much.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we strive to carry this message into the world in the form of stand-up comedy.