For the first time in my career I've started applying this idea to my own work. This festival has taught me just to do what I do. For years I've been trapped by this need for everyone to like me, which is totally impossible. And if a show didn't go well or if a joke didn't work, I thought that there was something wrong with me. But maybe the problem isn't me or the joke, maybe for that group of people, I was their version of science fiction.
Obviously some jokes you write aren't going to be funny to anyone (my favorite joke I've ever written "I had an imaginary friend as a child. When I was seven he died in fiery plane crash" has never gotten a single laugh. Ever.) And sometimes your performance is going to be off, but as an artist I really think the main person you should be trying to please is yourself. You have to write what you think is funny, and perform it in the way you think is funny. If you stay true to that some people won't like you, but I believe what you might start to find instead are the people that love you.