I've volunteered to do a standup-comedy act at the science-fiction convention NORCON (June 3-5)...
It's hard to be funny on purpose. And much easier to be unintentionally funny (as I've accomplished countless times).
Someone warned me: the convention guests won't be able to take you seriously as a writer AFTER they see you as a goofy funnyman on stage.
Who knows... ;-)
What do you think? I write "genre" fiction, so I don't have that much of a reputation to ruin in the first place...
If a Really Serious Writer like Margaret Atwood appeared on a comedy club and made fart jokes, would people then say: "I can't read her books now. She's ruined her image!"
Is it all about image?
Then again: Why should writers take themselves so #*#¤%* seriously?
The worst that can happen is that the audience won't laugh...