About the Cosmic Sitcom
By Carlos Pedraza
THIS IS NOT a blog about television, though I love TV. I may even blog about it from time to time. Instead, what this blog is about is my operating philosophy of life.
About 25 years ago when I was in college, I had one of those amazing all-night conversations with my roommate and his girlfriend where everything just clicked. Everyone was witty and articulate and attractive. Each of us went from setup to punchline, from banter to monologue. I imagined there was some sort of camera present that recorded the whole thing for broadcast to some cosmic audience “out there,” and that they must’ve been entertained by the whole thing.
And so the Cosmic Sitcom™ Theory was born.
Though it sprang from my imagination, the idea that each of us has our own cosmic channel broadcast to a cosmic audience with itchy fingers on their remotes inspired me to live life in the most entertaining way possible. Sometimes that’s comedy, others it’s melodrama and still other times it’s dramatic or tragic. But my job was to perform my life as well as possible.
An eminently watchable life results in good cosmic ratings. Good ratings bring better production values, great guest stars, and a stunning supporting cast. Like television in our world, February, May and November are sweeps months — when ratings really count. That’s when you get your Very Special Episodes, your road trips, your extra special guest stars.
After a while, you begin to sense when the cosmic camera pulls in for your closeup, when you go to commercial, when your Cosmic Sitcom™ is on hiatus. The important thing, as Alexander Pope put it, is to “act well your part,” because no one wants to watch a whiner.