Book excerpt. “I’m not going to lie: I know I’ve got a natural talent that has seen me through my trials and tribulations. Being funny has been my bulletproof vest. This mouth of mine and my goofy face have kept me from getting shot many times, particularly that one time when I stole a drug dealer’s girl. Being funny wasn’t a career choice growing up, it was my way out of situations, a way to survive another day. In the end, it also freed me from my environment.”