When one thinks "dangerous jobs," usually firemen, lumberjacks or ice road truckers come to mind. But we may have a new life-threatening occupation...
Stand-up comedy! According to a new study conducted by The International Journal of Cardiology, being a stand-up comedian can be hazardous to your health.
The study examined the top 200 stand-up comedians from ranker.com and compares their lifespans and causes of death against the top comedic and dramatic actors. The results are alarming.
According to the study, the average life expectancy for a stand-up is 67.1 years. For comedic actors, it is 68.9 years and for dramatic actors, it is 70.7 years.
It also shows that stand-ups are more likely to die prematurely than comedic or dramatic actors. In fact, of the 36 deaths among the top 200 stand-ups, 14 were premature.
Furthermore, the study shows that stand-ups who are considered the funniest are the most at-risk for an early death. Apparently, whatever makes them so funny also is also incredibly damaging.
This is horrible news for the comedy-loving world.
But great news for Dane Cook!
There are many reasons why stand-ups are so prone to early death. They have stressful, demanding jobs; they are expected to be more erratic than actors; and their work environment is filled with drugs. Also, they've broken their FUNNY BONE too many times.
That joke just guaranteed me a long, long life.