Let’s Put the Awe Back in Awesome

988669_10152882434160652_1893030052_nWelcome to another Tuesday with TED. Today we have the multi-talented Jill Shargaa. A seasoned comedian, she is also an illustrator and designer who brings a pulp sensibility to her work.

Shargaa’s comedy career took off in 1979, when she sold a one-liner to Joan Rivers for $9. She’s been making audiences laugh ever since, first as a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Funny Farm in Orlando, Florida, next on the ABC television show America’s Funniest People (she came in third), and now with her all-female comedy revue, Evening of Estrogen.

Jill is also the founder of Shargaa Illustration and Design, and has done work for Universal Studios Creative Resources and Walt Disney Imagineering. Half illustrator and half designer, she favors concepts that raise a chuckle.

In this hilarious talk, Shargaa makes a plea to save the word “awesome” for things that truly inspire awe. Take a few minutes to watch. You won’t regret it.

Do you us the word awesome to describe lunches and parking spaces? I know I do. Did this talk make you vow to use the word less? Awesome!

Do you think the word awesome is overused? Leave a comment below.

Until next time,
Cynthia Patton

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.
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