Thought for the Day 25 July 2017
My thoughts are varied – sometimes beautiful, sometimes very ugly, often serious and occasionally, even humorous. I don’t have much of a sense of humor, or, if I do, it isn’t worked much by the unfunny things that seem to happen most often. Even, supposedly funny programs are, I find, dull, boring, childish, embarrassing and mostly exceedingly unfunny. I sometimes crack a smile during the Big Bang Theory or Two and a Half Men, but other comedy series are hopeless in my opinion. Comics who swear all the time are not funny, they are insulting my intelligence. Humor is best when it is subtle and clever so slapstick is dated and boring. Jim Carrey is not funny. If he’d been born at the same time as Jerry Lewis, he might have been funny because slapstick was fashionable then, and mostly childish. That’s more than fifty years ago so how out of date is that?
Trevor Noah is the best comedian around because he knows a lot concerning everything he talks about and he can see the funny side of pretty much anything. That’s clever and entertaining. He hardly ever swears and he doesn’t rely on cheap tricks or smut. That’s also clever. He shows us the world we live in from a different perspective. That’s true comedy and so it’s funny. The point of all of this is that it’s really hard to be consistently funny and comedy evolves just like everything else. What was funny fifty years ago isn’t funny now. So what’s the thought that comes out of all this?
“I’ll never be a comedian – I don’t need the stress of being funny all the time!”
And if you don’t think it’s stressful being funny, start counting the number of comedians you’ve heard of, who committed suicide, or attempted to more than once.
And on that somber note, Cheers!