Does comedy hurt comedians?
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Donna Bailey Nurse
, on a radio show tonight, alluded to the fact that any comedy is dark comedy.
I don't know who she is, and it's unlikely you know who she is, but she made me think about comedy and violence, and in some cases I agree with what she said.
She gave the example of Abbot and Costello with one of them slipping on a banana peel, falling to the floor and whacking his head in the process. Pain is supposed to be funny. The whole act of trying not to fall is funny. I buy that. I think Cartman's roshambo
is hilarious--every time.
If, for example, Abbot (or Costello, as I don't know who is doing the falling) didn't hit his head on the floor and instead got a reward, she argued, the whole act of stepping and slipping on the strategically placed banana peel is not funny anymore.
Very insightful, and yet obvious.
So I think this
is very funny, but I don't think it was meant to be. (Hint: slowly scroll down until you start laughing.)