Why wouldn’t it be?
The best thing you can do, hands down, chin up, mouth wide open, is laugh and the only thing that is “bestester” is laughing harder.
Everyone laughs for different reasons and even at different moments within those reasons. Even though some people have dark pasts, or even those who plot a dark future (e.g.: the Fuhrer), all without doubt enjoy the feeling laughter generates, and this is why they laugh at the enemy. And more importantly, that is why we have something called “ Dark Humor “!
Most of us do not know the difference between something funny and comedy.
To put it very simply: funny is raw, and is usually unplanned, like someone running away from a small dog. Or even a very funny joke. Some might argue over my choice to include a joke in this category, but usually, a joke is not planned, you just say it.
In comedy, error is paramount. It’s a full production that is aimed towards highlighting that error. Whether it’s a stand-up, a skit, a sketch etc., it delivers an unparalleled amount of information to our faces, just so it can then destroy it completely. And the thing that is extra special and crispy about it, is that since this production is one by erroneous creatures, the errors of production add to the errors in the production (like a heckle or a microphone dying on a comedian) and the experience is heightened.
So, comedy is a setup; it is a feel and a vibe. People want it, people look for it and people appreciate it. Kevin Hart recently sold out a 600,000 “seater” for his comedy tour “Now what“, grossing more than 35 million dollars and shattering all records in comedy ever. Is it only because he is hilarious? No. It is because people anticipated he will be funny on that tour as well.
Why? Because comedy is not a property of an author nor a comedian. It is what it is, a product of error matched with perspective and those two are no one’s property. A comedian’s job is to match the error with its perspective, and then the production delivers it. Those who hit the mark repeatedly with the matching process become those commonly known as “funny people “.
While all this sounds nice, here is the part most up and comers miss: you do not own the error, you do not own the funny perspective, but what you do own is the depth at which you deliver it. It is proven that people are more apt to spend money if you make them laugh, so imagine what you can do with another resource that they leak and cannot control: their attention.
This is where comedy becomes relevant. If a comic can insinuate depth in his comedy, then it drops its “act“ attributes and right away becomes something bigger than the crowd and the comedian, it becomes a new level of consciousness towards an issue. The best at this was the late George Carlin and the only one who can follow, I believe, is Louis CK.
Comedy is growth, and the harder we laugh at things, the further they are in the past and the further they are from our defense mechanism, hence why we can change and advance. Comedy is a strong tool for change; it is a great power that few possess. To those who think it is just about laughter, I say you are wrong, it is about laughing at your entire existence up until the second you just left because we are products of error, we are steeped in error and we produce error by the second. The more you laugh, the lighter life becomes and the more you can focus on the depth axis and transcend (big words from a big guy).
Change can only happen when we look back, assess, take things lightly and progress. And the only proven way to take things lightly is by just laughing at whatever you said, did or thought. If that habit can transform into a collective activity, then how much easier would the world be to navigate knowing that every second of your existence can be processed later and what you now consider hardship, can later be part of a joke’s punch line.
Comedy is power!
You might agree with me, and you might not agree with me, at the end of the day, you are reading a comic telling you how relevant comedy is to you as a person and as a social pawn. Now, how relevant is that?
George Tarabay is a guy who says stuff about things, sometimes to make you laugh (Comedian), sometimes to make you buy (Marketer and Radio Host of the Thursday Show on 88.8), and sometimes to make you feel (Poet). Yet all of this does not compare to his big huge and down-to-earth feet (see what I did there?).
Art credit: The Divan’s fabulous collage artist, Satori.