As kestrel put it, create headspace. Music usually cures what ails. But sometimes it’s just not enough…. I’ll usually revert back to comedy to get things moving along. I know it’s obvious, but it works. So I’m not about to pretend I’m above it :p
I think that people who have the best sense of humor are those who understand the irony in taking comedy seriously.
Anyone who has talked to me about life or politics for more than, oh…lets say, ten minutes will probably hear me reference Bill Hicks for one reason or another. He was most definitely a serious comedian.
I wish so much that he was still around today.
*Caution : Loud public access quality audio!
And just think, his comedy is funny.
I’ve noticed there are a bunch of Monty Python and Eddie Izzard fans here. I’ve also seen a few pick ups on Flight of the Conchords (which is easily one of the funniest shows on the air). So it would seem I have good company in my sense of humor here. Not that I’m surprised :p I think it defines much more about a person than music preferences. Especially this day in age.
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On occasion political humor upsets me because there is a very fine line between humorously venting real frustration and making light of a seriously fucked up situation. Sometimes the Daily Show and Colbert Report go too far on the making light end of the spectrum for my tastes. Although I also think it’s a good way to introduce people into the idea of accepting that the state of things is in a really dark place right now. You can’t just throw that out at someone all willy nilly. Either their head will explode or they’ll stick their fingers in their ears. Need to ease it on into the consciousness and that type of humor makes for a great stepping stone.
I’m primarily a fan of stand up, but I enjoy a lot of situational comedy because the context allows for really, really dry humor. Especially sans a laugh track. Arrested Development and the British version of the Office had this kind of comedy down to a science.
Arrested Development is….
well….not really a show that can be described. It’s best to just start at the beginning. Don’t worry, there aren’t too many seasons since Fox decided to cancel it prematurely. I joined an online support group when it went off the air 🙁
Why was Arrested Development canceled?
~Illusions, Michael. Tricks are something whores do for money.~
David Cross who was speaking in the video above, was also the “actor” in the first clip from Mr. Show (produced by him and Bob Odenkirk for HBO in the mid 90’s). Mr. Show, The Upright Citizens Brigade, the State and Kids in the Hall helped define the new breed of irreverent sketch humor post Monty Python. On this side of the big pond anyways. None of them gained the notoriety but fortunately many of the members have branched out into more mainstream (and not so mainstream) television over the years. I’d go into it, but following comedians careers from sketch comedy is a whole other beast…They are out there though! Influencing comedy everywhere. Which makes me very happy 🙂 <—– see