Comedy and humor are the hardest things to write. Sure, Hamlet gets all the praise, because it is oh-so-serious. Preston Sturges makes this point in Sullivan’s Travels, his film about a Depression-era Hollywood writer of screwball comedies who wants to do something serious. The movie is a dramedy, in fact, but this scene shows Sullivan’s epiphany
as he realizes the curative power of laughter: the way it frees people, if only for a time, from their troubles.
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