Friday, October 2, 2009
Why Laughter Matters
Why'd the turtle cross the road?
So he could tortoise how.
"We called him "tortoise" because he taught us. . . ."
And, scene . . . .
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In a recent discussion on Facebook. a friend of mine commented on my disappointment with digital TV:
"Sorry dude, it's still a whole lot of channels of nothing to watch."
Now, my anti-TV cred is pretty high.
From November of 9th Grade through November of sophomore year of college, the only TV I watched was selected old movies, Washington Redskins football games, Alfred Hitchcock Presents repeats, and Lily Tomlin specials.
The latter were noteworthy for a couple reasons:
1) They were the only NEW TV I was watching during that time period, and
2) They were produced by Lorne Michaels, who also produces the show that made me a TV watcher again for once and for all, Saturday Night Live.
3) Then I started reading Tom Shales, and the rest is history . . .
In the meantime, I defy you not to laugh at these men dressed as women:
Whaddaya know! Another Lorne Michaels production.
Laughter = Joy, and Joy is that force you feel when for some ineffable reason--and a few effable ones, lemme tell ya--you just plain feel GREAT to be alive, "For the good and the love and the thing and the do," as Martin Short channeling Jerry Lewis might put it.
'Cause it's GREAT to be alive!
Where there's joy, there's laughter.
And you know that can't be bad.