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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:
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.
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