So a horse walks into a blog
Hi diddly ho reader-earnoos! It’s great to see you back here at Aspire. I hope your week has been extraordinarily pleasant. I went to a party, had the best time chilling with Jenna and I marathoned Bob’s Burgers trying to forget that I am not currently at comic con. That show is funnier than saying “my pen is mightier than a sword”. That show is 50% clever writing, 40% hilarious voice acting and 20% bad statistics.
For those blind to the sense of humour, comedy is seen in everyday life, in advertisements, conversation and even moments throughout our lives. I am sure we all know someone who has splattered their face pushing a ‘pull open’ door. Today you will also see a large variety of comedic styles in little snippets. However take warning, they say understanding comedy is like dissecting a frog, you will understand how it works, but it’s dead.
We can see comedy in what we read, watch and listen to. On TV a crisis can be a chance for comedic gold. In literature we find comedy in alliteration, puns, wit and word play. Just like that old witch’s tale about cooking, you know the one, Carrie Cotter and the Cauldron of Calamity.
A Professional Opinion
As I helped a chicken cross a road without its motives being questioned, I decided to talk to comedy great John Doyle about what’s funny and comedy as a whole.
Thomas: They say that humour is the spice of life; they also say that just like us in our lives, comedy evolves. How has comedy changed for you over your career in this field?
John: When we started out, sport was a quiet pond that we were quite happy to lob stones into and create ripples. Within a couple of years of us starting, the pond was suddenly surrounded by people hurling boulders into it. More and more people started doing it.
T: Is comedy better when it impacts someone on a personal level, or an audience, whether in a studio, a theatre or out in the world?
J: Comedy is at its best when it reveals a truth. The more absurd the truth revealed the better. And it can happen anywhere. Some of the funniest things I have ever heard have come from listening to the crowd when sitting in the outer at Cricket matches.
T: They say laughter is the best medicine. Some people on the spectrum don’t understand certain comedic things like sarcasm. Why is something like humour and comedy important to those on the spectrum?
J: Someone will always find something funny in almost any situation. It's hard wired into our DNA to laugh, often at another's misfortune. 'The man with no eyes cries for the man with no head.'
T: Comedy is known to clash with anxiety from time to time. How do you find that magic area where you make people laugh about topics that are irregular or controversial?
J: Comedy can be a dangerous tightrope to walk. There is only one rule when taking on sensitive or controversial subject matter and that is that it must be funny. If it's not funny, then you are just being rude and insensitive. But when it works it's great, when it doesn't you want the world to swallow you up.
My Two Cents
It might seem crazy but I haven’t always been this funny. I was quiet as a butterfly and jokes would sting like when I pee. In high school I was considered to be the lame quiet guy. I did however learn a lot about being funny from my good friend Nathan. It’s taken a lot of time but I have developed my own type of comedy, I used to quote television shows so much, you would think I had echolalia. I did get a lot of my comedic stylings from my dad, TV shows and people I know. As a creative writer and a man of humour you realise that you end up making up your own style of comedy.
So what do I find funny?
I love an angry man ranting on about any ridiculous matter. Puns and wordplay will always get to me; if I had a penny for every time I used a pun I would have nickel poisoning. I’m known as the Punisher for my deadpan comedy/snarker, telling jokes without change in facial expression or change in emotion, just like in Transformers More than meets the eye.
Life is funny, I mean what world would give us elephants? They look ridiculous, are used for awkward situations, and can never forget how much we make fun of them (Raina’s favourite)? Even evil men from throughout the ages can be made fun of. We all know there are certain topics that should be steered clear of, but as John Cleese once said
“When do enter areas of taboo that involve things like limbs coming off or something sexual;there is always a bit of anxiety. For just a few there is a lot of anxiety so when the subject is raised they freeze up and hate it. They hate the fact that people around them love it and they say ‘I’ve been offended’. Most of us have only a little bit of anxiety, so what happens is when they start to laugh at it they have an even bigger laugh because they have that extra energy built up from that anxiety being liberated.”
Make sure you get your tickets for this year’s Aspect Comedy night (LINK), hosted by Roy and HG.
So until next week folks, don’t forget to always look on the bright side of life!
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