Comedy: (n) entertainment intended to make an audience laugh
The least humorous thing that can be done is to have a discussion about comedy.
So since I find myself writing an essay on the subject, you can count on two things: it will be brief, and as non-discussive as possible.
Comedy is what sane people do to try to change things they know will probably not transform, but still need to be addressed. In that way, it can sometimes be
heavy-handed. (How appropriate to refer to it as a Comedy Club.)
To me, comedy that benefits the human soul, like a medicine for our emotions, always has three ingredients:
- Self-deprecation. (You have to make fun of yourself.)
- Commonality. (It is all part of what the tribe does.)
- Some hope (leaving the hearer aware of the difficulty, but ready to approach the situation.)
When comedy provides these three angels to our journey, it may be the closest thing to defining God.