The Comics NO ONE Remembers
This article belongs to In Search of Laughs! column.
(Author's note: insert tongue in cheek, brave reader)
After a good night at a comedy show, isn't it amazing how hard you laughed then, but the next day, you can't recall the name, or place the face? (Geez, that babe with the tight skirt? Or that guy with those red shoes? Or the guy in the robe that did that silly rap parody?) Those are the folks this weird treatise is all about.
We all struggle for answers. Scientists tell us that, which IS REAL, can be measured, and then verified. The rest is unreal, and it remains to be questioned. But, Thomas Aquinas said: "Some questions have no answer."
I propose this possible, if not improbable answer: these Johnny Appleseeds of mirth exist amongst us. They travel across our vast land bringing fun and laughter, where before, there was none. Haven't we all been going about our business, and laughed for no reason? That's one of those Jokey-boys! He must've sneaked up on you and whispered his little funnyness in your ear. They come not to be served, but to serve.
Life GRINDS on us all! I postulate this: Laughs are the vital oil that keeps all human things running smoothly. Paraphrasing Mark Twain: "Man is the only animal that laughs.....or NEEDS too!" If your sense of humor is working properly, then you'll probably put up with some situations or ideas, temporarily, where you normally might balk or rebel. Smells trigger memories, why can't laughter trigger one's patience? Life can be SO MUCH EASIER for those who will understand that life CAN BE ABSURD! Maybe, just maybe, there are higher forces are at work here?
Here's your Brain!
Here's your brain on dopamine!
But lo, I have further evidence to be told. The poster boy for laughter healing, Norman Cousins, allegedly cured himself from enormous pain. Hi there...Mr. Placebo! Johnny Carson said: "If you buy the premise, you buy the bit!" Don't you want to CHOOSE to be amused? Some people choose to be gloomy. Why would you hang with those kinda stuffy folks? Hang with us, we're having lotsa fun. After all, laughing with one another is the next best thing to loving one another. It's one of the original faith-based initiatives.
Those who produce Yuks, whether they are pros or your pals, they're trying to make you laugh. So understand they aren't necessarily trying to be memorable, they're trying to make you laugh!
So, if every so often, if a sight, or smell, or memory triggers a good laugh from you, and you can't figure out why, or who, or what provoked that laugh...
COULD BE...one of our kind has infiltrated your data stream for a brief shining moment.We are the few, the happy few...we are the comics that no one remembers!
more in Cheers
Gosh, with all the holiday blues going around, and with all of Uncle Sam's woes these days, it's become real easy to get down on ourselves lately. But don't. It's really not that bad for us. Cheer up everybody!
From Subic Bay in the Philippines, to a 2,000 seat arena on the Island of Diego Garcia in the Pacific Ocean, when I have been onstage doing comedy shows for our Armed Forces, Iíve known I had two things in common with them: the first was we were all proud Americans, the second was this far away, we all missed home!
Something Wanna Trade Your Citizenship For Mine? (Walk A Mile in My Red Shoes!) If you are a citizen of a country that is not America, I wish you well! I really do! It is too bad that I can not say the same for some of your governments.
When one prostitutes oneself for laughs, i.e. taking money to perform in a plethora of cities and states and countries, face it, most stand-up comics need a pimp they can trust!
Hereís an idea whose time may have come: Like the Christmas commercials running already, it could be too early to propose this, butÖwonít you all consider some of that amnesty stuff for our disillusioned leader: Junior Bush?