A quick yuk…My old aunts would come and tease me at weddings, “Well Sarah? Do you think you’ll be next?”
This ended quickly once I started doing the same to them at funerals.
Doctors get a lot of hype and of course they eat it up. Jokes about doctors confusing themselves with God are mythic, but I have another top nominee in the category for doing God’s work, Comedians.
Seriously you say? Comics? Aren’t they screwed up, self-destructive psychos prone to drugs and childish behavior?
Okay, true, there is that, but let me make my case here.
First not all comics are like that.
Sure some are, but even the ones who are may be the ones that spread the most laughter and do the most good.
Case in point, Sam Kinison.
Drugs, craziness and rock n roll, no one is arguing that point. But anyone who knew Sam saw a pussycat of a person. His loud screaming persona was an act to cover the pain.
So that’s my point. Many who are suffering and in pain turn to negative behavior to act out. Comics spread laughter and cheer. Hashtag: spreading joy.
Any comic that ever stood on a stage understands the feeling of holding an audience in the palm of their hand and the satisfaction that comes with a joke that works and a set that kills. Does it ease the pain or change the past or fill the hole inside? Perhaps or not, but for a moment the universe is engulfed in robust earsplitting laughter.
Each guffaw carries through the air and reaches corners and caverns once dark and dank. Hearts and minds are opened and the world lights up with a bright, happy vibe.
One of my fondest memories of doing stand-up comedy was a night at Catch a Rising Star at the MGM Grand. After the show a women came up to me and hugged me. She said, “Thank you so much. I had the most horrible day today and you made me laugh so hard. I really appreciated the laughs.” What can you say after that?
Most comics I know are the happiest after a great set. They thrive on the laughter and love hearing an audience rocking and rolling while listening to their words. One of the best feelings ever.
I believe one of the greatest gifts a person can possess is a sense of humor. It should be obvious to most that despots and evildoers have no sense of humor, to them funny is murdering, hating and spreading fear. Jolly is not in their vocabulary.
Why does everyone love Santa Claus? Okay, aside from the goodies he delivers, it is so much more. Santa is a red-cheeked jolly old guy who laughs and his belly shakes.
This is the picture he evokes in people’s minds and it is why he brings smiles.
Laughter equals happy. People who are laughing together can’t be arguing, fighting and beating one another up. They can’t be planning evil deeds while they are doubled over with deep belly laughs.
It’s actually quite simple; we need more laughs, more fun and more positive vibes spreading across the planet.
Comedians do their part to create this cosmic flow of laughter and for that they should be cheered, praised and appreciated.
As Mark Twain once said, “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” When we have the greatest ammunition against pain and hurt available for free, we should be laughing all day long.
In an effort to spread more smiles here is my recipe for yummy Waldorf cake or quick bread.
Waldorf Salad Quick Bread
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Cup Walnuts
2 Cups Cooking Apples
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 Cup half and half
Mix together flour, salt, baking powder and salt and set aside. Cream together sugars and butter and add eggs. Continue mixing until incorporated. Add vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with half and half finishing with flour. Do not over mix. Add apples and walnuts and mix gently. Pour into loaf pan or small Bundt pan well greased and bake at 350 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cover with topping before serving.
1 Cup mayo
1 Cup sour cream
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 Cup chopped celery
1 Cup chopped grapes