Is Life at Its Best when It Has Comedy?

Sunny Aggarwal
Professor Brandon Judell
CHC 10100
11 December 2012

Is Life at Its Best when It Has Comedy?

“This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel” (Walpole). As conveyed by such an ordinary quote, comedy brings an entirely new meaning to life. For example, people who wish to live a more joyful life bring humor into each other’s lives. This can bring a whole new sensation for some; however, for others, it can introduce a whole new dark side. Now, controversial opinions may still exist about this idea of comedy. What actually is it? Is there any meaning behind it? Are there any of us who prevent or are desensitized to it? Seemingly so simple, there is a plethora of dark and clear attributes to comedy in American society that we must endure.

Comedy revolves our world. You see it on the subway, in comedy clubs, in your own house, and at various other locations. Why is it so profound and widely known? The reason is that comedy lightens up people’s moods and gives them something to digress on from a depressing topic or terrible movie. Some examples may be: “Look, don’t sweat it, I wear an underwear in the shower all the time! Or “In order to clean your room faster, just stuff all of it in your closet and no one will know.” Conveyed by these samples, comedy adds an important purpose to life whether it’s for the good or the bad.

A fundamental factor that comedy hinges upon is tragedy because it sometimes changes your perspectives in life that you can move from. There are many different forms of comedy such as: a literary work, a pop cultural work, solo/group form, and others. Many people’s views on the live performance shows may be more favorable due to the fact that the person(s) is able to come up with the humor naturally rather than taking it from an overplayed script/online video. However, not only does the ability to come up with humor matter but also the actual performance of the joke heavily matters. For example, when I was at the Comic Strip Live show a couple of weeks ago, the audience reacted more responsively to the comedians when they were able to connect their jokes to them in a more cohesive manner (i.e. “Look at her! She is agreeing with me…Unbelievable!” etc.). Hence, this pervasive representation of comedy in today’s society can be shown in such places.

Though there are many pleasant and seemingly simple sides of comedy, times of dark/tactless humor can tend to populate. An important “insider” rule that people attempt to follow: “If it's not fair, it's not funny” (Lynch). Exemplified by her post, jokes about someone’s actual personality or looks can be very crude and hurtful to him/her. At the same, such statements cannot be generalized for the entire population. There are some people who go with the flow and neglect the humor in the joke. This can be conveyed through my parent’s origins in a third-world country. Their humor consists of jokes of one person to another and though it can be quite condescending, the people just tolerate it through time. All in all, however, there are bounds to comedy over which people can step upon and actually offend someone’s emotions. Hence, an expression that unifies this concept can be conveyed through: “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt” (Bombeck).

The depressing and good sides of comedy make up this world’s “equilibrium system.” Though this system exists of “good” and “evil” humor, there are people who show varying sensitivity levels, which causes an imbalance of comedy. Such imbalance can be shown through modern humor such as: Adam Sandler’s movies, Comedy Central, College Humor, and others). Even though this is not meant to actually hurt people with these emotions, the depicted message is that humor can take any form a person desires and alter his/her emotional mood to anger, frustration, ecstasy, and others. Therefore, one can’t blame the dysfunctional schemes of American comedy, as they have taken over the standard humor in modern society. Though this type of comedy is the reality, a plethora of people is not afraid to express its emotions about this type of humor. They wish not only to change this humor aspect but also to make comedy a more readily available source for everyone to watch. Examples include: YouTube (i.e. nighahiga, Fred, etc.), the media press, political cartoons, and various other sources. These types of available sources allow us to be able to reconsider our most personal and deepest thoughts.

Humor has a funny way of bringing a different feeling into our lives. There are great and depressing realms that can go along with such a complex idea. Everyone has his or her own thoughts/beliefs about it, but this is what differentiates from one person to another. The reason is that this type of imbalance causes a change of perceptions from person to another. Various disbeliefs on this modernization of comedy into our society versus third-world humor arise. Even though this doesn’t result in unification of people, it can help to not only diversify our beliefs on comedy but also our thoughts on life!

Works Cited

“Erma Bombeck.” BrainyQuote.com Xplore Inc, 2012. 23 November 12.
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“Horace Walpole.” BrainyQuote.com. Xplore Inc, 2012. 23 November 12.
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Lynch, Alexandra. "The problem with comedy today." Daily Kos. Kos Media, LLC, 31 2012. Web. Web. 23 Nov. 2012.

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