It's been a brutal week. Bad news from everywhere. Extremist Republicans, an even worse Supreme Court, and the BS meter flashing red all the time. It's time for a laugh. The comedy relief we all need. Unfortunately the Daily Show and Colbert Report are on reruns when he need a laugh the most.
Follow me below the cheese curd for a few doses of the best medicine in the world.
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People aren't the only creatures who laugh. Non humans like dogs and members of the great apes also have something like laughter. But WHY do we laugh:
Here's one that's more "sciency"
When we think an anecdote is heading in one direction, then heads in another, it's funny. Laughter diffuses tense situations and increases social bonding. It also releases powerful chemicals in our brains, elevating our mood. Better yet, it's contagious. All of us laugh when we see someone else laughing.
Now for the laughs we all need from 2 of my favorites:
Robin Williams in 2012 (yes, some of the material is dated, but it's a full performance and he's the master). Watching Robin Williams is intense. Everything comes rapid-fire, the humor is non-stop, your brain whirls, and your face and sides hurt after so much laughter. Yes, it's a good thing.
George Carlin was different. He told stories and expanded on the satire inside of them. See this collection spanning his career. His "lists" were famous. The brutal truth was at the center of his humor.
Speaking about funny brutal truth, it's the basis of the incredible comedy which is central to The Daily Show, Colbert Report, and John Olivers Last Week Tonight. A news report is soon forgotten, but mix comedy inside of it and it's memorable. It's the best way to poke fun at the RWNJs and their pile of crazy.
We won't soon forget John Olivers reality based climate change debate:
Consider how "interesting" Net Neutrality becomes when laced with a dash of John Oliver:
Not only memorable, but it mobilized viewers who subsequently crashed the FCC web site trying to file comments against the proposed rule change.
The RW can buy all the media they want, blow propaganda all over the country with massive volumes of hot air, wordsmith and focus group to their hearts content, but they'll never be funny. There is no RW comedy (it's never, ever funny when they try it). There's no humor in racism, corporate control, guns, flag worship, taking away voting rights, or the War on Women. Tribalism, intolerance, fear and hatred may have fans and supporters, but we can make fun of it at their expense.
They fear the comedic hits that expose their level of crazy. All they are left with are the crazy uncle rants from Rush, Beck, and the Faux Newz clown show.
Unfortunately, The Daily Show and Colbert Report are on a break and showing re-runs at a time when we need them to inject some sarcasm into a week of bad news. Real Time with Bill Maher is on vacation, too. I can't wait for them to return.
Remember, comedy is on our side. Enjoy the comic relief and keep making fun of the nutbags. We need it.
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(Note: 2 images removed because they borked).