Friday, November 7, 2008

Indulge in Humor

Well, the national after-party hangover has begun.

Conservatives are morose and lackluster, staring out of gray windows and idly fiddling with knick-knacks.

Liberals are beginning to realize that the guy they just elected inherited an intensely large pile of crap, with the Dow plummeting since the election, and world leaders aiming really large missiles at each other.

So I think it's safe to say that the world needs some humor, to paraphrase the reasoning behind the start of Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.

For my two cents, I plan to watch a lot of comedy in the coming days. Old episodes of "The Office," new DVD releases, laugh-inducing You Tube clips. Our ability to laugh at ourselves is most important. Of course, a close second is laughing with (and my brother would say "at") others.

It's a serious world we live in, and I hope our new president finds himself safe and sound every moment of his executive tenure. That's something I worry about.

But we have enough worries - mortgages and rent, security and crime.

So for those of you who like to leave comments, please share with the rest of us your favorite comedies, movie and television.

An unlikely source of relaxation - unlikely to anyone not born in the 80's - has been a DVD set of "The Muppet Show," season two to be exact. A friend's son was spending time at our house yesterday, and he loves it - preferred to watch it over "Narnia" or "March of the Penguins" or cartoon "Robin Hood." There are so many puns that adults end up laughing, and so many visual gags that kids giggle nonstop. Who doesn't want to see Steve Martin talking to Kermit, or Gilda Radnor talking to Miss Piggy?

Share your old faves and new discoveries, so we can guffaw, laugh, giggle, belly-laugh, shriek, and howl.

P.S. I've posted fresh news items in the "Extra! Extra!" bar, not least of which involves a woman who ran a mile with a rabid fox chewing on her arm.


Grad3 said...

I heart the Muppet Show- I love the one with John Denver...

How I Met You Mother always makes me laugh along with That 70's Show-- enjoy your weekend :)

Anonymous said...

It doesn't get much funnier than some of the Pink Panther movies. Certain episodes of The Closer can also make me laugh until I cry - for instance the body in Provenza's garage and the wedding/bride episode....Love you Sissy, Mom

Carrie said...

Old Favorites: I Love Lucy, Get Smart, Gomer Pyle USMC, Abbott and Costello.

Newer Favorites: Everybody Loves Raymond (irony?), The Office, The Incredibles (something in me relates to Elastigirl--probably the stretchy hips), Meet the Parents, Charlie and Chocolate Factory (why are melting puppets utterly hilarious to me?) and Mr. Bean.

Elizabeth Glass-Turner said...

A weird experience: sitting in a bustling airport in Beijing, watching Mr. Bean's antics on a giant TV screen on the wall; all around me were cultural differences and peculiarities, and yet there - Mr. Bean!

But so much of his comedy is physical, not spoken, that I guess it translates well!!