You can probably think of many comedians, be they stand-up comedians or comedic actors or both. Names such as the late, great Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Jimmy Falon,Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, or someone from yesteryear like the late, great Johnny Carson, George Carlin, Chevy Chase, Woody Allen, Carol Burnett, Richard Pryor, Billy Crystal and the incredible impersonations of Kevin Spacey and so many others. Then there are of course the Three Stooges, the Marx Brothers, Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason), and the Honeymooners, Abbot and Costello, Lucille Ball, Charlie Chaplain, and on and on. Comedy is crucial because it strikes an emotional chord, which incites laughter, and laughter is good for the soul. Look at the innocence of an infant or very young child. The giggling laughter will light up a room full of adults and have the adults acting all “goo-goo-ga-ga” and putting smiles on their faces too. Cartoons based upon laughter often entertain children.
Even tragedies can be lightened up with comedy. Humor can act as an instantaneous solvent of discord. Someone once said that comedy could also be defined as “tragedy plus time.” Well, you will find examples of this if you look for it. After time has elapsed, a delicate and brilliant comedian would find a way to enter humor into tragic events; it can be solemn but takes the edge off of things a bit. Laughter heals the spirit. This is why in eulogies someone will always tell a story that will make people laugh to ease the friction, pain, and suffering.
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