I'll still post here on occasion, but then again I don't know who's watching.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Must've been a good year.
You know that feeling when everyone is online except that one person you really want to talk to? It's just all around unpleasant.
Not because it's important, but because it's comfortable. It just feels as if there is something missing, a lack of presence regardless of whether they're within walking distance or a great many miles away.
I guess inanity offsets insanity?
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The comedian, as a person and a group, has gone under much evolution. Being a stand-up comedian is a fairly recent phenomena, where someone gets up to entertain the audience. Originally, a true comedy was a story or play or production, traditionally about the underdog saving the day and getting the girl--this contrasted with tragedies, epic poems, and lyrical poems. But as technology evolved, we had such acts as the 3 Stooges, or Abbot and Costello, entertainers that would do acts and skits and generally amuse those who watched.
We still have this, but there's more to it now. Branching from the traditional comedies came the comedian, someone who was meant to be funny and point us towards the absurd. "Do you see that over there? That's ridiculous!" For what purpose would you want to do something like this? To evoke laughter, of course! But it doesn't end there.
Lets take a look at the deceased George Carlin, (almost un)arguably one of the greatest comedians of all time. He started off with one of his buddies, and started a small radio comedy act called Burns and Carlin. They did imitation sorts of comedy, imitating famous recognizable people and highlighting the ridiculousness of it all. They were shirt-and-tie straight-edge types. People were comfortable with that, and they'd have their laughs. But the 60's was a time of change, a time of experimentation for a lot of people. Comedians started to get edgier, challenging certain ideas, using less clean language, stuff like that. In one of his acts, Carlin is quoted as saying, "Welcome to my job. What is my job? I think up goofy shit, and I report it to you." He later came up with the famous 7 Words bit, which led to a supreme court ruling about indecency, but kept pushing the envelope. It's no longer just about the slapstick and the absurd, but it develops insights to the human condition and some very intelligent social commentary.
So what is the job of the comedian today? To wade through the bullshit and make you think. Look, for example, at John Stewart. In the Daily Show, he often does the usual pointing out the absurdity, but not in little things but in big, important things. Politics, world news, nothing is safe. And yet he doesn't make us just laugh, but makes us more informed and observant of the world around us. Things are pointed out to us that make us think, "Wow, that's fucked up."
The spark of sanity left in todays world seems to only be held at the people who have people laugh at them every day. And it seems like a sad day that those who pay attention to comedy are also the most well informed people in the world. The mainstream laugh them off as kooky nutjobs that are just there for the laughs, but in essence they are so much more. They are entertainers at heart, but they have important messages to bear.
Right now they are our last bastion of truth in the world. Nobody else is willing to step up.