Comedy of Truth and Politics of Comedy

I just finished watching The Campaign. It stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Considering those two, you know the type of humor to expect. It wasn’t a masterpiece of comedic genius or anything, but it was a lovely fantasy about honesty winning in corrupt big money politics.

It would be nicer if that fantasy were a reality, but fantasy has its purposes as well. It is easier to make such fantasies reality, if we can collectively imagine them. Comedy creates the space for imagining what we otherwise would consider absurd, such as honesty in politics.

Comedy is one of the rare mediums where cynicism doesn’t always prevail and that is a good thing. Oddly, a comedy like this is probably a better inspiration for the democratic impulse than all the serious dramas combined, all the serious drams that attempt to portray the dark reality of the problems we face. If we can laugh at our problems, they feel less overwhelming. If we can laugh at the corrupt fools running and ruining our country, then we can stop taking them and their bullshit so seriously.

We need to elect more comedians into politics. Even if the Three Stooges were running Congress, it couldn’t get worse. As for the president, I’d vote for Stephen Colbert. Or if we are to have a woman president, maybe our first one should be Sarah Silverman. Comedians in our country speak more truth than any mainstream politician or news reporter. Instead of a corporate stooge actor like Reagan, we could use a truth-speaking comedian as the leader of the free world.

Besides, politics is already a big show. Since politics is a national pastime and the most popular form of entertainment, it might as well be humorous and amusing.

Comedy Horror Musicals

I’ll sort of keep with the theme of my recent blogs, but lighten up the mood a bit.  One thing I’ve come to enjoy more and more is a good musical.  It was either The Rocky Horror Picture Show or Jesus Christ Superstar that first made me fall in love with musicals.  Even so, I still don’t like the classic musicals to any great degree.

I’m glad that the musical is getting a modernized revival, but there is a particular category of musical that is quite surprising in its popularity.  The category I speak of is the comedy horror musical.  Its about as lighthearted and silly as horror can get and still vaguely be called horror.

Maybe it isn’t surprising at all when considering the modern musical’s origin in opera.  There are plenty of tragic operas, but as far as I know operas aren’t known for their comedy.  In my meager research, it seems that the comedy horror musical was an American invention, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show might’ve been the first.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073629/

http://www.rockyhorror.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Shop_of_Horrors_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091419/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibal!_The_Musical

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115819/

http://www.cannibalthemusical.net/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweeney_Todd:_The_Demon_Barber_of_Fleet_Street_(2007_film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408236/

http://www.sweeneytoddmovie.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repo!_The_Genetic_Opera

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0963194/

http://www.repo-opera.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_of_the_Paradise

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071994/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Frankenstein_(musical)

http://www.youngfrankensteinthemusical.com/

http://www.youngfrankensteinthemusical.com/

http://www.evildeadthemusical.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poultrygeist:_Night_of_the_Chicken_Dead

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462485/

http://www.poultrygeistmovie.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_More,_with_Feeling_(Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0533466/

http://www.buffymusical.com/

One other that might be added is Wicked: The Musical. But I’m not sure as I’ve never watched it. Even though its about the Wicked Witch of Oz, it sounds more like a tragic romance story.

Then again, most of the musicals I put in my blog aren’t very horrific. Cannibal hasfew scenes ofpartially realistic ripping and eating of flesh, but its pretty silly for the most part. Sweeney Todd might be the least funny of these, but its definitely over-the-top… althoughmost horror movies are over-the-top I guess. I’ve never watched all of Repo. It looks like it could get a bit graphic.

By the way, you can watch a recording of the entire live performance of Wicked. Its on Youtube and you’ll find it at the link I provided in my previous comment. I just watched it and it doesn’t fit with the others. There is a Wicked Witch, but she is portrayed very sympathetically. I would recommend it thouhbecause it shows what happened before Dorothy ever visited Oz.

The Onion: Our Robot Masters

The Onion: Our Robot Masters

Posted on Oct 8th, 2008 by Marmalade : Gaia Child Marmalade
This is my favorie Onion video.  Also, here is the link to the video on the Onion website.

 

Access_public Access: Public 1 Comment Print Post this!views (138)  
Tagged with: Onion, robot, master, video, comedy, humor, news
Nicole : wakingdreamer
about 18 hours later

Nicole said

awesome find! very well acted, the three conformists came across as wonderful androids 🙂 this one is going on the Gaian humour pod.

Saturday Night Live: Lawrence Welk, Palin, and Biden

Saturday Night Live: Lawrence Welk, Palin, and Biden

Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 by Marmalade : Gaia Child Marmalade
Access_public Access: Public 3 Comments Print Post this!views (1,733)  

starlight : StarLight Dancing

about 14 hours later

starlight said

i love Saturday Night Live…b/c of all the over-the-top ratings, they are doing a Thursday night addition for now…it really cracks me up and gives some needed relief to all the so-called serious issues we face…lordy mercy we do need the medicine of good hearty laughter!

always, star…

Marmalade : Gaia Child

about 23 hours later

Marmalade said

I hadn’t watched SNL in a long time.  I don’t have cable and had never thought to watch it online.  I’d heard about the debate parody and that is what I was specifically looking for but of course had to watch several other skits.  The debate parody was just perfect.  The Palin impersonation was absolutely spot on.  The Lawrence Welk parody was just plain stupid silly… meaning I loved it.  My parents used to watch that show all the time and so I’m very familiar with it.  Yes, laughter is good medicine.

starlight : StarLight Dancing

1 day later

starlight said

i’m a long time fan…i remember the early days of SNL with gilda, chevy, and other’s…there is still nothing funnier then when chevy use to fall down…yeah it was stupid, but i love that too…lol…humor is funny, i love the stupid silly, but i don’t like the ignorant silly…and there is, at least to me, a difference…isn’t that strange?  lol…but i love, love, love the intellectual silly…jon stewart and steve cobert crack me up…if you aren’t a political junkie though, they wont make much sense…so it is like an intellectual elite club for political junkies, you have to know what is going on in the world to understand the jokes…lol…i also like bill maher…i loved george carlin…fortunately they have plenty of him left on tape…

Where do babies come from?

Sadie: Where do babies come from?

Debbie: Where do you think they come from?

Sadie: Well. I think a stork, he umm, he drops it down and then, and then, a hole goes in your body and there’s blood everywhere, coming out of your head and then you push your belly button and then your butt falls off and then you hold your butt and you have to dig and you find the little baby.

Debbie: That’s exactly right.