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Affective Comedy

Amidst all the chaos in the world, a good comedians can simplify things and make them humorous in the same beat. A sort of poor mans philosopher, a comedian can also do what a journalist often can’t, which is speak the truth. Even if comedians can speak ‘truths’ to audiences, many times their message isn’t as respected as if it were delivered by a journalist. Its a Catch 22 for a comedian who’s goal goes deeper than making the audience laugh.

 As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange once wrote, “If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature.” If comedy is good, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is controversial. This depends on the topic. Take comedians on politics for example. For thousands of years, comedians and politicians have fought a ‘blind battle’ with the public stuck in the middle. On one side politicians (not completely) oppress the people, and on the other side comedians humorously mock the politicians actions. Due to the size of the audience, the impact of the affect is always greater for the politician. There has never been a political coup carried out by comedians, but recently the impact comedians are having on politics is growing.

Mock-news television shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and its more acute branch The Colbet Report, use the guise of comedy to deliver the truth (and some times the facts) about world events that many times get distorted by many of todays major news media outlets. Like flowers opening to sunlight, a good comedian who projects his brilliant ‘truths’ onto a crowd can also open the minds of his audience. In order for any comedic species to survive it must make the audience laugh. In order for it to evolve in its environment it must become a luminary of truth for the people. Case and point George Carlin. 

The American Humorist is regarded by many as the king of comedy. Throughout a career that spanned over 50 years, Carlin’s gift was the ability to expel lightening bolts of honesty about the day’s most taboo topics. The thunderous sound of applause might have only echoed throughout the room, but his message resonated with millions of people across the globe. Carlin built his empire on the ethos; it’s funny cause it’s true. No comedian has yet to have the same affect on the masses as did the late George Carlin. A good comedian can influence ephemeral laughter in a crowd, a great comedians can give people thoughts that last forever. Whereas many nations leaders make people minds see through the monocle of fear, great comedians will do the same using the monocle of truth. 

Currently, many politicians are spreading their ‘truth’ to the people about delivering democracy to nations who ‘deserve it.’ This spreading of democracy is done by force and in some cases, through the most vile word in the english language - war. This very complex situation is summed up quite simply by the great Carlin who once said, “fighting for peace, is like screwing for virginity.”

In conclusion, there is more truth to be discovered within the four walls of a comedy club than possibly anywhere else on the planet. Seek the truth. 


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