Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"The world of the future will need laughter..."

Over at When Falls the Coliseum, I have posted a new piece about comedian Gilbert Gottfried's tweeting of jokes about the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant meltdowns in Japan. Small sample:
In the episode of "The Simpsons" entitled "Bart's Comet," Bart Simpson discovers a comet is heading straight toward Springfield. All the town's inhabitants cram themselves into Ned Flanders' bomb shelter; however, there isn't room for everyone. As the citizens try to decide which of them will leave the shelter to die in the catastrophe, Krusty the Clown pleads his own case, and says,
"OK, OK, let's figure out who should stay. The world of the future will need laughter, so I'm in."
Or, put another way,
"That's what comedians do!!! We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter."
That is a tweet from comedian Joan Rivers, in defense of another comedian, Gilbert Gottfried. Comedians are humor specialists who could be doing other more lucrative work, such as plumbing, but have instead decided to sacrifice themselves for the good of us all-- to make us laugh in difficult times.

You can read the whole thing here.

He just wants you to laugh.

1 comment:

Ed Gorman said...

I always found Gottfried to be particularly irritating and talentless. I'm sorry to see him lose his job; I imagine it paid some bills. But timing is everything. He should have waited till the matter was resolved. And he should have been a hell of a lot funnier than he was.