When Anything Is Funny

Tig_Notaro_Bumbershoot_2010[Wikipedia: Tig Notaro at Bumbleshoot 2010, by Shawn Robbins/Kata Rokkar]

Have you ever had an inside joke with yourself?

Perhaps you’re in a meeting that’s stretched out for hours, and you instantly find a tiny detail to be hilarious. Maybe you’re walking outside, and while no one is watching (thank goodness) you trip unceremoniously on the sidewalk and do a face plant. Or perhaps while recounting a stressful moment to a friend, it begins to sounds so over-the-top-ridiculous that you can’t stop laughing together.

All of these things have happened to me.  I bet they’ve happened to you too. This is proof that almost anything can be funny. It’s not that everything is a laughing matter. Far from it. But in the right time and context, almost any subject matter can launch us into fits of laughter.

Take for instance, one of the most hysterical, random moments I’ve ever seen in a comedy video. Watch Tig Notaro push a stool around. It’s fantastic!

If we’re in a truly stressful situation today, that isn’t funny. Nope, not at all. But I bet we might find one detail that is. Savor it. It might help.

Renee Roederer

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