Laughter is the Best Medicine

The language of humor

Don: With my grandchildren, I’m watching — we’re watching — “Game of Thrones.” Alleen: Ugh.
Don: (laughs) I’m watching “Game of Thrones.” Alleen: He’s watching “Game of Thrones.” That’s tragedy of humors: It’s there. Everyone in there is more than an
eccentric — is a grotesque. OK, “Downton Abbey,” that was — those were eccentrics, but
in “Game of Thrones,” those are grotesques. Everybody is a grotesque
of one kind or another. They’re really, really at the very, very far edges of
that particular quality — whatever it is. I like her stuff more than I like my own
stuff, but there’s something called a “chick flick,”
OK, and it’s about relationships, it’s about family, it’s about home, sometimes it’s about workplace — but it’s about relationships, basically.
And then you have the male-oriented — basically the
difference is that the chick flicks are about how you live and the other flicks
are about how you die. Alleen: A humorous attitude or an atmosphere, no matter what you’re teaching or what it’s going to be, is a positive thing, because it wakes
people up for one thing and gets their brains working. Even if they don’t catch
on to a joke, they’re thinking, “Why is everybody else laughing and I’m not?” (laughter) Don: Me. Both: (laughter)

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