Countdown to July 4th: Comedy R Us: Humor, Comedy and Laughter in America
You have probably heard the story of Archimedes running home naked from a public bath shouting "Eureka! eureka!" "I have found it, I have found it!". He had figured out how to prove that the king's crown was made of pure gold or not.
Well, I had an eureka moment this morning. Nope, I wasn't solving a problem for any king or president. I am not a mathematical whiz like Archimedes.
For some time now, I have been wondering about what keeps Americans sane. After a lot of thinking it hit me that it must be...you guess it: Laughter.
Americans love to laugh at themselves, their wives and husbands. At their children and parents, grand-children and grandparents. Americans love to poke fun at their celebrities and leaders, demons and their God. Americans laugh at everything and that keeps most of them from falling off the cliff.
What will Americans do without their humorists and comedians? Imagine a world without Jay Leno. Conan O'Brien. David Letterman. Stephen Colbert. Ellen DeGeneres. Bill Cosby. Whoopi Goldberg. Chris Rock. Peter Sagal. Garrison Keilor. Jon Stewart. Bill Maher. Weird Al. -- . -- . --. Fill in the gap with the names of people who make you laugh. Don't you want to laugh simply thinking of these people?
Lewis Black, the Comedian who observed that "Republicans are a party with bad ideas and Democrats are a party with no ideas," best described the importance of comedy to this country when he remarked: "There's no measure to the value of comedy-- it's sanity maintenance, it's what keeps people on their toes, it's what provides humility, it's the insulation -- not only does it open us but it insulates us from everything."
Archimedes used to say "Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth". American comedians will probably say today: "Give me an audience I can make to laugh and I will make them go through anything in life."
Let's honor the great tradition of American comedians and humorists this July 4th.
Here are some links to comedy sites. Do you have any suggestions of funny sites you want to share?. USe the comments box below.
Will Ferrell meets his landlord: Watch the Landlord
Funny or die
Colbert Report Official Site http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/index.jhtml
The Comedy Zone http://www.comedy-zone.net/
Larry Weaver's Website:
American Comedy Archives
Photo Credit: Ben Cohen, Stephen Colbert, and Jerry GreenfieldPhoto: Getty Images