Looking for Laughter
“for god’s sake cook up an interesting story” the creative head shouted.
“I don’t care if it is real or fiction” the ranting went on, “It has to be funny” the rest of crew looked at him with glazed eyes, Sam was kind of in a thinking mode after all this was his first creative meeting. And as the boss mention, “for once your story will be read”
“And commented upon” mutter Sunny,
“Mr.Sunit Chopra if there is an addendum kindly be audible”
The meeting was over Rio De La Scioco—the creative head looked like a cook who had soufflé in the oven, whether he would look more putrid or turn complacent all depended on how many writers turned in with a story and how many he could pull of in the Humour section. After all the week was dedicated to Humour and being funny was serious business.
Sam pondered I mean how do force yourself to be funny, one can be sarcastic, satirical slapstick whatever, but there had to be a situation or the wonderful humour like PGWodehouse.
Maybe he could share an historic event, like his little niece getting into a sleeper bus for the first time in her long life of 3yrs and, looking around assimilating the bunks and declaring, “Jenny no like chappal bus” it occurred she had confused sleeper with slipper and QED.
Or maybe the other time, when Jenny who was now half a decade deciding to perform a Caesarean section on patient Babu and prescribe Avomin for post surgical recovery. But these were real life episodes that people who knew Jenny and gynaecology would appreciate not a man who thought he was Abe Lincoln re-incarnation … he would actually sip whatever beverage and toss a comment, “If this is coffee, get me tea if it is tea get me coffee”
Sometimes Sam wondered why things were funny, like people laugh at times because there is no more room for crying. Sometimes it is because someone is insisting table manners on a beach and that is kind of funny, and sometimes maybe people laugh because they are alive when they actually should not be.
Looking for inspiration Sam turned on the television it seemed more about ridiculing people than something genuinely funny, yet when someone stands in front of an audience and makes them laugh at a new idea, he/she is guiding the whole being for the moment. No is ever more sure him/herself than when they really laugh. Their defences are down, it is very zen-like, that moment they are completely open, completely themselves when that message hits the brain and the laugh begins. That’s when new ideas can be implanted. If a new idea slips at that moment, it has to grow…
BTW here is the link to Sam’s article https://kathegaara.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/being-funny-is-serious/