comedy as a cosmic act / poem 57

I consider comedy as important as therapy, possibly more so.

Tonight I stopped my usual reading and being on the computer and playing with the young dog routine to watch ’30 Rock.’ Tina Fey is amazing; she is my she-ro. There is something about her character Liz Lemon that is just so nerdy and self-deprecating. Complex. I never saw the movie ‘Baby Mama’ but watched the previews countless times. I do believe that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler could read the phone book and make me laugh. Last fall’s election season really brought this pair to my attention: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ I swear I’ve watched the skit of Amy doing the “Palin Rap” more than any other comedy sketch in my life.

I also adore Steve Martin. I remember first noticing him in ‘The Jerk’ years ago (OK, decades). I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. There is something about slapstick that is special — really, the goofier the better. I believe it may have something to do with the irrational. Maybe it’s a zen thing, a koan. Something about slapstick stops my mind. Oh, and I can’t forget Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg. I’ve seen them both live on stage.

Something about comedy makes life worth living. The physical act of laughing gives your mouth and throat, neck and head — don’t forget lungs — a total workout (maybe we burn some calories, too?). It has something to do with seeing another perspective, forgetting one’s little self, setting the ego aside. When we all laugh together, we become One. Never did think of comedy as cosmic before. Maybe it is God/dess’ way of making us forget about budgets and recessions and disease and war. Maybe it’s Her way to tell us to ‘lighten up.’


let there be lightening up
and let there be peace
with our laughter

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