Comedy As A Staple Of Human Culture Essay

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Comedy is seen and enjoyed by many all around the world, claiming its place as a staple of human culture. Comedy has but one rule: it must be funny. Other than this, humorists can take any and all liberties to fundamentally change the affect of their art; resulting in a wide array of comedic styles. The “comedy” umbrella somehow shelters the slapstick fun of Laurel and Hardy, the deadpan observations of Steven Wright and the surrealism of Monty Python. These comedians, along with all of their colleagues, do much more than simply make us laugh though. In accordance with Alain de Botton’s principal philosophy on humorists, and their ability to “convey with impunity messages that might be dangerous or impossible to state directly”, it is absolutely true that humorists serve a vital role in society. Humorists are uniquely positioned to both call attention to problems, and to attack the source of them. Comedians have a dramatically wider audience than most politicians, and can address issues in a manner far more entertaining to a larger portion of the population. Comedians can be seen almost constantly on television and heard on the radio, and comedy clubs supply inexpensive, local comedy shows nearly every night. Comedy is easy to find and fun to watch or listen to, much unlike the speeches of a local assemblyman or other low level politician. Illustrating this point, Comedy Central is estimated to receive well over 200 times more viewers that C-SPAN. There are many different…

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