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“I think there are a lot of things out there that are humorous that people don’t realize until you actually show them what is going on. Saran Wrap for one thing. You know, you could pull enough of that out of the box and it will actually kill you. It will get a hold of you, stick to you, and choke you to death.” — Tim Conway
I’m a sucker for physical humor: Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther movies, Jim Carrey (in his early days), Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, Carol Burnett — they all crack me up. But Tim Conway stands at the top of my list.
I think slapstick or silly comedy gets a bad rap. Yes, it’s unsophisticated. Yes, it’s not for everyone. But to watch a person who projects a sweetness or naivete, yet has me falling on the floor with laughter, that person has a remarkable gift.
These times are serious times. People are suffering, frightened, at loose ends; some wonder where their next paycheck will come from; others wonder if they will still be in business in the weeks or months to come. Spontaneous laughter seems to be a rare commodity.
But laughter is so often the very best remedy for sadness and depression. For a few moments, we forget everything but the shouts of our own glee; indulge the silliness of a particular moment; or feel the pure joy of freedom from our troubles and living solely in the moment. Laughter is what heals us.