Comedy – should I laugh or should I cry? (Bigger Questions)

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Author Aaron Allston said about the difference between tragedy and comedy: “Tragedy is something awful happening to somebody else, while comedy is something awful happening to somebody else.” Is this true? What makes something funny?

The line between comedy and tragedy can be very fine. City Bible Forum‘s Sam Chan explores comedy, shares a joke or two and helps us see something bigger from the shows that make us laugh

Bigger questions asked in the conversation

Comedy – what makes something funny?

Does it surprise anyone that Australia’s Funniest Home Videos was one of Australia’s longest running TV comedy shows?

Why do you think it was so popular?

One of the reasons for the demise of Australia’s Funniest Home Videos is the rise of the Internet and YouTube and popular “fail” websites like EpicFail and FailArmy. FailArmy YouTube videos have combined views of over 4.6 billion. So why do we like laughing at the misfortunes of others?

Is this what makes something funny?

Do your kids find you funny?

What about the bumbling hero? The shows that you like – Mr Bean, Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-girlfriend – they often seem to have bumbling heroes. Why do we find them endearing? What do we learn from them?

The Bible’s reflection – comedy and meaning

Now Sam, the Old Testament wisdom book of Ecclesiastes, in the Bible, talks a lot about the meaninglessness of life, or the frustrations of life.

This is just where the conversation started and the laughs kept coming… be sure to listen in until the end.

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Another great episode: Dystopia: What are you afraid of?