The Humor Come-Down
29 April 2012
Classes ended last Thursday, a week full of evening events, and now… it’s taking some time to “come down.” Shifting gears from teaching to writing — from teaching to anything — requires some brain-clearing, and I wish it was faster, but it just ain’t. Believe me, if sex/drugs/rocknroll worked in this regard, I’d be all in. But alas… Yesterday was shell-shock (manifest in over-eating and a TV marathon, ugh). Today, a good long walk, some gardening, and — what seems to work best of all — laughter.
I am speaking of the White House Correspondents’ dinner, which took place last night. If you know me, you know that I am in love with the President, and especially his comedic talents. (It’s all in the delivery, as they say; the President makes jokes work that could easily crash and burn.) Jimmy Kimmell was damn good as well: I don’t know if it’s his style or if he was nervous, but he blew threw joke after joke, barely noticing how they were received, which I found pretty effective. Laugh with me, friends. It’s good for the soul, good for the mind, good for art.