The Funny Thing
The Funny Thing About Satire As I see it, the subtlety of satire is making it funny without doing too much harm. That's kinda how I see it. There has been discussion about comedy and drama. In performing, writing and lots of different aspects.
Timing certainly has a role. As do other factors. A joke or a premise can fall flat if delivered incorrectly. It just isn't funny. It's rather subjective, isn't it? What is funny or humorous to me may not be funny to you. Even offensive. I don't think that's the goal. Not as I see it. No, not at all.
Comedy and satire are funny business. I was thinking about the subject recently as I watched an outrageous film which was followed by an interview with the writer, director and a performer of the movie. Coincidentally, each position in the movie I mention is one and the same.
The film is JoJo Rabbit(warning: spoiler alert). Definitely not a big budget production, his screenplay was turned down multiple times before finally being approved by people willing to put up money for the venture under the restriction that he play a pivotal role in the production. I don't want to give away too much of the plot. Suffice it to say it's one that may "shock" some while entertaining others. I happened to like it but admit to wondering if others were "going to get the humor". I quickly abandoned the idea and sat there for the sheer enjoyment of the moment. And that's what makes it important to me.
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The Funny Thing