Imagine a society where there is no humor or humorists. How would you deal with information if there were no humor or humorists? In many articles, YouTube clips, and movies that I have viewed such as deadly sins happening at a church bake sale by “The Onion”, the comedian Sebastian Maniscalco in “Doorbell”, and Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire show that they play a vital role in society by addressing information to the public that is happening right in front of them. According to Alain de Botton, “to convey impunity messages that might be dangerous or impossible to state directly.” Humorists address that they play a vital in society by addressing how to deal with situations that happen in the public’s daily life.
In the article “All Seven Deadly Sins Committed at Church Bake Sale” humorists address how people are religious, but still they are committing deadly sins at a church bake sale. For example, when at the church bake sale Betty Wicks walks past Connie’s table and says, “I just have to buy something,” said the 245-pound Wicks.” ,and by them saying this it shows how vindictive they really are. Another example is the sin of lust committed at the church bake sale when, “male attendees ogled Wyckoff” the shapely 20-year-old redhead”. Both of these quotes show that humor and humorists address a vital role in society when deadly sins are being committed at a church bake sale, and they show how to address a situation such as this one.
In the YouTube clip of Sebastian Maniscalco “Doorbell” he as a humorist addresses how times have changed from how things were back then compared to how things are now when company rings your doorbell, which shows the ludicrous side to this comedic situation. For example, he did a skit about how when it did not matter who it was back then on who rang the doorbell because company was always welcomed.
People got up, ran to the door, drank coffee, ate cake, talked for hours and they were already saying for another time to stop by and do it all over again. Then compared to the other skit for example when the doorbell rang now. He said when the doorbell rings now; people would say who the heck is at my door, everyone gets down on the floor, and act like no one is home until they leave. The YouTube clip of Sebastian Maniscalco “Doorbell” addresses why humor and humorists are a vital role in society and how they can deliver news to the public in a comedic way.
In the movie Mrs. Doubtfire the thing that Robin Williams addresses as a humorist is the divorce with his wife and the custody battle over his kids. For example, when he makes jokes about what is happening and about himself instead of dealing with the problem in front of him about his divorce, when he is trying to divert attention to something else. Another example is when he dresses up as a woman to keep an eye on his wife and to make sure that nothing happens between her and someone else. Also since he is dressed up as a 60-year-old woman, he has a show that teaches good morals and lessons to kids, and at the end of the show he read a letter about a kid whose parents were going through divorce and no matter who it was that loved you there was always a family for you.
For example, when he has a custody battle with his wife for the kids he dresses up as a 60-year-old woman and acts as a housekeeper to see his kids every day of the week. He also dresses up as a woman because he wants to be with his family. He dresses up as a woman to show the humorists’ sides’ way to deal with his divorce and the custody battle over his kids, and this addresses how humor and humorists play a vital role in society and shows a different way to deal with this kind of scenario.
Another example that Robin Williams uses in Mrs. Doubtfire is when he does the voice over for a cartoon and the cartoon has a bird smoking in it. This is also against his morals and he does not like the fact that there is a smoking bird in the cartoon to show to children. For example, then he asked the people around him if it was wrong to basically promote smoking to the kids that would be watching this, when they were all smoking. Another example is since he quit his job and he dresses up as a woman (Mrs. Doubtfire) he stars in a new show to teach good morals and lessons to the kids by using his sagacity. He shows that humor and humorists play a vital role in society to show how to give good morals and lessons to people in a humorous way.
Throughout the articles, YouTube clips, and movies that I have viewed and in society, humorists have addressed that they play a vital role in all of them. Either by bringing up topics that are hard to talk about or by delivering news in a comedic way.
“All Seven Deadly Sins Committed at Church Bake Sale.” The Onion. 12 December 2001. Web. 15 April 2013 Mrs. Doubtfire. Dir. Marsha Garces Williams, Robin Williams, and Mark Radcliffe. Perf. Robin
Williams and Sally Field. Twentieth Century Fox, 1993. Film. Sebastian, comedy 1. “Doorbell- What’s Wrong with People. “Online Video Clip. YouTube.
YouTube, 22 March 2012. Web. 11 April 2013
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