Cartooning Like You Mean It

Cartooning, Teaching & Living – by Tom Hart

John Lahr’s speech on Comedy and Revenge

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Verbatim notes taken while listening to John Lahr’s speech about COMEDY AND REVENGE.

Speaking of the old comedians of the beginning of the industrial age:

They were LOSERS in the land of plenty. Desperation fed their urgency.

They had no economic security. They were restless, had no education…

They were punished by the possibility of being told they were equal but having no way to each achieve it.

They became their own capital.

And they mocked the sources that oppressed them

They were physically unattractive
— comedy like American life is about conquest
— the clowns enacted the infantile wish to prevail

Listen to the show here

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Written by hutchowen

September 4, 2007 at 2:22 pm

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