How Do You Find Truth Through Humor?
“Humor is truth.” // Victor Borges
What do you think this means?
May is humor month at The Writers’ Kitchen and our goal is to find out. Join us to explore one of writing’s most important virtues: the ability to make people laugh.
I get my daily dose of life’s absurdity from writer Deirdre Lewis, who describes her hilarious and poignant daily blog A WALKING CARNIVAL, this way: I have 3 children, 7 parents and am the oldest of 10 kids who did not grow up in the same house. I talk to dogs, people in line, and occasionally to myself. Sometimes I feel like I am part of a walking carnival.
Here’s an excerpt from “My Liege”
I followed him back to the house or rather to the gate at the side of it, rigged up with slats of wood and chairs balanced on tables. Ficus vines, 3 feet high, grew along the top, so that you could barely push it open and squeeze through anyway.
“What’s with the obstacle co-“
“Don’t let the dogs out, don’t let the dogs out.”
As soon as he yells this, two dogs come bounding out of nowhere and hurl themselves up against the fence. I have to kick them in the head and growl while shimmying myself sideways through a 4 inch gap. Dad is right behind me.
“Grab their paws, grab their paws.”
I have no idea what he is talking about. All I can think is how weird it is that entering the house has turned into a stressful operation like running from an enemy or robbing a bank.
How do you find truth through humor? Share your favorite source here and tell us why in 100 words or less.