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So far 2017, has been a real S#$t show for me and those I love. When I saw today’s prompt was farce, I thought a moment about writing something serious about how history repeated is a farce, but that would be a bit boring and depressing. Tonight I chose a different, lighter path. A path that examines the farce as a sub-genre of comedy. What I love most about comedy is how laughter positively impacts our lives.
When life gives us lemons, it is easy to make lemonade or even a lemon drop shot, but sometimes instead of drinking the lemonade, we need to laugh. Laugh at ourselves, laugh at a joke, or laugh at a movie. Which brings us to the farce. A farce is a sub genre of comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus likely improbably. Not surprisingly as I pursued this line of thought, Monty Python stuck in my mind. Who does farcical comedy better than them?
I remember the first time I ever saw Life of Brian in all of its glory. I died laughing for days. Who thinks of this stuff? The movie is provocative, hilariously funny and sometimes offensive. Interesting fact of this movie is that George Harrison created a movie production company to make Life of Brian after the original production company had pulled out. Life of Brian was a fantastic reminder that sometimes it’s okay to not take life too seriously.
The first time my son watched Monty Python’s Holy Grail, he fell off the couch laughing as the “horrible beast,” a rabbit, attacked a member of their party. The comedy of Monty Python is pure genius, however, I know British comedy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. There are plenty of great American farce movies to keep you laughing for years like The Producers, National Lampoons European Vacation, and Old School. When life gets tough, remember to always look on the bright side of life and be a little silly. Life’s too short to always be serious!
Daily Prompt: Farce