Posted by: Norm | August 12, 2014

Requiem for a Broken Soul

We aim our orgasmic hallelujahs at the comedian.  We wish he would never stop making us laugh, the show is always over too soon.  We are not afraid when we are with him.

The greatness of some comes from a broken soul seeking relief.  The manic contortions, the incessant jocularity, are embellishments to keep himself and the rest of us occupied and we’re grateful.

No one said it better than Robin. “Comedy is acting out optimism.”

Comedians live for the stage and yet, it’s like a disposal, ready to consume their latest, best reach for “normalcy”.  You can’t tell the same joke to the same audience twice.

Accolades and hallelujahs are so public, they sometimes never reach the privacy of a man’s soul.

I believe most funny men are broken in need of repair. He walks back and forth between depression and laughter, not knowing quite where he belongs.  To varying degrees we all share that journey.

I am reminded of, and am impressed to send along, these words from Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard.”

The Epitaph

Here rests his head upon the lap of earth
A youth to fortune and to fame unknown.
Fair Science frowned not on his humble birth,
And Melancholy marked him for her own.


Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere,
Heaven did a recompense as largely send:
He gave to Misery all he had, a tear,
He gained from Heaven (’twas all he wished) a friend.


No farther seek his merits to disclose,
Or draw his frailties from their dread abode,
(There they alike in trembling hope repose)
The bosom of his Father and his God.
Rest, dear friend, dear Robin . . . may peace, at last, be your friend.


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