This post is a continuation of this article ‘Spotting the Funny and Surviving Offense’.
Comedy takes on everything: Chauvinism, feminism, religion, atheism, health, disease, skinny people, fat people, presidents, serious issues, taboo topics, hypocrisy, everyone and everything.
It takes you on nonke.
A while ago a famous South African DJ on Twitter said, “msunu yeno nonke,” to the whole country. Loosely translated, the phrase means ‘everyone’s ass’: msunu refers to ass, nonke is everyone. In English it could mean ‘f** everybody.’
The country is afraid to confront him for clarity: the army, everybody.
He is boss. He even made ‘Nonke’ t-shirts. Everybody bought them, he made money. I dreamt of parliament trying to force Oxford Dictionaries to change the definition of ‘everybody’ into ‘some of you.’
Comedy takes on everything and everyone. NONKE!
‘Too soon’ to make a joke
I was involved in a car accident in December 2015. I felt ok for a minute, and then came panic attacks. I yearned to have a grip on myself, they were horrific.
In the heat of the panic attacks, I asked my homie Promise to inform a girl I then was courting of the incident.
Maybe I was using pity to win her over. Is that how fast and opportunistic I am?
She said no in the end.
Not even a month after the accident, my homeboy Promise starts making fun of the incident. What a prick he is. And he was in the collision with me. What happened to ‘too soon’ to make fun of a bit of tragedy?
If you think he is worse, one of my uncles started cracking jokes at our nearly tragic accident in the same week it happened.
Wasn’t it too soon? ‘Too soon’ is a phrase used in comedy. Urbandictionary.com defines it as: “A phrase used to respond to someone making a comment that was intended to be funny, but touches on subject matter that shouldn’t be joked about, usually because it was a recent event.”
It is said “Humor is tragedy plus time” (quoting Mark Twain). Some are too much of pricks, like Promise. They turn tragedy into comedy ‘too soon’. Those are the funniest, if they are good people.
One of the fairest things in life is that a joke can be made on anything good and bad. If it is said with the intention to harm, it is malice and not humour.
Like I said in this post ‘Spotting the Funny and Surviving Offense,’ the measure of a joke is the well-standing character of the person making it.
“Those easily shocked should be shocked more often”, said Mae West (died 1980 at age 87). She was a comedian, a singer, author, screenwriter, and seemingly whatever she chose to do.
Common use flipped the quote to “Those easily offended should be offended more often”. It is good and relevant.
To add: it is better to be offended and shocked by a comedian.
Take a comedian like Gilbert Gottfried. He says inappropriate jokes ‘too soon.’ He seems like a genuinely good person, who is a comedian, and wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. He seems not interested in any career over comedy. He won’t get into politics or wage wars.
God doesn’t forget, and so does comedy. Your comedic bit can be twisted and used to bite you back.
Comedy bites comedy.
Someone on the net captioned this picture with “tears of joy because he never has to buy weave again.”
Then someone replied with “he’s crying because he is thinking how expensive implants are.”
Comedy takes on everything. One topic can make fun of a contrasting topic – and vice versa. There are Christianity jokes that make fun of atheism, and there are atheist jokes that make fun of Christianity.
Go onto Google, search contrasting topics against each other, and add ‘jokes’: good health versus ill health, freedom versus dictatorship, etc.
Joke on atheism
Q: Why can’t atheists solve exponential equations?
A: Because they don’t believe in higher powers.
Joke on Christianity
Q: Why do they say that when you die you become closer to God?
A: Because you no longer exist.
So long as there are human beings on this earth, jokes will be made – by good people and not. Ohh and if human beings move to another planet, jokes will land with them.
In closing, what I am not saying it that you shouldn’t get offended – you will get offended sometimes. I too will get offended. But let’s try to rather not get offended by comedians and good people around us. They do not mean any harm. They mean to humour.
Humouring is one of the finest qualities a concerned somebody can show.
But know there is a joke, either in the past-present-future, waiting to offend you. To get stoic on you, it is your duty to not be terrorised.