What to Do About Absurdity?
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The comedians of the world have known from the beginning that the condi tions of human existence, if viewed directly and rationally, appear somewhat absurd. In an earlier book (Fisher & Fisher, 1981), we studied a variety of comedians and clowns by means of interviews and formal psychological tests and learned a good deal about their personal conflicts and comedic strate gies. One of the points that particularly impressed us about these people, who are so dedicated to being funny, is that they forever feel called upon to shield people from the threats and forebodings typifying modal life on this planet. As the result of early transactions with their parents they feel obligated to soothe others and to interpose themselves against the bad things “out there.” They are weighted down by a poignant sense of duty to help those who come asking for the antidote provided by humor against human misfortune.