A Comedians Perspective …
Commentary by: Roger Landry (TLB)
You have all seen me write and heard me speak on perspective … that unique (to ourselves) way of seeing and understanding things we develop over time, sometimes decades or generations, and sometimes mere hours, or even minutes. Unlike opinions, perspectives are often more subjective and more deeply rooted in fact, especially if based on an extended time period.
Comedians are in fact some of the most consistent and remembered purveyors of truth today, truth relayed via their unique perspective. Take for instance Will Rogers, still remembered for his keen wit and spot on humor, and that humor was rife with political messages still quoted generations after his passing.
“Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.” ~ Will Rogers
“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts” ~ Will Rogers
And there are so many more well remembered comedians throughout recent history who peppered their routines with the truth concerning politics and recriminations against an overbearing or overreaching government. They did it in such a fashion that it was remembered and passed off in conversation in coffee houses, bars and everywhere common folk congregated socially to talk and tell their stories. It became a part of their permanent perspective … and was socially accepted.
Successful comedians know that by buffering their (usually shied away from) political message with satire or obfuscation, they can make a lasting imprint on the minds of their audience with relative ease. Emotions such as anger, hate, love, and especially laughter amplify a message and burn it into our memory at levels unmatched by mere reporting. And what can be accomplished in mere minutes because of this, most of us struggle for days, weeks, or even years trying to accomplish.
Laughter is the best medicine
Laughter is good for the soul
We have all heard or read the above quotes, and for the most part they ring true. But what also needs to be stated in the same context is …
We remember best what makes us laugh most
One of the most obvious modern examples of this phenomenon is one of the most remembered of all Comedians in the last several generations, George Carlin. George was a master of political commentary either by satire, humor, or direct assault. To this day, a decade after his death, we still have a very powerful memory of his major push back against the political and economic tyranny being perpetrated against us. He is seen as a modern day profit by any who struggle in these endeavors.
Here is just a couple of short examples that really stand out with respect to my last comment. For any who are offended by harsh language … George my not exactly be your cup of tea … but please try and see past that and delve into the message delivered in a fashion only Comedians can get away with.
Who really controls America …
And then there is this … The American OkeeDoke …
Here is another short video with some excellent perspective by Steve Hughes …
The point of all this is the effectiveness of the delivery method.
So the next time you stand in front of your friends, followers or a strange crowd you wish to leave a lasting impression on … a perspective that will live on in their memories long after you have stopped talking … A perspective they will share willingly if for no other reason than its entertainment value … Try something different, try injecting a little comedy into the mix, portray your message as one of your favorite comedians may. You just may accomplish more than your usual expectations would consider.
My Parting shot … Satire (or NOT) …
About the Author: Roger Landry (TLB) spent about three decades of his adult life either in, or working for the military, with about two decades working directly for the Military Industrial Complex facilitating DOD contracts. His awakening to Political, Economic, and Health realities was less than ten short years ago. Since that time he has founded The Liberty Beacon Project (TLB) consisting of over a half dozen proprietary global websites, media projects such as TLBTV, and partner websites across the planet. He contributes regularly to multiple forums both in and outside of TLB Project. Most of his work can be found on the TLB Flagship website TheLibertyBeacon.com
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