Robert Cormack en WRITERS and PUBLISHERS on beBee, Publishers & Bloggers, Writers Creative Director • Robert Cormack & Associates 16/9/2017 · 3 min de lectura · +800

Humour Is Just Goofy Reasoning.

We laugh because we're human and suck at being serious.

Humour Is Just Goofy Reasoning.

“If someone told me a sense humour was so vital in relationships, I could have avoided a lot of sex!” Kate Beckinsale

Humour has been with us a long time — actually longer than people. Think back to the beginning of what we call creation. If two amoeba hadn’t bumped into each other millions of years ago, essentially we’d be mud.

Since then, we’ve dodged dinosaurs, fought wars with pointed sticks, even tried dropping anvils on each other’s heads (revisited by Wile-E-Coyote). You might say we’ve evolved because of humour — even when it hurt.

Rather than lose his troops, Washington ordered them to cross the river in leaky boats. He stood on the bow because bows tend to sink last.

There’s been a lot of humour in our history. Even George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware was a bit of a sideshow. Many of the enlistments were finishing their terms of duty (not to mention deserting). Rather than lose his troops, Washington ordered them to cross the river in leaky boats. He stood on the bow because bows tend to sink last.

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was first reported as one of the worst speeches ever made. Nobody knew what “fourscore” meant. It wasn’t until Charles Laughton recited the Gettysburg Address in the movie “Ruggles of Red Gap” that people saw the true theatre of Lincoln’s words. Laughton was asked to recite it many times. He finally had to inform people he was British.

George W. Bush couldn’t spell potatoes while visiting a primary school.

It could be said that humor has followed all presidents. Richard Nixon once told a reporter “A president can do anything he wants.” He was later impeached. This greatly surprised him. It surprised Gerald Ford even more since he had to assume the presidency. He often fell down stairs at airports.

Bill Clinton was supposed to be impeached under two articles of lying under oath and obstructing justice. He was acquitted instead, and Monica Lewinsky left the White House to make purses.

George W. Bush couldn’t spell potatoes while visiting a primary school.

Presidents seem to create a flow-down effect, leaving a lot of open ground for the rest of America to be goofy. During the worst storm in history, hunters were warned not to shoot at Hurricane Irma. At the same time, civil rights activists took exception to blacks being targeted for looting shoe stores in Miami. The activists felt police should have been focused on stray dogs.

Very few stray dogs loot shoe stores during hurricanes.

We seem to thrive on goofy reasoning. It shows we’re human and suck at being serious. We may seem a bit daft, but why question motives when a man being pecked by a goose in the nuts gets 2 million hits on Facebook?

It’s good to know it wasn’t us getting pecked in the nuts, or arrested for stealing shoes in 200 mph winds.

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else,” Will Rogers once said. There’s a lot of truth in that. It’s good to know it wasn’t us getting pecked in the nuts, or arrested for stealing shoes in 200 mph winds. Humor allows us to be voyeurs, laughing at what could have been us.

When current events are funnier than sitcoms, there’s something soothing about that. First of all, we show we can laugh. Secondly, we accept the overall goofiness of life in general. It puts the world in context.

Like the commercial where two parents videotape their children spreading finger paint all over the washroom. “Let’s send in the dog,” the wife says, and the sheepdog becomes a fury Jackson Pollack mural. As the husband cleans up the mess, the woman posts the video and gets 40k hits.

As calming as laugher may be, some people seem to think it’s undignified outside of their own rec rooms.

As long as something’s funny, it can’t be stupid. Or it can be stupid and funny, anyway. We don’t make distinctions. If the tragic events of Hurricane Irma can be softened with someone saving a chicken from a bordello roof, why not? it breaks the monotony of pain and forbearance.

Humor gets us through the rough patches. As Milton Berle once said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.” The crazy irony is, we don’t take enoughvacations. As calming as laugher may be, some people seem to think it’s undignified outside of their own rec rooms.

This is particularly true of writing. I’ve noticed far more seriousness than humour on social media. People seem to prefer serious discourse, thinking their jobs — and lives — depend on it. Obviously this isn’t the case since serious people get fired and die all the time.

Yet, each day, thousands of briefs, letters and emails attest to our seriousness. We use the terminology of corporate culture. We communicate facts and figures, figuring it clarifies who and what we are.

Think of the millions saved on commercials and promotions just by being humorous — and human. It actually sells.

In truth, all these things make us less human. The day I moved from serious writing to satire, my audience grew a hundredfold. Where people used to take exception to something I wrote, now I get things like: “I read this over breakfast. Squirted coffee out my nose. Thanks for the nasal clearance.”

In some ways, it’s like the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Strangers helped each other. Humour does the same thing. Imagine if advertisers and corporate interests understood this. Think of the millions saved on commercials and promotions just by being humorous — and human. It actually sells.

This November (20th to the 24th), I’ll be doing a writing workshop/retreat in Port Dover, Ontario at Clonmel Castle with poet and author, Myna Wallin. We’re calling it “Humour and Satire Are Just Goofy Reasoning” The castle itself is a beautiful place (looks like Wuthering Heights) and the workshop includes four night’s stay, meals and libations. Check it out: www.clomnelcastle.ca

I know this is Thanksgiving in the U.S., but anyone interested in our workshop can contact Lynneee Steffler (owner) at: clonmelcastle@gmail.com

Port Dover is within 2 hours of 5 major airports (GTA, London, Cambridge, Hamilton and Buffalo).

We’ll be delving into all sorts of humour, from political commentary to short stories and children’s books. It’ll be a great time, full of laughs, combined with tricks of the trade and how to market your goofiness.

Let’s face it, we all need a vacation — not to mention a chance to be goofy.

Robert Cormack is a humorist, novelist and blogger. His first novel “You Can Lead a Horse to Water (But You Can’t Make It Scuba Dive)” is available online and at most major bookstores. Check out Yucca Publishing or Skyhorse Press for more details.





Robert Cormack 18/9/2017 · #12

Thanks, @Timothy Welch. I intend to make short work of cancer and impending Armageddon if I get enough laughs and don't get suited by serious journalists whom I know want to kill me with platitudes.#11

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Timothy welch 18/9/2017 · #11

Mr. Cormack, I must respectfully protest your piece in the name of serious bloggers and journalists and news reporters around the globe. You must be incahoots with the liberal media along with CNN as you sit around 24 hours a day reading tweets by Trump only to provoke the working class into political satire moments better suited for a SNL skit. Please let me remind you that Bebee is a professional branding site for like minded people and not for the weak hearted who only wish for the proverbial like and share. Some of us are here to cure cancer and save the human race from the impending Armageddon and last days as prophesied by the Holy Scriptures. Repent of your goofy language and humour lest the gods of higher journalism shall spite you with greater blindness and shall hinder your serious writing. Other than that, this was nothing less than a Freaking bloody piece of awesomeness that should be shared with the blogosphere.

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Robert Cormack 18/9/2017 · #10

Age allows us to turn mindless sex into forgetful sex, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. You go to bed wondering if you turned on your partner, the light or the coffeemaker#9

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Oh man--I love humor, but I suck at humor. Wish I didn't--life should be full of laughs. I'd engage in mindless sex, but I'm too damned old. I'm stuck with seriousness.

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Robert Cormack 17/9/2017 · #8

#4 They certainly risked life and limb to save those poor soles, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. I noticed "high tops" had to be saved the most. Let's hope these individuals get the attention they deserve, and we publish their explanations: "Well, they were just sitting there."

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Robert Cormack 17/9/2017 · #7

#3 A little humour goes a long way, @David B. Grinberg. A lot of humour goes a longer way.

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Robert Cormack 17/9/2017 · #6

#2 I'll let you know how it goes, @Gert Scholtz. Thanks.

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Robert Cormack 17/9/2017 · #5

All good points, @Martin Wright. Thanks.#1

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