Audrey Hepburn show 05 by Luiz Fernando / Sonia Maria
"Let the walls of this toilet be decorated by humor and satire."
[Graffiti in a Russian public toilet.]
".. a laugh is the wisest, easiest answer to all that's queer."
[Herman Melville , Moby Dick.]
I would like to start this essay with the following two samples of good humor:
1. Every day on my way to work I drive by a dingy house on the edge of the street. The poster reads:
Spiritual Readings. Walk-ins welcome.
Funny? You bet. You can imagine the walk-in spirits pouring through the door, like in the movie Ghost. The spiritual reader in the house, however, apparently didn't mean that. He meant people were welcome anytime, which made it even funnier.
If I wanted to use this poster as a piece of satire, I would rewrite it as a poster on the door of a Congressman's office:
Soul selling. Walk-ins welcome.
2. This one is an authentic joke from the American South:
A person passes by a house in the South. There's an old man in a rocking chair on the porch. He watches the dog doing something strange: he jumps from his place, up and down, then lies back down at the same place. The passer-by asks the man:
What's with the dog?
Guess..sss sitting on a nail, sneers the old man.
Then why doesn't he move away?
Guess..sss it doesn't hurt enough.
Perfect humor. Witty and sharp. Right to the point. If I would like to use it as satire, the only thing I would need to do is add a comment: