Posts tagged comedy

The Good Life Elsewhere: A Dark Moldovan Comedy of Migration

To describe The Good Life Elsewhere by Moldovan writer Vladimir Lorchenkov as a comedy is slightly misleading. It’s certainly shot through with black humour and absurd situations as some Moldovan villagers go to ever more desperate lengths to escape their poverty and move to Italy. And yet, because of their poverty and their desperation, and because you know that, despite its absurdist exaggeration, this is a novel based on a real situation, the book will probably make you cry more than laugh. The Good Life Elsewhere starts, for example, with a group of Moldovan… Read More

Who’s your audience?

I love watching Chris Rock. He’s one of the few stand-up comedians who is pretty much guaranteed to make me laugh every time I watch him. However, watching Chris Rock videos on YouTube recently proved to be a very different experience from renting Chris Rock videos from Blockbuster. On YouTube, you get to see exactly what people are interested in. And that brings up important questions of who the audience is, and why exactly they are laughing. For example, you see that by far the most popular Chris Rock video,… Read More