(The title of this is a thing that’s been going around Tumblr. The post below is mine, from wordstudio.)
Henry Rollins asked his audience this question, which haunts me still: Would you rather be funny or happy?
I’ve long said that I’d rather be funny, because there’s wisdom to be found in misery and I’m not sure what you learn by being unfunny. I think that may be simplistic of me. In recent years, I’ve started to wonder if happiness isn’t just as important. I’ve started to wonder if both funniness and happiness aren’t learnable skills—things you can hone and practice. I know funniness is. I love to watch comedians talk shop.
So, yeah, this little mantra is funny in its own way and, like a lot of good of jokes, it’s also a little dangerous.
The thing is, if funniness is a learnable skill, we can all be funnier. No one is necessarily unfunny, they’re just unskilled. And isn’t it better to teach and share the funny than to dismiss those who haven’t learned yet?
We’re all unfunny sometimes.
But those people who refuse to learn how to laugh? Yeah, fuck those guys.