Are you laughing at me?
May 22, 2012 3 Comments
I worry about competing with Rosie O’Donnel over a woman. I also secretly believe that Michael J. Fox is harassing me. And my biggest insecurities stem from lawyers, girl scouts and obituaries.
At least I think that’s what this latest report means.
After reviewing the laugh responses to a video of a stand-up comedian, Robert Lynch, a doctoral student in evolutionary anthropology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, concluded that “Self-deceivers were less likely to laugh at the stand-up comic than those who were more honest. Lynch suspects that it’s because comedians often joke about taboo topics, and those who are lying to themselves can’t chuckle because they feel it would be too revealing.”
Just when I thought it was safe to say that the title of my blog is actually an ironic twist on the fact that I really don’t like the show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The show that makes my husband laugh hysterically, like a small boy that discovers the perfect toy is actually attached to him. The show that takes every chance circumstance and creates a comedy fit for a mad queen.
It’s annoying. It frustrates me. I can tell you with a certain accuracy just how the show will progress from random happenstance to full blown personal chaos, and it doesn’t trigger the funny bone in me whatsoever. I’ve always thought this was an indication of my superior evolution, that my humor could only be provoked by comedic sophistication.
Apparently, I am just a fraud.
Apparently, I don’t laugh at this show because I am afraid to show who I really am. I am deceiving myself, concealing my true self from the world around me. Something about this show touches a nerve in me, and triggers the insecurities I fight to suppress on a daily basis.
I belly laugh at nut shots, wedding dance blunders, and the damndest things my kids say. I howl at disillusioned stunts gone very bad, really horrific karaoke, and stealth pictures taken at Walmart.
I guess that makes me really confident about the balls I don’t have, my talent as a triple threat performer, and my parenting abilities. Oh, and my fashion sense to wear the correct size clothing that hides both crack and muffin top on a regular basis. Other than that last bit, I wouldn’t have called myself confident in any of these things.
So am I insecure? Or could it be that the stand-up comedian in the video just wasn’t that funny?