Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor…I am Pagliacci.”d
Alan Moore, Watchmen
My god, it’s Gandalf!
But what a great graphic novel. I had no idea that Moore also did The League of Extrodinary Gentlemen (which is sitting on my desk right now–I’d spotted it in the library and picked it up).
I love this paragraph so much. Interesting commentary about comedians and why humanity find them funny… because most of them are depressed and down on their luck. No one laughs when a person talks about how successful they are. Laughter is reserved for one’s failures.