These days we need to laugh more than ever. When the state of the world starts to get me down I go out of my way to find something that will make me laugh and feel better. Then I can get on with creative things in a much better mood.
Yesterday there was a hilarious post on The Age Newspaper website. It has a game where you can type in your own name or any other and it will be Spicer-ized. For example, I typed in Mother Teresa and the Spicer version was “Mothershead Tereza”; William Shakespeare became Willibald Shaky; Richard Nixon became Richelieu No-Nose; Alec Baldwin became Aledore Balestrero. You get the idea. Lot’s of fun at Sean Spicer’s expense. Have a go. Here is the link – Spicer-ize My Name
Another fun on-line pursuit is the Oracle of Bacon. This has been going since 1999 and started as a university study into the concept of “Six Degrees of Separation.” You type in any actor’s name and it will tell you how they are connected and how many degrees they are from Kevin Bacon, who has been in so many films and TV shows he was chosen as the test subject. I typed in Alicia Vikander and she is only two degrees from Kevin. Try and beat the system with obscure actors. It is very difficult as he has links in film all over the world. You might even find yourself connected.
Searching You Tube for comedy videos is a good way to get you laughing. Comedians are great value. Amongst the many wonderful choices, I love looking at ones with Dame Edna (aka Barry Humphries). Ellie and I went to one of his farewell shows in Melbourne in 2012. Dame Edna is such an Australian Icon that it is good that we can still laugh at her antics on You Tube. Those in the know would never sit in the front few rows to prevent becoming a a participant in the show. Here is a performance she did in Montreal in 2005. Part of the enjoyment of Dame Edna’s sharp wit was that, while you felt sympathy for a hapless audience victim, you were glad it wasn’t you.
Political satire can certainly turn around a depressing situation. Australian satirist Huw Parkinson, of the scarily prophetic “Winter is Trumping” Game of Thrones video parody, continues to make us laugh at our political leaders. His recent Trumpocalypse Now video starring Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and “you know who” is a hoot. Watch out for a young Harrison Ford in a minor role.
Musical comedy performances are also good for stimulating laughter. The Australian band Axis of Awesome write and perform hilarious songs poking fun at contemporary song writing and modern culture. One of my favorites is How to Write a Love Song, which deals with all the clichés in love songs, a must to avoid if you write songs. Yes and one of them does look like Jack Black.
I know that these pursuits are silly time wasters, but when you need a good laugh, a bit of fun web surfing at lunchtime or in the evening can release those endorphins and give you a boost.