Laughter is my medicine

Crying Clown

Now you could study Shakespeare and be quite elite
And you can charm the critics and have nothin’ to eat
Just slip on a banana peel
The world’s at your feet
Make ’em laugh
Make ’em laugh
Make ’em laugh

– Donald O’Connor

I like making people laugh. I can turn just about anything into an anecdote, which comes in pretty handy when you’ve sentenced yourself to a daily blog.

But sometimes the lines between comedy and pathos blur.

Last week, I horrified my hairdresser while regaling him with an update on my life since my last cut.

He stared at me in the mirror as I joked about a particularly unpleasant moment and said: “That’s not funny. It’s awful.”

I know.

But you laugh or you cry. And who wants a sobbing redhead in their salon?

Humour has gotten me through this. It always gets me through the hard times.

That’s why I was looking for someone to “tickle my funny bone” on my RSVP profile.

And guess what? The universe provided.

It’s a bit startling, actually. The universe didn’t just provide someone funny, it sent someone funnier than me.

There has been so much laughter in my life in the last few weeks. Often, DD and I start riffing via text it’s like amateur open mike at a comedy festival.

Forget crossword puzzles – iPhone keypad gymnastics have become my new favourite way to keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

Ooooh I love words. It’s a bit like how Tim Minchin feels about boobs: “They’re just so jooby, they make me feel groovy.”**

I love writing them. I love reading them.

And I’m living – and working – a life filled with so many fabulous ones.

I take back all the mean things I said about you RSVP. You’re awesome.

Song of the day: Caligula “Tears of a clown”

Oh, and the Smokey Robinson original …

Plus, for the full Tim Minchin boobs experience …


9 thoughts on “Laughter is my medicine

  1. So glad to see you happy. There’s nothing much sexier than a man with a sense of humour.
    I’m back from the cave after finishing my sequel, and made sure my hero has a sense of humour! It is indeed fun playing with words! 🙂

  2. That’s brilliant! Readers’ Digest got it right all those years ago with “Laughter is the Best Medicine”…I just hope the apostrophe is in the right place!
    I reckon RSVP is just a condensed form of daily life, without the mundane bits, where you meet people along the way, eventually finding someone that “clicks”. Good for you! 🙂

  3. That’s so exciting! Have you written about DD before? I knew you’d been on a date but have I missed a blog entry?

    If DD is putting a smile on your face then I like him already. Of course he’s entitled to his privacy so I’ll refrain from demanding more info.


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