To have the art of comedy is to have the art of a genius. Strong words but ask yourself one question how many persons can give a joke much less take it? You know the answer. Not much. People forget the true essence of life – and that is to live each day as simply as possible because tomorrow is not promised. We get caught up day by day with the throws of life and we forget the simple things. That is why we have to stop and refocus and come to our senses. The man who cannot smile at himself is sadly lost forever in the dark abyss of boredom.
Red Skelton constantly reminded us that you must not take life seriously. The son of a former circus clown turned grocer and a cleaning woman, Red Skelton was introduced to showbiz at the age of seven by Ed Wynn, at a vaudeville show in Vincennes. At 10, he left home to travel with a medicine show through the Midwest, and joined the vaudeville circuit at 15. He was the king of vaudeville, a consummate performer who immersed his whole being into his performance that allowed him to connect with his audience. Red was a master of the art of comedy. He knew the punch lines , he knew the pauses and he always performed with total audience participation. Some of his famous one liners on marriage are:
1. I take my wife everywhere,but she keeps finding her way back.
2. Two times a week we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.
3. I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary.”Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” she said. So I suggested the kitchen.
4. The last fight was my fault though She asked me what was on the TV. I said “Dust!”
Classic one liners to this day still being used by comedians. Good clean comedy it allowed the audience to relate and laugh if only for a few moments at themselves. When we loose these values we loose one of our basic ability to be human. We have to stop, step back and relax no matter how hard or good it is going. Take time to remember that when we smile we express ourselves in a way no other being on earth can do. A smile opens up our personality. It opens up our soul. It makes us human. it makes us a genius. Protect yourself with a smile.