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Stand-Up Comics Are Asking, What’s So Funny About Grief?

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maybe it was said Tongue against cheek, maybe not. Either way, there’s no question that jokes alone aren’t enough in certain areas of comedy.

For example, at shows around New York, eccentric and pompous people Gaster Almonte continues with a hilarious 10- to 15-minute performance about his hatred of oatmeal. An earlier era might have added a debut special similar to Jim Gaffigan’s work. But when Almonte turned it into a one-hour solo exhibition, The Sugar, the material became a soul-searching tale of his diabetes diagnosis and how the prospect of death changed his family. enhanced with I confess I watched it and wondered what a Gaffigan version of this show would be like.

‘The Sugar’ was staged at downtown’s Soho Playhouse, which has developed into a hub for heavy stand-up theater, much of it transferred from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. One of his biggest theater hits that year was Sam Morrison’s blockbuster Sugar Daddy.

A quick-witted and charismatic Morrison has produced a well-honed work about the pain of losing a loved one, both a love letter to a partner and a culture of mourning that deceives well-meaning condolences and support groups. It is also a masochistic satire of . He argued that the difference between comedy and tragedy is thin, and that in Shakespeare’s plays “comedy is nothing more than tragedy with marriage at the end.” He explained that grief is lonely and impossible, and that “there is nothing more helpful than this show,” pinpointing and pausing, “Because you guys can’t talk.” And he played the vanity millennial fool once and for all. “What is traumatic non-monetized content?” he asks, repeating a passage from the series “WandaVision,” which is itself a story of grief.

In contrast to Drew Michael, Morrison is uncomfortable going too long without laughing. I watched the show twice, and the second time the punch line was faster and more insistent, as if the best argument he could come up with was to keep you laughing.

Most of these comics share the belief that discussing this subject is taboo and even condemned. “We don’t talk about grief. We keep it inside ourselves,” Kane says on ‘Sorry for Your Loss’. Glaser also hit this same theme. “That’s why I want to talk about it,” she says.

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