There is an old saying that laughter is the best medicine. Could anything be more true? When I laugh my entire body feels lit with purpose. My cells vibrate with the euphoria of an elated spirit. Satire, sarcasm, and irony are my best friends.
Alanis Morissette muddled the definition of irony with her song “Ironic”. She confused the word with coincidence or unfortunate events. The song title might be justified from an artistic standpoint since Morissette may have been playing a wonderfully perverse joke on all of us. This idea gives me great pleasure.
Society offers a plethora of opportunities for sarcasm. While some people may sneer at the word, I feel that satire – if it’s done right – can be one of the most clever forms of art. I realize that sarcasm can be used with malicious intent, and that is something I would never advocate. Sarcasm reaches a level of genius when even the intended target must laugh.
I first fell in love with satire as a student of theater. We were studying Shakespeare and I was astounded at the juxtaposition of the austere and the preposterous. As I delved deeper into the study of satire, I couldn’t get enough.
Today, I enjoy a wide range of humor: from pitch-black satire to the frivolity of slapstick. There is as much amusement to be found listening to a comedian, reading a book, watching a movie, or going to a play. Friends and family are often a source of lightheartedness, but every person has the potential to touch me with laughter and inspiration. My hope is that I can touch your life and make you smile.