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The Ineffable Power of Humor

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by Shepherd Siegel, PhDIn the filmed opera Annette, conceived and written by the perpetually-failing-and-suddenly-hip band Sparks (brothers Ronald and Russell Mael), the protagonist, Henry McHenry, is a perpetually failing comedian played by Adam Driver.

He’s asked over and over again by his audience “Why did you become a comedian?” He eventually answers “Why? I’ll tell you why.

To disarm people. Make them laugh. It’s the only way I know how to tell the truth without getting killed.”In this fraught time, when the US harbors far and away the most armed civilians,* where enough of them are willing to fire their guns on people they don’t like…it’s no joke.

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