I’m not a fan of comedy. I don’t watch comedy sitcoms nor obnoxious films like Hangover. If those are your sort of movie, I’m sorry. Anything with Will Ferrell can be crossed off my list too. I don’t like comedy. Horror, science fiction, fantasy and some period films are what rate high on my “to see” list. In the back of my mind I knew I was missing out, but I was determined to stick to my principles. Ha! Last month my principles went to hell when a close friend introduced me to Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead.
Comedy + Zombies = Laughter filled with delight and horror.
Since then I’ve re-thought my whole, non-comedy stance. It’s obvious I do like comedy, but it has to be a specific sort of comedy. If I add “comedy” to my favorite genres would I have the same experience? I decided to conduct an experiment. Late last year I discovered The Guild on Netflix. For those not familiar, The Guild is about a group of gamers, obsessed with a MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game). I’ve never played an MMORPG but I do love RPG games and I’ve known a few people who do play MMORPG’s.
I should have been watching this series long before now. I’m up to season 3 and if it weren’t wildly inappropriate for younger viewers I’d have watched all the episodes available. I still love my dark, post-apocalyptic worlds, but I will admit laughter is contagious and even therapeutic. My life is far from the life I imagined I’d have one day. Laughter isn’t a cure, but does beat back the darkness. I wonder what the world would be like if we all laughed a little more often?