My mind isn’t working the way it used to. Everything feels like it’s in a fog. I’m wandering around in the dark looking for light. You ever feel like that before? You just feel like everything is so far away and you’re there, but not really. My laptop is dying. It’s not going to make it much longer. It’s struggling to even get online. I did a system restore, but it didn’t change anything. It is really old. It’s 4.5 years old. I’ve had it since July 2004. I lost 3 keys on it. Now I have to use a keyboard attached to it through a USB port. So it goes.
I was researching dark comedy on the Internet the other day and I found something that was pretty funny. On Wikipedia, it says that domestic violence is something that is used in a so-called dark comedy. How the hell would someone be watching a wife getting the living hell beaten out of her and think, “God that’s funny in a dark sort of way.” The only time I’ve seen that used was on American Dad when the alien is watching a Lifetime movie and says, “Why do they stay? Why do they stay?,” referring to the women on the movies who keep getting beaten up and continue to stay in their relationship. Then he ends up getting in an abusive friendship with another kid because the child in his house doesn’t have time for him.
What’s your opinion on dark humor? When does it go too far? American Psycho is an example of a dark comedy that was insanely funny, but also really disturbing. It was about a yuppie serial killer who was just the funniest character I’ve ever seen. The way he talked and acted was just hilarious. He went crazy because some guy had a better business card than him. He lost it. He killed the guy over it. And he played 80s music while he did it, commenting on the history of the band that was playing.
Chuck Palahniuk writes a lot of dark comedy books that I consider to be genius. They’re dark and interesting. I think if you want to make fun of something, you should be able to. It’s either all okay or none of it is. It does take guts to go all dark, but if it’s done right, it can be insanely funny. For example:
“You ever not get out of bed for a month? And the only reason you got out of bed was to avoid getting bedsores?” or “What do you think necrophiliacs say to their corpses? ‘Honey, is everything all right? You’re a lttle stiff tonight.’”
“I know I’m not for everyone. I don’t even like my comedy.”
“I used to be homophobic, but I’m not anymore. I just cancelled my subscription to Gay Basher magazine.”
Or as the great George Carlin once said, “Rape can be funny! Imagine Elmer Fudd raping Porky Pig.”