Most everyone knows the two masks of the theater: the sorrowful mask of tragedy and the gleeful one of comedy. Tragedy (or at least drama) is usually serious and "elevated" and therefore tends toward social acceptability: Because drama is serious, the society it portrays is to be taken seriously. Comedy on the other hand, is almost never socially acceptable, precisely because it doesn't take society seriously. Teetering on the edge of impropriety, mocking, disruptive, and impertinent, comedy has long been a mistrusted, even feared outcast, using laughter as a weapon against social conventions and expectations. Think Lenny Bruce, John Belushi, all the way... More >>>