Monday, September 21, 2009

Ennio Marchetto

I am reflecting on the Humor contest, and how challenging it is to be funny. A person like me doesn’t know how to cackle, chuckle, chortle, crack-up, guffaw, titter – for the simple reason that I don’t laugh easily. I need more than witty one-liners or even physical comedy to get me into fits of laughter! What more than to make other people laugh? Some people are naturally funny. Some can make you laugh without really trying.

I wish I know how to make people laugh. I wish I can make myself laugh. Didn’t Mark Twain once assert: “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand”. I guess in my case, the only one standing in my way is me! Yes, come to think of it – it is true, kan? If I cannot laugh at myself, how can I make others laugh?

Why did I bring up this subject of laughter? I don’t quite know. Maybe I am trying to do a post-mortem of my Humor speech. Or maybe, I am trying to anatomize myself to understand how I can bring out my humor, if at all it exists inside of me. Or perhaps, I am looking at how to improve the next time around I participate in this Humor speech contest. Most likely, I am just babbling for no particular reason.
But in this delusive and futile quest to find “humor”, I came across this comic who goes by the name of Ennio Marchetto. A living cartoon and world renowned and critically acclaimed comedian who has created his own theatrical language mixing mime, origami, dance, music and quick change costumes made out of cardboard and paper.

Very soon, I have forgotten all about my “un-funny” self, and I was checking out this extraordinary guy on YouTube. Enjoy…

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