Friday, March 23, 2007

The imaginings of children

Comedy may be about timing, but humour is about juxtaposition. I came across this on the New Yorker's website:

The Wisdom of Children, by Simon Rich

A Conversation at the Grownup Table, as Imagined at the Kids’ Table

MOM: Pass the wine, please. I want to become crazy.
GRANDMOTHER: Did you see the politics? It made me angry.
DAD: Me, too. When it was over, I had sex.
UNCLE: I’m having sex right now.
DAD: We all are…


Sarda Sahney said...

Must be British humour, I don't get it.

Malacoda said...

Well New York is in Britain...

John Hopkin said...

(So is Olde Yorke.)

That's a wonderful pastiche - it really makes me chuckle inwardly. Great reading for anyone who, at one time or another in their lives, was once a kid.

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