American Optimism: Why America Has Never Been Funnier


Written By: Ailean Mills


The last blog on American Optimism. Many bathrooms are littered with books from social commentators outlining national humour modes. Who does irony? What kind of irony? 

Who cares?   

Right now there is every reason to be be very happy with American humour – and that is aside of the presidential election.

Not only do they keep on churning out the best comedies (e.g. Fox’s Last Man on Earth or HBO’s Girls) and the ranch of the funniest current comedians (e.g. Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Lena Durham, Sarah Silverman – do better boys!); not only do the coffee baristas wonderfully, knee-huggingly, smile, greet and fun you as you pay the minimum coffee charge; they have enormous talent in taking cultural icons and adding a bit of comedic spice.

You’ve only got to watch the Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday Night Live to see some of that spice in action. (Click image to watch…)

Kristen Wiig introducing the Maharelle Sisters on Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig introducing the Maharelle Sisters on Saturday Night Live

And no, again, we are not talking about the Election. We are talking about the event 8 days before the election – Halloween. The Trick or Treat institution, full of perennial symbols and practices.   

But it is delightfully mashed up in the U.S. Less than a week after the Kim Kardashian burglary in Paris sparking a major manhunt, outfitters have prepared her a new 31 October costume, featuring a huge engagement ring and some hand binders.

However tasteless many may think it is, nothing is too precious or sacred to be the object of even more humour.

America keeps smiling.

P.s. here’s some fresh American comedy, (click to watch). And we are talking about the elections….

Alec Baldwin and Kate Mckinnon find relieve mid election debate season.
Alec Baldwin and Kate Mckinnon find relief mid election debate season.

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