Humour is of course a very individual thing. Apparently when I was a child I would sit stony-faced when the clowns came on at the circus, and even now I don't really find slapstick humour funny. I prefer situation comedies or humour based on strong characterisation. I admit that there were slapstick moments in Fawlty Towers but the real humour for me came from the relationships between Basil, Sybil, Polly and Manuel.
|Please don't bring on the clowns!|
There have been a couple of times though when laughter wasn't what I really needed. I had a hernia operation when I was living in Gibraltar and two male colleagues came to see me in hospital and "cheer me up". Thanks, lads, when I have stitches across my stomach I really don't need you keeping me in stitches with your jokes! A similar thing occurred when I tripped out running and had a muscular spasm. One of my favourite comedies was on TV that night, but every time I laughed it hurt me, so I was sitting there trying not to laugh.
These are the exceptions. At the end of the day nothing beats having a good laugh to make you feel healthier, happier and even younger. Will somebody please put on the "Only fools and horses" DVD?