Sometimes, indeed often, things are such that you feel like crying. They’re so absurd and irrational. And stupid. But then the thought occurs to you: crying won’t help. How can it? Wallowing in self-pity’s equally absurd and irrational. And stupid. So what do you do then? Well you could try laughing. Yes – laughing. Because humour can cut right to the core of things. To help us see things more clearly. It often takes silliness here to highlight silliness there.
Enter No Laughing Matter! It’s a shadowy comedy outfit. A google search turns up precious little information about it. I can’t find out when it started, where it’s based, or how big it is. And the ‘about us’ page of its website’s not very enlightening . Though it shows us its motto/credo: ‘Laugh and the world laughs with you’. And its logo: (I think) a finger with hair and a smiley drawn on it. So far NLM!’s put out three short videos – ‘The One About Iran’, The One About Hamas’ and ‘The One About The UN’ – each with the same format: a woman interviewing a man. You can see the videos here  and the annotated scripts here . They’re hilarious. And incisive. Satire’s indeed a powerful tool.
I wish you success, NLM! What you’re doing can’t hurt. And it just might help. It just might. I for one hope it does.