Anti Humour

Every particle of matter in the known universe has a corresponding particle of anti-matter. Opposites fire humour too (the funny man and the straight man), nowhere better done than in ‘How I Met My Wife’, by Jack Winter   which plays with the anti-particles of English:

When I walked into the party I was very chalant, despite my efforts to appear gruntled and consolate. I was furling my wieldy umbrella when I saw her standing alone in a corner. She was a descript person, a woman in a state of total array. Her hair was kempt, her clothing shevelled, and she moved in a gainly way …

The Marx Brothers’ mastered the humour of opposition, their peak being the wonderful movie Horse Feathers which opens with this anti-authoritarian anthem sung by Groucho, and also has some of Harpo’s greatest moments.


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