the insight pours.
Why is this interview with Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) important?
First, comedy has been experiencing a revolution during the past couple decades with shows (The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Arrested Development, to name a few) that are focused on everyday, relatable circumstances in real-time. And this brand of humor has (and continues to) connect with audiences in lasting fashion.
What do I mean by lasting?
Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development, for example, have endured years-long (yes, plural) hiatuses. And yet, fans return with eagerness and attentive enthusiasm when these shows come back, and not according to any set seasonal schedule. This dedication in fandom, in some part, was the precursor to the Netflix binge-era of staggered, relaxed release dates.
Second, Rainn Wilson’s interview above reminds us of the great humor we can find in seemingly mundane, normal situations. With that comes a charge:
Find comedy wherever you can. On your car ride to work, during lunch, hanging out with friends and family, running errands…
even in the office.
Being on the cusp of another great summer weekend, it’s time to sit back, relax and escape into the intimate spaces of the minds of some of America’s biggest personalities. Today’s edition comes courtesy of an actor who has a mild knack for such a venture. When it comes to terrific impressions, he’s one of the usual suspects…
Why do we watch? Despite the fact it’s become a cultural phenomenon to millions of people, why do we, individually, sit on a couch and decidedly press the buttons on the controller that take us to The Discovery Channel for “Shark Week?” To discover something new I suppose.
“Shark Week,” in the literal sense, is a week of documentaries and informative stories about sharks, their habits, dangerously incredible close-ups, new revelations and so forth. In the metaphorical sense, it’s an opportunity over several days to revert back to our instincts of elementary school. What does this mean exactly? Reflecting on our experiences from kindergarten through the fifth grade, one of the constants was our insistence to learn as much about something that peeked our interest as possible. Whether it was sharks, bears, insects, adventures in books, sports, math, Sega Genesis, Nintendo, science, etc., we were hooked. We were not just thirsty for Capri Sun, but also for knowledge.
The amount of information we wanted to absorb was boundless. Do you think I’m wrong? If you have any nephews, nieces, sons or daughters around the preschool to elementary school age, try to compute just how many questions they ask you about anything and everything on a daily basis. Why? Why? Why!?
It’s their nature. It’s instinctive. Nobody tells them at a young age to ask a limitless amount of questions. They just do. Then, during the teenage years of our lives, we transition to a phase when we don’t seek as many answers to questions that are academically related. At some point though, we cycle back around to find the glow of knowledge from our younger days that rejuvenates an inner spark and desire to want to learn about what surrounds us and how everything works.
Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
Some of you may be wondering why there were so many questions asked throughout this post? Because if nobody asks questions, how do we discover anything new? How do learn where we come from? How do we know where we are going? Where do great white sharks mate? Do sharks really mistake humans for seals? How do painters dream up their masterpieces? Do aliens exist? Will somebody ever invent a teleportation device? How has there not been a new “Bill & Ted’s” adventure made in more than twenty years?
This week, it’s sharks. What will it be tomorrow? The day after that? Next week?
You toss and turn, roll over and flip pillows, but to no avail. In extreme cases, comforters need to be surrendered completely in the battle in order to win the larger war of getting a few precious uninterrupted moments of sleep.
At some point in our lives, we have had to share a bed. This could entail a family vacation with the ironclad pillow border, a head-to-feet deal like Charlie’s close knit family in, “Willy Wonka,” the “get off me you little fungus” gem from, “Christmas Vacation” or a newly married couple. Sleeping in the same bed can, at times, be an adventure mixed with karate and log rolling (just wait and see…).
Sleeping sounds easy enough, but it can require Navy Seal-like training with cat-like reflexes. One of the predominant elements to a good night’s rest is peace of mind. When you slip under the covers, are you prepared for anything and everything?
And as we all know, we never want to wake the other person up, so we must tread softly and with laser-like precision.