Don’t take yourself (too) seriously

I love laughing and I love people who laugh. I’m not partial to one style of humor. George Carlin made me laugh. So do Tracy Ullman, Mel Brooks, Steve Carell, Martin Short, Alec Baldwin and Charlie Sheen (although I’m guessing he’s not too funny in real life.) I think The Golden Girls is hysterical and so is Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Bill Cosby used to make me laugh. Now he takes himself entirely too seriously, which I find tedious, arrogant and uninteresting. Donald Trump also takes himself quite seriously, but I think he’s a clown. Dr. Phil, Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, Jack Welch, Larry King and Brian Williams seem humorless.

They’re not comedians, and they don’t need to make me laugh,  but I can’t imagine any one of them yukking it up or making fun of themselves. I think they’re all a little bit too self involved.

Hopefully, they laugh on the way to the bank.

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10 Responses to “Don’t take yourself (too) seriously”

  1. Geri says:

    Hi Kari,

    She does have occasional sparks of humor. 🙂


  2. Kari says:

    I met Martha Stewart at a speaking engagement once and she was very funny and she made fun of herself as well. I think she shocked the audience with her humor.

  3. Leigh Chandler says:

    Great choices, Geri! You hit on all of my favorites and I’m glad Trish B. added Rita Rudner. I’ve seen her twice in person and she is hysterical! I loved watching Raymond (Ray Ramono) re-runs. I never saw them when they were on in their regular season, because I didn’t think it would be funny. Turned out I was wrong. Laughing is the best medicine and it’s something I do everyday with my husband. It keeps you young!

  4. Preppy 101 says:

    Great post. I want to laugh every single day!! The only person whom I have ever seen make Martha Stewart giggle is David Letterman. That’s of course because he is making fun of her in a very affectionate way. She has a darling giggle. So agree with you about Charlie Sheen. I’m afraid his real life persona may be just like the TV one! xoxo

    • Geri Brin says:

      Hi Preppy,

      We watch reruns of Two and A Half Men every night at 11. Even if I’ve seen an episode three times, I still laugh.


  5. Trish B says:

    p.s. how about Rita Rudner? She seems to be able to laugh at herself – and strike a chord with audiences young AND “old.”

    • Geri Brin says:

      Hi Trish B,

      I like Rita, too. Good call 🙂


  6. Trish B says:

    If we can’t all just loosen up and laugh at ourselves more, the older we get, then what fun is it? Agree with your assessment about Cosby, Trump, Dr. Phil, etc. But Williams IS funny. What I love about being my age is being able to accept, laugh at, and enjoy who I am instead of worrying about it and wondering if I am who/what I “should be.”

  7. Susan says:

    I agree with much of what you say (I just downloaded George Carlin stuff last night!). BUT, not about Brian Williams. He’s a very funny guy. (PS: Do you remember Carlin’s “My Stuff” routine? I can laugh out loud just thinking of it. Made me clean out the closets last weekend.)


    • Geri Brin says:

      Hi Susan,

      I can also hear Carlin doing the “My Stuff” routine. He was so brilliant. I’m sorry he left us so soon.



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