A good laugh is underestimated.
The kind of laughter that makes you squirm in agony, your eyes streaming, seriously compromising your ability to hold liquids. You shout and roar for it to stop but when it does you wish it had lasted longer because there is nothing like a good laugh.
After a year of recession, sales of live comedy DVD’s have risen by 40% and have taken in over £2.26m (thank you Guardian staticians). That’s an unbelievable amount of people craving a laugh! Whether you put it down to escapism or people just trying to balance out the negative there is a clear demand. We’re buying more products and viewing more images, videos and TV shows that make us laugh than ever before. We’re choosing comedy over action when we see a film, surely a first? Our favourite friends have become those who we laugh with, those who make us laugh and whose laughter is infectious. After a night with them you’re ready to tackle a week at work or a quick look at your finances….just a quick look though they’re not that good!
But are there enough people who know how to laugh? Not the polite chuckle at something comical but a hearty laugh, unveiling your hideous real laugh and occasional snort. Are there enough people who catalyse laughter making it infectious and dare I even suggest, bringing joy to some people or places? Is youtube the only way of locating these people?
What if people could hear laughter roaring from churches? What if Christians weren’t afraid to let out a snort every once in a while? What if you were that friend who everyone loves to laugh with?
Like I said, a good laugh is underestimated.