Some people say that comedy is tragedy plus timing.
I believe comedy is tragedy that is happening to someone else.
Call it bitchy. Call it schadenfreude. Call it whatever you want, but you can't tell me that you haven't at least giggled when you've seen a stranger fall flat on his face for no apparent reason.
Laughing at another person's misfortune is simply our way of saying, "Thank the Lord that wasn't me."
I say this because, after I award the winner for the #26 Caption Contest, I am going to give all of you a wonderful gift - - the chance to laugh not "with" me but "at" me and to realize that, no matter how bad things are at present, at least you're not painted blue.
The winner for the #26 Caption Contest goes to one of my favorite bloggers, Polt from Polt's Place. His caption truly made me laugh out loud...
Brilliant, Polt! And by the by, I would LOVE to know what he did to the ficus. It's the Romantic in me.
But before we can learn about the love of a boy and his ficus, it's time for my gift to you. I gave my final performance as The Genie in Aladdin today, so I thought it only fitting that my personal tragedy should be used to bring enormous amounts of comedy to others.
After all, this could be you...
After you've stopped guffawing and wiped the tears of laughter from your eyes - - or the tears of pain from looking at this picture without safety goggles and a throw up bag - - slap me up a caption.
And you know, now that I think of it, this picture provides some happiness for me as well. Because I never, ever have to wear that costume ever again.
Thank you, sweet Jesus...