Here, watch me ruin something funny by trying to explain it
I’ve been reading a book about comedy writing that Alice recommended, so I thought I’d take a minute to try to figure out what makes Beaton’s cartoons so funny to me. In this one, it’s when she lets the king get over-serious about total nonsense, in the exact same way that I am tempted to get over-serious about these cartoons. Irony!
She’s also really good at undermining great authors that we’ve been taught to respect so much that we’re afraid to breathe when we’re around them.
That appeals to me, as someone who’s been somewhat oppressed by higher education, and who read just enough Kierkegaard to make me dangerous at cocktail parties, but not enough to earn more than a C on the final.
The rest of the time, it’s the way she has old-timey people speak in the current vernacular.
So, hey! That was uneducational, wasn’t it. Sorry, I’m still getting used to this blogging thing again. I’ll get it worked out. Don’t you worry.