Laughter Is Cheap Medicine

I wrote this years ago and I still laugh about it.


My standard line is that I have a serious medical condition –– a low humor threshold. Honestly, it doesn’t take all that much to make me laugh. I grew up watching the ThreeStooges, Laurel and Hardy, the Little Rascals, the Marx brothers and Warner Brothers cartoons. All I need to reduce me to near incontinence is seeing some gal dressed to the nines getting a pie in the face, or some guy slipping on a banana peel.


The Crankee Yankee and I usually start our day with the following (and extremely old) joke: “Dear, this coffee tastes like dirt.” “Well, it ought to––it was ground this morning!” And we are off for the day. It’s stupid, but effective. The following jokes are what I call the Seafood Medley:

  1. “A man walks into a seafood restaurant and asks the waiter: “Do you serve crabs?”Says the waiter, “Sure, sir. We serve everyone.”
  2. “A man walks into a seafood restaurant and asks the waiter: “Do you serve shrimp?” The waiter replies, “Sure, Shorty–sit down.”
  3. “A man walks into a seafood restaurant and asks the waiter: “Do you have crab legs?” The waiter replies, “Why, yes, I do. But I wear long pants so no one notices.”

(And right now I am laughing so hard the tears are streaming down my face.)

Let’s face it, life can be tough sometimes, so if you can get at least one good laugh a day, go for it. It does wonders for your outlook, for your health, for the effect you have on others, and just in general-–laughter is a great thing.

Once you get the hang of it, you can see the humor in practically anything. You know the old song that starts with “Look on the sunny side of life?” Well, my personal motto is “look on the funny side of life.”

While there’s a whole lot of funny and sad out in the world, and I find that the funny usually outweighs the sad every time.


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