Day 11: Finding Humor Despite the Non-Humorous State of the World
Andrew Knott with a prompt for the incongruities of life
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Today’s prompt comes from humor writer, editor, and Substacker.
It’s apocalypse now! Or soon? It kind of feels like son, doesn’t it?
With wars, climate change, and a seemingly endless stream of calamities constantly bombarding us, existing in the world can feel very heavy. And since most of us don’t have the power to fix the big things, literally the least we can do is make fun of our situation. (Of course, if you do know how to fix war or climate change please do that instead of writing jokes!)
Your assignment for today: Write a funny one-liner or title that pokes fun at the current state of the world highlighting the incongruity of the trivialities we all still deal with while big, important, and terrible things are happening all around us.
I’ll escape this raging wildfire once I finish replying to Brody’s question in Slack about how many Taylor Swift songs are too many on the company’s Valentine’s Day party playlist.
Andrew Knott is a writer of essays, humor, and fiction based in the Orlando area. He is the author of the book Fatherhood: Dispatches from the Early Years, and the forthcoming novel Love's a Disaster (Bayou Wolf Press, Spring 2024). He is also the founding editor of Frazzled, a parenting humor publication on Medium (if you write parenting humor, submit!). Subscribe to his newsletter for original essays and humor pieces about parenting and domestic life in the slow lane. You can find him on almost all the social media platforms (@aknott21) or reach him by email (email@example.com).
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