Comedy may seem unimportant, or even counterproductive, in a society that values productivity. Religion in particular is often treated with a seriousness that seems antithetical to comedy, as are its texts. But comedy, alongside and within religion, can help us construct meaning from mundane occurrences and even construct further meaning from notable ones.
1. Comedy and Religion: What place does comedy occupy in a religious worldview?
2. Learning to Laugh: What is the history of Jewish comedy?
3. Comedy and the Torah: Is there comedy in the Torah?
In 2018, Judd Apatow, released a documentary about his comedic mentor Gary Shandling called The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. It is an exploration of his life through the musings and ideas he left in his diary. Afterwards, Judd published a collection of his diary entries appropriately called, given Garry’s penchant for meta-cognition and self-reference, It’s Garry Shandling’s Book. It’s a doorway into the mind of a comic, a tortured soul of sorts, whose continuous battle to find meaning in his life can perhaps help others find some in theirs.