"I think being funny is not anyone's first choice."
I got to thinking about this quote the other day while watching George Michael on Arrested Development explain (yet again) that his girlfriend Ann is "really funny" . . .
and I can only assume that what Woody meant is "as opposed to being good looking."
But I think number one on my list would probably actually be smart (I know, spoken like a not-necessarily-good-looking person, right?) I mean, I can stand not being the prettiest girl at the dance, but being the dumbest would just be excruciating.
Actually, given the amount of time I spend worrying about it (and in the interest of complete honesty), thin probably comes in ahead of good looking, too.
That's right --
2) thin, and
3) good looking.
But if I were rich, then I could buy some of those other things (see also: Oprah).
So I guess the truly prudent list would probably look like this:
3) thin, and
4) good looking.
Of course, if I were THAT smart, I'd definitely care more about funny than about rich, thin or good looking.
Because funny automatically implies smart. . .
In fact, smart is funny's required operating system.
Funny is about making connections between ideas and events one step ahead of everyone around you.
And besides that, if you're REALLY REALLY funny then it can make you REALLY REALLY rich and you can still buy all those other things!
(Even if you have to buy thin a couple of times, that's okay. See also: Oprah)
So, although I usually agree with Woody completely and admire both his wit and his intellect, I think he got this one wrong entirely. Funny should be everyone's first choice.
As long as it's funny-ha-ha and not just funny/weird . . .
I hope there's a place on the menu where we can specify which we'd like . . .
Or as Steven Wright said,"If you tell a joke in the forest,
but nobody laughs, was it a joke?"
(Hope your Friday's fab!)