Black Nights Comedy
“Dying Is Easy. Comedy is Hard.” This quote, attributed to the late actor Edmund Gwenn, perhaps has more of a ring of truth around it than we might initially feel. After all, drama has a universality, with love, suffering and death all touching us in similar ways, no matter where we come from. But comedy seems much more culturally specific. References can fly over our heads. Hilarious wordplay can be rendered mute in translation.
But the comedies here transcend cultural barriers and will tickle the funny bones of all those who partake, no matter your comedic preference. The shorts here run the gamut. There are gentle and dry comedies in which the humour is subtle and affecting. There is sharp satire that skewers the attitudes of the modern age. There is glorious silliness that never lets up for a second. And – every so often – they will be a mixture of all of these.
When the nights are long, the days are dark and life is complicated then laughter makes the world a better place.