Why is comedy so subjective
“Humor is no longer just the joke at the regulars table that forces a quick and short outcry. Humor isn't just for that, either. Humor stimulates thought, shows new angles and represents opinions that you may never have heard before. Humor is a relief for difficult moments. Humor lets you forget your worries or rearranges them. Above all, humor is one of the most important goods we have in our privileged country. And since humor is very subjective, it needs a lot of humor and even more different types of humor - especially in public service. Because you should all feel represented and entertained. Or have you ever said 'no, I generally don't like to laugh?' "
Joël von Mutzenbecher, Stand-up comedian
“Sometimes it is difficult to laugh. The reasons for this can be different for each individual. But what they all have in common is the moment when the lost laugh is found again: Simply wonderful. Not in a few cases has humor helped. It has always conveyed a sense of community, because laughing together connects people. Just like the public service. And because that's the way it is, humor shouldn't be neglected here either. A smile looks good on everyone anyway.»
Anna-Lena Burkard, Student
«‹ Service public ›sounds so sensible. After basic services and infrastructure, after the news and the motorway. Does humor fit in there? How vital is a joke? What does a punchline or a funny film actually bring me now? Personally, I consume comedy and satire in abundance. Without my daily dose of "self" (regardless of whether it was made by someone else or self-made), I would lose my mind. Humor helps me understand and digest the world. It's only thanks to the humor and the people who indulge in it, I know - I'm not alone. That's why humor is part of the public service for me. "
Patrick Karpiczenko, Screenwriter / director for TV, advertising and theater. humorist
“It has to be a bit of fun, then the world is full of sunshine”, sings Roberto Blanco in his famous hit song. Yes, and that is exactly the reason why more fun, humor and comedy should find their way into the public service (not because of Roberto Blanco of course - more because of the sentence after the comma). Besides all the terrible news that we get every day, it can't hurt to laugh a little now and then. So if it is the task of the public service to inform us and to support our opinion-forming, then it is just as the public service's task to put a smile on our faces with high-quality entertainment and thus promote an excellent culture.»
Eva Gaudenz, Student
“Well-packaged humor doesn't do any harm, but rather anchors what we humans see and hear better. Humor speaks to us directly on the emotional level and ensures that information does not just go in on the left and back out on the right (or vice versa). Humor acts like a digestif and helps digest dry and heavy messages. Humor is an essential part of the public service, as it makes the public service EVEN better. So: open the doors to humor! "
Fabian Unteregger, Comedian
«‹ Rire c'est bon pour la santé. ›Humor is healthy, it makes us cheerful and relaxed. But humor can do even more: As a political or socially critical satire, it provokes, practices civil disobedience and sometimes pushes the limits of pain. Satire is an artistic service for an audience that is willing to have its opinions questioned in a witty way. Satire is part of the public service because it fuels the democratic culture of discussion. And humor is part of the public service because it gives us a laughing respite in the battle of opinions. "
Anina Barandun, Editor in Chief Radio Play and Satire Radio SRF
Pictures: Joël von Mutzenbecher: SRF / Lukas Mäder, Ana-Lena Burkard: provided, Patrick Karpiczenko: provided, Eva Gaudenz: provided, Fabian Unteregger: Michael Sieber, Anina Barandun: SRF / Oscar Alessio, tile image: Pixabay / mstevencox
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