Funny old world
- By: Carl Morris
In humour, as in all aspects of life, different things appeal to different people. Some like slapstick, some love farce. One man's sick joke is another man's poison. Americans knew all about irony long before Mike Myers came along and spelled it out for them in Wayne's World (not), while in Japan comedians have traditionally always come from Osaka, where they undergo a rigorous and disciplined formal training.
In the world of illness, there may be little to laugh about. Medicine is a conservative profession, however, and laughter is often frowned upon on principle. It has been pointed out more than once, though, that aside from clowns consultants are the only professionals who wear a bow tie to work.
I have an Australian mate who's a stand up comic. When I told her I wrote the odd column for the Student BMJ, she suggested the title “I'm not a gynaecologist,