I love many of the movies that are classified as "dark comedy." I was thinking about what dark comedy means. I looked it up in Wikipedia and this is what it said:
dark comedy is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where topics and events normally treated seriously — death, mass murder, sickness, madness, terror, drug abuse, rape, war etc. — are treated in a humorous or satirical manner.
We take ourselves too seriously, don’t you think? This is particularly the case at work (and politics). If I had a nickel every time I told (or wish I had told) a manager to chill out or get over it, I would be writing this blog post poolside from my Tuscan villa.
We don’t take the right things (the stuff that matters most) seriously enough and we take lots of little stuff way to seriously.
- Meeting agendas
- To-do lists
- Management training university concepts
- Offices versus cubicles (walls is walls – break out!)
- Brand of coffee in the break room
- Who’s right and who’s not
- Expense accounts
- Parking spots
- PowerPoint presentations
- Performance Evaluations
- Job descriptions
- Mail room protocol
- Ourselves and our little habits – like we are any more "right" than the next person!
Disclosure: I am writing this post while listening to Chris Isaak. That’s what got me thinking dark – his music is perfect for this genre (remember Blue Velvet?). And in case you are ready to pounce on me – this is NOT multitasking. The Isaak while writing is like putting spicy brown mustard on my 4th of July hot dog – more flavorful.
Imagine what would happen if we talked the Cohen brothers, John Waters, Quentin Tarantino, and David Lynch to produce corporate training films? Would be fun…. I am getting some book ideas just thinking about this.
Here are a few of my favorite dark comedies in case you are looking for something delicious.
- Blue Velvet
- After Hours
- American Beauty
- Being John Malkovich
- Crazy People (it’s interesting how the notion of transparency has progressed since this picture came out)
- The Big Lebowski
- Pulp Fiction