Sometimes the funniest bits on Monty Python’s Flying Circus are things like this.
Any time someone’s telling a story and uses the phrase “so far, so good,” I prepare myself to hear how things went horribly wrong after that. I mean disaster in the worst and most humiliating way possible. Do you do the same thing? Everyone likes those stories, because we’ve all been there at one time or another. They’re funny because just when you think nothing else can go wrong, it does.
It’s Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will. And, if there are several things that can go wrong, the worst of them will happen first. I don’t know how many stories have been told, or written, that follow the basic pattern of “someone tries to do something, and one thing after another happens, resulting in terrible pain and humiliation.” Maybe it’s all of them. In every one of those stories, there’s a “so far, so good” moment. We can all relate to those stories, because we’ve all been there. It’s the human condition: everything can be going swimmingly, then disaster strikes. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s tragic, and often it’s both.
I was never a particularly good writer of fiction, because I couldn’t do terrible things to my characters. I liked them too much.
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