On Monday we reported on “Indignation,” the Philip Roth adaptation that opens today. Well another movie is hitting theaters as well, a documentary on comedy in the age of perpetual outrage called “Can We Take A Joke?”
As a tribute to the gentle art of making people laugh, here’s a mini-gallery of comedic actor Leslie Nielsen, who went down into humor history with the “Naked Gun” films. Yet he began his career as a B movie leading man; in fact I just recently rewatched “Forbidden Planet,” in which Nielsen’s role is about as straight-laced as can be. I wonder if anyone in the industry knew that such a talent to amuse lay underneath?
Never forget the old adage that laughter is the best medicine. After the two political conventions, I think we could all use a heavy dose. — CC