It's official: Comedians are mad
— By Mark Halper on January 16, 2014, 5:04 AM PST
TEARS OF THE CLOWN
They do say that there is a mighty fine line between lunacy and genius: that, whatever kink in the brain catches the sleeting particles of the latter also falls prey to the Moon ray effect of the former. Many of the great genii in the world of invention have belonged on the spectrum which goes from mildly unconventional right through to 'Past Barking and well on the way to Upminster' madness.
It may be that the type of brain that pushes technology up to the next level, that invents the cure for cancer, that propels us up to the Red Planet, needs to have the amygdala set on permanent high alert in order to 'hear' the subtle vibrations of inspiration.
The flip-side of comic genius is comic breakdown.
Creativity is not an easy ride: it drives very fast and has a damaging effect upon its 'vehicle'...
But, better all round to have '...the crazy last laugh...' than life as a grey plateau.
I've heard the same claim of psychosis leveled at CEOs, entrepreneurs, and any creative types. Basically, if you're not a cog, you must be nuts.
@ThinkResponsibly Good point ThinkResponsibly, and it's why I chose to write about this subject here on SmartPlanet, a site that examines, among other things, the forces of creativity behind not just business but also science, technology, government, urban planning, architecture, the arts, etc. Those forces appear to drive innovation across all fields, where a certain amount of battiness seems to be in order.