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Black Comedy

by The Next Family July 13, 2011

By: Amy Wise

As most of you know I’m currently writing a book.  Along with that, I have a few projects that are currently in the works.  Sometimes I feel like my head is spinning because I have so many balls up in the air right now!  I’m not complaining at all, in fact, it’s all very exciting!  I’m actually beyond grateful.  Beyond!

My “angel on earth” and dear friend, Amy Ferris, recently “sparked” an introduction that has now “sparked” a project that coincides with the story of my book.  However, this particular project requires a little more drama and quite a bit of twists and turns.  I have to be slightly more open-minded, and think out of the box on this one.  I’m being asked to think along the lines of a black comedy, otherwise known as a dark comedy.  For some reason I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around this concept.  I’ll get there.  I’m a very out of the box person so it should be a piece of cake for me…or at least a cupcake.  Okay, that’s just silly humor, maybe that’s my problem!  I need a little less silly, and a lot more dark!  Clearly, I’m not going to be doing stand up at the Improv ANY time soon!  That I can guarantee!

Back to the subject matter.  The other day I was having a phone conversation with my sister, and I was catching her up on life, projects, and all the daily “stuff”.  I was telling her about the project, and explained that we are taking a slightly different turn on the writing.  I shared the idea of the black comedy with her and she immediately started coming up with ideas of her own.  She said, “You know how Jamie always has hilarious comebacks for everything and always has crazy things to say?  That would be perfect for what you are looking for.”  As she is going into detail, I stopped for a minute and thought, what is she talking about?  What does that have to do with a black comedy?  Then I got it! I smiled inside, stopped her, and said, “You do realize what a black comedy is, right?  It’s a dark comedy, NOT an African American comedy!?”  We both stopped, she said, “Oh my God,” and we busted out laughing!  I cried I laughed so hard!  She was going on and on about Jamie’s humor, thinking I meant “black” as in “African American”!  It was CLASSIC!  Then she said, “I thought that was really weird that they would want the story to be an African American comedy.” 

These are some of the silly things that come up in regards to our marriage.  We don’t always have to deal with negative racial stuff, and sometimes we don’t have to deal with anything at all.  Thank God!  This however, was one of those fun moments, where in looking for “black comedy”, I got some “comic relief” instead!  We all need a little bit of that once in a while.  Don’t we?

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