Thoughts on Robin Williams’ Suicide

Not attempting to lump myself or anyone I know into this, but comics dwell in the inconsistency, miscommunication and the injustice of the world. Humor never comes from ease or stating the facts as they are; the jokes must necessarily take you by surprise. The comic’s struggle against the populist curve, done by tangling with those most contentious topics, seems like a tremendous effort. Comics are not as hard-working as an oil rigger or a US Marine, but I think of the profession as something akin to moderating Facebook photos flagged by users: if you’re gonna be any good at your job, you’re gonna bear witness to the worst that humanity can offer.