Laughing Matters — Sarah Cooper, “How to lobster”

Sometimes comedy illuminates hard truths with a pointed urgency that other means can’t quite achieve. Sometimes comedy is just funny. This series of posts is mostly about the former instances, but the latter is valuable, too.

Not long ago, Sarah Cooper came up a simple, ingenious idea and it became a sensational side hustle. She creates TikTok videos of her lip synching to the blathering nonsense that comes out of mouth of the notable second-place finisher who was given the keys to the White House. As multiple comedians have found in recent years, it’s difficult to create satire when your prime target manages to do something more absurdly idiotic than your wildest imaginings. Cooper exploits the situation masterfully, stitching together clips where she expressively acts out the exchanges between a brutally dumb man and the scattered figures around him tasked with pretending he makes sense.

Every one of these videos has been a gem — and Cooper has been impressively prolific — but the one I keep circling back to, endlessly delighted by its little details, is the recent “How to lobster.” I think it’s the moment “David” has to make an impromptu switch from a phone call to a letter that take it from characteristically wonderful to absolutely irresistible.

“Laughing is important.” Cooper recently said in a public radio interview. “It’s healing. And so as hard as everything is right now, I do think that there is something to be said for making things that people can have some release with.”

She couldn’t be more right.

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