Cracking up at the crack of dawn.

One paradox I’ve found about life in America is that (very) late-night TV is still pretty popular here (even though network TV audiences are in decline as viewers watch streaming services like Netflix more and more).


For example, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon doesn’t actually start until 11:35 PM, long after my bedtime, and long after British TV has gone into a less-than-prime-time mode.

What’s most strange to me, though, is that many Americans also start their days incredibly early.

For instance, my local Starbucks opens at 5 AM.

So retiring after The Tonight Show and rising at the crack of Starbucks’ espresso machine could leave you enjoying only the briefest of snoozes.

Although I can’t get my head around the late nights, I much better understand (and embrace, actually) the early starts.

I guess I’m a lark at heart.

However, I’m not the only one.

I’m generally at Stanford by 7:30 AM, and most mornings I meet up with four friends for a 30 minute catch up over coffee.

We’re not all there every morning, but when there’s a full quorum it’s notable that the overall sound issuing from the group is laughter.

And it certainly feels fine to start the day with a really healthy chortle.

Sometimes, of course, life is anything but funny.

But I think a chuckle is always possible, even on the darkest of days.

So what makes you laugh?

And who makes you laugh?

And what can you do to bring the what and who into your life today?

One thought on “Cracking up at the crack of dawn.

  1. Brilliant writing, Jon. Made me really concentrate, which I find hard to do when reading these days. (Must be old age but I lose interest in the written word much more quickly than I used to if it is not interesting to me. )
    I love a chortle, and I also love getting up early . I am a lark and that is when I’m at my most effective .
    We have two pairs of friends who always make us laugh. We can relax and enjoy in their company, and forget everyday pressures.
    I also loved Victoria Wood and her cassette tapes are still in my machine and still make me laugh. I mean the sketches do!
    I love a good joke, told well, usually involving an embarrassing situation, or a play on words . I love a farce, well acted.
    Yesterday, in our creative writing group, a dialogue written by one member had us in stitches, it was so funny and so well observed.
    I also think being able to laugh at yourself is very good for the soul, too.

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