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We need laughter now more than ever—it gets us through the darkest times

A joke does not trivilaise suffering but reminds us there is life beyond it

By Shappi Khorsandi  

Shappi Khorsandi photographed by Heathcliff O'Malley

In Kate Fox’s brilliantly observed book “Watching The English” she notes how, after the 7/7 bombing, messages from all over the world flew towards our stricken capital, declaring “We are all Londoners today.” Many Londoners responded with jokes along the lines of “Then you owe us £8 congestion charge.”

Far from making light of a crisis, a well-timed, well-aimed joke is the very thing we need to keep us hopeful. Jokes among one another help us acknowledge the dire straits we are in…

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