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Thomas Bradshaw on Finding Humor at Funerals

From: Blank on Blank
Series: Blank on Blank
Length: 05:07

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"Funny things happen at funerals. Very funny, comical, human things. You may not laugh, but it’s all mixed up together. " - Thomas Bradshaw. Interview for BOMB Magazine by Margo Jefferson. Read the full description.

Thomas_bradshaw_square2_small Today's conversation deals with a simple question about the ability of men and women to move on: is there a right way to deal with death and tragedy? Can you find laughs--or even love--at a funeral? Well, playwright Thomas Bradshaw thinks you can.

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Today's conversation deals with a simple question about the ability of men and women to move on: is there a right way to deal with death and tragedy? Can you find laughs--or even love--at a funeral? Well, playwright Thomas Bradshaw thinks you can.

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David Gerlach: This is Blank on Blank where lost interviews come to life. Presented by the Public Radio Exchange, PRX dot org. I’m David Gerlach. And I want to get right to conversation today. It deals with a simple question about the ability of men and women to move on: is there a right way to deal with death and tragedy? Can you find laughs--or even love--at a funeral? Well, playwright Thomas Bradshaw thinks you can. And he said so during an interview with Margo Jefferson. It comes to us from BOMB magazine and this is actually an excerpt of a longer interview that you can read at BOMBsite dot com. But let’s get right to the tape and these eternal questions of life. This is Blank on Blank.

Thomas Bradshaw: I think the way we deal with certain major subjects in our art and the media bear no relation to the truth. Death, for one. There’s comedy in the midst of tragedy and tragedy in th...
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