Here is a holiday exercise in emotional distance and it's relationship to comedy.
Consider this scenario: a drunken 4-year old child is found in the middle of a road, wearing a girls dress and carrying an open can of beer, at 1:45 in the morning. He just finished breaking into a family's unlocked house and stealing Christmas gifts.
That's at least kind of funny, right? I think it's a hilarious image.
Now, consider this scenario: a child emulates his father's destructive behavior in the hopes of being thrown into the same prison so that he can be with the father he loves.
That's tragedy, right?
They're both from the same article about a child from Chattanooga, TN.
I don't really have a larger point here. I just think it's interesting.