Any fool can play tragedy, but comedy, sir, is a damned serious ...

I find myself moving between comedy and serious most of the time, and not just when I’m writing.

It’s a fascinating divide… what makes something funny to one person, may be deadly serious and distinctly unfunny to another, because of personal experience. It’s all about perspective, I suppose.

I’ve just recorded my most recent short story ‘Yes Man’ on my podcast at . My original thought was that there was a serious point to make on behalf of the many people who find it hard to say No (and most of us have been in that situation, more than once!).

But the further I got into the story, the more I found myself making some fun out of it. I was poking fun at the hero of my story.

So, without writing a thesis on this – which you’d quickly get bored with, I’m sure – did I use comedy to somehow distance myself from the subject because I genuinely do find it hard to say No to people; did I do it with the clever intention of making the story more accessible; or did I do it simply because I thought more people might read it (or listen to it, in this case)??

Have a listen and see what you think. I’d love to know if it gets the message across, or just dilutes it for the sake of a few laughs…!

I’d love to know what you think.


Published by Heaton Wilson

I write - crime fiction, plays, and short stories. This blog is about me and my podcast.... ... in which I bravely write new short stories, and then even more bravely read them out from the seclusion of my shed on the Isle of Wight! The podcast stories are free to listen to, but I'm supporting Quay Arts, so if you want to help them through these tough times, please make a donation, however small, at Thanks x

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