Everything's funny as long as it's happening to someone else

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,


The phrase "everything is funny as long as it's happening to somebody else", means to me "difficult or bad things seem easy or funny if they happen to other people, not me. If they happened to me, I'd find them horrible to deal with and would complain a lot.''

My question:

Is everything is funny as long as it's happening to somebody else naturally used in American English?

My example:

John: ''Why are you laughing at it, Jane? I lost my job and losing one's job is a terrible experience.
Everything is funny as long as it's happening to someone else, isn't it? That's why you're laughing at my misery.


Thank you in advance!


 
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  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Yes, that is typical. It reminds me of a quote attributed to Mel Brooks:

    “Tragedy is when I stub my toe. Comedy is when you fall into a sewer and die.”
    I have no dispute on the meaning of the quote or your reply. My recollection of the quote (from "The Producers", a very funny movie as I recall) was different. A quick on-line search yielded this from "Goodreads".



    “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”
    Mel Brooks

    The art of pedantry is alive and well and living through Packard.

     
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