"I don't know what happened in your life that caused you to develop a sense of humor as a coping mechanism, maybe it was some sort of brace or corrective boot you wore during childhood but in any case: I'm glad you're on my team."
- Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) to Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) on last night's 30 Rock
I have a friend who wore a scoliosis brace in middle school who is now a humor writer (update: Emily) and our running joke is that I'm jealous of her for the funny-making brace (she assures me that I have and have had quite enough to compensate for -- whew!!)
Apparently my 2003 archives are all messed up but I found an old thing I said about the "Theory of Compensation" quoted on the blog Chaos Theory. It's by no means an original idea, but four jaded New York years later I still believe it to be true.
Anyway, go watch last night's 30 Rock -- the quote above is by no means the funniest part.