Classic Screwball Comedies: Rx for Our Fraught Times

Carla Seaquist
12 min readDec 20, 2019

Screwball comedy may be the perfect tonic for our unhappy times — with American democracy under siege from within, leadership hapless, the public hopping mad at just about everything. In fact, we might call our times screwball tragedy.

Given screwball comedy’s classic elements — unlike characters meeting in unlikely circumstances, who spark to each other (“spark” being a screwball verb) but who for their reasons resist that spark, until finally, after an often antic journey together (or escapade), they give in to the power of Love — the…

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Carla Seaquist

Our times examined via politics, culture, morality. Author, "Can America Save Itself from Decline?" (Vol. II). Playwright. Fmr. HuffPost. www.carlaseaquist.com.