"Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed, life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says, "Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears."But doctor" He says, "I am Pagliacci."
It's always weird to read that some comedian is suffering from depression. It's little understood that those most likely to reach for laughs are those most in need of them. Robin Williams had apparently been on the wagon for 20 years, but recently relapsed. Apparently, life was not very amusing. And now, our world is a little less funny.