"Was nothing real?" -- Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show"
Funny covers a multitude of sins.
That has long been my go-to explanation of a dynamic unique to comedy. Meaning the fact that you are allowed to be crude and shocking, to transgress all kinds of isms, all bounds of propriety, if you can get a laugh in the process.
Sean Spicer got a laugh out of me Sunday night.
He rolled that podium onto the Emmy Awards stage, and I cracked up. Nor was I the only one. Indeed, the surprise appearance of the former White House spokesman set off a roar from the audience of beautiful people, though when the camera found Melissa McCarthy, who has memorably...