Hugh Laurie’s tweets got me on this mind track- asking about theories of comedy. My theatre education was at the University of Minnesota and I was privileged to know ,as a student, Dr. Arthur Ballet. Last year Dr. Ballet died, and I didn’t know that until I researched him on a whim. May he rest in peace. He was truly brilliant and charismatic. He was kind of like Dr. House upon reflection. As the following article attests – no suffering of fools… But I must say this fool he suffered. It was an exhausting and growthful 4 years I spent in the theatre department. I never regret it and fondly remember that time of trials and joys.