PHILADELPHIA -- The markets are wacky, and it's a laughing matter. Throughout the media, from cable TV to Twitter, professional laugh-mongers -- the comedians whose job it is to get laughs out of almost anything -- are at it big time.
Comics feel the pulse of the moment, what large numbers of people are thinking or wondering -- or thinking other people think or wonder. Monday, when the U.S. markets had their first chance to react to Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. debt, is now known as "Trillion Dollar Monday," because that's how much personal wealth went up in smoke in one day. Then on Tuesday, the Dow went stratospheric, recovering much of Monday's losses.
So heck, let's laugh.