Comic Relief for Existential Times

The Humorous Writings of Mitch Ditkoff

Mitch Ditkoff
2 min readJun 5


I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. Sometimes, in the same day, I do both. I mean, really, life is pretty funny. And when it’s not funny, it’s pretty tragic. So much goes on in the course of a lifetime, it’s hard to keep track: the ups and downs, the ins and outs, the good and bad, the agony and the ecstasy and all of the other flora and fauna of our precious human existence.

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx

Welcome to the world of duality, my friends. Welcome to the human condition. And welcome to humor, one of life’s greatest gifts to us all — the ability to see through the veil and laugh to our heart’s content — not at someone, but at our own selves and this magical mystery tour called “life.”

“If I didn’t have a sense of humor I would have committed suicide a long time ago.” — Mahatma Gandhi

And so, in the spirit of humor, laughter and seeing through the craziness of life into the divine center of things, it is my great pleasure to share with you the following light-hearted pieces of mine, written during times when comic relief was my saving grace.

Please enjoy! And if any of this stuff makes you laugh, feel free to forward them to your friends, chiropractor, dentist, mother, father, children, grandparents, neighborhood barista, nearest nihilist or anyone you know who needs a moment to unplug from the seeming seriousness of life.

What I Learned from Listening to Bolero for 14 Hours Non-Stop

The Very Unexpected Journey

I Am Not a Handyman

The Syndrome Syndrome and the Rise of the New World Disorders

A Man of Few Words

A Jar of Minced Garlic

The Ten Commandments for Visiting a Spiritual Retreat

Throwing the I-Ching

How 13-Year Old Girls Can End Terrorism



Mitch Ditkoff

Co-Founder of Idea Champions, Face The Music & Sage Catalysts. Author of Storytelling for the Revolution, Storytelling at Work, Unspoken Word and Free the Genie