Tragicomedy keeps us in stitches: Listen to Ed Gavagan’s Story
Here is a short The Mothtalk given by an ordinary man called Ed Gavagan from Wyoming who settled, failed at life, and even drowned in blood in New York City. And, it’s about how and why he made it there with his never-ending will to survive. He tries to make the audience understand that even if you are unfortunate, life must have been good to you as always, and will be so if you deeply believe that. Nothing can be overlooked in Ed’s miserable life, but his ironic way of telling his story makes you become restless eventually.
This talk is a good proof of how sorrow builds humor, and how cruelty can even bolster it.
All that stabbing, savagery, every detail in the crime scene, organs, blood and the general theme of hitting rock-bottom in life is enough to make people laugh. Ed seems to intentionally use this contradiction to draw the audience into his story, and you find yourself next to that wretched man in New York until the end of the story.
However, his wrap-up erases your smile when you hear his voice trilling and realize that he has started crying. Then all the irony vanishes, along with the humor it revealed. Spicing it up by calling NYC his savior, Ed ingeniously creates the dramatic compassion he wants at the end.