Dying Is Hard. Comedy Is Harder.
In the face of death, or say when death becomes more like an immediate probability, making it light with jokes and comedy surely take to have "iron guts". George Carlin's jokes were considered anti-establishment, his "profanity" was snubbed by major media, but for the greater mass his stand up comedy was like breath of fresh air in the middle of stale morbidity. Read Jerry Seinfeld's concise but to the point article from the following link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/opinion/24seinfeld.html