“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it’s the most comical thing in the world.” -Samuel Beckett

Absurdist literature and theatre is in my personal experience something of an acquired taste – and as such, rarely seen in popular media. Samuel Beckett, Kafka, and the like are certainly fine for theatre studies and literature classes, but as a commercial venture? Not likely. Which is why I’ve been pleasantly surprised this season by The Tatami Galaxy (Yojohan Shinwa Taikei) and Arakawa Under the Bridge – there is a thin thread here, just a bare hint of an absurdist aesthetic.