TV company boss: I hear you have a great idea for a TV show for us. I really liked your last one. What is it this time?
TV Show Producer: (enthusiastic): Well we have this great idea — an existential comedy about death!
Boss: Death? You mean like in “dying”, “decomposing, “disappearing”? It was my impression that we are trying to help people forget that kind of thing.
Producer: But that’s the point! People do not forget that kind of thing. They may suppress it, but they cannot get away from it, so instead we make a comedy out of it. It is cathartic!
Boss: God, didn’t you do enough of this in college?
Producer: Listen, the show is about this 18 year old girl, you see. In the pilot she is hit by a toilet seat from the Russian Mir space station.
Boss: Toilet seat. I take it that this is symbolic?