I have, at long last, started watching the HBO series Silicon Valley, and I confess I really love it. The scene below has got to be one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in my life.
Those of you who have read me for a while may have noticed a surprising
number of posts are oriented toward stand-up comics. Just one glance at my
category cloud confirms this – – the “Humor” section is much larger than
many of the others, even though this is ostensibly a blog about charting
the financial markets, which is about as far away from comedy as can be
I’ve been thinking about this myself: what is this fascination I’ve got
with comedians? After all, I don’t even like the vast majority of them. I
do, however, fixate on the greats like George Carlin, Greg Giraldo, Emo
Phillips, Richard Pryor, Patton Oswalt, Norm MacDonald, and others.
Greetings from 7 miles in the sky from your beloved host. Let’s take a step back – — a few thousand steps back, actually – – and drink in a very long view of the stock market. We’ll use the S&P 500 as our observed entity. Here it is below, spanning several decades, with three major tops tinted.