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Do You Feel the “Pleasure of the Expected?” Like the Opening Routine of the Tonight Show.

Do You Feel the “Pleasure of the Expected?” Like the Opening Routine of the Tonight Show.

“There is such a thing as the pleasure of the expected. Opening routine of ‘Tonight Show’ provides it; millions would feel cheated if the ceremony were changed.”

-- Kenneth Tynan, “Fifteen Years of the Salto Mortale,New Yorker (FYI: salto mortale is the circus term for an aerial somersault performed on a tightrope.)

I definitely feel the pleasure of the expected. For instance, my family and I have been watching The Larry Sanders Show, and I love the moment in the beginning where we hear Hank say, in a low voice, "We're on in ten seconds, so get ready to have a good time. All right, here we go. This is exciting, isn't it?"

In fact, I get such a kick out of it that predictable moment that we included it as a clip in episode 60 of the Happier podcast. You can listen here, at 12:55.

How about you, do you feel the pleasure of the expected? Are there things that you enjoy, as they unfold in the same way?

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