A dour outlook is not hard to come by, while righteous goofiness is one of the remedies.

"Enter laughing!" emotes Rene Santoni at his very first audition. Rene plays an adolescent Carl Reiner in Reiner's autobiographical film, Enter Laughing. "Enter laughing is a stage direction," says José Ferrer, as the alcoholic theater director. "It means that you laugh as you enter." Santoni walks onto the stage repeatedly trying various ludicrous and gruesome laughs.

"It's an amused laugh boy... an amused laugh!" Ferrer cries in frustration

It is a horrible play and Santoni will pay to be in it.