This is something that I've alluded to in several of my posts. Much like Shakespeare, I believe that all the world is a stage. However, instead of men playing many parts, I think we all play one part: that of the clown. Life is an absurdist circus, full of clowns that don't know they're clowns. Yet, they dance, roll around, and make funny faces for the amusement of the other clowns. Some people have realized this. Most have not. Trolls, gadflies, postmodernists, existentialists, nihilists, cynics, propagandists, and narcissists know it. I think that politicians, sociopaths, gossip columnists, and TV celebrities must be aware of it on some level. Those who take themselves seriously will deny it.
The absurdity of trying to make sense of life is something only a clown would do. The tragedy is that they think they've actually done it. This is endlessly amusing to those of a darker, sardonic wit.