In a world so grim, humour's a powerful political weapon. People open their minds when they laugh. There only needs to be the slightest gap there and you cna drive something in.
I think it's strange that people should think that the minute you laugh, you no longer take yourself seriously.
from an interview in The NZ Listener, 5th November, 1983.
There's a bio of Tim Shadbolt in Wikipedia.