This older clip posted online by Ted Chen in 2012 has only gone viral now, garnering over 400,000 news views.

In the video, actor John Cleese explains the difference between being serious and being solemn

He explains that one can laugh during serious conversations about life and family, and that humor can actually enhance the discussion. Solemnity, on the other hand, really isn’t helpful at all, even during times of gloom.