The death of comedians or clowns comforts us with the thought that it is eventually a laughable thing.
Their tragedy of dying seems only a small point among the plenty of laughs they cause when they were alive.
However, the existence of only a fatal drop of tragedy in a life conceived as a comedy tells that a life guided by man in a particular way cannot defend itself not even against the smallest part of what cannot be under our control.
The power of a little man over an infatuated giant is an appropriate image of the power of death over life. And that image is one of the best themes to be used in comedies. Besides, death may represent a more real comedy than any other we perform in our life, because to be dead is clearly a more real state than all the ways of living.
In this case, to live in a comic way is a bad joke or at least a worse joke than that told by the fact of dying.