I’d been watching a lot of House MD a while ago. Perhaps 1/3 of the show is taken up with mystical medical mumbo-jumbo that’s gibberish to me, and yet it’s still compelling. How can that be? It’s like watching a soap opera in a foreign language.
Then I talked to a friend who went to clown school, who didn’t find it at all surprising. He told me about his 40-minute graduation show that transfixed and amused audiences using only nonsense words.
House MD as a modern medical jabberwocky makes a certain amount of sense.