So said George S. Kaufman in 1937. He was referring to Broadway where shows officially open on Friday nights.
He was not referring to North Korea.
There are some who consider the assassination of any head of state a dubious subject for satire. They would say that in the society of satirists this is something that is simply not done. Anybody else is fair game, they say: playwrights, critics, politicians, television anchors, other satirists, but not heads of state.
The explanation for this exemption can be found in Freud’s Totem and Taboo. It has to do with the injunction against father-killing.
That was the last thing on George S. Kaufman’s mind.