If the relentless pursuit of happiness leads to downright disappointing results, at least Ron James makes us happy along the way.
In the latest episode of "The Ron James Show," the Canadian comic waxes funny on a society inundated with advice for finding happiness -- and, of course, how happy that ultimately makes retailers.
"On the shelves of Indigo, not only can you find the book on happiness that's right for you, but also a scented candle to match," he says during his stand-up routine.
"Either way, they both end up in the bathroom."
Indeed, there are so many books on happiness -- from The Secret to The Way — James suggests "we end up more confused than Jessica Simpson at a science fair."
Indeed, James walks a fine line between funny and fiercely critical.
Take a particularly excoriating bit about Eckhart Tolle, a German-born self-help guru who lives in Canada.
Tolle, the comedian says, managed to make a "gazillion dollars" on the back of a book "bursting with watered down wisdom, borrowed from everyone from Buddha's brother-in-law to Christ's second cousin."
Touché, Mr. James.
Catch the full episode tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST on CBC.