Laugh, and the World Laughs with You... Except Me

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Laugh, and the World Laughs with You... Except Me

I'm stunned by the things that pass as humor these days. All of the movies by Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Mike Myers, and company... they are utterly lost on me. I don't find them the least bit funny. Perhaps I'm too serious for my own good; perhaps I'm just tuned differently. Were the comedic talents of my childhood all that different?

 

I wasn't an Airplane or National Lampoon fan, and didn't even tune into Saturday Night Live with any regularity. There was Lucille Ball, to be sure, the Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder duo, and shows like Sanford & Son and Soap (that surely sent at least half of the jokes well over my head). The outlandish kookiness of Mel Brooks was borderline for me. Films like Young Frankenstein (now a Broadway musical) and High Anxiety elicited a few chuckles, but certainly no guffaws.

These days, even though I know the guy who directed the Austin Powers series, as well as Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, and Dinner for Schmucks, I can't bring myself to watch any of his movies. He's a swell guy, despite having also produced Borat and Brüno, both of which I also refuse to endure.

The outside perimeters of my humor fall along the lines of Arrested Development, 30Rock, and Will & Grace, with my comfort zone being more in step with the comic stylings of Janeane Garofalo, Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes, and Paula Poundstone. Even Jon Stewart, whom I adore, talks about balls a little bit too much for my liking. I want to think as I laugh, it seems. Over the top is just too much for me, although I will admit to absolutely loving South Park.

As deeply psychological as it was, Inception ruled the box office for several weeks. It had enough chase scenes and gunfire to even fend off the advances of Angelina Jolie's SALT and the knuckledheadedness of Dinner for Schmucks. But then, Ferrell's The Other Guys was released last weekend and his frat-boy humor overcame Leonardo DiCaprio's analytical prowess to reign supreme. Eat, Pray, Love is set to come out this weekend, though it would take a mound of date nights to knock The Other Guys off the top.

Perhaps it's an American thing, this obsession with pratfalls, overblown stereotypes, and dick jokes. They are certainly easy laughs. It reminds me of an episode of South Park wherein Cartman goes to Hollywood to pitch ideas for movies. He throws out every ridiculous scenario he can think of and adds Adam Sandler to it... and the powers that be think he's a genius.



Comments [28]

Lake's picture

Not to be crude.....(I'm going to be)

It's a 'twig & berry' thing and since some of us aren't into the 'twig & berry' (well not real ones anyway!)  It's not funny!

It would be like talking about va-jay-jay all day...........Hmmmmmmmmm........... ................never mind...I forgot where I was going with this.....Wink

 

I have to go work on some dance moves.....Wink

 

 

Lake

Tex's picture

twig and berry?

What?

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Lake's picture

LOL!!!!!!!!

Sparkles...... but real.......and with balls!!!!

Lake

Tex's picture

Oh, okay!

Why didn't you just say dick and balls?

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Lake's picture

LMAO!!!!!

I had that all typed out.....and it just seemed all wrong......so I cleaned it up a bit!!!! Wink

Really it's not so much the balls they joke about as it is the dick....... now that I think about it!!

Lake

Tex's picture

Useless!

Cannot clean up dick and balls on a lesbian site! You can talk about Toris and Ina!

Smile

and shouldn't that have been berrIES?

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Lake's picture

Poor guy.....

I only gave him one nut....I mean berry......I mean ball!!! 

Lake

Robin Rigby's picture

I agree with others that

I agree with others that these movies are not really slapstick.  What I think the Adam Sandler/Will Ferrell type movies are is men trapped in adolescence acting like morons.  And I don't find that amusing at all.  

Austin Powers though, that was funny.  And Young Frankenstein- One of the funniest movies ever.  Absolute funniest movie in my opinion is Woody Allen's Sleeper.

Kelly McCartney's picture

I forgot about Woody.

I forgot about Woody.

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SMBrown's picture

Kelly, I don't think it's an

Kelly, I don't think it's an American thing, I think it's an American adolescent BOY thing.  Couldn't agree more about all the ball and dick jokes--but those are not slapstick, not in the true sense of the word.  

Kelly McCartney's picture

Agreed.

That's what I was trying to pinpoint for myself -- the difference between why I could enjoy Lucy, but not all of this stuff.

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Conlite's picture

Raised in the UK with

Raised in the UK with "English" sense of humour.  Whatever that may mean, I am also allergic to overdone slapstick comedy.  Slapstick seems to be like steak though, all my friends have different definitions of what constitutes "overdone".

Kelly McCartney's picture

Right?

Like the line between, say, Charlie Chaplin and the Three Stooges. It's so subjective, this humor thing. I'm just floored by what the majority of people go for.

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Lake's picture

Guess that means my .....

Austin Powers imitation wouldn't work on you!?!  Wink

 

 

 

Lake

Kelly McCartney's picture

Nope.

Better find another way in.

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Lake's picture

I'm working....

a music angle right now!!   Give me a little time......Wink

Maybe in Colorado.....;)   Heheheheeeee!!

Lake

Tex's picture

Music angle.....Midnight Train:

Lake's picture

TEX!!!!!!!

That's it.....with dance moves!!!!!!  Wink

 

Love it!!!  Heheheheheheeee!!!!

Lake

Kelly McCartney's picture

Definitely more appropriate

Bust it out like this and we'll talk:

http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2010/08/ellen_dances_on_so_you_think_you_can...

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Lake's picture

SSSSSWWWWWEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!

Love it!!!   

 

Did you see her shoes.....AWESOME!! 

I'm hunting those down right now!!!  Wink

Lake

Tex's picture

Lakey..........

it's gonna take more than the shoes!  heheheheheheheeeeee

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Lake's picture

Jameson & Diet Coke......

with 2 shots of tequila!!!!!!!!!   hahahahahahaaaaaa

Lake

Tex's picture

Wooooah!

Gonna dance prone on the floor?  

Smile

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Lake's picture

I have.....

sooooooooo much more rhythm....after some cocktails!!!  Wink

At least in my mind I do!!!!!  Heheheheheeeee

Lake

minniesota's picture

Love dumb humor

Golly, this blog makes me want to watch some Three Stooges. Nuk. Nuk. Nuk. Nuk. Nuk. Smile

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Kelly McCartney's picture

Oh brother...

where art thou?

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minniesota's picture

Slapstick is universal

I forgot to say that Americans are not the only ones who love slapstick humor. Remember how much the French went for Jerry Lewis? Amazing.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Kelly McCartney's picture

Surely do.

Can't say I think he was funny, either.

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