Friday, April 3, 2009

Comedy



I believe that both comedy and horror are the most specific genres of any medium to a person's individual taste. So when I post a pic of famous comedy teams, I do not expect you to agree. It is simply to illustrate that we are chatting here about comedy. And frankly, beyond this introduction, what I'd like to know, is what makes YOU laugh.

For me there is a wide gap between what I enjoy in comedy and what I am supposed to enjoy. I laugh hard at the Three Stooges, but was told they were low brow. I like JackAss the movie and the show. It is very lowbrow. And The Young Ones, from the BBC, who showed that humor, even in the UK is not such a dignified affair. I love Laurel and Hardy, and twice I was rescued from sadness by the Lil Rascals/Our Gang. Humor depends upon your mood and experiences, and it depends upon quality. If Curly Howard is poked in the eyes by Moe, it requires some degree of ability to portray it without fully injuring Curly. And more, just because someone is able to make you laugh on a lowbrow level, it does not mean, at all, that they are unintelligent. It means they could see what would be funny, from their perspective as an actor, performer, writer...

But tell me, tell us at Poplitiko, what/who makes you laugh?

6 comments:

nilskidoo said...

Every White House press secretary of the past ten years.

nilskidoo said...

and my Groucho Marx on vinyl.

alex-ness said...

Oh for an idiot like Billy Carter to lighten the mood of Washington DC.

nilskidoo said...

I could go on and on with this. I have a distinct memory from when I was maybe 10 of my grandpop saying I reminded him of Jack Benny's stuff.
I dig alot of the greats- Buster Keaton is a patron saint, I dig old Jonathan Winters, the Marx Bros, of course.
In the last few years I have been absorbing tons of Brit comedies- especially Fry & Laurie.
And then there's cartoonists...Sam Henderson (my first "big" interview)...

Anonymous said...

porn.

alex-ness said...

Porn itself might attempt comedy, but I doubt it works as such.