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Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.

Burke 13 Dec 00 - 05:46 PM
Bill D 13 Dec 00 - 05:11 PM
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Chanteyranger 13 Dec 00 - 02:51 AM
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Bert 12 Dec 00 - 01:40 PM
GUEST,Dave Bunker 12 Dec 00 - 12:17 PM
Naemanson 12 Dec 00 - 03:49 AM
Brendy 12 Dec 00 - 03:06 AM
GUEST,Lepus_Rex, cookieless, lazy... 12 Dec 00 - 02:40 AM
Seamus Kennedy 12 Dec 00 - 02:39 AM
Clinton Hammond2 12 Dec 00 - 02:18 AM
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Rick Fielding 12 Dec 00 - 12:08 AM
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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Burke
Date: 13 Dec 00 - 05:46 PM

Some things others find funny are just painful for me. I first realized it as a teenager when I say a scene with Jerry Lewis as a bell boy repeatidly dropping ice or something. Slap-stick like that just hurts.

I love most of the routines by the Capitol Steps. Especially the mangled words routine.

Guy Noir has his moments of brilliance, but I don't think I'd call it subtle. I really like Garrison Keillor's monologues. He did a sketch on Lutherans & music once that I also love. The Finn who did not like to Sauna is a classic. I hated Buster the Show Dog. Cafe Boeff got old in a hurry.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Dec 00 - 05:11 PM

The Gods Must be Crazy was inspired! The poor little Bushman in his confusion making more sense than any of the "advanced" society members....

and does anyone remember "The Wrong Box" or "Brewster McCloud"?


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: mousethief
Date: 13 Dec 00 - 02:14 PM

Ahhhhh, "Being There." A fine, fine flick.

Gods Must Be Crazy also. Crazy stuff.

The comedy sketches on PHC (Prairie Home Companion) -- especially Guy Noir, Private Eye, the humor in which is very subtle most of the time.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Dec 00 - 01:54 PM

so...we see that humor strikes all of us very differently....for me, the best humor is 'ususally' that which involves a surrealistic twist on 'real life'...but for many, this is not 'strong' enough....if it resembles life too much, they are upset or angry...so slapstick, sit-coms and bad jokes based on sex or bodily functions become their humor of choice.

Having said that, I admit that I, too, will laugh at some slapstick, etc...but not ALL...there are so many poorly done, STUPID attempts! I saw a TV program where a stand-up comedian had invented a routine about "falling asleep", in which the premise was that he didn't know what it was..and the punch line all thru the bit was "I went unconcious"...most inane, insipid, dull bit I ever saw!...*shrug*...

now, the movie "Being There", on the other hand..........


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 13 Dec 00 - 02:51 AM

Yeah, Mousethief, Peter Schickele. How did I forget him in my original post? In 1975 he did a PDQ Bach concert in Berkeley which was just brilliant. He made his entry by swinging on a rope onto the stage from a balcony. "PDQ Bach On The Air" is my personal favorite of his. Radio station WOOF in Hoople, North Dakota. Beethoven's fifth announced as a sports event, complete with an inane color commentator, the field recording of the piano piece with the maid running the vaccuum cleaner in the background. Great stuff!


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Burke
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 08:25 PM

e get a lot of classic radio drama on our Public Radio Station. I love Jack Benney and Fibber McGee & Molly.

I don't like humor based on someone acting just stupid. The Jerk is one of the few movies I've ever walked out of. It was in a multplex so we went to the original La Cage aux Folles instead. Missed the beginning, but still one of my favorites.

I love Hitch Hikers' Guide to the Galaxy. The Gods must be Crazy. All the old Screwball comedies.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: sophocleese
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 05:42 PM

The Frantics, The Arrogant Worms and This Hour has 22 Minutes. The whole idea of petitioning the Canadian Government to get Stockwell Day to change his name to Doris was brilliant on many levels.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 03:34 PM

Oh, I forgot to say 'Kids in The Hall'......

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: mousethief
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 02:56 PM

A big AMEN to the mention of Carol Burnett. I loved both versions of Rosenkranz and Guildenstern. Richard Dreyfuss as the tragedian was priceless.

Peter Schickele as PDQ Bach is also a very funny man.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: kendall
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 01:53 PM

Tim Conway is the only comic who can make me laugh out loud.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Bert
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 01:40 PM

If I had a hammer... great line Clinton, I can just hear Billy Connolly saying that.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: GUEST,Dave Bunker
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 12:17 PM

Schindler's List has got to be the funniest movie I've ever seen--it leaves me absolutely in stitches!!!! And Dick Cheney ,doesn't even need to say a word and he cracks me up--And the philosophical writings of David Hume--priceless!! Wait, none of those things are funny at all..Damn, I posted to the wrong thread again!


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 03:49 AM

Snuffy - I don't know if it was the Goodies or the Oddies anymore. It was a VERY long time ago. The power of their humor is such that these are things that have stuck with me down through the ages. On episode involved a tour of a zoolgical park faturing singers instead of animals. Rolf Harris was one of the singers. I think they were always taking shots at poor Rolf.

There is a book, Dr. Dogbody's Leg, by James (?) Nordhof (Of Nordhof and Hall who wrote Mutiny On The Bounty) that I found to be a scream. It is a simple set of short stories connected by the fact that they are told by Dr. Dogbody in a tavern in Plymouth, England, to his buddies in the years following the Napoleonic Wars. Each one is reputed to be the story of how he lost his leg. Each one is different and each is a howl. The scenes between the stories are funny as well.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Brendy
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 03:06 AM

It has been a long time since I have read it, but I remember a passage from Dr. Oliver Sacks book The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat where the good doctor was observing some of his patients as they watched the T.V.

President Ronald Regan was giving a speech somewhere, and the patients were rolling around on the floor in hysterics at the sight of him.

Apparently his body language was different from what his eyes 'said', and this was the reason for their uncontrolled mirth.

Must admit, I got that impression off him a few times as well. Didn't find it particularly funny, though.

But most other preformance artists, I can take.

B.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: GUEST,Lepus_Rex, cookieless, lazy...
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 02:40 AM

I think Blackadder sort of got LESS funny as it progressed. 'Blackadder goes Forth' was the worst one, I think, though I still like it. The second series (the Elizabethan one) was my favourite by far, and the first and third series tie for second.

Some other stuff I love: MST3K (From back when it was just a local UHF show...), The Onion, the Coen Brothers' movies (and Ethan Coen's book, Gates of Eden), Monty Python, and especially The Far Side, which was pretty much the only non-fiction I read when I was 12-13...

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 02:39 AM

Clinton, despite what Connolly says, he is a helluva fine banjo player and can acquit himself well on the guitar, too.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 02:18 AM

Billy Connolly... bad example... ya know what he says about folk musicians eh...

"If I had a hammer, there'd be no more of those tossers!"

;-P


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 02:02 AM

Rick, one of my theories about great comics is that the truly great ones are/were musicians at one time or another, or had some connection with musical performance. Victor Borge, Steve Allen, Steve Martin, Henny Youngman, Jack Benny, Billy Connolly, George Burns (hoofer), Bob Hope (another one). Any takers? All the best

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 12 Dec 00 - 12:08 AM

Rich, gotta disagree with you about Cosby. Years (and years) ago, I was quite a fan of his, but I think he stopped taking chances entirely, and I'm afraid whatever he does now just doesn't make me laugh.

Victor Borge! Yup he's still got it. And he hasn't changed his act in 50 years!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: richlmo
Date: 11 Dec 00 - 11:53 PM

Robin Williams and Jonathon Winters are funny. Adam Sandler is not funny. He's stupid. Bill Cosby may be the funniest of all.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 11 Dec 00 - 11:14 AM

Seamus,

Victor Borge, I havn't thought of him in years, but he sure was funny.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: P05139
Date: 11 Dec 00 - 06:35 AM

I like Monty Python! I was watching "Holy Grail" on TV ast night and chuckling manically. Add that to liberally splattering chocolate dip everywhere and I think you realise how insane I am. My boyfriend says I'm not weird. Litte does he know... hehhehhehheh!!


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 11 Dec 00 - 01:41 AM

Victor Borge.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Diva
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 07:16 PM

I have a very warped humour which sometimes gets me into trouble. I love The Goons, Python, Spike Milligan's Q series and his books. I enjoyed Hitchhiker's Guide so much that when I was expecting my daughter Jane I called her Zeephod. None of this namby pamby "Bump" stuff. The other night on paltalk Liz the Squeek and I were christened Cackle and Squeek.....well we were having hysterics at the time and that just made us worse.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: sophocleese
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 03:19 PM

Well I have to admit that I liked the thread that appeared on Saturday that parodied many Mudcat contributors. It seems to have diappeared so I guess my enjoyment was not shared by others. Not having a lot of access to television I've missed out on seeing a lot of Blackadder episodes but I have laughed through all the ones I saw.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 02:05 PM

I think some of the best comedy shows/films are the ones where the humour is not based on jokes or slapstick but just on the way characters live. Prime example being the Royle family with Caroline Aherne where nothing actually happens at all. Films like the Full Monty mix humour and sadness and had me in tears on both counts. Tragedy and comedy are often close. Things that are over done leave me cold so I have never got on with Absolutely Fabulous, Bottom or The League of Gentlemen. Having said that I loved Monty Python simply because it was so off the wall.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 01:40 PM

Bravo Murray!

When I first met Heather about thirteen years ago, I was impressed by her hour-glass figure, her ability to think and use the language, and the fact that she laughed at my constant jokes (she's stopped by the way) but what sealed the deal was her recommending the series "BlackAdder" to me. I watched the episode about Edmund cutting off Richard the Third's head while he was having a pee behind a tree, and KNEW I'd met the gal for me!

Have to agree that the series got better as time went along.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 01:38 PM

Benny Hill HAD some creative talent...but once he discovered that smarmy single-entendre' jokes and girls in underware sold better, you seldom saw much of it..(the talent, I mean)...


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 10 Dec 00 - 10:34 AM

Surprised that with all the appreciation of British humor, no-one has mentioned Blackadder. It underwent a strange metamorphosis, with the first (medieval) episodes being totally unfunny, IMHO, then improving out of all recognition in the Elizabethan segment, and reaching its humorous zenith in the Georgian episodes.

One of the most endearing (not to say redeeming) qualities of the USA is this understanding of British humor. Even more remarkable, and encouraging is that everyone with whom I have discussed this loves Monty Python, and shares my distaste for Benny Hill, despite Hill's inexplicable popularity in the US.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: DonMeixner
Date: 09 Dec 00 - 11:43 PM

Firesign Theatre has alway put me on the floor laughing. The Goons, Pythons, ( Thank you PBS) and Steve Allen. After Peter Sellars, Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs, Sid Ceaser, Imogene Coca and Bob Newhart showed us what belly laughs are evrything else was just shits and giggles.

Don


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: alison
Date: 09 Dec 00 - 11:04 PM

The stage version of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead" was hilarious, (film didn't do it justice).....

I loved "the princess bride"...... tears rolled down my face the first time I saw Billy Crystal as the "apothecary"....... and of course "My name is Inigo Montoya (?spelling) you killed my father, prepare to die....."

loved the "young ones" yet couldn't stand "bottom".... and I cannot get into "south park" at all... although hubby thinks its hilarious......

Dave Allen gets my vote for a great delivery style....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Peter T.
Date: 09 Dec 00 - 02:28 PM

There are very few films or plays that can send you (or an audience) into sustained hysterics. Those are what I cherish -- the ones that build, until you are helpless. But there are only a few in my book. I would love to hear about others:
The dinner scene in "La Cage Aux Folles" is one of those, in part because of the subtitles -- you can laugh without fear of missing much.
Most of the first compilation Monty Python movie. None of the rest ever did much for me, though lots of people swear by them.
Much of Michael Frayn's play/farce "Noises Off" -- but only if done really well.
There is at least one scene in the film "Twentieth Century" that takes off into the stratosphere -- John Barrymore describing the Passion Play at Oberammagau, complete with camel impressions and a hysterical Carole Lombard.

There is one scene in a Marx Brothers film -- not one of the famous ones -- where Groucho is seducing a woman in her stateroom -- which is complete insanity for about one minute. It just goes on and on getting loonier. I saw it with an audience once and I can remember them losing it, but only in that scene. Cannot remember the film.

"Bringing Up Baby" is maybe the most sustained film for humour-just-below-the-hysterical. It just never stops bubbling along.
The second Wallace and Gromit cartoon ("The Wrong Trousers", the one with Feathers McGaw) is the funniest thing I have seen in recent years.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 09 Dec 00 - 12:32 PM

These people up on the box are all very well. But I think the folk world can be funnier.

The funniest person I have ever seen, the one who can quite literally make me laugh so much that it is painful, is Les Barker....And then there were the Kippers (Sid's OK, but the double act with his dad Henry was sublime)...and Cosmotheka...and Vin Garbutt (with his ability to reduce an audience to helpless hysterics with a rambling introductory spiel, and then move straight into a totally serious and challenging song that tears their hearts out). And a handful more.

And noone outside the folk scene, and very few outside these islands will have a clue what I'm talking about.

And none of those people really tell jokes either. That's not what real humour is about.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Snuffy
Date: 09 Dec 00 - 12:31 PM

Naemanson

Do you mean The Goodies? Bill Oddy was one of them, with Graeme(sp?) Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor. The ancient English martial art of Ecky-Thump!

Wassail! V


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Amergin
Date: 09 Dec 00 - 12:12 PM

This is a song that has always tickled my funny bone ever since I first heard it on Dr. Demento....

Whip Me Santa Claus
Mucous and the Phlegms
("Here Comes Santa Claus")

Chorus: Whip me Santa Claus
Spank me Santa Claus;
Don't worry if my flesh be seared.
I should be harshly punished
For being bad all year.

Whip me Santa Claus
Spank me Santa Claus;
The time of reckoning is near.
I have to pay my social debt
Before I can have cheer.

Choosing the correction
Is solely up to you,
But I would like a reddened butt,
Do what you have to do.
If your hands are fragile,
A paddle you might use.
I want to surely pay my debt,
Therefore, you must abuse.
Paddles can have nails,
Yes that would be real good.
And like an executioner,
Please wear a leather hood.

Chorus:

What is this you tell me,
You'll never punish me.
Cause that is not the way you work,
Hell that is news to me.
When you don't bring presents
To children that were bad,
Then you have punished them
I say by making them feel bad.
Violence may offend you,
Then use a gentle touch.
But still I want that reddened butt,
Is that asking too much?

Chorus


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Naemanson
Date: 09 Dec 00 - 12:11 PM

Odd movies - That could be a thread all by itself. We make a point to rent the occasional oddball film. We never would have suffered through Dead Space or Nautilus if we didn't. Try the classic film Death Race 2000. Wonderful.

Years ago I used to laugh myself sick watching Paul Hogan's old TV show. He had some great gags. There was the park employee who was picking up trash with a sharp stick completely distracted and following a sexy woman in a tight dress. There was the Pizza Hut fire which turned out to have been arsony committed by Ronald MacDonald. There was the guy on a picnic with his family looking for a place in the park to take a leak. Great Stuff.

Then there was a British show called The Oddies. I still use lines picked up from that show. "Look! It's Rolf 'Arris!" "Since the blacks have all left South Africa we need a new prejudice. We will hate short people. It will be called apart-height!"

The t


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Amergin
Date: 09 Dec 00 - 11:53 AM

I love Monty Python and the Hitchhiker's Guide....but I am surprised that no one has mentioned one staple around my house.... The MacKenzie Brothers.....especially that great classic, Strange Brew. Another classic we had growing up is The Ice Pirates....and Tremors....what can I say? We like odd movies....

Amergin


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Giac
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 07:43 PM

Carol Burnett.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 05:16 PM

Here is a good example of some folks thinking something is funny while others think it is not.
The BS: When Santa Runs Out of Prosac

Bonnie


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: DebC
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 04:29 PM

Two Words:The Onion

Deb Cowan


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Kim C
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 04:06 PM

I never could get into the Hitchhiker's Guide but I had friends who just LOVED it. And I used to love Dave Allen also!

I don't care for Malcolm in the Middle so much. His mother is evil and his father is an idiot. I watched the very first episode where someone had burned Mom's dress, and she basically tortured the kids over it, when it was bumbling Dad who did it. I did watch it one other time, when they had the school picnic- they were serving all tofu and Dad took a cooler full of wienies. Now THAT was pretty funny.

I like Third Rock from the Sun. I never watched it on prime time but a few nights when I was staying up late I watched reruns and found myself ROTFLMAO. Harry is Just Too Much!

Seinfeld in small doses. I loved Kramer but George and his parents always got on my nerves.

So glad Spinal Tap is out again on video. I'll have to get me one. That's one of my all-time favorites. "But these go to eleven." We have nicknamed one of our dogs Miss Eleven because... well, because she goes to eleven.

"I need large bread..."


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: mousethief
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 03:00 PM

Hitchhiker's Guide (the radio play is the best!). Monty Python. Princess Bride (best movie ever!). The completely unexpected punchline is the best -- the absurder, the better.

I once watched "Life of Brian" with a gang of male friends. Among them was my (now passed away, alas) friend Ed, who had a very quirky sense of humor. I sat back and watched everybody laugh at the obvious jokes, and then watched Ed laugh at the Ed-humor. By the end of the movie I was predicting (fairly accurately) which gags Ed would laugh at. By and large they were the ones I found funny too.

Humor is a very peculiar and fragile thing. While I don't think dissecting it makes it funnier, I don't think it hurts any, once the joke is over. And just talking about which things each of us finds funny seems completely harmless.

"Harmless."

"That's it? Just one word? Harmless?"

"Well the galaxy is a big place, and not many people had been to the earth before."

"Well I hope you've rectified that."

"YEs, I sent off a new entry, they had to edit it down a bit, but it is an improvement."

"What's it say now?"

"Mostly harmless."

Alex


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 02:21 PM

Bottom - the one with the devils sprouts
The first time I saw it I was rolling round in tears - its a flame thrower thing!


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 01:48 PM

OK Bert. I'll mention "Malcolm in the Middle". It DOES have that "dark" quality doesn't it?

Do you remember Bloodnock's School for BBC announcers? All day long they intoned "Earthquakes in East Acton"!

Yup Ebbie, "Soap" has to be in there too.

From AB/FAB: When Edina goes to the Ashram, may be the funniest thing I've witnessed in my life. Ya know, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Joanna Lumley have taken the kind of career risks on TV that 99 percent of actresses would never dream of taking.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Ebbie
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 12:17 PM

I agree, Harvey, etc: "Hit her!" I think the unexpected is what makes me laugh most explosively. If I can see it coming, it may be funny but it often loses it punch.

When my daughter was young, we lived in a small place. I gave her the bedroom and I slept in a hideaway bed in the living room. I went to bed before she did because I got up early so I often went to sleep to the TV she was watching.

I remember when 'Soap' began. I ignored it until I found myself giggling to myself at the dialogue- and finally I had to sit up and watch. It became a ritual to watch the show together. I still think it was inspired.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 11:53 AM

Humour definitely has its cultural elements. I've been in England for over 2 months now, but I haven't met anyone yet with the same sense of humour as the Northern Ireland one (which is black, twisted, sarcastic and slagging and very, very funny). I'm not saying that there's no humour in the South West of England, just that it's of a totally different type (at least with the people with whom I'm mixing). Most people don't pick up on my jokes, and I miss a lot of theirs. (Also, I've had to hold back on the crude retorts - I'm trying to appear civilised!) There was definite culture shock for a while. I'm worried I'll lose my edge and return home at Christmas and be unable to keep up with the cutting humour of my friends! Still, any country that can produce humour of the Monty Python standard has got to be funny. And kimmers - I love The Princess Bride!


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: sophocleese
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 11:42 AM

Ah the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I loved that and haven't reread it in a while, its about time. "They hung in the air the way that bricks don't" or something like that.

I tend to like gentle humour or black humour but find bullying humour offensive, or simply less funny. For instance I didn't find When Santa Runs out of Prozac terribly funny but I do like the song "Hey Santa where's my f**king bike!" quite funny.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Bert
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 11:39 AM

Rick, I'm glad you started this thread.

Here's the 5 day weather forecast from our local paper.

Variably Cloudy - Partly Cloudy - Partly Sunny - A mix of clouds and Sunshine - Partly sunny.

I know the guy must have been rolling on the floor laughing when he composed this and was wondering if he could sneak it past his dumb editor.

And how come no one has mentioned 'Malcolm in the Middle' yet?

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 10:54 AM

Dave Allen was one of my favourites. A wonderful story teller and his skits ripping into the Church were hilarious.


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Subject: RE: Your attitudes toward 'what's funny'.
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 08 Dec 00 - 10:44 AM

My daughter thinks that I am just like Edina from AbFab, I can't see it myself. My husband fancies Patsy rotten. I like the lot of them, and even watch the repeats with relish.
Alot of present humour is vabout words. I like the visual stuff better - thats what gets me hysterical.
Patrish


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