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As a self proclaimed American Pop Culture idiot, I am on a quest to find out what humor is and what constitutes rib tickling funny! So however small your contribution is, I can assure you it will make a big difference.
*Stand-up routine begins*
Sh*t, Bullsh*t, F*ck, Mother F*cker, Assh*le, B*tch, Bleep!
Well, I think that will do.. :) But, if you can think of any more words that fit into the dictionary of modern-day comedy, I would love to know.. !!
My Grandfather was a simpleton and he had his fun jesting about the milkman and the imaginary infidelity of his wife who gave birth his ‘own’ children. And over the years, the joke was found to be trite, and that gave birth to a new class of comedy called the Sitcom / Late-night / Stand-up style.
“Thank goodness Clinton is doing fine. And today his condition was upgraded from stable to horny.” – Jay Leno
I think sense of humor can be broadly divided into three categories:
In the past: Grandfather’s Flatulence:
The Queen of England was showing the Archbishop of Canterbury around the Royal Stables when one of the stallions close by farted so loudly it couldn’t be ignored.
‘Oh dear,’ said the Queen, ‘How embarrassing. I’m frightfully sorry about that.’
‘It’s quite understandable,’ said the archbishop, and after a moment added, ‘as a matter of fact I thought it was the horse.’
Today: Fart jokes:
These jokes have reached such an alarming proportion, that now, there is a website to send a fart to someone we hate or love! So heartwarming, isn’t it?! *definitely sarcastic*
In the past: Grandfather’s Version:
An elderly couple is sharing an intimate dinner in honor of their 75th wedding anniversary.
The man says softly, “Dear, there is something I must ask you.
It has always bothered me that our sixth child never quite looked like the rest of our children.
Now, let me assure you these 75 years have been the most wonderful I could have hoped for, and your answer will not take all that away.
But, please tell me: did he have a different father?”
His wife lowers her eyes, pauses for a moment, and then confesses, “Yes. Yes, he did.”
The old man tightens, very shaken, the reality hitting him hard.
“Who? Who was he? Who was the father?”
Again, the woman lowers her head, trying to muster the courage to finally tell her husband the truth.
She says, “You.”
At the hospital bed of his newly born baby, a man says to his wife, “Shut up you b*tch, you dirty Ho, you think you can get away with that! You Mother F*cker, you said you love me and is this what you do?? Why does this baby have dark skin and brown hair?? And if you say one more word, I will pull you down into the muck and slap you around..” *And now I would assume the audience to burst into a wild frenzy of laughter…???*
In the past: Grandfather’s Funny Definition of Father:
He is a banker provided by Nature / God..
Today: The Modern Standard Dictionary:
Urbandictionary.com provides these eye opening references. And while you are at it, please don’t miss the tags/categories that the definition can fall into. And again inevitably, I use a sentence that has double entendre in it.. Poignant!
Queen to lame definitions for father in just a couple of generations?! Today we live and thrive in fat and fart jokes, bladder jokes, American ‘pie’s, adult a.k.a. mature jokes..
Why does everything has to be out there, why is there no room and appreciation for subtlety..? Whether it is American or British or European or Asian, humor has changed a lot in its nuances.. And make no mistake, by subtle, I don’t mean:
“Bill Clinton’s new memoir has already had orders for 1.5 million copies. In fact, it’s already in its third printing. The first two were stained.” —David Letterman
Why is there no humor that is smart, intelligent, and still clean.. And because you would suspect there is no funny bone in me.. I have to confess that I have not been all that clean myself!
And why am I fan of her’s.. ?? My theory is, she thinks she is funny and actually gets away with that nonsense!!
Mark Twain said “When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.” But that was in the 19th century, so is that to say, Anger is the new Funny???
*Stand-up routine ends*
You have all been very kind, thank you!! Mwah mwah..
Contributions from readers:
Nathan, The Extinct Existentialist and Tony: While Nathan seems to agree with the tone of the post, EE adds that he too is embarrassed by what is passed at humor these days and Tony doesn’t find ‘Fart’ humor that funny!
Amy says: We were given a language. Make it beautiful. The pendulum will surely swing. I know some pretty ‘hot’ people and not one of them resorts to this sort of language or emphasis when they are in their roles in front of people. In fact, I’ve seen some speak out against it if there is an indication that the topic is heading that direction.
Kima points out at: One of Tailor Mali’s videos:
Timo talks about German Stand-up Comedy: We don’t have many swear words in German stand-up comedy though. And do you know why? Because it is not as strictly forbidden as in the US!
There is no beep sound (at least not after 6 pm or so), no black bars over mouths when someone swears. The result? It is uninteresting for a comedian to swear on TV here, because it is not a breach of taboo.
Comedians in general often want and try to breach taboos – so actually all those regulations have an opposite effect than intended.
Jamie observes the following about language: As far as language goes, when I see so many of our poets with potential, I’m sorry to observe a need for a dictionary and an expanded vocabulary to include useful adjectives. Such laziness is a sad thing.
Dillon introduces me to George Carlin and his 7 dirty words!:
Eremophila talks about humor in Australia:
Slamdunk the Cop gives a snapshot of his childhood: There was a very tall collegiate basketball player (he was over 7 foot tall) where I used to live. When reporters would ask about his size and his family, he would say,”well my mom is 5 foot 7 and my dad is 5 foot 9, but our mailman is 7 foot 2.”
Mr. Mojo Risin observes, “I see it this way, humor is something that make you laugh and at the same time, provides entertainment. The thing is, what’s considered funny is completely up to the individual.” And he recommends, Lewis Black, for he enjoys jokes having to do with religion, politics and any other thing that drives the world mad.
1. Lewis Black (talking about America…)
2. Demetri Martin (check out his special “If I” on youtube, was quite inspiring and uplifted me even though it was stand up. )
3. Bill Hicks (talking about how stupid people can get on drugs. )
4. Brian Regan (UPS weighing joke. )
5. Christopher Titus (His special “Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding”. Opens up to the crowd about his past and how screwed up he is mentally because of it. )