Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What is funny?

A discussion this weekend got me thinking, what is funny?

My friend and I watched The Five Year Engagement and were perplexed because there were two scenes in particular that had us busting out laughing.  In fact, we were both brought to tears.  One involved a wedding toast by the sister of the bride who couldn't stop crying.  The other involved an argument between said sisters disguised in the voices of Elmo and Cookie Monster as it occurred in front of one sister's children.  Evidently we were the only ones that found those particular moments funny because you could've heard a pin drop were it not for our laughter.

Now, I'm going to be honest here.  I've always fancied myself a fan of intelligent humor (see Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, etc).  I don't get Two and a Half Men.  I don't get The Big Bang Theory.  I don't get Adam Sandler movies.  I don't get the Three Stooges.  Farting isn't funny.  Burping isn't funny.  Poop jokes aren't funny.  Basically, low brow is just not my kind of humor.  But is it fair to look down on it?  Because I do.

But really, what is funny?  It would be boring if we all found the same things funny.  I may like humor that makes you think a little.  You may like poop jokes.  Does that make me any better than you?  Well, obviously yes.  But I'll try my best to stop being a snob about it.


Micah said...

Jarred and I both thought those scenes were hilarious, as well. We are so sad when people don't "get" our humor. I don't get the ones you mentioned either, save The Big Bang Theory, which we like. :)

Glen said...

I, too, don't understand - I think some of it is a generation thing.