This week, I picked the topic: Laughter is the best medicine: Talk about the things that make you laugh. Share a funny story or two. Tell us a joke. It's all about humor, so anything goes!
Before reading ahead, first see what everyone else had to say on this topic:
Mom of Many
I’ve always loved to laugh. The more something can make me laugh, the better. My dad would say that I didn’t have a good sense of humor as a kid because I didn’t laugh about my own gullibility. Maybe it was that my parents’ humor was over my head at the time. I do like the jokes he sends via e-mail, even though some seem weird coming from a parent. And a lot of other things make me laugh, so apparently my sense of humor is intact.
In the past, I’ve posted about things I thought were funny, usually in the pop culture realm. I wanted to share some other things I find really funny, that I may not have already mentioned.
I love the show Three’s Company, because there’s always a hilarious misunderstanding in each episode. I don’t know why misunderstandings are so funny, but maybe it’s the timing of things. The fine art of misunderstanding-themed humor has crept its way into other shows I watch, such as Modern Family. There was a good one where Phil was talking to himself about something he wanted to say to Mitch, and Hayley was sneaking into the house at the same time. She thought he was talking to her. It was so funny! There were some good misunderstandings on Desperate Housewives and a really funny one on How I Met Your Mother that made Ted’s job as an architect sound rather naughty. Even real life misunderstandings can be funny, like the time my mom thought my friend was asking if she turned the grill on because she didn’t know that my dad had called in on the other line. Or when my husband was trying to spell a friend’s last name and I thought he was spelling my mom’s name incorrectly. I think the art of misunderstanding dates all the way back to Abbott and Costello with their “Who’s on First” routine, which was parodied so perfectly on an episode of Animaniacs.
Things little kids say:
Well, mainly things my own kids say. I find their innocent logic and the delivery of the comments to be really funny. The other day, my younger son said that he hated the ground. So my older son said “Then don’t walk on it.” Just the way he said it so matter-of-factly had me laughing out loud. Another time, we were talking about how Tobey Maguire was Spider-Man and my older son just had to correct us because Peter Parker is actually Spider-Man. There was also the time when my younger son told my husband that when he’s mad at me, he just tells on me to Hashem. I could send everything they say to Parents magazine because it’s just that precocious. I do enjoy some of the things kids in Parents magazine have said. The parents will provide context to the comments, as well. There are also things my friends post on Facebook about stuff their kids have said and it’s usually amusing, as well. I can’t wait to hear what my daughter will come up with once she learns how to talk.
I love celebrity impressions, especially when they're spot-on. The ones on Saturday Night Live are usually great. I loved when Jimmy Fallon did his impression of Adam Sandler. Now he does a great one of Russell Brand. Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression was classic. The one I really like these days is Abby Elliott's impression of Zooey Deschanel. It cracks me up every time. I even like when people I actually know (such as my husband) do celebrity impressions.
I think my penchance for geek humor started during my Rocky Horror days and then carried through college and is still going strong. It explains why I like The Big Bang Theory so much. (Sheldon is the best!) And one of my favorite movie lines is "There was only one return and it wasn't of the king" from Clerks 2. I also say "It's a moral imperative" because of Real Genius. (Those who like TBBT would love this movie!) Freaks and Geeks is another favorite of mine, but I think I can relate to both groups pretty well. (And Jason Segel is on it, which is a bonus.) I really just like anything that can amuse my inner geek.
I know comedians are meant to be funny in general. However, only a handful have really impressed me. I used to watch Last Comic Standing. The first two seasons were really good and then it got annoying. My husband and I would cheer for the comedians we really liked, in hopes that the TV could hear us and count our cheers in as votes. There was one comedian in season 2 who stuck out for us a lot, Gary Gulman. He didn’t win, but he was so hilarious with his commentaries on life. The best was when he pretended to be celery and thanked Buffalo wings for giving it a new purpose. Then there’s Jake Johannsen, whom I first heard about and saw at Zanie’s when I was in college. When I first started dating my husband, I took him to see Jake and we had a great time. I still crack up thinking about how he would explain embarrassing items in his shopping cart by saying they just got in there by accident, but he felt it was fair to pay for them since he brought them up to the cash register anyway. I was a big Margaret Cho fan in my mid-20’s and went to see her perform live twice in the same year. I even got her autograph and we took a picture together. I waited outside in the cold Chicago November air just to meet her. Her humor has gotten darker and moodier over time, but I loved her early stuff, including the impressions of her mother. I also like Pablo Francisco a lot. I was laughing so hard when I saw him at Zanie’s that I could hardly see straight. He has been on Mad TV in the past, as well. He does a great movie trailer voice and I love his Arnold Schwarzenegger impression. This past February, my husband and I got to see a comedy show for the first time in years. It was a blast. The MC and the opening acts were both really funny. The headliner was okay, but I would have been fine just seeing the first two go on even longer. Some other comedians I really like and also enjoyed seeing live are Ray Romano and Jerry Seinfeld. I know they’re more famous for their TV shows, but they’re still really funny. I also liked Ellen DeGeneres as a comedian (I don’t get to watch her as a talk show host). I’ve actually tried doing a comedy routine at an amateur night and it’s really hard and nerve wracking. It takes a lot of skill with writing and timing. So I give comedians a lot of credit when they do put themselves out there.
|With Margaret Cho, November 2001|
Finally, I want to share one more thing I find really funny...the literal video for "Daydream Believer" by the Monkees. There are some other funny literal videos out there, but this one takes the cake. I was laughing so hard that I had tears streaming down my face!