Humor: What Amuses Me

My sense of humor is like me – it can’t be pigeonholed.  I find many different things funny, and others are downright hilarious.  Sometimes an extremely ribald statement will have me rolling on the floor, while others will just leave me shaking my head in disbelief.  I don’t understand the popularity of Carlos Mencia or George Lopez, but I enjoy the comedy of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Conan O’Brien, among others.

Television-wise, I prefer British sitcoms to American ones.  The British comedies tend to be more intellectual, in my opinion – they don’t rub your face in piles of dreck, or beat you over the head with toilet jokes or overtly gratuitous sexual innuendo.  Monty Python: ‘The Holy Grail’ was my first introduction to British humor. I was 12 when I watched it, and thought it was one of the funniest things I’d ever seen.  Time Bandits was another one that had me in fits, and I saw it when I was 14.  Ever since then, I’ve sought out foreign films, TV shows, and comedies more often than ones here in America.  My favorite British shows include The Young Ones, Mr. Bean, Black Adder, Absolutely Fabulous, One Foot In the Grave, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, and The League of Gentlemen.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t like American comedies as well; I do, but there just aren’t many out there that tickle my fancy, on the whole.  Thank goodness for reruns – I can still find channels that air Frasier, Bernie Mac, Malcolm in the Middle, Girlfriends, and Cheers.  I love the animated comedies like The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, American Dad, and Futurama.  Cartoon Network also has their ‘Adult Swim’ lineup, which offers such gems as The Venture Brothers, Metalocalypse, Robot Chicken, and Assy McGee, as well as their late-night Saturday anime showings.  Still, it would be nice to see something, somewhere, that isn’t filled with thinly-veiled racism against non-white people!


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