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Old 11-26-2008   #21
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Re: What Makes You Laugh?

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Re: What Makes You Laugh?

I laugh a lot, including laughter at my own jokes.

A good bit of fun is to listen to the weather forecasts, and whenever they use the word "patchy" ("patchy rain", "patchy fog") do an Apache war whoop. ;)

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Re: What Makes You Laugh?

I must add Odalisque (the man rather than the novel) to my list!

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Re: What Makes You Laugh?

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I must add Odalisque (the man rather than the novel) to my list!
Thank you.

Believe it or not, "Odalisque" the novel contains some good jokes (if I do say so myself). ;)

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Re: What Makes You Laugh?

I don't have much to add - seems like a lot of folks here have similar tastes, and mine follow in much the same suit. Monty Python was (rightly) mentioned a number of times, and someone listed my favorite TV show ever, Arrested Development. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is another good one.

To really set me laughing, it's usually comedians. I prefer the stand-up philosophers (to borrow a phrase from the great Mel Brooks) over the standard "Hey, what's the deal with..." people. Bill Hicks has already been named, and while he could go a bit overboard (over the edge and on to the ledge, as it were), he is a personal hero. The book "American Scream" made me cry at the end. What a loss.

In a similar vein, I enjoy David Cross and especially Patton Oswalt. Cross sometimes comes across to me as controversial just to be controversial, but he still has lots of funny and interesting things to say. Oswalt, though, is pure golden hysteria as far as I'm concerned. Very well read, a horror/sci fi fan of the first caliber, and brimming with a sardonic and apocalyptic wit. If you have never heard his live material, you are in for a treat. You can get a good taste from the writing on his website.

Another funny guy, surprisingly, is Henry Rollins. His spoken word shows have evolved into more of a politically charged travelogue/stand up act over the years. Another smart and literate fellow, his books can be heavy and serious sometimes, but live, he is hillarious.
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Re: What Makes You Laugh?

The entire story "Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story" and the comedian Lewis Black.
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Irony. Sarcasm. Satire.

The innocence and/or stupidity of people.

Babies and kids, when they are still young and funny.

Films (that I've seen lately):
- Red Sun, with Charles Bronson and Alain Delon. It was funny to see the Japanese samurai speaking perfect English. Looked like he was born in the States!!!!!
- Missing in Action III, how many times this guy was missing in action?
- Die Hard 2 (and the whole Bruce Willis' filmography). No comments.
- Alien Siege, f@#!, stupid aliens that come to Earth with thousands of years of technology in advance and don't know that they are going to lose in the last 10 minutes of the film.
- Battlefield Earth, the same comment.

Beware Aliens, Humans are going to win in the last minute. Before you come, watch "Independence Day".

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Re: What Makes You Laugh?

I'd like to add Richmal Crompton's William stories. The best of them continue to make me laugh out loud on repeated re-reading. The jokes are improved by familiarity. Evadne Price's Jane books are also very funny -- but more cruel.

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Re: What Makes You Laugh?

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I'd like to add Richmal Crompton's William stories. The best of them continue to make me laugh out loud on repeated re-reading. The jokes are improved by familiarity. Evadne Price's Jane books are also very funny -- but more cruel.
I'm a paid up member of the Just William Society (probably the only one on the TLO). In my opinion, the best and funniest William book is William in Trouble (1927). The highlights include:
  • William and the Early Romans
  • William and the Fairy Daffodil
  • All the News
  • The Magic Monkey
  • William Joins the Waits

In All the News, William and his friends decide to produce a newspaper. Violet Elizabeth Bott insists on contributing a crossword puzzle (or, as she calls it, a croth word puthle). The cross word comprises two three letter words crossing in the middle. the clues are:

1 down -- Wot you hav dropps of
1 acros -- Opposit of cat

William looked at this sternly for a long time.

"Well what is it?" he asked at last.

"Can't you gueth it William?" said Violet Elizabeth with triumph in her voice, "ith cough an' dog. C-O-F -- Cough."

"You don't have drops of cough," said William scornfully.

"Yeth, you do William," said Violet Elizabeth. "You have cough dropth. I've had them. I've had cough dropth, I have."

"You don't spellem like that, anyway," said William.

"Well, how do you thpellem?" said Violet Elizabeth.

William, who was rather hazy on the point, quickly changed the subject.

"Well, what's the opposite of cat?"

"Dog, William."

"Dog isn't the opposite of cat."

"Yeth it ith, William," said Violet Elizabeth sweetly, "'cauth I know it ith."

"It's a rotten puzzle," said William with contempt.

"Ith not, William," said Violet Elizabeth unperturbed. "ithe a nithe one. You ought to give a prithe of a hundred poundth for guething it like they do in newthpaperth."


But any William book first published after 1945 is of interest only to William completists or children.

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Re: What Makes You Laugh?

Ben Stiller is a comedy genius:


As were Palin and Jones:


And then there's Emo Phillips:


Equally brilliant Chris Morris:


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The original Reggie Perrin:


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