I like funny things and I like to laugh. I think, and this is just a hypothesis, that everyone likes to laugh. I know, I’m being risqué – hey, that’s what I’m all about!. Also, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to laugh.
I could end the post there and call it a day, but the truth is I’ve given this a lot of though and I had to share it :
- Things can be funny, even though I may not find them funny (it’s often the case).
- Things can be funny, and I might think they’re funny, but I might not laugh (it’s often the case).
- Things can be unfunny, and I might think they’re funny, and I might laugh out loud (it’s often the case).
- This can be funny and I might laugh (happens rarely).
- Things can be unfunny, I might think they’re unfunny. Everybody is happy!
For example, stand-up. I laugh very rarely at stand-up. George Carlin or Louis C.K., two of the best american comedians of all time are genius to me, really funny, but they don’t make me laugh. We tend to put comedy and the act of laughing together, but they’re two different things. Of course they’re related but still they’re not required. You can laugh in drama just like you can cry during a comedy.
Not everyone agrees with this. For instance, even some dictionaries put comedy and laugh together:
First definition :
Professional entertainment consisting of jokes and satirical sketches, intended to make an audience laugh.
A movie, play, or broadcast program intended to make an audience laugh.
This kind of definition puts me in very awkward situations every single day. People show me things that are funny and they expect me to laugh. I don’t. They think I’m doing it on purpose. I get mad. I write about it on my blog.
Here’s a second definition. I like it a lot more. Not only because it says exactly what I’m trying to say, but also because… Nah, that’s the only reason, really :
a. A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.b. The genre made up of such works.2. A literary or cinematic work of a comic nature or that uses the themes or methods of comedy.3. Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.4. The art of composing or performing comedy.5. A humorous element of life or literature: the human comedy of political campaigns.6. A humorous occurrence.
Life Lesson : Talking comedy in a serious way is a very easy way to get tagged as a boring person.
ACTUAL ADVICE : Laughing is good. Thinking is not so bad either.
PROTIP : Visit Andy Erikson’s Youtube channel. She is worth it. I am not affiliated with her, I just enjoy her videos.