Today’s writing prompt for Bloganuary is “What makes you laugh”?
I find lots of things funny, and some things that others laugh at just make me raise my eyebrows, like, “What are they smoking?”
You know what I don’t find funny? I don’t like slapstick and I don’t like dumb boy comedy, you know, like The Three Stooges or almost anything starring Will Ferrell. But although I do tend to laugh at the “smarter” style of comedy, that doesn’t mean it all has to be “intelligent”. I love bad dad jokes that make people groan and say “that’s so corny”!
Facebook has a never-ending supply of things that make me guffaw, from dogs that dance the cha-cha to memes that make fun of everyday situations. In fact, that may be my favorite thing of all. I like when people point out things we take for granted in our everyday lives that are actually kind of hysterical. It even has a name. It’s called “observational humor”, when people find unnoticed humor within everyday life.
George Carlin was probably the first one I ever noticed that did this.
Of course, Jerry Seinfeld did as well, although I can’t say I’m a big Seinfeld fan. He gets on my nerves.
Lately, people like Sindhu Vee has been tickling my funny bone. I love when she talks about parenting or those kinds of normal situations, but she really hits home with how absurd it can all be. Here’s a video to show what I mean.
But I don’t only find this kind of comedy funny. I also love in-your-face, “did she really go there???” comedy, like Tiffany Haddish dishes out. This video is a little long, but you really need to see it to the end, because some of the jokes are broken up throughout the video.
Of course, I find people like Betty White hilarious, and there are just a ton of sitcoms I’ve loved over the years. Here are a few I can think of:
- Will and Grace
- Murphy Brown
- The Good Place
- Big Bang Theory
- How I Met Your Mother
- Ted Lasso
So other than slapstick and stupid comedy, I’m pretty much a fan of laughing at life in general. It’s probably why I have an entire category here on the blog called General Absurdity. It’s where I share the amusing things I notice as I go about my life. I haven’t posted much there, unfortunately. I should do that more often, because pretty much every single day, I come across something that is generally absurd and funny. I’ll try to do better at sharing those things, y’all.