What’s dumber?

What’s dumber, this commercial:

Or this comment:

“Not crazy about this commercial, in fact I think it’s really dumb. In case no one has noticed, the ‘Bald’ Eagle in fact has a gorgeous snow white head and mantle of feathers and is one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. It might have been amusing if it had been done with a cartoon eagle (like the Afleck duck) but as is, it’s pretty lame.”

The title of this post was a rhetorical question, by the way. The comment featured above represents nothing less than superb comedic advice coming from someone who is, clearly, a comedic genius.

I think the person that wrote that comment did a fantastic job of both missing the point and sucking the fun out of the joke, but I believe they still have room to refine their craft. To really dial in their lack of humor, they should go grab coffee and compare notes with the physicists that determined that Batman’s “memory cloth” cape was implausible for flying between buildings, or the radio hosts that tried to poke holes in Louis CK’s obviously ridiculous jokes, or perhaps Lieutenant Steve from Good Morning Vietnam. 

But if you want to tap into the greatest wellspring of unfunniness available, I recommend seeking out the greatest fun suckers of all time, the people that take TEAM ROBOT seriously and think this shitty blog that no one reads is so mean and horrible that it poses an imminent threat to life, liberty, virtue, and perhaps all of Western civilization.

The point is, there’s always room to be unfunnier. After all, the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.

When you say “That’s not funny!” this is what you sound like: http://www.theonion.com/articles/thats-not-funny-my-brother-died-that-way,10921/ 

And why is it that the people who say “that’s not funny!” are always the least funny people in the room? Are they aware that they are claiming funny authority when they step in and claim to know what is and isn’t funny? Like, apparently they’re some sort of funny expert, and their years of funny expertise leads them to conclude that not only was your material a little blue, but it just didn’t make the cut.

So xext time you’re trying to tell a joke and some fun-deflator chides you with “That’s not funny!”do me a favor and seek out their wisdom. Really try to get in their heads and walk around for a while. Ask if you can call them “Dr. Funny.” Being such experts in the field, they probably have funny to spare, so try to tap into their funny reserves and see if they’ll share a little bit of their material with you. If they’re as funny as they claim to be, then their funny bread crumbs should be enough to feed you for a week. For that matter, here’s a great time to run the rest of your material by Dr. Funny, so offer to buy him dinner so you two can sit down and see if you material gets the nod of approval. Maybe you can even spend a day job shadowing the master as he works his craft. This chance encounter with Dr. Funny could be your big chance to really break out into the world of comedy, so don’t let it go to waste.

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