funniest of these

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks

ha ha

small, far away
2
11%
Biggus Dickus
9
50%
the dance
2
11%
Flashheart
2
11%
Murray
3
17%
 
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Re: funniest of these

Postby sloopjohnc » 13 Oct 2017, 16:39

The Modernist wrote:Not dumb necessarily, but I think it needs to be instinctive. Comedy that has been overly 'worked on' rarely tends to be funny, that's the main reason most sitcoms fail I think.


Comedians will take months or years to get a joke perfect or make it sound "natural.'

There's a new show out called Jerry before Seinfeld where he does all his original jokes and bits in front of a crowd - the ones he wrote before Seinfeld.

He has kept every joke he's ever written, 10,000 or so he says, which is laid out on a street in the show's opening and ending. Joan Rivers did the same thing. She had a huge file cabinet full of her "instinctive" humor, always honing it.
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Postby The Modernist » 13 Oct 2017, 16:58

sloopjohnc wrote:
The Modernist wrote:Not dumb necessarily, but I think it needs to be instinctive. Comedy that has been overly 'worked on' rarely tends to be funny, that's the main reason most sitcoms fail I think.


Comedians will take months or years to get a joke perfect or make it sound "natural.'
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Sometimes changing the odd word can really make a difference in the delivery, but a lot humour is about unpredictability and spontaneity and overworking it kills all that.

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Postby Copehead » 14 Oct 2017, 09:27

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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 14 Oct 2017, 10:40

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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 14 Oct 2017, 10:45

Is this funny?

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Postby The Modernist » 14 Oct 2017, 23:17

Darryl Strawberry wrote:Is this funny?



Not for me it isn't, but then I wasn't in America in the late seventies and I probably don't get the cultural context of what he's doing. Not all humour travels.

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Postby The Great Defector » 15 Oct 2017, 22:36

Father Ted obviously.
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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 15 Oct 2017, 22:38

The Modernist wrote:
Darryl Strawberry wrote:Is this funny?



Not for me it isn't, but then I wasn't in America in the late seventies and I probably don't get the cultural context of what he's doing. Not all humour travels.

I think it's brilliant, but I'd have soon got tired of it if it had been all he did.
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Postby Dr. E. PLATE » 09 Nov 2017, 17:08

The Modernist wrote:Father Ted - Yeah it still makes me chuckle, even if I've seen it a little too often. It's the look of complete incomprehension and mild panic on Dougal's face which makes it.
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Ted then.


I was reminded of that scene again today.

As a comedy idea, it really is absolute solid-gold genius, isn't it?

I'm often envious of artists, who make their living from their imaginations, essentially. But to come up with something like that - and JUST that - and to profit from it financially, to make your living from it! and then to have generations laugh and laugh at it....that's really something to be proud of.
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Postby Harvey K-Tel » 09 Nov 2017, 17:10

Carla Breakthrough-Lark wrote:
I was reminded of that scene again today.



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Postby Neige » 10 Nov 2017, 11:38

Python, beating Black Adder by a whisker.

the Conchords are great too, the Office makes me cringe, Father Ted is too short to compete.
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Postby bobzilla77 » 11 Nov 2017, 00:26

Dr. E. PLATE wrote:
Toby wrote:
The Modernist wrote:Not dumb necessarily, but I think it needs to be instinctive. Comedy that has been overly 'worked on' rarely tends to be funny, that's the main reason most sitcoms fail I think.


This is plain poppycock. There are no rules to this sort of thing.


No, I think G's right.

Of course there are exceptions, but as laughter is such a basic impulse, surely it makes sense that the best way to elicit it is through something spontaneous.



I would answer.... Then why is so much "improv comedy" so totally unwatchable?

I spent some time around comics when I first got to LA & I found it interesting that they talked to each other about who was a good "technical comic". Jerry Seinfeld was one they singled out as being a very good technical comic... like he was the Ritchie Blackmore of delivering jokes or something. There's a way of delivering a line to sound spontaneous and conversational that is actually the result of intense training, honing delivery like Blackmore honed his speed-fretting skills. And the ones who look spontaneous, who do a lot of stuff with the crowd, are the ones who have the training to go off-script like that.
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Postby bobzilla77 » 11 Nov 2017, 00:31

The Modernist wrote:
Darryl Strawberry wrote:Is this funny?



Not for me it isn't, but then I wasn't in America in the late seventies and I probably don't get the cultural context of what he's doing. Not all humour travels.


I really like Andy Kaufman. It's hard to explain to someone who doesn't think it's funny, why I do.

There's a certain absurdity, an upending of expectations, in everything he does. You expect something to happen accoprding to the rules of showbiz, which we all understand. And then something else happens.
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Postby Matt Harringay » 11 Nov 2017, 10:03

Is this funny?

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Postby Matt Harringay » 11 Nov 2017, 10:07

Is this funny?

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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 11 Nov 2017, 11:17

Alexi Sayle is always funny. I love him.

That's not the best Big Train sketch but still quite funny. Not as funny as this.
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Postby yomptepi » 11 Nov 2017, 12:21

hippopotamus wrote:Father Ted, Monty python and Blackadder clips made me laugh out loud.
I voted for Flashheart, because I started laughing before i even started the clip.


This.
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Re: funniest of these

Postby The Modernist » 11 Nov 2017, 12:31

Loved the two Big Train sketches.
Alexei Sayle made me chuckle lightly initially, but it felt overworked, which was always a problem with his comedy. Too forced.

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Re: funniest of these

Postby Darryl Strawberry » 11 Nov 2017, 12:35

bobzilla77 wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
Darryl Strawberry wrote:Is this funny?



Not for me it isn't, but then I wasn't in America in the late seventies and I probably don't get the cultural context of what he's doing. Not all humour travels.


I really like Andy Kaufman. It's hard to explain to someone who doesn't think it's funny, why I do.

There's a certain absurdity, an upending of expectations, in everything he does. You expect something to happen accoprding to the rules of showbiz, which we all understand. And then something else happens.

Responding to this, I think it's brilliant, and I am fascinated by Kaufman and have ever since seeing Man in the Moon. I love just how off the wall this sketch or "thing" is.
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