Sunday, June 6, 2010

Funny Part 1

I've been meaning to write about what I think is funny for a while. Here are a few. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Party Down
I'm not a fan of quirkiness. A couple years back Michael Hirschorn wrote an article titled Quirked Around about quirkiness in The Atlantic. Even though I do like a couple of the examples he offers - This American Life and Miranda July, which I only mention lest someone think I liked a moment of Garden State - I didn't enjoy most of the examples he listed. I can't stomach shows like Desperate Housewives or Glee.

Party Down features a cast of mostly quirky characters. It is definitely at the edge of what is, to me, an acceptable level of quirkiness.

But when Roman explains how Jesus was clearly "African-American" I almost spit out my drink. This is a great series. Maybe I'm the last one to figure this out. If you have Netflix you can stream it.

Terry Crew
There's something about this guy that cracks me up. I was at work when I first watched the euro training video. I couldn't stop laughing. It actually rendered me useless for the rest of the day. Now's he's starring in these bizarre Old Spice commercials.

Parks and Recreation
Yes, I can accept the argument that this is a ripoff of The Office. But as soon as a camera focuses on the character April and her weird scowl, I always lose it.

Absurdistan
This is not a new book unless you consider something written in 2006 to be new, but this novel about a wannabe American was laugh-out-loud funny.

6 comments:

plumpdumpling said...

I think posts like this are the reason people are scared to talk to you. (Or maybe that's just me.) The line between what you like and don't is very hazy, and when you don't like something, I'm always so happy to not be that thing.

Anyway, I'm glad to see someone admit that he didn't like Garden State. I didn't dislike it, really, but did you ever see the trailer for it before it came out? It was this beautiful montage of scenes from the movie set to a Frou Frou song, I think, and it won me over so hard. It was a movie I COULDN'T WAIT to see. And then I saw it, and I thought Natalie Portman was the most annoying thing ever. Peter Sarsgaard and the dude who would later play Sheldon on "Big Bang Theory" were awesome, though.

I guess I'd say that I like quirkiness, but I don't like cutesiness, and I don't like anything that comes off as fake, and quirkiness usually does. See: Siobhan in this year's "American Idol"; you're not a punk if someone has to dress you that way.

Adam Conn said...

Why didn't I reject your comment??!! Now the words "Big Bang Theory" are associated with my blog. I might as well have the words "adorable babies" and "Charles Grodin is a comic genius" associated as well.

We had some house guests recently. One of them watched "Big Band Theory", a show I'd never heard of before. I think it was somehow worse than "Yes, Dear", a show that managed to completely avoid the "com" part of "sitcom".

And I'm not talking about it not being my kind of humor. I mean that if you answer "yes" to the question "Do you like the show Big Bang Theory?" it's only because you suffer from some condition where you respond to all questions with the word "yes".

plumpdumpling said...

I actually don't think the show is funny, but it takes place at Caltech, where Kamran went to school, and I do find layering t-shirts quirky in a cute way rather than an annoying way, and Kamran likes all of the physics references. BUT the laugh track totally turns us off. I don't need to be told when to laugh, and I don't need to laugh out loud to think something's enjoyable to watch.

"Big Band Theory" might be a better premise for a show, now that you mention it.

Adam Conn said...

"In Living Color" had a skit called "Hey Mon" about this Jamaican family where each family member had a ridiculous number of jobs. Kamran is like that with universities. How many schools has that guy gone to? Is he trying personally to attend each of the top 10 universities in the country?

Thin Crust - TX Chuck said...

Nah I think he went to 20 schools for the chick action. Nothing like loose intoxicated college girls to make a bad day good.

But I do agree with Katie that this is the reason whisper about you. And the reason why we always made sure there weren't any knives in the office.

plumpdumpling said...

Basically. He's pretty upset that his law degree's coming from Fordham instead of Harvard. Next, he's thinking about getting his MD.