After writing monologue jokes all day yesterday, I’m about to get back to work at writing more. Somewhere along the line, I think I lose track of what’s funny.
Which led me to the Deep Thought that we all have different senses of humor.
Since I don’t have much time to come up with a creative new post tonight, I thought it was time for a Philosophical Assignment for the group.
What’s funny to you? What makes you laugh? Do you find your sense of humor changes? Do you write to your sense of humor or your audience’s?
Getting philosophical on this topic led me to think about the scene in Goodfellas where Joe Pesci seems to lose his temper when Ray Liotta tells him he’s funny, and he launches into his famous “Funny like a clown?” monologue.
I’m always intrigued by what posts on this blog are more popular. Since it’s a humor blog, logic dictates that the posts that get read more are the ones that readers find to be funnier.
Of course, this Modern Philosopher knows that isn’t the most sound logic, but for the sake of argument, let’s accept that it is correct.
My post about how to tell if your date plans to kill you was the most popular one on the blog last week.
Was that funny because I chose a topic that was absurd, but then presented it like was honest, well-thought out fact? Did people find it funny because they had bad dating experiences and they could relate to the humor? Was it funny because people think dating sucks, and I said things they only wish they had said about bad dates? Was the absurdity of it all what made it funny?
I think the Sunday Rejects posts best illustrate my confusion as to what makes something funny. In my mind, the jokes in those posts aren’t very good because Danny didn’t choose them for the show. However, week after week, you guys tell me how funny the Rejects are, and how you can’t believe that they didn’t end up on TV.
Which leads me to ponder further still on what makes something funny. Why do readers like certain jokes more than others? Why does one reader love a joke, while another just doesn’t get it? Is it even possible to write a joke that would be liked by everyone?
This leads to more Deep Thoughts. When I’m writing jokes for The Nite Show, should I write jokes that I think are funny, that Danny will like, or that will make the audience laugh?
There are times that I will write a certain joke because I know it is right up Danny’s alley. He is the host, after all. Then again, I know he hired me because he liked my sense of humor, and he is looking for me to display it in what I write for him.
Ultimately, I think my jokes for The Nite Show are written with all three target groups in mind. If there’s a Bruce Poliquin joke, it’s because I know Danny loves to poke fun at that politician. If there’s a time travel or Star Wars joke, I wrote it because it cracked me up.
Most of the time, I’m just looking to take a unique perspective on a topic and give it my sense of humor written in Danny’s voice.
I really want your input on this, Modern Philosophers. I think this is the ultimate Philosophical Discussion for a blog that prides itself on inspiring both Deep Thoughts and laughter, while also looking damn good in a toga.
I’ve got to get back to work on monologue jokes, but I’m looking forward to reading your comments on this hastily thrown together post…