The Big 5 – “When” is the last time you really laughed? – Week 2

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so accurate in so many ways

Humour is an intensely personal affair and we are lucky when others share and indulge it.  So needless to say we were heartbroken when Gary Larson decided to retire in 1995 – who would provide our daily dose, make us snort, who would be there with that little snippet of truth that summed up exactly how we felt? It was as if a long relationship was suddenly being ended by one of us saying that they “needed a little space”. Understandable perhaps but nonetheless traumatic…

In our local bookshop there was a massive compilation of the cartoonist’s work available at a horrific price; at that time, the needs of our then-quite-small children outweighed any amusingly adult indulgences and so it sat on their shelf collecting dust.  How we coveted that heavy tome and wondered what witty gems it hid within. Many years later, we found a copy online at less than a quarter of the list price – how could we resist?

It is an edition, like a select few others, that we go back to over and over again. There are cartoons that have become reference points, some of their phrases appropriated into private jokes and used to encapsulate a whole world of situational descriptors and the wonder of it all is that they are still as fresh as the day they were penned. So, yes Gary, we can appreciate how emotionally exhausting it must have been to be “on” all the time, and will respect your wishes not to redistribute your work, but want to let you know that even after all these years we are still amused and delighted. The Big 5 Challenge takes our guffaws where we can get ’em and this fortnight wonders…

When is the last time you really laughed?” – over coffee and the comics, at the movies, with a friend, in the car or under the stars, at silly signs or awkward times…

For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, some great entries and the guidelines for this challenge can be found here: Need more info, want to browse past themes or get the badge for your blog? See HOW DOES THIS WORK.

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Funny – Week 2

Mr Bean

I make a joke to help you forget how screwed you are.
Rowan Atkinson as the narcoleptic enrico polinni in Rat Race

A while back, we organized a few shelves of DVDs into categories that always stop visitors in their tracks – among the subheadings are brit flix, american comedies, black comedies (and we don’t mean film noir), stoopid comedies because they really are, classic comedies and so on. Our definition of cinematic humour has its own distinct set of parameters and every once in a while a new classification, like saturday morning comedy, is formed. This genre doesn’t actually have to be watched on that particular day of the week but it does require that one be of a certain tolerant, slightly soggy frame of mind that won’t quibble about sitting quite immobile for 90 minutes or so. Harmless, silly entertainment that elicits a good guffaw in all the right places is essential for cleaning out the cerebral pistons clogged up from a nasty week at the office. Not overly demanding in the way of connecting the metaphorical dots, it doesn’t even have to be all that good – as long as it is mindless in an appealing way, has at least one decent comic character uttering a line that can be reused in conversation when appropriate and doesn’t cost more than a month’s Netflix subscription. Watching this kind of movie together is a good way to find out whether we are still on the same absurd page for, as anyone who has everyone sat stifling a laugh knows, this fortnight’s Two Cents Tuesday Challenge theme – Funny  certainly means different things to each of us.

Last week, Across the Bored wondered “What is funny for you?” –  A silly hat or floppy cat, Carlin, Cheech and Chong or chonga, mindless memes, youtube yahoos or sweet baboos … We would love to see your vision.

For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, some great entries and the guidelines for this fortnight’s challenge can be found here. Need more info or want to browse past themes? Have a look at HOW DOES THIS WORK.