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ETA update: What do you find funny that you can't believe other people don't?



This is a sister thread to Unfunny funny. In that thread it's things you find funny that you can't believe other people do find amusing. This is the opposite of that.

What do you find so incredibly funny that, when you hear someone doesn't like it, your first instinct is to browbeat them into submission until they agree with you?

Here's a couple of shows that I can't believe people don't find funny:

For me it's Red Dwarf (not the later series though). Clever sci-fi plots mixed with great humor and great performances from the actors. I love this show.

Blackadder (not the first series so much); Richard Curtis + Ben Elton + Rowan Atkinson et al = pure funny.

The Office (UK): Ricky Gervais is brilliant. The Extras wasn't as good as The Office by any means, but Ricky's just so darn compelling to watch.

The Office (US): I started off not liking this; the first episode contained too much that I was familiar with from the UK version. But after seeing The 30-Year-Old Virgin and loving it, I thought I'd tune in again. Low and behold, Steve Carell is funny (just in a different way than Ricky) they seemed to be doing their own thing with it. Now it's probably the best American comedy on TV. Which ain't saying much.

ETA: This can be a TV show, movie, person, situation, joke...anything that you find funny but maybe some other people don't. Like, I find marionettes inherently funny. When I saw the trailer for Team America World Police I was killing myself whereas the two guys I was with sat in silence not finding it the least bit funny. Needless to say I didn't go see the actual movie with dem two b!tches.
 

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Family Guy
: I'm not normally a big cartoon guy, but this show is so funny it makes me pee my pants on a consistent basis. If you like totally irreverent humour and aren't offended easily, this show is hysterical. Very few "comedies" actually make me laugh out loud. This show does that consistently for me. And while I like South Park, it usually amuses me, whereas Family Guy actually makes me laugh.

The Office (US): I'm seconding this one. It can be a bit too Chekhovian for me, and took me a while to like it, but it is getting to the point with me where I will laugh out loud once or twice during an ep. Nobody does subtlety as well or as humourously as this show.
 

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Operation Good Guys.


It's no big deal to me if someone doesn't like it but all Brit comedy fans should probably watch one episode just out of interest as it was doing the doco style comedy way before The Office.
 

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I rarely laugh out loud at anything on tv or on film. Notable exceptions have been some local TV shows that no one outside my country has heard of, and some Monty Python Flying Circus sketches.

Shows that I find funny in a sort of vague, non-LOL way have been for example the Fast Show and the Sketch Show, both from UK. If someone doesn't laugh at them, that's ok.

Oh, and some - but only some - Simpsons episodes have been LOL-funny.

There isn't really a lot of my type of humour - weird sounds, odd faces and surreal situations maybe accompanied by projectile vomiting - anywhere.
 

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Most of the blue collar comedy tour's stuff. Larry the cable guy talking about his grandma farting while wearing those super-tight stockings?
talking about how it looked like a little mouse running down her leg.
Oh man.

Team America: World Police.

O Brother Where Art Thou - "She done R-U-N-N-O-F-T."

Most of Tyler Perry's Madea movies/plays.

Most of Richard Pryor's CDs. "I know I aint gonna get hooked, not on no coke, you can't get hooked. My friends been snorting 15 years, they aint hooked"

Oh man. I find way too much **** funny.
 

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Earlier Red Dawf, as I think someone mentioned above
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The UK version of The Office, I just don't get into the US version all that much.

Robin Williams.

And most of Jim Carry's earlier stuff. Lately he's not so funny but I used to laugh until I couldn't breathe.

Odd collection, I know, but that's what makes us all so dang interestin'!
 

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I ADORE Fawlty Towers. I was once going on and on about how funny FT is to my brother, expecting him to agree with me since he's always been a big Monty Python fan (both featuring John Cleese), and he rudely cut me short and said "Ecch. Fawlty Towers is pretty stupid, isn't it?"

I wanted to smack him over the head with my Fawlty Towers videos.
 

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Because there are "comedy" shows that I find only annoying, offensive, boring or something other than funny, I never try to impose on or justify my favorites.

Currently "The New Adventures of Old Christine" is my favorite TV comedy. I also like "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" a lot. I had high hopes for "20 Good Years" but so far it's only mildly funny.

My older favorites are "Third Rock From The Sun", "Frasier", "Mary Tyler Moore", "Murphy Brown" and others that don't come to mind right now. However some of the funniest, makes me laugh so hard shows I've seen recently have been "King Of The Hill" re-runs.

I don't wish to be browbeaten, but except for the US version of The Office, I find the comedies listed by the OP to be an acquired taste. Yes I've seen them and yes there are funny bits, but they're a bit too "quirky" for my tastes these days. Mind you I used to be a British comedy fan and loved Monty Python when it was first shown on PBS in the 70's and enjoyed Peter Cook and Dudley Moore as well, but the thrill is gone.
 

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Agreed about "My Name Is Earl". I watched it last year because it came on before/after something else I enjoyed, and ended up laughing hysterically. Then they kept moving it around and I'd just find it occasionally by chance. It's on here late at night on the weekends..we were able to catch an episode a couple of days ago about a golf-scheme. Oh man, too funny.

Other faves:

Newsradio - imo, the funniest show ever made for television. The episode about the video game and the SATs may be the funniest thing I've ever watched on TV. In the post-Hartman era, it faltered though.

Frasier - I have mixed feelings here, because occasionally, it really sucked. When it was good though, it was excellent. The "sibling rivalry" episodes are my favorites, I think. It gets a few points too for having a wonderful, sublime series finale.


Actually, there seem to be a lot of TV shows that fall in that category..good, but not consistently so. MASH, Mad About You, Friends, The Simpsons, WKRP in Cincinnati...all of these had occasional moments of brilliance, but much banality as well.

Superbly funny films:

Dr. Strangelove

Ghostbusters

Fargo

A Fish Called Wanda

Diner

Annie Hall

and of course, The Princess Bride
 

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ETA update: What do you find funny that you can't believe other people don't?



This is a sister thread to Unfunny funny. In that thread it's things you find funny that you can't believe other people do find amusing. This is the opposite of that.
 

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re: Fawlty Towers.

I didn't like the way they treated the cat on the set in "Basil the rat". But forgetting that for a minute, Cleese was excellent in the series. The main laugh-out-loud moment for me was when Polly pretended to be a sick Sybil and Basil said to the birthday guests that there was foam coming out of her mouth, and then she bit one of the guests and Basil punished her for that. Ah, good episode.
 

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Originally Posted by jeezycreezy View Post

ETA update: What do you find funny that you can't believe other people don't?



This is a sister thread to Unfunny funny. In that thread it's things you find funny that you can't believe other people do find amusing. This is the opposite of that.
Can you make it a bit clearer...Im still not getting it
 
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