Thursday, January 26, 2006

Funny To Be Trying

Lots of debate, starting here, about people who try to be funny.

When it comes to humour, some people are serious about being funny, and some people are funny about being serious. Then there are the people who are serious about being serious and the people who are funny about being funny. Only thing is, the people who are serious about anything are usually funny, though they don't mean to be; and the people who are funny about everything usually have a serious problem.

Who knows? Maybe we should never try to be funny, not because we might end up being funny, but because we end up looking like people who are trying to be funny. Or, then again, maybe we should take advice from P.J. O'Rourke, who says

When you're being run over by a car, you'll be serious about it.

Or maybe, when it comes to being serious, or being funny, we should only ever be serious about being serious (but in a funny way) or funny about being funny (but in a serious way).

UPDATE! - Now that I read over that post again, it makes no sense at all. Looks like my writing has lived up to its usual low standards, then!


Fatman said...

Well, after I sat down with a tub of popcorn and started to read the comments on that link I can quite honestly say that people talking about what is or isn't funny is about as productive as discussing which is The One True Faith. If it works for you it works for you. Personally I thought Napoleon Dynamite was a crud ordinary movie. I'm not telling people to burn their 'Vote for Pedro' t-shirts. It was funny to you? Awesome. All I need to make me laugh is a good delivery, maybe a touch of social commentary and lots and lots of meaningless bloodshed.

TimT said...

Got it. Will strive to up the quota of meaningless bloodshed on my blog in coming posts. Seriously.

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