There will be an even bigger UK/US split, you realize, right? Some stuff will translate - Python, Marx Brothers, maybe Simpsons, Young Ones, etc. - but both countries - any country, really - will have at least some dependent on nostalgia or familiarity to some degree.
The disparity of tastes on show is much greater than when we present our musical favourites.
That's been the insight for me, I think comedy taste is far more subjective than music taste, which I wouldn't have realised was the case to that extent. It's been quite telling how many of the clips ( although I've not yet watched them all) I've just not got!
Post by Island St. Bee on Aug 26, 2019 17:42:38 GMT
I think the UK/US crossover is fascinating.
Maybe the difference in tastes is greater today. In the 60s and 70s we mostly 'got' each other's humour, despite whatever it was often being resolutely British or American in style (Cleese himself expressed bewilderment with the success of Python in the US). But over the last 20 or 30 years there are entrenchments or something - the humour plays to its own audience, maybe there are less concessions.
I mean, SNL, right? about as funny as a kick in the nads
A lot of clips just don’t raise a smile, without the build-ups or context of the bigger piece. Take that Sopranos piece. Genius. But devoid of the other 60 hours of character development...it’s a long 4 minutes, if you’re just waiting for a ‘punchline’. Some of the other stuff, like the American Shoot the Star. Well, it might have been funny 40 years ago when laughs were hard to come by, but when you’ve had 20 odd years of the Simpsons or South Park to subvert the consciousness, it’s painful to endure.
I don’t think I’ll do well, because the stuff I’ve submitted is stuff that’s very dear to ME, but I’d be surprised if it chimed in the same way with others. Same as music, but comedy taste seems a lot more revealing somehow.
I always thought this was a bad idea. Trouble with comedy, unlike music, is that diminishing returns set in quite quickly, so you're often asked to choose between something you found uproarious the first time (classic moments, zingy one-liners) but can only admire the craft on the fifth or sixth viewing, or something you have not seen before, for which you often have no context. To be fair, I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud at anything: I'm not depressed, or miserable (although currently very tired), it's just something that seems to have vanished with age, like my teeth.
Now, this is funny, I think, and very new, but I still didn't laugh, just thought, that's funny/clever.
It's all very subjective isn't it? The above clip does nothing for me, but I tend to go for stuff that is either very direct and cutting or absurdist. I'm much less keen on satirical or observational stuff and comedy songs rarely do much for me. I don't think it's been a bad idea necessarily, it's quite entertaining to see what people have picked and personally I welcome the break from music ones. But it will probably be a one off.
Well, there's that, but it's also, well, songs and tracks are the very essence of loving pop music, but short clips from films, stand-up routines, TV shows and so so on is not how most of us consume comedy. For instance, SOAP, Laurel and Hardy shorts, Bilko and Python are the funniest things I've seen on TV, but they all require context and a lot more than five minutes, while the guffawing, rolling on the floor, losing my shit, clutching my sides moments I remember most fondly come from reading – Geoffrey Willans, Peter Tinniswood, Flann O'Brien, early Mad magazine – or listening to the Goons and Hancock on the steam radio.