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Having a weird sense of humour

Started by Barry Admin, August 24, 2022, 08:13:38 PM

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Barry Admin

Do you identify with this at all?

And do you think it's part of being a comedy fan?  Maybe that makes you more tunes in to certain absurdities, I think.

I spent ages howling at stuff today that I just can't really share with others, because it's so obtuse.

Pink Gregory

Feel like I have the tendency to be quite obscure but I think I've subconciously learned to adapt to my surroundings, in a way.  That being said I don't really interact with people I don't know much.

Small Man Big Horse

Quote from: Barry Admin on August 24, 2022, 08:13:38 PMDo you identify with this at all?

And do you think it's part of being a comedy fan?  Maybe that makes you more tunes in to certain absurdities, I think.

I spent ages howling at stuff today that I just can't really share with others, because it's so obtuse.

Absolutely, but I think I've (sub-consciously?) surrounded myself with friends who have a similar sense of humour, and I'm very lucky that my Sister has one as well. That said there are definitely certain people I care about a great deal that I will never make jokes around, as I know they'd just stare at me as if I was a lunatic.

jamiefairlie

I think it's similar to musical taste, you either get it or you don't. With my favourite music, I soon learned that I'd never be able to explain it to people who didn't like it, those that did liked it immediately and it struck the same chords in them as it did in me. I find my humour tastes the same and in around the same number of people (a small percentage).

imitationleather

Having something of a weird sense of humour is no doubt what has kept me hanging around this forum for over 20 years so far and what will likely see me remaining to clutter up the place until I drop down stone dead.

Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse

Quote from: Barry Admin on August 24, 2022, 08:13:38 PMI spent ages howling at stuff today that I just can't really share with others, because it's so obtuse.

I can identify with this part.

A few days ago I spent a good ten minutes laughing at this line:

QuoteYes they're sitting at a table by a fountain inside their surprisingly effective "base", claiming to be drinking water but quite obviously pissed off their heads on some kind of alcohol.
That's from a recap of an episode of Pokémon that aired 21 years ago, that I never saw, and the recap is hosted on a website that stopped being updated in 2015, that I stumbled across because I started playing Pokémon Go last month and got all nostalgic for the show. I have to spend a paragraph explaining what I was laughing at before I even say what I was laughing at.

Or maybe I'm just a sad bitch. That's also possible.

madhair60

Quote from: Barry Admin on August 24, 2022, 08:13:38 PMDo you identify with this at all?

And do you think it's part of being a comedy fan?  Maybe that makes you more tunes in to certain absurdities, I think.

I spent ages howling at stuff today that I just can't really share with others, because it's so obtuse.

oh, absolutely. I used to burst out laughing at work because certain words would just hit me right, certain ways of pronouncing things. I can't even think of any examples because they're impossible to explain.

The Lurker

A good thing about watching some  weird, obscure comedy is that you can steal a line and your friends will think you're hilarious. But - on the other hand - you can steal a line, have no one understand what you're going on about and think you're being serious and a massive weirdo.

the science eel

Quote from: madhair60 on August 24, 2022, 10:21:56 PMoh, absolutely. I used to burst out laughing at work because certain words would just hit me right, certain ways of pronouncing things. I can't even think of any examples because they're impossible to explain.

Yeah, I get that too. I think (dare I say) it's an asset to be able to find humour in everyday things. Just the way someone says something, a particular phrase they might use. Or if they lose their temper. Or an interaction. I dunno, people don't seem to have their eyes open to that kind of thing so often.

Utter Shit

I don't know that I have an especially weird sense of humour because I find very broad, 'obvious' things funny as well, but I certainly think I have a weird tendency/need to find the humour in EVERYTHING.

This probably isn't a particularly notable thing to say on a comedy forum, and I guess it's just a by-product of surrounding yourself with comedy, but I do wonder sometimes if people who are less obsessed with comedy would find my thought processes odd or objectionable. Whenever a horrible story comes out in the news, my mind gravitates towards finding funny aspects of the story (or just silly wordplay, or thinking about what would be the most transparently offensive reaction). It's nothing to do with being indifferent to the horror of the story, it's like a completely separate thought process - I can find the story desperately sad or anger-inducing or whatever, but also find some element of it very funny, in a way that I suppose would probably make me seem like a cunt to people who didn't know me.
 
Like I say, I'm sure I'm not saying anything new here, I know it's a trope that a famous celebrity death is almost always followed immediately by loads of puns about them - one of my Whatsapp group chats last week was awash with Darius Danesh/death puns within minutes of hearing he'd died - but it is something that I do wonder, and to an extent worry, about.

Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse

Quote from: madhair60 on August 24, 2022, 10:21:56 PMoh, absolutely. I used to burst out laughing at work because certain words would just hit me right, certain ways of pronouncing things. I can't even think of any examples because they're impossible to explain.
I also relate to this. I think 'gruel' is a hilarious word.

buttgammon

Generally, it's the details that I find funniest about things. In comedy, I will laugh at the obvious jokes if they're funny but the bits that hit me hardest are often the bits that only get a chuckle from most people, the little turns of phrase, facial expressions or the way someone says something.

I recently mentioned in another thread how a courier came into my office and said, very deadpan in a flat Dublin accent, 'package for Mr Baby. A Mr Alan Baby'. I love silly names and always would have found the name amusing but the thing that made me double over in hysterics was the delivery, which was so incongruous. The funniest thing wasn't this very silly name but the fact that he clearly hadn't copped how silly it was and managed to say it so drily.

bgmnts

Oh most definitely. It is weird it feels like being funny isn't really a muscle you can work on like socialising or anything. It just depends on what you've been exposed to. But being into comedy I think makes you find more things funny.

I'm currently talking to a very lovely LAAAADY who doesn't like Alan Partridge. The idea of not liking Alan Partridge absolutely boggles my little mind but I suppose it is so subjective.

A lot of the jokes I make are probably weak as fuck but still go over most heads. As well as the things I will laugh at.
I think cab has been a big influence as well.

dissolute ocelot

I find long lists of things funny, I guess it's a variant of the Family Guy "on and on and on and on" gag.

I'm also capable of smiling or laughing at myself when I think of weird things and then someone goes "what are you laughing at/smiling at?" Nearly got beaten up over it once when I had an amusing idea in a street. But even with people I know it's often really hard to explain.

buttgammon

Quote from: dissolute ocelot on August 25, 2022, 12:47:27 PMI find long lists of things funny, I guess it's a variant of the Family Guy "on and on and on and on" gag.


This is another one. My girlfriend is driven mad by the fact that I always read lists in a certain intonation and make sure the last item is 'and broken glass' in reference to a bizarre dream I had years ago. I find it hilarious anyway.

(N.B. In the dream, Huw Edwards was introducing a televised funeral presided by the vicar who sometimes came into my school, and he said 'viewers in the North Wales area might already know The Reverend for his cooked breakfasts, which taste of shit, piss, cum, sick, and broken glass.' I woke up laughing hysterically!)

up_the_hampipe

Weird is pretty in nowadays, isn't it? Like meme humour can be really bizarre. Also 'I Think You Should Leave' is such an important to show to so many people, it seems, while others just don't get it at all.

PlanktonSideburns

Had a bit from the three bean salad podcast stuck in my head all week, barely even a joke, just someone trying to remember Sam Neil's name, and coming up with

Spoiler alert
Martin Parsons
[close]

Has been randomly making me hysterical

PlanktonSideburns

Quote from: up_the_hampipe on August 25, 2022, 02:07:20 PMWeird is pretty in nowadays, isn't it? Like meme humour can be really bizarre. Also 'I Think You Should Leave' is such an important to show to so many people, it seems, while others just don't get it at all.

If you take the shouting out of half those sketches, are they weird? Or are they just little bits of akward sitcom improv banter? Though some of it was fun

up_the_hampipe

Yeah, they're weirder than "sitcom improv banter", whatever that even means.

PlanktonSideburns

Yea this isn't a great argument now that I think about it, I'm just being a dick about it

The Mollusk

My weird sense of humour definitely stems in part from my ADHD and the fact my brain never shuts the fuck up, so even though I find very simple jokes funny, I also have spent my life sat about meandering on bizarre tangents and having absurd and very convoluted thoughts which crack me up.

The other week I was looking at one of those windows in a tall building that only opens a few inches to prevent people falling/climbing out. I suddenly thought (and said aloud to myself) "if you were a worm or a small snake you could still slink through this and kill yourself" and then thought about a suicidal worm relishing this loophole of human safety to end its life and I've been finding it funny ever since. I've considered telling my wife or my friends about it - they'd probably find it funny but I'm worried I'd laugh too much trying to tell them that it would veer into "this guy's a fucking weirdo" territory.

popcorn

I'm the only one in this madhouse with a normal sense of humour.

Magnum Valentino

Quote from: PlanktonSideburns on August 25, 2022, 02:38:08 PMHad a bit from the three bean salad podcast stuck in my head all week, barely even a joke, just someone trying to remember Sam Neil's name, and coming up with

Spoiler alert
Martin Parsons
[close]

Has been randomly making me hysterical

Haha this is actually very funny.

One of the hardest I've ever laughed at is one of those computer-generated lists of recipe ideas, either on here or on SomethingAwful when I used to lurk on the wrestling threads (I'm not a goon honest). I was actually laughing so hard I had to look away from the screen so my eyes would dry and I got a headache.

There are other examples of this and I think what I'm actually laughing at, on top of the humour of 'list of items' and 'funny words', is the concept that the computer thinks it's doing well or being helpful. Wasn't one of the old threads on here responsible for sharing the auto-generated sentence about Ron Weasley appearing in his Ron Weasley pyjamas? Even now I'm shaking laughing at that.

Another thing that really makes me laugh is silent suffering and suffering happening where facial expressions aren't visible. Three examples - Bart standing on Itchy's foot in Itchy and Scratchy Land and the muffled HOWL the lad lets out from within his costume; Dole and Clinton soundlessly struggling for air then starting to spiral off in stillness in Treehouse of Horror 7; and that shot in Star Wars where the poor extra hits his head walking into the room on the Death Star, and the idea that he must, he MUST have just thought "I'll see have I got away with it".

Or like that video of the mascot who keeps falling over shooting the advert on the ice rink. No face=hilarious.

Glebe

I tend to find a lot of social rituals absurd and pointless.

PlanktonSideburns

Quote from: Glebe on August 25, 2022, 03:16:58 PMI tend to find a lot of social rituals absurd and pointless.
I agree: flushing the toilet should be a monthly occurrence

Kankurette

Yes. I laugh at the stupidest things. Like that video of Sting and another bloke playing their lutes, and then four Stings appeared and I just lost it.

I also laughed at Martin Parsons.

PlanktonSideburns

Quote from: Kankurette on August 25, 2022, 03:20:28 PMYes. I laugh at the stupidest things. Like that video of Sting and another bloke playing their lutes, and then four Stings appeared and I just lost it.

Oh god, need to see that again

Find lutes inherently funny, espescially when there's a sting behind it

Kankurette

I have no idea why this makes me laugh. Probably because it's peak Sting.

PlanktonSideburns

Going to be at a midwifes appointment later this week and the name

Martin Parsons

Is going to descend into my mind like a seagull on a bag of chips, actually dreading it

Glebe


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