Thursday, November 02, 2006

Elusive Laughter

Technology offers us a little prize. When you catch something on your TV that really makes you laugh, you can just rewind it, watch it again, laugh again.
Ever notice, though, when you watch something 2 or 3 times, you don't laugh as hard as you did the first time you saw it? I wonder why that is? What changes in the brain that causes your reaction to lessen a little each time?
And why is it that you can sit alongside 2 or 3 people, all watch the same thing, yet have a different reaction among all of you? Why does something strike one person as totally hilarious, and maybe evoke just a smile in you?
I have a terrible sense of humor. I'm a bad one to put in your audience if you're trying out a new comedy act. Yet, show me The Three Stooges, and break out the Depends. I've sat laughing helplessly at those 20 minute shorts, while someone who's watching with me might be sitting stone-faced.
I thought about that all tonight. I heard one kid talking to another.
She said, "It was so funny at practice. Kelly went to pass the ball and fell right on her face. She went down. We had to stop practice cause she had to go to the emergency room. They said she probably broke her wrist. I was dyin' laughin'"
I didn't get it.


  1. Uh, I am thinking a broken wrist isn't so funny either. You laugh when someone does something spastic but DOESN'T get hurt. Geez.

    Me, I do not like the Three Stooges. I do not think they are funny in the least. I never laugh at slaptstick comedy. But give me some old episodes of Frasier or Cheers, and I am cracking up.

    Just like our personalities are different, so is our sense of humor.


  2. Why is something funnier the first time and less funny several times later? Because you know what's going to happen and you're accustomed to it So it's not spontaneous laughter anymore.

    Why do some crack up and roll on the floor and others just smile? Some are more easily amused than others.

    That being said...The Three Stooges are CLASSIC! I love them and I laugh endlessly over them


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