Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My type of funny

I got asked a while back over this nifty thing called Formspring what my type of humor was. I answered back that it was difficult to explain in a concise way, so I promised the anonymous person a blog about the topic. I know who asked the question now, so it isn’t quite as anonymous as before, but I still said I would answer the question via blog, and here we are…a few months later. Yeah, sorry about that…

I really don’t know where to begin, though. My humor ranges. One of my friends calls my humor witty and pun-y (I have no idea how to write that, but I can say it so that’s all that counts), but dry. Other friends think I have the awkward, shocking kind of humor. Even more of my friends think I have random humor. And yet, my friends in all of my biology classes think I have intelligent humor that just flies over normal people’s heads (I draw science related comics which I will provide links to soon).

So, all in all, I really have no idea…I guess it comes down to what I think of myself and my type of humor. The only way to figure this out is to show you what types of people and things have influenced me in my humor.

For example, I have a couple of stand up comedians that I enjoy because of their just plain funniness. Examples of such comedians are below:

(All videos from YouTube)

These guys really tickle my funny bone. Whether it be because of wittiness, awkwardness, or delving and prodding into mundane things, it’s always funny to me. I take a little from each of these people. If you can find more things by them, watch them…I highly recommend it.

Other things that influence my comedy are as simple as comic strips. Gary Larson makes absolutely phenomenal comics. I love his work because it takes biology and makes it absolutely hilarious. Also, you don’t need to know much biology to laugh at his work.

(For full size, click on the comic)

Another comic strip that I enjoy is Calvin and Hobbes. This one appeals to me because it is an interesting blend of wit, charm, and intelligence. It’s almost impossible not to enjoy one of these comics.

(For full size, click on the comic)

And yet, for the random, shocking, and kind of absolutely hilarious humor, I turn to one of the comic strips here in my very college. The Collegian has a comic artist that draws simply, yet can make one laugh with relative ease. I’ve been liking his comics as of late, considering he’s had a funny streak, so I thought I’d show one of his here.

Some other things I should mention are television shows like “Family Guy”, “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, “House”, “Top Gear”, “Friends”, “The Office”, etc. It depends on my mood. I like a variety of things when it comes to television. Most of the time, though, I’m watching documentaries, so the amount of funny things I watch is limited (unless you count David Attenborough’s voice and “Mythbusters” funny…which…I…might…).

Book wise, though, I’m quite eclectic. Things by Jeremy Clarkson are typically quite funny. You also have people that can write amazingly hilarious works like Douglas Adams. Overall, though, reading comedy is not as funny as hearing it, so the people that do it have to possess a certain talent that is quite rare.

"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."

"Arthur looked up. 'Ford!' he said, 'there's an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they've worked out.'
'Ford,' he said, 'you're turning into a penguin. Stop it.'
'But that's not the point!' raged Ford 'The point is that I am now a perfectly safe penguin, and my colleague here is rapidly running out of limbs!'

In movies, I tend to enjoy witty humor more than just outward and blatant stupidity. For example, there are very few movies which Will Ferrell is in that I can say I enjoyed. I like smart yet innocent humor that is brought about by movies such as Disney and Pixar films or an honest comedy such as “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”. I also wholeheartedly enjoyed “Zombieland,” but it should be apparent why after reading this blog.

'If you want something bad, you have to fight for it. Step up your game, Scott. Break out the L-word.'
'The other L-word.'

So, there you have it. That’s pretty much my taste in comedy. I get most of my inspiration from people and things like what I said above. It is generally a motley of different types of comedy that I sort of meld together. It also changes depending on what I’m talking about, as you probably noticed when reading the different “Rafa says WHAT?” blogs. But yeah…now you guys know a little bit more about me. Maybe you will be able to understand my comedy in the future better as well, who knows? As for now, enjoy this glimpse into the odd mind of Rafa.