I've felt for years that the best prime-time animated sitcoms (SP, the Simpsons, Family Guy, KOTH, Futurama, and American Dad) were, regardless of their lowest points in terms of lacking good material, the greatest source of comedy on television.
The late night shows don't match it. Non-animated sitcoms are almost entirely horrible as anything driven with a laugh track is almost always not funny. Some sitcoms of decades past were good, but they're few and far between today.
On the subject of "viral video," I'm sure you've seen "The Annoying Orange" on Youtube. I actually watched one of the films and thought it was pretty funny - but the humor only lasted that one episode. It seems that's the way a lot of humor is now; no depth, just slapstick and catchphrases.
Please weigh in on whatever you feel like. This is a topic we could really expand on.
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I hate cutaway jokes. Stick to a plot, please.
I hate shock humor, because being shocked isn't the same as laughing. Of course, it never shocks me, either...
Basically, I'm a fuddy-duddy when it comes to humor. I can laugh at non-satire, but it has to be funny. Not just shocking and not just a bunch of cutaway jokes.
As for examples, I'm too lazy and you know what I like.
The only TV shows I've ever really enjoyed were all comedic. My favorite television show was Mystery Science Theater 3000. When MST3K was canceled, it was like my parents getting divorced all over again. I felt betrayed and alone.
The only relatively recent shows that I enjoy are King of the Hill for its subtlety, South Park for not patronizing me, and Red Eye w/Greg Gutfield for providing a forum for Andy Levy and Jim Norton.
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Sharon: What is it honey? (gasp!) My baby's killed again!
Haa, I love that line.
> Beside SP my fav funny shows are The Simpsons- classic that has been on the
> TV for as long as I can remember, Friends, and Futurama.
I find this interesting as I've never found Friends to be even marginally funny. I've seen a few episodes and all the while the laugh tracks were running I could only ever detect an attempt at being funny.
A big requirement for animated shows for me is for the show to take advantage of the format and do stuff that's either too expensive or physically impossible in live action. This was my biggest criticism of King of the Hill. 90% of the episodes could've been filmed live action without too much trouble. They never really directed that show in a way that exploited the freedom of animation.
Perfect example of what I'm talking about. A Simpsons episode opens with an ordinary breakfast scene, but instead of the shot we're used to in the kitchen, we get a perspective from inside Homer's mouth as he's eating. You can only do that in animation.
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> A big requirement for animated shows for me is for the show to take advantage of the format and do stuff that's either too expensive or physically impossible in live action. This was my biggest criticism of King of the Hill.
That's a very good point. The medium lends itself to more abstract humor, such as in Futurama's "Anthology of Interest," where they are fighting in video games as another example.
King of the Hill is probably the only animated sitcom that could have gotten away with not taking advantage of the possibilities of animation. The very fact that it was so stylistically restrained might have actually added to the drawl factor, IMO. If the show was about anything other than the contemporary lives of suburban rednecks, I don't think it could have gotten away with it. So I forgive KOTH for that.
As for sitcoms: The only ones I love still to this day are...
Married with Children
All in the Family
All these still make me laugh.
Speaking about All in the Family. *just randomly thinking* If they got Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers, & Cartman together, they could have a little bit of an old All in the Family spoof. Only problem is, that they would need Edith.
Favorite South Park Character: *too many* But I like Kenny,Kyle,Cartman,Butters,Satan,& Damien.
Now, that's not to say that the more RANDOM a joke is, the funnier. (Family Guy makes this assumption, and I think it's one of the lamest comedies around.) It's more like walking into a situation at the worst possible moment - something must've led up to that moment, and the possibilities/implications are what makes it funny.
This also isn't to say that straight-ahead "set-up and punchline" jokes can't be funny. At the end of the day, I think just about anything can be funny if timed and executed correctly.
I don't watch TV enough to know what else I find funny, lol. I know what I don't find funny though, Family Guy and Jeff Dunham.
And no offense, but "The Annoying Orange" has to be the lamest thing I've ever seen.
King of the Hill can be funny too, but not nearly as often.
Family Guy turned stale after the first couple seasons. I usually don't watch it unless there's anything else on.
Reno 911 was good, but I haven't seen it in like 4 years.
Other than those, I don't really watch comedy. But then, I don't really watch television anymore.
> There was a TV show called "The Kids in the Hall" that used to
> come on Comedy Central, I loved that. I think it was an 80's show but they
> stopped re-playing it. I also like Reno 911 and Kenny vs Spenny.
> I don't watch TV enough to know what else I find funny, lol. I know what I
> don't find funny though, Family Guy and Jeff Dunham.
> And no offense, but "The Annoying Orange" has to be the lamest
> thing I've ever seen.
Kids in the Hall was hilarious. It reminded me a lot of Monty Python's Flying Circus, only Canadian-er.
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