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The only failure is not trying.
April 18, 2009
July 16, 2012 4:17 PM
what makes things funny is the creative tension between truth and 'lies'; what we perceive to be politically correct, and the real 'truth' beyond that. highly culturally different - & i think, at most times, quite political. Unless you are working with children, who don't work with any such paradigmes and have great universal truths to tell, whatever way they choose to communicate them.
April 21, 2009 7:39 AM
Being true to the subject
Whether it is parody or observational humour, a narrative or simply a joke with a punchline - what makes something funny is truth. The 'truth' can be creatively delivered, told in a funny voice (see Mrs. Doubtfire clip) or understated with a facial expression & a knowing, unspoken form of body language, but the essence of what is funny always has its' authenticity intact.
What makes something Jewlarious?: above & beyond the truth, Jewish humour encompasses more than just truth, but internalized, communal truths that speak to the whole community on a cellular, intrinsically Jewish level of self-deprecation, dramatic irony & wisdom draped in a 'no excuses, no explanations' kind of wit. A Jew never explains a joke, he tells it because he's either lived it or living it. And, of course, living a Jewish life is the truth. Which is what makes things funny. Truth.
April 20, 2009 3:27 PM
funny or no?
Things are always funnier if we can see ourselves or someone we know reflected in the character or joke...otherwise, it becomes just an abstract concept that we may or may not be able to appreciate.
April 20, 2009 3:09 PM
Laugh and the world laughs with you
i think its important to laugh at what is human - but the responsibility of the artist ... is best expressed through positive expression of human compassion and love with all its challenges, we're of a creative design, so ... we should have little trouble doing just this: creating and growing together with good humor!!
April 19, 2009 9:52 PM
serious or not serious enough
Makes us wonder whether we take things seriously or not serious enough. It may depend on taking perspectives from a grain of salt.
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