Comedy takes on many forms, and it’s a very personal thing to those who find it funny. There’s all kinds of comedy, stand-up, insult comedy, slapstick, etc. Being that so many people find so many different things funny, an awful lot of comedy can be offensive to some. I think some of the best comedy is the intellectual stuff that doesn’t leave a small percentage of the audience saying “Hrmph!”
George Carlin made millions of dollars swearing and shocking people with vulgarities, but behind it all is simple genius. You can be sure there were people with their hands over their ears and turning all shades of red during most of his most famous material, but many of the things he said were from pure observation and thought.
Bill Cosby “himself” is one of the funniest, most memorable, most quotable pieces of comedic gold I’ve ever seen, and I think he managed to pull off that act without offending a single demographic.
I’ve got a sick side to my sense of humor too, and I’m not talking about finding it funny when people fall down the stairs, or farting in an elevator (although I do find that hysterical… I think it’s a guy thing). I’m talking about the kinds jokes you tell that are so bad you get more amusement out of the groans of agony from your audience.
- Two guys walk into a bar, the third guy ducked!
- Did you hear about the two peanuts walking down the street? One was a salted! (Assaulted)
- A dyslexic man walked into a bra
- I once submitted a top ten list of favorite puns to a “Best Puns” contest in hope of winning. Unfortunately, no pun-in-ten-did!