I caught a bit of “Airplane” (1980) this morning. Such a funny movie. Humor for the sake of humor. Non-stop silly gags. Things that obviously wouldn’t happen in real life but are there to make you laugh. That’s the whole.
Also, a lot of politically incorrect stuff..
I worry about the fate of comedy. I feel like everywhere I go, people aren’t laughing anymore. They are afraid of offending someone and yet there’s the rub. Every person, every group, every occupation, every individual, every type – there’s humor to be mined out of everyone and everything.
True comedy lovers may get mad when a comedian makes a joke that makes fun of who they are – their particular group, type, etc. But true comedy lovers will also let that go in order to laugh at the other jokes, jokes that don’t hit as close to home because they make fun of other individuals, groups they aren’t a part of.
America is the melting pot. We are all simmering in the same stew. Can we find some humor while we’re in there? I think it all comes down to motive. Is your joke meant to make people laugh and have a good time, or is it meant to belittle and make people unhappy?
I see it in what passes for comedy movies these day. Safe, moderately silly premises that don’t probe, don’t challenge, don’t do anything.
What say you, 3.5 readers?