Remi Gaillard - Pac-Man and Mario Kart

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Mark Vergeer
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Humor is 'absolutely' relative

What one likes, the other does not. When I watch something like Friends - a major hit series in the US - I often find the humor used quite childish. A bunch of grown ups behaving like 8-year olds acting on pre-puberal impulses. My brother - a successful and professional lawyer two years my junior totally loves the series. His wife too. So personal taste is a big thing when it comes to humor.

Besides that humor is very much culturally determined. Because large parts of the world have gotten used to the specific 'US humor', this has more or less been integrated into the world's general sense of humor. The reciprocal effect hasn't taken place as much. Of course there have been loads of US-citizens going absolutely berserk over British humor like Monthy Pyton, Faulty Towers and such but a nice Swedish, Dutch, German or Luxembourg sitcom will not as accessible as the absolutely insane British humor John Cleese has mastered.

French humor can come across as really bizarre, Japanese humor can seem very harsh and absolute - almost lacking the subtleties when you compare it to UK humor like Blackadder or Monty Python. Dutch humor is not always caught correctly and quite a bit different from the sometimes rather seemingly stiff German sense of humor. If you get to know the various cultures better you will come to appreciate the specifics of the different flavors of humor there are around the world.

To me the complete bizarreness, the absurdity of a live pac-man and ghost chasing through something as orderly as a Carrefour, Champion or Intermarche supermarket knocking over stands of goods in the process is hilarious. There are reactions of the audience in the Supermarchets - some even break out in laughter. To others it may be simply annoying. But in this clip the reactions of the audience to me are actually of no real importance to the comic effect.

A similar brain part is tickled when I watch/read/look at Gary Larson comics - the absurdity may be similar. But in these comics the reaction of the subjects is often of vital importance.

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What one likes, the other does not. When I watch something like Friends - a major hit series in the US - I often find the humor used quite childish. A bunch of grown ups behaving like 8-year olds acting on pre-puberal impulses. My brother - a successful and professional lawyer two years my junior totally loves the series. His wife too. So personal taste is a big thing when it comes to humor.

I just saw a Simpsons episode last night that captured this beautifully. The joke was that Homer (as a judge in a film festival) found a video where a guy got hit in the groin with a football absolutely hilarious and mesmerizing, whereas the other judges thought it was dumb. I had a friend who said the same thing one time--he could see a guy getting kicked in the balls over and over again, and every time he would laugh until his ribs hurt and his eyes were tearing. I don't get it. I don't find stuff like this funny at all, and that includes people slipping on banana peels, The 3 Stooges routines, etc. Just doesn't do anything for me. I loathed America's Funniest Home Videos and all that. Just seems like crude, dumb humor to me.

I love British humor like Python and Blackadder, Faulty Towers, etc., because the humor is more witty and than slapstick. I love spoofs and satire, particularly when there's an undercurrent of "this is how life really is" flowing through it. For instance, take a look at this:

This humor is well played and has bite. It's not that it's high falutin' or academic or anything; it's just a different sort of humor that appeals to me.

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Matt Barton & Mark Vergeer, I couldn't agree more. As opposed to slapstick, chain-produced humor, I also lean towards satire and absurdity. Not just humor for the sake of getting a few laughs, but rather meaningful, witty, constructive humor with an underlying message on society, politics, the human nature or whatever it may be.

Monty Python would be way at the top, as a Holy guide of how the most bizarre and surreal absurdity can be used to tackle some of the deepest philosophical, psychological, ethical, social, political & scientific issues of mankind. Here's one of my favourite sketches from the Flying Circus:

The Cohen brothers are also a wonderful example of how exaggeration of mundane, human idiosyncrasies can be both hilarious and revealing as to how absurd some of our daily concerns and worries may be.

A Serious Man - Dybukk Opening Scene
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1R-zbgb5i0

A Serious Man - The Goy's Teeth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUTyEEiulQk

Remi Gaillard, as I interpret it, is simply a nutty, unusual defiance of convention, for the sake of fun, which to some extent, carries the unspoken message of reclaiming the fun, excitement and intensity of life, which we can so easily lose sight of in 21st century modern life....

L'Amour fou - Cali (Rémi GAILLARD)
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If you'll allow me to make a recommendation, I don't know if you're familiar with "Black Books", a British sitcom than ran for 3 seasons, from 2000-2004. Here's the first episode (Season 1). If you like Monty Python & Faulty Towers, once you've watched the first episode of Black Books, you won't be able to stop!!!

Loved reading your opinions! Please do fill me in on any humorous content I may be missing out on! (Sorry if I got carried away with the embedded videos, but I just couldn't help myself...)

All the best!

Mark Vergeer
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Nice those Norwegian subtitles....

Nice response Mr Barton!

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I remeber seeing he pacman

I remeber seeing he pacman one awhile ago ( maybe here?) I thouhgt it was funny but over the top.. I always thought this guy was funny.

When i first saw his "talking classics" I almost thought he was real. This houmor is fun but tough ... there are people like this and pretending to be one and getting laughs is somewhat like pretending to be mentally handicaped for laughs.. I know its wrong but I laugh sometimes.. Its easier to know its not ment to make fun of anybody but us vido game nerds... :)

Sifde not if oyu havent watched "The legend of NEIL" you should... NSFW at all but I find it some of the funniest stuff I have ever watched. VERY ADULT STUFF< BE warned... just language... nothing visual.

http://effinfunny.com/legend-of-neil/seasons?vid=342&sid=1&tid=0

Im very sad its done...

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