I was home alone for about six or seven hours today and I did what every twenty-year-old would do: watch movies on the big screen and eat popcorn on the couch. We’re never allowed to eat on the couch! So I take any chance I get, including the wee hours of the morning. What an exciting Sunday! I’m really not joking; I love my lazy Sundays… though for me that turns into lazy Mondays, Tuesdays, and etc.
My laziness isn’t the point.
I happened to be watching Grown Ups 2 and This is the End, which are both categorized as comedies. They’re both similar types of humor, mostly slapstick, but the latter is more suggestive.
So I got thinking about all the different types of humor there are out there. I personally have a sarcastic and dry sense of humor. I like to deliver my so-called jokes with a straight face. The downside to that type of humor includes everyone thinking that either you’re always serious or you’re always joking. One time in the middle of finals I told one of my classmates to stab me in the eye with a pencil because I would much rather be in the ER than in that lecture hall taking that specific exam. Let’s just say she was a little concerned.
But I can’t really blame her, or anyone really. It takes a while to get to know a person’s sense of humor sometimes, especially when it’s so different from your own. That’s why for my first few conversations with a new acquaintance, I’ll have to laugh a little to make sure they understand that I’m actually joking. But sometimes I actually joke about joking about something and so on, and eventually I won’t even know if I’m joking or not.
What makes you laugh? Irony? Stupid movies? Pick-up lines? Sarcasm? Cultural and historical references? Life in general? Yourself?
Actually all of those things to a certain point make me laugh. I just like finding others who can laugh at similar things. I think we all do. Isn’t it a bit awkward if you tell a joke than no one else around you think is funny? I either get the pity laugh or I’ll just clear my throat, laugh dryly, and change the subject.
You wanna hear one of my favorite science jokes? You’ve all probably heard this one before but I love it.
A photon checks into a hotel and is asked if he needs help with his luggage. The photon says, “No. I’m traveling light.”
I actually laughed as I typed that… Okay, I’m done for now.
You can watch a gif of my dog eating peanut butter.