Humor is a funny thing. What’s laugh-out-loud funny to some is boring to others. A perfect example is the “Sheep Shearing Cartoon,” which I saw at YouTube last week.
Laughter is contagious. For something to be really funny, the central idea of a joke needs to be played and embellished. It needs to grow and become something bigger than itself.
There’s only one joke here. It’s boring.
This from a person who belly-laughed at the South Park episode where Mr. Garrison put a gerbil up Mr. Slave’s ass, so I don’t think I’m being a prude here.
In the old days, Trey Parker and Matt Stone used to deliver laugh after laugh. It was that contagion thing. Killing off Kenny in every episode was pure comedic genius.
Think of Jerry Seinfeld, who really did manage to do a show about nothing, yet every Thursday, Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer managed to create 20 minutes of eye-watering laughter based on a tiny idea like the puffy shirt or the Soup Nazi.
With the “Sheep Shearing Cartoon,” there’s only one joke, and for something to be funny, at least to me, a joke needs a context, or a series of jokes to get the contagion going.
I’ve never been a big Seth McFarlane fan, even when those whose opinion I respect, such as Keith Olbermann, think the world of the man. So, a couple of months ago, I loaded up my DVR schedule with a bunch of “Family Guy” episodes, but I never got up the energy to watch them.
The plain truth is that, with the exception of the early days of South Park, I don’t like animated cartoons (or movies for that matter). They just seem like animated comic books, and I gave comic books up when I was 11.