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Bending Unit
« on: 08-28-2001 16:41 »

am i the only one who apreciates the variety of the humour involved with futurama??

there are the one liners, the slapstick and comic sketches, we all know about those. but most importantly of all, a new kind of humour where something is so UNfunny that it goes full circle and becomes funny because of this.

is it me reading too far into the matter and drawing humour from dialogue which is not inteded to be funny? is it the hallucenogens i am taking (joke) and me seeing humour where there is none?

i don't know if anyone else agrees but please post your views on the different types of humour displayed within the episodes and what there is too much/not enough of!

leela to nibbler: "who wants hog snouts then"
fry: "is it me?"   :D 

« Reply #1 on: 08-28-2001 16:58 »
« Last Edit on: 08-28-2001 16:58 »

I agree! There's all kinds of humour there, as you say: slapstick, satire, parody, plus sly pop culture references... okay, I have nothing original to say.
I'm sure everyone's sick of me waxing rhapsodic over this episode, but I rather wish they could sneak in more classic book references like in The Day the Earth Stood Stupid (but perhaps not so prominant) -- but that's just because I'm a giant, annoying nerd. I'll just content myself with the Dickensian orphan robot...
Bender! It's that guy you are!

Bending Unit
« Reply #2 on: 08-28-2001 17:03 »

i just hope that the references to modern day culture do not mean the premature aging of the series and comedy going "out of date" as jokes become no longer relevant.......  :(

Space Pope
« Reply #3 on: 08-28-2001 17:45 »

As if a good Jack Nicholson joke could EVER go out of style!

Honorary German
Urban Legend
« Reply #4 on: 08-28-2001 20:12 »

I see what you're saying. Kinda like that "boat eggs" joke. On one hand, the joke is too unrealistic to be funny, so you watch it and think "ah, stupid joke". But then you think about it some more, and the fact that it makes no sense and nobody would ever really say that somehow pushes it into another level of humor. Or maybe it's just me.

Bending Unit
« Reply #5 on: 08-29-2001 04:28 »

so long as it's not just me sitting laughing at all the "not funny" bits......

« Reply #6 on: 08-29-2001 12:44 »

I think the same humour is used as The Simpsons.Who was it who said the key to comedy is timing.Kudos to the animators. They manage to pull off comedy timing with fictional characters.Or maybe that was too obvious

Starship Captain
« Reply #7 on: 08-29-2001 13:07 »

welcome to PEEL Zapper.
Holly J. Fry

Starship Captain
« Reply #8 on: 08-29-2001 13:10 »

LilyRose, you aren't a giant nerd. Or maybe we are both giant nerds. . .anyhoo, classic book references are great. The writers clearly draw on loads of sci-fi shows, but not being a sci-fi fan I love the non-sci-fi-movie parodies and classic books references. Natalie Goldberg says all writers are all carried on the backs of the writers that went before them, and I think this is more evident in the Simpsons and Futurama than anywhere else on TV. And yet neither show depends on this. Matt Groening for President 2005!

Urban Legend
« Reply #9 on: 08-29-2001 13:22 »

I agree. theres lots of stuff thats so unfunny that its funny. (its "Somebody likes Snouts&quot ;)

Bending Unit
« Reply #10 on: 08-29-2001 13:30 »

Sometimes, the serious phrases are funnier than the funny ones (yuck, what a sentence  :confused: ).

That's one BIG thing which makes series unique. Humour that might be understood after half an hour can make you more laugh than a half-minute joke.

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« Reply #11 on: 08-29-2001 19:51 »

welcome to PEEL, TheZapper!  :)
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