|Anagramother - 2014-10-07 |
Are we making fun of satire? I feel like a missed a step in this dance
I think clickhole mostly is making fun of the internet being formulaic in its clickbait. I think.
Clickhole is a parody of the lazy, highly profitable clickbait industry that is consuming your Facebook newsfeed... in case any of you are not aware.
I'm visiting my parents, so I got to watch an episode of BBT last night. I thought Amy might be one of the saddest female characters on tv right now. It was really depressing to watch, even with a laugh track telling me it was supposed to be funny.
I don't know what this show does to attract the 45-and-up demographic, but my parents and the parents of a lot of my friends love the hell out of it. Every time I visit my parents, it's on their TV at some point and they insist that I watch with them.
Get ready for a heavy moment, Animegurl1000. Your parents and their friends like this show because these characters are how they see their children.
I'm so terribly sorry, AG.
The answer is, this show is potato chips. Not surprising, not amazing, not really all that good, but satisfying at some level.
(for example, I love the one down below in the link, for me anyway, "How Many of these Bruce Springsteen Songs Do You Know" and none of them are real songs but you can't click on them. You hit submit and it tells you that you should consider taking the quiz again when you've listened to some Bruce Springsteen. Stuff like that's hilarious)
Oh. You can click on them with different results. Must've been my browser. Oh well, still funny.
way to start the thread
the idea that this show is satire to someone is terrifying to me
I know Clickhole is satire-- I'm referring to Jack Dalton's description. I read it as a sarcastic write-off of Clickhole
The reason so many 45 and ups love it is easy. They're experiencing the humor of deconstructive nerds for the very first time in their lives because they're old and don't know how to use the internet.
Remember back to when you saw Clerks for the first time. "The Deathstar probably WAS built by civilian contractors! WHOAH that's so crazy how the rebels are really terrorists!" Now you see a dozen jokes like that on every page of any given message board with ads for Cafepress t-shirts with jokes like that.
That's what this show is to them: watching Clerks for the first time in 1994. They are too old to have grown up with deconstruction humor or read nerd conversations on the internet. BBT is painful to us because it's nerd routines we've seen done hundreds of times before, and better.
"The reason so many 45 and ups love it is easy. They're experiencing the humor of deconstructive nerds for the very first time in their lives because they're old and don't know how to use the internet."
I don't know if you're doing a thing, but: 45 in 2014 means having been 25 or so when the Internet was just coming around, which was a prime age to be exploring it. What's more, computers existed before the Internet, they just weren't very well interconnected. (Yes, there was a time that a network adapter was specialized equipment on a PC, which you would never use unless you needed to connect to a Novell network or perhaps Banyan Vines.)
Respect the hyperbole, yo (it's more like 50-65).
What does computers existing before the internet have to do with anything though?
Why is this a discussion? This show is beyond awful. Please do not drag potato chips into this.
|Innocent Bystander - 2014-10-07 |
Watch all the way through.
|chumbucket - 2014-10-07 |
Hit the comedy horse enough and you might make some funny fart out.
|StanleyPain - 2014-10-07 |
|John Holmes Motherfucker - 2014-10-07 |
I'm not a fan, but when occasionally I can't avoid it, I'm forced to admit that the Big Bang Theory, like Two and a Half Men, is pretty good at what it does. The jokes are often pretty solid.
On a show like this, the laugh track is a kind of percussion instrument, used to prop up and support that old time jokey rhythm. I'm sure there's an echo of Vaudeville and Burlesque in the rhythm of an episode of Big Bang Theory of Two and a half men. In the early days of TV, the time of Milton Bearle, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, those old pros must have absolutely needed the laugh track to use the timing they'd breathed in and out for years.
The producers of MASH wanted to drop the laugh track, but the network refused. It was absolute orthodoxy.
It seems to me that the first live-action halfhour comedy without a laugh track may have been Malcolm in the Middle. That's not very long ago! Think of all the great shows that breaking free has enabled. How many can I type without stopping? Community, Scrubs, Cougartown, Arrested Development, The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, My Name is Earl, Modern Family. There must be more, but all of these great comedies would have been impossible with the laugh track requirement. Thank God almighty, we're free at last!
stop playing devil's advocate on everything
JHM is a man eternally caught between he sees himself as and what he is. Discerning media critic vs regular consumer. Hardline feminist vs creepy white knight. Regular male sexuality vs... well...
|John Holmes Motherfucker - 2014-10-07 |
I thought I knew what that meant. I'm going to look it up now.
|Rodents of Unusual Size - 2014-10-07 |
I only watched this show once when I was in a waiting room. It made the time go by so much more slowly.
|Raggamuffin - 2014-10-07 |
Next time you are in a room with a group of people watching Big Bang Theory, see if anyone actually laughs. In my experience, the most you get is a gentle giggle. The show is the soft familiar buzz. The eggshell white. The thin, store brand chip, lightly salted, and painted with just enough grease to slide gently through an intestine and smoothly shit away the following morning. For many, all they ever really need.
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