Nov 272014
 

Ah Drew. Mr. Fairweather. Nonchalant, strange, low-key media mogul. He who drinks beer at his home every afternoon. Drew is about the strangest, subtly awesome guy you’ll ever stumble upon whilst surfing the depths of the web for funny stuff. Eventually, something that he creates on a regular basis and puts on the net, will pop up in your search results on Youtube or just a regular search engine. If not today, it WILL happen. I happen to be one of two people I know who have actually followed Drew since 2002. This is when he began posting his subtle and sarcastic webcomics on his website entitled “Toothpaste for Dinner”. Some classics include:

Like I take a dump

How the Internet Works

This is a daily comic and he’s been doing it since 2002, let’s just not do  the  math ever in the spirit of Drew. Within the catacombs, you will find  “Facts” that he would like everyone to know, a reoccurring  character  by the name of “Robarb” who is quite creepy, and the  occasional comic  featuring his dog “Chester” which are usually pretty sarcastic. There is quite a bit more you can say about TFD but we should probably move on, there is a lot to talk about.

In collaboration with his wife, Natalie Dee, he does another webcomic called “Married to the Sea” beginning in January 2006, which is also daily and no we’re not going to do that math either. Here’s a couple examples, but you can literally spend hours of your life browsing through the archives of these two webcomics.

Chest Pains – marriedtothesea.com

Fingernails – marriedtothesea.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Probably my favorite project by Drew is the rap albums he put out under the name “Crudbump“.

    Nov 202014
     
    EOHS

    Humor Studies (Sage Books)

    What’s so funny? That is one of many questions being asked about humor in general, as a subject of study. Salvatore Attardothe dean of humanities, social sciences, and arts at Texas A&M-Commerce, has some insight. He says that humor as a subject of study has “become respectable”. Apparently there has been an uprising of research on the subject, which is actually kind of refreshing to hear. So Attardo just went ahead and published a hardback two-volume seven pound shipping weight reference set. Yes seven pounds. The description of the book on the Sage website is: “The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies explores the concept of humor in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. This work’s scope encompasses the humor of children, adults, and even nonhuman primates throughout the ages, from crude jokes and simple slapstick to sophisticated word play and ironic parody and satire.” Wow even non human primates? I’m interested. Too bad it’s $350.00. So unless you’re teaching a class you might not be able to get that one, which brings us to our next authors, who happen to disagree with Attardo’s theory that he and Victor Raskin agreed on in 1991. It’s called the General Theory of Verbal Humor and can be found in this long list of humor theories.

    Humor code

    The Humor Code (Amazon)

    There are some other educational juggernauts that have notable input about humor, and none of these people are not comedians. Maybe we should get some comedians in on this discussioin? Oddly enough Joel Warner (an accomplished writer and Denver local) and Dr. Peter McGraw, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder are two of them. These fun fellas co-wrote the book “The Humor Code”, in which they describe how they traveled the world spanning 5 different continents looking for answers about what makes things funny. After all said and done McGraw had developed the “Benign Violation Theory”, which can also be found in the list. This theory seemingly explains the most aspects of comedy in one theory whereas others have been criticized for only explaining a few or one aspect of comedy. This book would be a little easier to get ahold of seeing as it’s only $17, and you can get it on your Kindle as well.  Here’s Peter McGraw talking about what makes things funny in Boulder, CO at TEDx, it’s quite interesting.

     

     

     

    There is quite a bit more to talk about when it comes to trying to learn about what makes things funny, this article is to merely let you know that the conversation is happening, and that there are plenty of books out there to read if you’re interested in the subject. Maybe it can be that last course you are trying to find to study in college?

    Anywho, the Article I saw that sparked my curiosity is by Shane Snow of “The New Yorker” entitled “A Quest to Understand What Makes Things Funny”. This article is a nice read and includes a quick buttoned up version of the evolution of humor theory, it’s a good place to start.

    Until next time,

    -KJ Willy

    Post Script

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