Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Humour - A Man's Job.

My last post (the survey) was extremely feminine and unmanly. I regretted it as soon as I clicked 'publish', but by then it was too late. It is therefore my duty to churn up a counterbalancing blog; A blog that reeks of testosterone - So much so that anyone (male or female) who reads it will have a fully grown moustache by the time he/she finishes reading it.
I dedicate this blog post to anyone with a penis.

[Women and Humour, is like Water and Oil]

[Men and Humour on the other hand, is more like Bread and Butter]

Men are funnier than women. That is a fact. It's just the way it is. It is as if men have an extra part of brain that enables us to be funny (It has recently been discovered that male brain is 100g heavier than female brain on average, so perhaps this could be it). I can't even remember the last time a girl said something that I found hilarious. Sure sure, from time to time they can make you smile, or even laugh on rare occasions, but it is definately not as frequent as amounts of laughter I share with the guys. I can't help it. I wish women were more humourous than they are. This is not to say that they aren't fun, as humour is only one of many factors in social interaction. They're just not funny.

Is it because I'm a man, and therefore I am inherently biased towards male sense of humour? Do I just simply not get female humour? Probably to an extent, I do have a penis attached to me. But I'd like to think that I am a reasonably funny guy with reasonably open mind. This man-woman difference in sense of humour doesn't quite explain why the comedy industry is dominated by my gender today. On TV, movies and live performances (stand-up), comedy is still very male. Think about shows like Friends, Everbody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld. Most would agree that Ross, Chandler and Joey are funnier than Phoebe, Rachel and Monica. Frank and Robert/Raymond are funnier than Marie and Deborah, and Just about anyone's funnier than Elaine. With stand-up comedy, I've never actually laughed out loud (lolled?) at the jokes of a woman stand-up comedian, simply because they just weren't funny at all. Russell Peters, on the other hand, makes me laugh every time, no matter how many times I watch the guy say same things over and over again. Name me one woman stand-up who's funny. Yeah didn't think you could. Stand-up comedy environment is about as artificial as it gets - we can probably assume that the audience is made up equally of male and female, so a comedian would have to use humour that suits both sexes.

The most confusing part for me, is why this is the way it is. I mean women understand humour just as well as men, they just don't seem to be able to make humour something of their own.

I'll finish this post with some quotes about humour. Oh and one last thing, next time you're about to say something "funny", check inside your underpants to make sure you have a penis. (Yes I have said penis 3 times in this post.)

"The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven." - Mark Twain

"Humour is reason gone mad." - Groucho Marx.

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." - William Davis.


hwangus said...

Interesting post, though I am sure that upon reading this, feminists will jump at you and eat you whole minus the penis.

More seriously, I think that you have underestimated the male / female biased distinction that you mentioned in the post. I think that a lot of women find women funnier than men, just as men find other men funnier than women. Look at how they share giggles and make jokes that men can never understand (or find funny). Shows like Sex and the City is meant to be comedy, but most men watch it for the nakedness and sex.

As for male dominance shown through the number of comics or sitcom shows, I think it highlights the very fact that our society is still heavily male-oriented.

Gosh I sound like a lesbian feminist law lecturer.

Tiff said...

I speaking from the female perspective actually agree with you...
girls are here for shopping, clothes, and laughing at boys jokes... hehe

hwangus said...

You've fallen for the gendered stereotypes that MEN impose on YOU! SHAME ON YOU

Ben said...

Enough with your propagandist mumbo jumbo!

cam said...

well... i have a moustache. so guess u were right about the manliness of the blog.

Mulder said...

Hey Jin!

My first post on ur blog, haha. I am here to disagree with Sam :P
If chicks found other chicks actualli funny, then why aren't there more female comedians, either stand-up or on television?
Simple fact is that they aren't as funny as us! (The only other reason would be that most people who go to comedy shows are male, which I seriously doubt ...).

And I dont think chicks watch Sex and the City for the comedy, they watch it because of the relationship aspect. When was SaTC a comedy in the first place?