by Madelle MorganA situation that one person finds funny may fall flat with another. Humor is subjective.
Our sense of humor is shaped by what we read and watched on television and in movies while growing up. What a Millennial considers hilarious is far different from the humor that has tears of laughter rolling down the cheeks of a Baby Boomer.
Culture is an important factor. Australians and Canadians like me develop a sense of humor strongly influenced by British and American books and media.
Famous 20th century humorists include Mark Twain (American), Stephen Leacock (Canadian), and P.G. Wodehouse (British). Read their books for excellence in craft. The wordsmithing is fabulous.
Sketch Comedy, aka Skits
As a teen I loved the writing and comedic talent in the long-running Saturday Night Live and The Carol Burnett Show. Lucille Ball and Tim Conway set the bar high for physical comedy. Watch Tim in The Dentist on YouTube.
|Tim Conway and Harvey Korman: The Carol Burnett Show|
Situation Comedy (Television Sitcoms)
I’ve frittered away far too many hours watching sitcoms. I never tire of reruns of Gilligan’s Island and Get Smart. The fresh perspective of aliens on earth in fish-out-of-water situation comedy such as My Favorite Martian, Mork and Mindy, and Third Rock From the Sun make our ordinary world appear absurd.
I’m sure you’ll find a few of your favorite movies in the Rotten Tomatoes’ 100 Best Essential Comedy Movies.
Popular comedic movie sub-genres for romance fans include the 1930s-1940s screwball comedies that combine physical comedy with romance and, of course, romantic comedies.
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|Norm in Cheers image source|