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Humor. Merriam-Webster tells us that humor means:
a : that quality which appeals to a sense of the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous . . . . b : the mental faculty of discovering, expressing, or appreciating the ludicrous or absurdly incongruous : the ability to be funny or to be amused by things that are funny. . . . c : something that is or is designed to be comical or amusing. . . .
I consider myself to have a great sense of humor, so this week’s theme was surprisingly difficult for me. I think part of the problem is it’s hard to find something funny when you’re setting up the joke. It’s much funnier when you happen upon the humor.
Appreciating humor versus designing humor
If you look back at the definition, you’ll see that very division. Definition (b) is discovering and appreciating a humorous situation. Definition (c) is setting up the joke.
This next image is a great example of when I “discovered” and appreciated “the ludicrous or absurdly incongrous.” (Granted, it’s a snapshot and not a “photograph,” if you’re one of those snooty people who look down upon snapshots.)
This was taken over 12 years go. My wife and I had been fitting the baby seat into her car in anticipation of the stork arriving with our daughter. We turn around to find the front seats had been occupied by our dogs. Seeing them from in front of the car, I couldn’t help but laugh because it looked like Anna (the golden retriever) and her sidekick Mazy (the schnoodle) were ready to take off on a cross-country journey that would put Thelma and Louise to shame.
They each were sitting up in the front seats so they could see out the windshield, just like a person would do. The whole situation brings a smile to my face to this day.
When you think about it, designing comedy is a lot like making a photograph.
First, everyone’s taste is different. You don’t really know what will appeal with what people (unless you already know them). Some people (men) think poop jokes are funny. Others are over the age of six. Similarly, in photography, some people may think photos on train tracks are romantic, but I always think of the danger.
Secondly, when you are setting something up to be funny, it stops being funny to you after a while. You tend to want it to make it more absurd so you still see the humor. The danger in that is you push it past the bounds of humor and into poor taste. Likewise, when processing a photo, it is very easy to over-do it. You need to have restraint. (Which I shall try to do with this photo).
Today’s my wife’s birthday, so I’ll dedicate this post to her.
Speaking of Laura (that’s her name in case I hadn’t mentioned it), she loves music from the disco era. Personally, I think the entire decade of the 1970s should probably be forgotten. Definitely a low point in western culture!
She also says that Knox is her dog. I guess she has a point since we got him as a birthday present for her (not really, but that’s a long story to itself). You know how they say dogs resemble their owners? Or is it the other way around? Anyway, Knox’s musical taste resembles Laura’s.
Knox wishes he had been born in the time of disco balls, huge platform shoes, bell bottoms, and wide shirt collars. Then, instead of being a labradoodle, he would have been a …
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