I didn’t watch the Academy Awards, but I’ve been following the stories about Seth MacFarlane’s comedy routine as host.
I’m not a fan, actually, but I’m not a ten-year-old boy so why would I be. Family Guy is more often not funny, to me, whereas The Simpsons is always a laugh.
Are you a Family Guy, or a Simpsons gal. Well, I’m a Simpsons gal, I guess.
Humour is personal, and not really universal, it seems, and it’s been dominated by men since forever because women aren’t supposed to be funny, say men. We’re supposed to be the butt (teehee) of the joke.
That’s after we were even allowed into the clubs, of course.
(I say that about humour not being universal although I was in Venezuela for a while almost 30 years ago, living in a shack on the side of a mountain with my boyfriend and his family, who had not been expecting me, but that story will be in my book. One night, they got the old black & white tv working and who comes on screen but Magnum P.I. We laughed so hard. I spoke no Spanish, they spoke no English, but we were all in on the joke, whatever it was.)
The thing is, there’s an element of bullying to the humour of the Seth MacFarlanes of the comedy circuit. And also political correctness, because if you dare to say you don’t think his schtick is funny, you’re just being a woman (cue cupped hands indicating boobs accompanied by in-the-know eyeroll).
And yeah, what could be worse than being a woman.
So most of us just go along, haha, Mr. Song & Dance of boobdom, you so funny we love you longtime.
But I run into this all the time with male friends who appreciate a certain type of humour that, quite frankly, I just don’t think is funny. And it’s not because I can’t laugh at myself, either, because Louise CK is one of my favourite comedians and making fun of his audience is what he does best.
Louis CK makes fun of feminists and it’s funny, yes, even to us, because it’s true.
Other comedians make fun of feminists and it’s not funny to us because it’s not true but we’re supposed to laugh or it’s not them being not funny to us it’s us being not funny to them, the catch-22 of Seth MacFarlane’s act.
By all means, laugh if you think it’s funny. But I’m not going to pretend I think Seth MacFarlane is funny when I don’t.
And, well, I know funny. I do. I’m an easy laugh, too. I just like a little more honesty and a lot less bullying with my comedy than some other people do, I guess.