Why Funny Matters

What makes me laugh.  Then and Now.
What makes me laugh. Then and Now.

Preface

I want to take you on a little trip through the land of Funny as it were. I hope you have some time for reading this because the videos and stuff I picked have more to say than you might think when at first you see what they are. My intent is to unravel "funny" as it means to me, to give a glimpse of it as it reflects on conditions of humanity, on philosophy, history, family and art. Ironically, I doubt what I am going to write, as in actually type into this, will make you laugh. That is the work of the videos, links and things I am going to quote, and why you should watch them as they come up.

Funny

Funny matters. Funny is a tie that binds people in many ways. People who make us laugh improve us. People who take the time to make us laugh, as in point their wit right at you or at me, take the time to lean into our world and craft a moment of joy for us. They care and they want us to know. People like that matter. Now, I'm not talking all types of funny, but I probably do mean most. I mean, there's funny, hah hah, and then there's funny that counts for something more. The kind of funny that touches you, moves you or says something powerful. That's the kind of funny that has always fascinated me.

Grandma Mac was seriously hawt in 1910.
Grandma Mac was seriously hawt in 1910.

Funny as Love

An example of early funny in my life was my great grandma McAlpine, Grandma Mac we called her. Grandma Mac took the time to be funny for us, my sister and I, when we were around three, four and five.

Grandma Mac was like a thousand years old from where my sister and I sat because, well, she was born in 1890. Her skin was a puddle of translucent parchment, mottled with spots in all shades of brown and hanging loosely from bones you could almost see. Her nose was a tiny thing, porous looking and bright pink at the tip like a frozen strawberry almost thawed. Her face was blotchy and her hair was short, curled gray and thinning atop her head which always jiggled a little even when she was sitting still.

Whenever we went to visit my mother's parents, Grandma Mac was there. We were the only children in the family at the time, so you can imagine how boring those visits got to be. Except for great Grandma Mac. In the whole houseful of adults - aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, parents, grandparents and whoever else - Grandma Mac was the one who took the most time to make us laugh.

Whenever we'd arrive at my grandparent's house (maternal grandparent's not great Gradma Mac's) for some holiday or another, first thing we children had to do was to give hugs and kisses all around. This ritual was strictly enforced by our parents. Well Grandma Mac was always sitting in the same place, sort of propped up on a couch in the front room, every time we arrived. My sister and I would always try to get to her as quick as we could because she was funny and she always gave us cash. Then, she'd hug us and, making sure my mom wasn't looking, she'd stick her dentures out of her mouth a little ways, just stuff them half-sideways past her lips with this sort of clunky wet plastic sound as they clicked off of each other noisily. God that was hilarious and my mom would turn and see us laughing our asses off. Of course by that time Grandma Mac was sitting innocent and mature on the couch and just smiling to my mom with a perfect, straight toothed smile, her dentures perfectly back in place. My mom would tell her, "Don't give those kids money, you'll spoil them," so as soon as my mom left, Grandma Mac would give us each an extra ten dollar bill.

Grandma Mac was in her nineties, so she couldn't get around or mess with us too much. But Grandma Mac was always watching us, my sister and I, and whenever we came scampering into a room where Grandma Mac was, her pink rimmed eyes would dart around the room from behind her glasses, checking for witnesses, and then out came the clicking teeth. We'd scream in delighted horror and go on about our play. Even at dinner time she'd do it to us and we'd end up getting warnings about how children should be "seen and not heard" from our dad because we were snorting too loudly into our napkins every time she busted out her teeth. There's just something hilarious about a ninety-four year old woman flashing her false teeth at you from between fancy candles and across a luxurious thanksgiving spread. There's something that says, "I love you and I know that you are here." That's the kind of funny I am talking about.

Funny and Charismatic even if Ridiculous

Funny as Confidence

Funny also seemed to me a sign of something I should aspire to. Funny people started to appear as I moved through my childhood years that had huge impacts on how I viewed the world. I have some of these funny people embedded in the core of who I am. People like the crew at Warner Brothers who put out all the Bugs Bunny cartoons. Bugs Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn made me laugh, and in doing so, suggested what confidence and charisma should look like in the person I hoped I'd grow up to be.

(The clip below--from "Bully for Bugs"--illustrates Funny as a means for dealing with adversity. Bugs is flawed, makes mistakes, is over-confident, loses battles, but NEVER loses his confidence or sense of Funny. Who doesn't wish they could be as cool as this? Frankly, viewed properly the cartoon this clip is taken from is a metaphor for life.)

"Stop steaming up my tail."

Steve Martin could tell a story, even a dumb one, and make it funny.

Eddy Murphie is a master story teller (and he cusses, so get over it).

Funny as a Means of Delivery

Other funny people during those formative teen years for me were comedians. Steve Martin's "Wild and Crazy Guy" and "Let's Get Small" cassette tapes served me over an entire summer in a capacity other kids saved for Queen or Kool and the Gang. While my peers were doing chores or hanging out by a pool to "Celebration," me and my best friend Chris were listening to Steve Martin. About that time I found Eddie Murphy and Tim Stivers too. My sense of timing when I speak to this day has echoes of the timing and delivery learned from those three guys.

Funny as Philosophy

Today I still look to comedians to help me spot what's really going on. Comedians have a way of seeing that I think is valuable to society. Not all of them mind you, but there are many who do what I consider to be some pretty good philosophy, the late George Carlin high among them. I learned a lot about questioning what you hear and see from these people, still do learn how to see. "Seeing" is not just something you do with your eyes. Studying comedy is enlightening, and besides, I really like to laugh.

Funny as Immortality

People that could make me laugh, people that are funny, have had a huge impact on my writing life. If anyone's seen many of my hubs, they know that the names of guys like Oscar Wilde, Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain come up a lot. Turns out that the confidence and charisma that resonated with me in characters like Bugs Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn manifests itself as genius in men like these. That's when I began to realize that funny was powerful. When I read the transcripts of Wilde's trial for indecency I almost died laughing (which I think he would approve of even though he got screwed over so hardcore). Funny wasn't just how he wrote at the world, funny was how he lived. Same goes for Benjamin Franklin. Read his autobiography, it's hilarious. And Mark Twain? Wow, was that guy ever NOT funny?

I am a great & sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, & all His works must be contemplated with respect. - Mark Twain

Come on, how is that not the perfect attitude?

Humor and its twin daughters, sarcasm and satire, have not only served the cause of society for eons, they give authors immortality. Think of Candide, by Voltaire or "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift. Everyone has read those. Everyone. Think about that. These guys were so funny that not only did their wit impact the world, we still read them today. Everyone has read them. That's freaking amazing. That's immortality.

(If you haven't read them, both those links go to full text versions. Not to mention the prices in the Amazon capsule are like for a penny and three dollars on this stuff. I don't expect you to read them now, but you should read them. They will improve you a tiny bit as a human being. Funny like that becomes a part of you.)

THE Man.
THE Man.

Funny as Genius

Shakespeare is the one that brought it home to me, belatedly I admit. I never knew how funny that guy was. Frankly, teaching Shakespeare in high school is being done so poorly now. I think some of the teachers don't even like him anymore; it's like they don't understand just what that guy really did. I remember liking Falstaff well enough my junior year (a kinship I still hold, even more so today... three cheers for Falstaff and three more for old Sir Toby too) but we really didn't get that much. My kids are getting even less. But Shakespeare has had a lot of impact on me, and I believe will continue to do so increasingly over the rest of my life as I begin to fathom more and more of what he did and how funny he could be, how deeply funny. Many of you know I love to drop the occasional rant in hubpages, and some of you even think they're funny too. Hah. Here's funny:

This is one line from Much Ado About Nothing, (to catch you up, the character Benedick is ranting about how much he hates the Lady Beatrice):

. . . she speaks poniards, and every word stabs: if her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect to the north star. I would not marry her though she were endowed with all that Adam had left him before he transgressed: she would have made Hercules have turned spit; yea, and have cleft his club to make the fire too. Come, talk not of her: you shall find her the infernal Até in good apparel. I would to God some scholar would conjure her; for certainly, while she is here, a man may live as quiet in hell as in a sanctuary; and people sin upon purpose, because they would go thither; so, indeed, all disquiet, horror, and perturbation follows her.

Now THAT is a rant. My rants got nothing on this. I mean seriously... "A man may live as quiet in hell as in a sanctuary; and people sin upon purpose, because they would go thither?" How pissed off do you have to be at someone to commit sin just so you can go to Hell to be away from her? And the rest, the allusions up there, Hercules, Até and Adam's lost paradise and all the ramifications so invoked, all those ideas unfold into how much rancor Benedick has worked up, the concepts inflating the volume of this rant so amazingly it's truly awesome. Who thinks of something that awesome to say in a rant? Answer: A freaking genius. Shakespeare is so damn funny I can't believe I didn't worship that dude when I was younger. The only thing that pisses me off is that I begin to realize I'm probably missing 90% of his jokes out of ignorance. (God, I hope not more than that.)

Funny as Power

Plus, I learned in one of my college Shakespeare classes about "the fool" in history. I always thought that the "fool" or "jester" was a clown. You know, like a circus act or something to sing songs and amuse people. Well, that's not really true. That's what happens to us when we watch too much TV. The fool used to be one of the most influential people in the kingdom. A fool was a person of such respect that he was the singular person in the land allowed to criticize the king. Think about that. In times where kings could just have your head lopped off with a wave or their hand, and often did, these men, rulers by "divinely wrought" power, understood the need to have someone willing to tell them the truth.

Fools were not stupid or clumsy or dumb, at least not usually. They were masters of tact and perspicacity. They were insightful and worldly and had to be very, very wise. They had to find ways to speak to a king in the guise of entertainment and to convey with a laugh things that, frequently, the king didn't want to hear. But things all kings, or at least most, understood they needed to hear. Fools could say things advisors wouldn't dare, because fools could make it seem absurd. Of course it was just a joke. Right? But the king only laughed on the outside. He was paying very close attention because the trusted fool was showing him the mind of the people and the attitudes from abroad.

Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night

This is a great version. I watch it a few times every year.

 

Great fools actually travelled from kingdom to kingdom and were welcomed by many kings into their court. They were necessary and held in very high regard. Read Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or check it out at a playhouse or on DVD. Watch what Feste, the fool, really does. Watch who really is in control of things in that play. Shakespeare didn't just make Feste like that randomly. That's what a good fool did.

(Watch this clip. Olivia is essentially a "king" in this story. Observe what Feste, the bald dude, can get away with that no one else can. The stuffy guy in the suit next to her is supposedly a trusted advisor, but look what liberties the fool can take. Look at his power.)

... plus Helena Bonham Carter is hawt...

Funny as a Way of Life

Anyway, my point is to say that humor started out as a signpost of love in my life. The people that seemed to take the most interest in me were the ones who took the time to find me in life's singular moments and craft a laugh for me. Both my grandpas and especially my great Grandma Mac. My mom is pretty funny too. All of them were funny when I was little and as I was growing up, and they put the need to be surrounded by funny into my very soul.

Laughter was the soundtrack of my youth, and it was wielded well by images - cartoon and real life - that seemed in control no matter how bad a situation might have become: how much difference is there between Bugs Bunny dealing with the bull and Winston Churchill dealing with WWII? (I wasn't alive during WWII, but I hope you see my point.)

And now, through comedy clubs and literature and history, I seek the sound of laughter as a way of finding out what counts. Listen to what's funny and you will often find the truth, if not all of it, at least an important part.

Laugh at yourself. You are funny. If you don't think so, you're missing almost everything.

And besides, funny feels good. When my kids are down or feeling anxious in some way, I try any way I can to make them laugh. Just to make them smile is the greatest reward I ever get. And they make me laugh all the time too. They are funny. Funny is why we love kittens and puppies as much as we do. Funny matters.

Find someone you love and make them laugh. It's like hugging them from inside.

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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Shade - Wow...you did a lot of work on this one and it shows. Also, thank you...for saying what I've always felt in such an eloquent manner. And thanks for the Bugs Bunny clip too...how can anyone just stop at the tail steaming?!! They'd miss the best quote in Bugs Bunny history. "Of course...this means...War!"

I'm also extremely flattered that you chose one of my hubs in your links. Thank you again...big ol thumbs up on this piece.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I agree, Spryte.  I confess to being in my own universe, but, that particular cartoon is going to be being taught 200 years from now in lit/film classes.  That's great art.  Our generation, the one before, and perhaps the one following is still too close to spot it maybe on a large scale; it still seems like, you know, a cartoon.  But it says so much about what humanity has learned.

And you earned that spot on the links.  Your hubs have given me so much joy these last months.  It was the least I could do for you, and for anyone who hasn't discovered you yet.


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

This was like sitting in a great college class with your favorite professor. I loved the clips too. All of those people, writers, playrights, etc. you mentioned also had a profound impact on me. I also have to admit that the singing snails cracked me up. The more ridiculous it got, the harder I laughed. That's three times today.

You are an unbelievable talent. Why you would squander it on that silly baby face thing is beyond my comprehension.

Oh, and of course, thanks for listing my hub. I'm worn out from sleep deprivation and over-laughing. Thanks for all the entertainment today and this fine nightcap.


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Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

Hi Shades,

Fantastic hub, and awesome clips. I'm so glad it's not just me that loves Shakespeare. My family all think I'm demented, but I did manage to get the kids to Midsummers Night's Dream in the open air theatre at Regents Park (London) this summer. My daughter admitted that she had actually enjoyed it, although my boy wasn't quite so keen! Shakespeare was a comic genius, and he used comedy to get some good political points across on occassion.


pgrundy 8 years ago

"You realize of course this means war!"

God, I LOVE Bugs Bunny. Warner Brothers is to Disney as Shakespeare is to Danielle Steele, I swear. What great clips, and what a great hub.

Thank you for the compliment by the way--and right back at ya. You are freakin' hilarious. I always look forward to your hubs. God, I needed to laugh today too--Got the news yesterday I will be canned by the end of the month unless I, I don't know, turn into somebody else or something. Now I can hardly wait. I cried on the way home but we are working it out. I hated that stupid job.

Thanks Shadesbreath.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Another outstanding hub! I can't believe my hair hub made your list. Thank you. As a rule, I don't like to watch long videos, while I'm reading hubs; but just about every one you chose, were among the major influences in my life. Great way to start my morning!


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gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

Shades, you have done a great job here. Bugs bunny, who could not love that?

I love yout writing style, You always get a luagh or twenty out of me. I looke forward to readng your stuff as I do with Spryte, Christoph, B.T. and Pgrundy. No wonder you guys all seem to gravitate to each other. You guys are great!


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Shades, I loved this story! And also had a Grandma Mac (short for Maxine) who told the best, and filthiest, dirty jokes I'd ever heard.  I also grew up on, and love, Looney Tunes - I have volumes 1 and 2 (16 discs!) of their boxed sets Golden Collection - and credit them with much of who and what I am today.

I wrote a hub about Looney Tunes and some of the comedic geniuses who made them, with a few full-length cartoon videos!  You might like it.


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Wonderful hub, cracked me up laughing. I so loved all Bugs Bunny cartoons, and the Tom and Jerry ones, even as an adult they can still make me laugh out loud. :)


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Em Writes 8 years ago from Upstate NY

This was great! I actually saw Carlin live back in the late '90's. Good memories...


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Christoph, thanks man. And "snails" eh? That what you think they are? I thought they were like melted hamsters or something. That's half the fun of that video I guess. :) And, you deserve the babyface, I squander my efforts to make you suffer and THAT is worth it. LOL

Amanda, you are not alone. Heh. We dont live too far from Ashlan, Oregon and they have a great Shakespeare festival up there. I think the language puts people off, but it's so easy to get used to if you just read one or two plays before you go. And speaking of Midsummer Night's Dream, Michelle Pfeifer did a version of that not too long ago. She's hawt. :P

Pgrundy, that bank you work for is just a big stupid black bull steaming up your tail anyway. I'm glad Bugs Bunny found you and helped you out today, and I'm glad I was able to drive him to where you were.

Hah, BT, you commentary on those hair styles is one of the, if not the hardest laughs I've had since coming here. You're like those robots on that old show Mystery Science 3000, and I bet watching movies with you would be fricking hilarious.

And thanks Gwendymom, that's pretty lofty company you lumped me with right there, but I'll take it!

CW, I can't wait to find your WB hub. I too have those collections, and I used to have a VHS with episodes I can't find anymore. I wish they'd just release them all, dammit.

Misty, damn straight they still make me laugh as an adult. Now I confess that my "adult" status is precarious according to my wife, but, no, that sh!t is just flat funny, period. I watched one of the Road Runner and Wile Coyote episodes not too long ago where, as the coyote is falling off a cliff, he pulls a bottle of asprin out of his pocket and jams a few into his mouth on the way down. God, that's genius, right there. lol.

Em Writes: Carlin was amazing. He had an incredible career. You're lucky to have that memory.


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Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

Great hub (as always). Like Em, I saw Carlin in Vegas a few times and he was worth every dollar in the ticket price.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I bet seeing him was a blast. Thanks for the read and nice comment :)


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E J 8 years ago from England

You really do have a serious talent. It may well be disguised behind that ultra large know it all brain, but you are a fantastic writer. I was wondering where the snails where mind! I thought I'd missed something! How old is your daughter? I'm just curious because my boys (9/10) would find that hilarious and play it none stop for hours!


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

My bad:  http://hubpages.com/entertainment/The-Genius-of-Be

Doh!

And oops: I have 8 discs total (not 16). 4 discs per set. ha-ha!

PS: Congrats on being featured in the newsletter!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

I really like tha moon.


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Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

This was great!!! It really made me think. Thank you!!!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

EJ, she's 15 but found that last year.  (I'm assuming you found it, but you asked "where the snails where?" so just in case you missed it, its the video right before the comments section starts.  Like Christoph said, it just keeps getting funnier the more random they get.

Thanks CW.  I'm keeping that one in a favorites funny stuff folder for later too.

lol Patty, "puffins go very high, at least I think they do." 

I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for saying so.


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E J 8 years ago from England

Yeah, because christoph was on about snails? I thought they looked like hamsters in some trees!! I'm laughing at that thought more than I was when watching it. I will have to show the kids. Anyway, fantastic job as always keep up the good work!


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trish1048 8 years ago

Great hub! I'm with your daughter. That last video was so silly! Laughed my butt off! And I agree with Christoph, the longer it went on it just kept getting funnier. Cute critters, whatever they are :)

Thanks for sharing.


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

Hey, at first I thought they were singing turds. I'll have to go look again.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, I've tried to force myself to not laugh hysterically at it, but in the end, they've won me over completely, whatever they are.  The song is kind of like an avalanche of absurdity, picking up more and more silliness as it goes until it leaves you upended in a pile of goofiness at the end.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Shades, those "things" in the video are from my favorite tv commercial. When Quiznos started running the ads, I thought they looked a lot like dead hamsters, whose mouths had been animated. I just about fell off the couch, the first time I saw them. They give my wife a serious case of the creeps. Of course that makes them that much funnier!


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

This is humor phd level. wow, what a great explanation, motivation, guide, laugh, dissertation, thesis? LOL Shadesbreath, you have long since taken my breath away. What would we do around here without you>>>> ?? <<<<<< BESIDES be bored and ignorant.

I think those little critters were some of my foster kids....they may still be here somewhere. I definitely think humor is power....and all of the above.

Thanks for making me laugh again!! Since your last hub made me cry, you are now forgiven. =)


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

B.T., I always liked those little "things" too. Just so weird and creepy they cracked me up.


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Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

Brilliant, Shadesbreath!

 I do love the philosophical element because the humor of Ben Franklin and Mark Twain is at the top of my list. I haven't looked at the videos-- I am having maddening technical difficulties which do not allow videos and most graphics to appear on hubs. In fact the first time I tried to reply, It didn't take.

Maybe this isn't the best time or place, but I do want to thank you for the mentions you have given me-- especially today in the hub newsletter interview. Your mentions always cause a spike in my statistics.  I really don't recall the 'advice' I gave you-- it sounds good, but I'm not really sure it was me, because I have only been here a short time longer than you. Seems rather presupposing of me to have given such good advice as a newbie.

 Now I have to go see if anything is in my bra-- that you have made  famous.

Sincere thanks.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

B.T. yeah, I remember when those commercials came out.  Seems like I'd already seen the video, by then, but, I lose track of time like that.  Whatever the hell they are, they rule because they like puffins and the moon, adding in the ability to creep out a spouse is a huge bonus.

Marisue, thanks, I'm glad I've redeemed myself heh.  And thanks for your glowing compliments, you feed my vanity delightfully.

Wierd is about the size of it CW. I wonder where they went.  WHoever came up with them must have ran out of ideas for em.

And Rochelle, it was a comment you made on a forum I believe, not directly like in response to a question from me. I'd been here for a couple of three weeks and your comment stood out because you'd gained credibility with me because of how high you rate on my humor-scale.  Like I said, I probably didn't quote you exactly, but that's what I extracted from your remarks.  Anyway, :P  I remember what I remember in my universe.

Oh, and the Internet without video and music is like raisin bran with no raisins.  :) 


Ananta65 8 years ago

“Ironically, I doubt what I am going to write, as in actually type into this, will make you laugh.”

 

Well, you made me smile, Shadesbreath. The way you describe your grandmother triggers one big smile over here.

And Bugs Bunny is hilarious. “Neh, what’s up, Doc?”. So predictable and sooo funny! I used to get quite some laughs impersonating Roger Rabbit “Prrrrrrrrrrease?” too.

After reading this… well… I feel kind of depressed. Wish I had a sense of humor ;)


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Lazur 8 years ago from Netherlands

Wauw great hub!:) Your grandma reminds me of someone in my family. I start to laugh right away when I thought about that again:D

Keep up the fun hubs:D


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, Ananta, you do need to work on your sense of humor, you're so serious all the time.  Even your choice of avatars is an obvious example of your bland, uninteresting personality.   :P

Lazur, thanks for the kind words.  And you know, I bet a lot of us have a Grandma Mac type person in our past.  We need them.  I think it's important that we remember how awesome they were and try to be them as we get older and start finding little children in our lives.


Ananta65 8 years ago

Whahaha, I know. I lack both the creativity and the sense of humor. On the other hand: I'm one dull geek and I don't pretend otherwise, no false illusions on my part!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Well, you amuse me frequently, but I promise not to tell you and shatter your genuine illusion.


Ananta65 8 years ago

*tipping the hat* Thanks, mate! And thanks for a both amusing and interesting hub. It's important to have fun. We sometimes tend to forget that and take things too seriously, especially ourselves. And we also confuse having fun with being shallow.

See? Even here I have to make serious comments.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I'll let it slide this time.


Ananta65 8 years ago

See the hat makes you kind of metro?


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Thtop it.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I have just been informed that the critters in that video are called: Sponge Monkeys.


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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia

BRAVO! :::clapping wildly:::

I'm actually in awe and dumbfounded with amazement. My favorite class in college was Shakespeare. My friends actually call him "Willie the Shake." I have all of his plays, and Falstaff is one of my favorite characters. In fact, I named one of my dogs Falstaff. :D

And I'm so happy to see someone give the "Fool" proper credit because you couldn't be more right. The fool was the truth speaker just like many comedians are today.

Thanks for a great read.


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

I truly miss the Sponge Monkeys commercial. I loved it! It was so weird and "out-there" I just had to laugh every time I saw it.


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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Found the Sponge Monkeys on YouTube, of course. Dontcha love the internet?

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sponge...


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Pam: *bowing repeatedly during the applause* I've a cat named Shakespeare and one named Puck, so I'm with you there. A lifetime's supply of good names are available lol. Someday I'll name a dog Dogberry, (except I probably wont if you read my not being a dog person hub lol). Anyway, thanks for the nice words.

And CW, I didn't know they had such a fan base, lol. That's pretty funny. Nothing tops the original though. Good link, thanks man.


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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia

Very cool names for cat's!

I just finished reading your 'not being a dog person' hub, and I'm so sad for you. :( Maybe you can get a stuffed dog and call him Dogberry. :) That is the coolest dog name.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Actually, probably be funnier as a cat name LOL

(And I meant "have had" a cat with those other names. We got Slayer and Hally now. Don't want to leave them out, even if they are illiterate and uncultured lol).If you look very closely at the far right end of the picture at the top of this hub, down in the corner of the time line is a picture of Slayer in the cat box. I couldn't help it.


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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia

LOL!! You're right, Dogberry woud be a much more perfect cat name. I just remembered who Dogberry is -- it's been a century or so since i've picked up shakespeare. Funny, funny character, and I'm a sucker for humor that involves using the wrong words on purpose. What's that called? I actually have a gene from my mother's side of the family that makes this happen automatically. For real. lol!

I totally missed your cat in the time line! Thanks for alerting me! Too funny! :D


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I have no idea what that word is; I've pretty much forgotten all the English jargon I ever knew, and it was never much. Things like linguistics and etymology scared me, so I drew pictures of swords or boobies in the margins of my notebooks whenever my professors started using words like that.


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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia

ROFL swords and boobies ROFL :D What a combo. Glad I'm not the only one who can't remember. ;) There's a genetic trait in my family for that too...the "i can't remember squat" gene. It's actually pretty handy. lol


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Yeah, we have that in my family too, we call it the "airhead" gene.


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

Heeeeelp meeeeee! I'm meeeeeelllllltttiiiiiiiinnngg!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

lol Do I see a transformation in process?

lol

I figured you'd run with a cocoon icon or something... I like the melting thing even better.


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub, I read PG Wodehouse books, it keeps me sane, they are hilarious. Wish there were more cartoons like Bugs Bunny, they had lots of wisdom the new cartoons lack.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

We need great comedians like that. Less and less in books AND cartoons these days. Thanks for stopping by.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Why do I think Christoph is now kicking himself in the shorts saying, "Damn! A cocoon! I knew I should have asked Shade first..."

/flee


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

Am not. Mine is a 4 day process.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I'm looking forward to watching you melt. lol


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

*shrugs* If you've seen one pile of goo...you've seen them all. :)


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Spoken like an expert.

/ducks


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Jealousy will get you nowhere...

Now get out of your wife's lingerie drawer.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I wish she had one lol


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Good thing Christoph seems to have his own lingerie :) Perhaps he'll share...


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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

Sure. What color?


Ananta65 8 years ago

Fluorescent green please


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

So your face blends in? lol


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

Hi Shades great hub. I am a bit slow in catching up since my European sojourn. but I am getting there. I always suspected an educated, literate talent lurked behind that beer. But little did I realise how great that talent and erudition are. Great hub and I really enjoyed you interview too. Slightly off the subject but looking at the evolving faces of the hubbers, you have, of course, heard the saying "you have a face for radio". I wonder how that applies to hubbing and us hubbers, given that anyone can hide behind an avatar! LOL


Ananta65 8 years ago

That too, Shadesbreath. I won't get into details here *grin*


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Well, I'm just glad you're back, Sixty. We missed your particular brand of funny here about. Next time you take a trip, you need to clear it with my people first. :)

And I think its true that some people do have faces best suited for anonymity. I do have a face for radio (and the Internet) but if you have a strong stomach, there's one of actual me in my "Top 5 Worst Species to be a Guy" hub (species number 5).

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Top-5-Worst-Spec...


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

Well Well Well....a fine job you did this time my friend. Along with urinary incontinence, I sometimes am humorous. I do however wits I was silly rather than funny. Silly is much less intusive than funny in that it often doesn't make neither the actor nor the audience think much. Being funny is often a reflection of how someone feels about people or the world. It takes a great love and understanding of humanity to not only notice it's complexity but to share it with others.I would like to share with you and your fine readers one of my greatest moments. I am a frequent poster on Funnyordie and I have several people I banter with on a friendly level. In this case the poster wrote a story about a particular Halloween encounter and I crafter my own story which tied in with his at the end. I point this out because it was a turning point for me in that I invoked pure deductive storytelling to backtrack from where I wanted to be. I am in awe of people who can create jokes because they have to utilize this backward thinking. You can see the story here ( not to spam)http://www.funnyordie.com/forums/1/topics/221084?p... Warning there may be some adult themes...no wait, there are adult themes...the 2nd story served as my bait, my story is 3rd. I hope you enjoy and thanks for the great hub.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

OMG, at some point didn't the low slung, highly pendulous mamaries tip you off?


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

Tip me off?..they are what got me excited! Did you read the story above mine?


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Tip you off that she was actually old. And yeah,I read it all (assuming I'm reading the right thing).


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funnebone 8 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

The point was to point out deductive humor. I wanted to create a story that would use the guy above me in a slam, in this case ( I will spell it out for you) I slept with his mother and left the candy ( tht he mentioned in his story) as a payment for my sins. I can see we are getting too deep and off topic here so...uhhh..when a woman wears diapers it is sexy, when she uses them it may be a sign of an unconquerable age difference.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Sorry, by the time we got the link issue figured out, I forgot the main point and just went and read it and was so amused and horrified, well... you get the idea. lol. And yes, in a straight line, that is good stuff. (Not the the diaper wearing women being sexy, etc., at least not literally)... and, uh, see how unfunny hilarious stuff gets when you try to break it down into it's constituent pieces.


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HubCrafter 6 years ago from Arizona

Hi Shadesbreath:

Thanks for the laughs. It's a good read too.

I like Twain. Use him in my profile. Maybe steal his voice and language style when it fits the audience.

I think writing is like acting. Playing a part, a role. Give the audience something to follow, something they grasp for, something they relate to like a hunger, a passion, a love.

Grab the throat, the heart. Take away their breath.

It's not a killing thing, lol. mah bad, dude.

It's a morphing into what folks love or hate or whatever gets their ear and mind goin.

Humor, poetry, prose or letters...writing any literary form. Fit it to an audience. Make a play of it. Be the fool, the hero, the marionette; the mandolin player, the huckster, the guru, the best friend.

It's all playing the part. Being all things to all men. and women, lol.

HubCrafter


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the kind words HubCrafter. And I know what you mean when you say "steal his voice." Except, I don't think you steal it so much as absorb it and reflect it back, like sand gives back the warmth of the sun. I think its important to let the spirits of the great minds live on, and there is nothing untoward about "playing the part" as you nicely put it.


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wingedcentaur 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Good Day Shadesbreath

I voted this hub up for useful, awesome, funny, and beautiful! For one who likes to write "lighter fare" here on HubPages, you do know how to pull the heart strings. You're not a bad finisher either: "Find someone you love and make them laugh. Its like hugging them from inside."

That is one great finishing line for a hub like this. Time and time again you used the phrase something like (how important it is) to "take the time to make" [a loved one laugh]. This suggests that you regard the dispensation of humorous joy as almost a requirement of parenthood -- as do I.

You know, I had a great-grandma like your Grand Ma Mac. Ours wasn't as colorful as yours, what with the pulling out of the dentures. Our great grandmother had a way of playfully mocking us kids in such a way that made it clear that she found us delightful.

This hub gives me some important insight into your character. It makes me understand how you can endure the forums. I've been noticing some of your remarks in the politics and religion forums. You go in, say your thing, and then you're out of there, after having given a sharp critique of the rampant stupidity going on there, thereby turning the stupidity back on itself.

Anyway,

Well done! See ya around.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Hey Wingedcentaur. Was thinking of you yesterday when I read a hub on personal aesthetics. Was going to link it to you, but forgot. (So I just went and found it. A new hubber with a cool seeming mind, as much as can be gleaned from one hub at least... http://hubpages.com/hub/personalaesthetics).

As for humor, yeah, it's a must for parenting, partly to keep you sane, and partly, as you spotted and share with me, to "hug them from inside."

And the forums, lol, yeah, well, humor is the only way to deal with them. Straight up or sarcasm. Every so often there's some good stuff in there, so I poke around regularly. I find cool new people to read in there, albeit with great inconsistency.


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wingedcentaur 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

It looks like that hubber either decided to remove the hub or it was taken down by management for some reason...... (the hub on personal aesthetics)


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

She took them both down. Must have changed her mind. Too bad. Bright, educated, articulate, interesting. Maybe found a better use for her articles. Maybe frustrated at no traffic. Who knows?


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sunforged 6 years ago from Sunforged.com

http://hubpages.com/style/personalaesthetics

She didnt take the one you linked down, just had extra characters in your link the .)


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wingedcentaur 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Alright, I've got it. Thank you, sunforged.


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wingedcentaur 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Hey, Shadesbreath. I read that hub about personal aesthetics by Nadine Convery. You were right. Its good stuff!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

I went and checked out your comment. I see you found the middle there. I'm not sure she checks too often. I hope she keeps writing on here. Guess we'll find out.


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trish1048 6 years ago

Hello again,

For the record, this is the 2nd time I've read this, and I enjoyed it as much as the first time.

Your grandma was indeed a beautiful woman. She reminded me of my own mom, who used to do to my kids what yours did to you and your sister. Yep, pop out the false teeth,,they thought it was hysterical and would beg her to do it over and over. My mom was a definite kid person. She adored kids, and ours was the house the kids would come to. She treated them all with love, made them laugh and spoiled them rotten. Even after my brother and I grew up and moved out, she had the next generation of neighbors' kids come visit. She'd play games with them, feed them and just thoroughly enjoy their visits. I know if she were alive today, she'd be right here spoiling my granddaughter. Funny, now that I'm a grandma, I find myself doing the same thing with the false teeth. When my granddaughter was much younger (she's 9 now), she would always ask me how I did that. I told her it was magic. Today, that answer no longer flies lol.

Funny is good. It's good for the heart and soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than a gut-wrenching belly laugh, the ones that make your stomach hurt :)

As far as comedians go, my top four favorites are George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby. If you've never seen it, take a look at this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp2RqwEC-7k and, if you enjoyed this, check out his 'chocolate cake' routine.

Thanks for your thoughts on humor.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California Author

Trish, nice to have a repeat reader. I have to tell you, that is something that really feels like gold. I'm going to ramble a bit here, but in my writing (not so much HP writing, but the "real stuff" as I call it), I put so much time and care into revisions, place so much in them, choose words and metaphorical themes and colors or sounds or creatures or just, stuff in them so lovingly and it's the kind of thing that adds to the story (at least I hope LOL), but that nobody will notice until a second read. Which you just don't get when you are a nameless chump but rarely. So, the fact that you've read this twice is way more cool to me than you might have expected. So thank you. Really.

As for your mom and my Grandma Mac, I can only hope I will be that cool of a grandparent and great grandparent. I had my kids very young, and feel that, while they turned out great, it's mostly because my wife is awesome. I'm not saying I was horrible, I was fine, but looking back, there's so much I would have done better for them. The point being, as a grandparent, you can make it up to them at the same time being a source of confidence and love for the little ones. That's good stuff.

Anyway, I ramble. I'm off to check out that link. I hope I've never seen it before. :)

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