Sunday Question – What Makes You Laugh?

Last weekend I spent my time doing two things. The first was decluttering the space around me; man, was I starting to feel closed in almost everywhere I went in this house. The second was popping in one of my new DVDs and just laughing my fool head off.


No, that’s not my son!

I bought the DVD set of the Phil Silvers Show, aka Sgt. Bilko. It’s the show that the cartoon Top Cat was based off many years later. Phil Silvers was definitely a character; rapid fire delivery, changing vocal inflections, and, well, just a funny guy all around.

As I was watching it, I was listening to how I was laughing. I don’t laugh like this all that often, but it’s enjoyable when I can get to this point. It’s that point where the laughing becomes a long and hard giggle, one that you just can’t stop and starts to constrict your throat and chest, to the point where you actually have to pause everything and let your giggle die down some before you can watch some more.

There aren’t a lot of things that can do that to me now. And when it does happen, I’m really surprised by it most of the time. I sometimes think we start getting a little bit jaded as we get older. And the internet has actually taken a lot of that away because I’m all over the place and I see so many things that it’s hard to catch me off guard with truly funny.

I don’t like stupid humor all that often; I like creative humor. And yet I like the Three Stooges as well, but I think I came onto that because I was a kid when I started watching it, and it’s just stuck with me. There’s nothing Jim Carrey can do that makes me laugh as much as the Three Stooges, and he’s basically just channeling things they did.

What makes you laugh so hard that you think you’re going to push milk through your nose (I don’t drink milk, luckily enough)? Who makes you lose control? By the way, here’s a little bit of Sgt. Bilko for you.

 

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26 comments on “Sunday Question – What Makes You Laugh?

  • Hey Mitch! Lazy Sundays in bleak winter months are the best time for silly laughter- nothing makes me laugh more than putting on old Dick Van Dyke reruns. I even have them loaded on my laptop for those moments when I need to get out of myself, step back and clear my head.
    Good luck with the clearing out, btw- I’m a packrat myself, so I can totally identify.

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      Thanks Susan! It’s an interesting thing, trying to clean things up. As for TV shows, Morey Amsterdam was one of the funniest guys ever, and his patter was a lot like Phil Silvers style. I enjoyed that one as well.

  • I liked those old sitcoms — The Andy Griffith Show, The Honeymooners, Green Acres. They were based on characters you got to know, and their predictable behavior made them even funnier. I think the last sitcom (maybe the last show) I watched on a regular basis was The Cosby Show. Everything after that seems to go after humor the lazy way, with insults, swearing, and endless references to drugs and sex. I miss Barney Fife, Ed Norton, Mr Haney, and Cliff Huxtable. At the risk of sounding really old, they just don’t write them like that anymore.

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      I agree Charles, they don’t write shows like they used to. Great list you put up there, although to be somewhat fair, one couldn’t even get away with the Honeymooners humor anymore these days. But Green Acres; now that’s a show I absolutely loved!

  • I think that the Home Alone series cracked me, I laughed at every single brick the burgles were getting in the head.

    I don’t laugh at everything, but when I am in the right mood and find the right movie (I don’t usually laugh at cartoons) I laugh my heart out.

    Also, I like jokes with sub-meanings, I don’t know why I just do.

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      Alex, my mother loves those Home Alone movies, and I’ll admit that I enjoyed them as well. I agree, sometimes you just have to be in the mood to be entertained as well.

  • Hi Mitch

    Laughter is very good medicine 🙂 I laugh at some of the British sitcoms that are still showing re-runs here. Still find them funny as they do irony so well 😉

    Also I often laugh at amusing comments left on mine and other blogs. There are some clever, witty people out there and some of them just happen to be my friends.

    Patricia Perth Australia

  • I feel stress always after the holiday season, I think I am going to take few days off, go on my own somewhere. My son make me smile, I think I got a bit too serious about everything, but something that make me feel good is music related to some memories. I laugh and felt good few weeks ago when I had lunch with my ex and I didn’t expect to go that well.

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      That doesn’t always happen in a good way, Carl, so I’m happy for you in that regard. Enjoy your time away.

  • It takes little to make me smile and then laugh, Mitch. Just the site of my sons banging on our pots and pans in our kitchen was even enough to send me laughing (and being so proud to be their dad). So, I bet any old sitcom like Sgt. Bilko will set me off as well. 😀

    Btw, I am glad to hear to note that you are one of those people who clear up their space at the start of the year. I am doing some on my end as well. 🙂

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      Thanks Wes. Actually I always seem to be on a quest to clean up my space, which means I’m not overly consistent at keeping on top of it. But I try! lol As to the other, I laugh at other people’s kids as well, even though my wife tells me I’m not supposed to because it encourages them to do it more. But I figure they’re not my kids. 😉

  • Jessica Sieghart says:

    I don’t think I have one specific TV series or movie that will guarantee the LOL-ing to that extent, except for one episode of Seinfeld. I don’t know if you’ve ever watched that show, but it’s the episode where Kramer gets the wrong license plates from the DMV and makes pasta people replicas of the cast. I still love the sitcoms from when I was young…Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, All In The Family and the more recent ones would be Seinfeld, Friends, Two and A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      Jessica, I did watch Seinfeld, but I don’t remember that one. Then again, I was late to the show, so I missed a lot of early ones. But Seinfeld did get me every once in awhile.

  • I gotta say I have no fixed recipe for the kind of laugh you describe, but I know what you mean ’cause I am lucky enough to have this kind of experience sometimes directly in my work place. I say lucky ’cause I realize that a working environment which allows you to have genuinely *happy* moments like this isn’t something common, and I am very thankful for that.

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      That sounds wonderful, Gabriele, and indeed, if you can laugh at work you’re truly a lucky person.

  • When my grandson was two he used to make me laugh at the things he said and did. I was just so amazed at how well this little toddler could express himself and put it in its proper context. Now he’s four and TALKING TOO MUCH!

    Lately, I am finding myself laughing at re-runs of shows like The King of Queens, Two and a Half Men, Fraiser, and the New Adventures of Old Christine. I NEVER saw these shows in their original runs and now I’m seeing them over and over and over and still laughing my head off as if I’m seeing them for the first time.

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      Bev, the only one of those shows I’ve ever seen is Frasier, and it is a great show for sure. And you bring up a good point, that being that sometimes we don’t recognize genius when it’s live, but later on we’ll look at something and said “man, that was pretty good.” And funny!

  • The dryer the better for me… here’s to you though. Hope I’m not “echoing” another’s comments.

    I read that somewhere today … by you re: lurking around the lavender or something. 😉

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      Then you almost have to be a Letterman fan, the master of dry humor. And you’re quoting me? I don’t remember saying anything like that. lol

    • Mitch Mitchell says:

      Anne, without laugh tracks people who are always late to the joke won’t know they’re supposed to be laughing already. lol Ah, grandkids; don’t have any of those, but I laugh at other people’s babies and little kids, and I find great joy in that, as well as puppies.

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