A man tries to explain a joke . . .
No body laughed.
I really don’t have anything against frogs. In fact, my strongest frog memory is tied to the scene in E. T.: The Extra Terrestrial, when Elliot is in class and he has to dissect a frog, and a he passes out. That scene and the scene where a pale, E. T. is found in the creek have traumatized me for decades. But I digress.
This site is named in honor of this quote from E. B. White
“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”
I think there is a lot to learn from dissecting frogs, and from analyzing humor and stand-up comedy. I was amazed during my research how many people were activley analyzing humor theory, joke construction and comedic technique and perspective.
We are living in a comedy boom of sorts. In the 80’s it seemed like any bar or restaurant with a brick wall was hosting comedy. Now with services like Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix all producing and distributing stand-up comedy specials, there is no shortage of material to discuss.
My goal is to watch one comedy special,and write a post about it every week. Will I succeed? Well subscribe to my blog to find out.
The last two specials I watched had some weighty themes and emotional moments. This week I needed a little lighter fare. Scrolling through Netflix, I stumbled upon a Spicy Honey from 2017. Todd Barry is a joke machine. He doesn’t tell a lot of long stories. His jokes come from his everyday life and hisContinue reading “Todd Barry – Spicy Honey”
Gary Gulman is a funny guy. He is tall, handsome, and charming. He seems like he’s got it all together. In his latest special, The Great Depresh, Gulman reveals his life long struggle with depression and anxiety. I was first exposed to Gary Gulman through the comedy competition Last Comic Standing. His joke about theContinue reading “Gary Gulman – The Great Depresh”
I have been a fan of Mike Birbiglia for years. When I first listened to Two Drink Mike I knew that he was a unique voice. I have been amazed by his evolution as a comedian. With What I Should Have Said is Nothing Birbiglia started to become more confessional. He wove observational humor inContinue reading “Mike Birbiglia – The New One”