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Is comedy still funny?

Asked by lookingglassx3 (2111 points ) February 1st, 2013

As you can see from my avatar, I am a silent movies fan. I’ve been a Charles Chaplin fan for a decade now, and recently began watching Buster Keaton films (I love them!). In my opinion, these men possessed true talent because they were limited in their comedy genre – for the beginning of their career, they had no sound, so they had to solely rely on visual comedy.

I also love 1970s comedy, such as Morecambe and Wise, Fawlty Towers, On the Buses, Last of the Summer Wine.

However I just can’t warm to today’s comedy. I find some sitcoms mildly amusing, but that’s about it. It seems like comedians rely too heavily on sex references, old jokes and do lame accents which aren’t even funny to try and get a laugh. What really frustrates me is when comedians only have to release one DVD before they’re labelled the ‘King of Comedy’. This happens with just about every male comedian in the UK (which is where I’m from, it might just be our comedians who suck).

By the way, I’m a seventeen-year-old girl, so if anything I should feel inclined to love today’s comedians and hate the silent comedians. Personally I do prefer visual comedy/slapstick, but I do appreciate verbal comedy as well. Is it just me, or are comedians not funny anymore?

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