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Why is it funny watching people get hit, fall down, etc.?

Asked by shpadoinkle_sue (7188points) August 10th, 2010

Schadenfreude – What is the attraction of watching people being mildly injured? Like a dad getting hit in the nards by a baseball bat or a person falling down a flight of stairs. It seems to be a gut reaction when you watch shows like Wipeout of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

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MissA's avatar

It is not entertaining to me. A lot of it is slapstick, which some enjoy…I simply don’t.

Well, unless it’s the Marx Bros.

Jude's avatar

I don’t find it entertaining.

dalepetrie's avatar

I’ve always found that this quote summed it up:

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.” – Mel Brooks

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I don’t tend to think it’s funny, either.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I do think it’s hilarious. I can’t tell you why. It just gets me every time.

Not if someone is seriously injured, though. That does not make me laugh.

Blackberry's avatar

It’s hilarious to me. I think it is funny because I am aware of the groups of humans with class and intelligence, and here I see a guy hiding inside a refrigerator to punch his friend in the face when he opens it lol. The polemic contrast is funny, these adults acting like children, do something so foolish they probably don’t even know what’s happening in the world around them.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Of course not, when someone is seriously injured. I don’t think that’s funny at all. I guess to be more specific, I meant slapstick or of the “Jackass” variety. I’m honestly a bit surprised that some people don’t find it funny, but that’s cool, too. :)

chocolatechip's avatar

It’s not the fact that someone is getting hurt that I find funny, it’s the absurdity of the situation leading up tot he point where someone gets hurt.

Frenchfry's avatar

I remember when I was up north and walking through the icy parking lot and all of sudden ooops feet go out from under you , arms are out grasping at air. It is funny. Sorry. It’s embarassingly funny. You look around to see if anyone saw you do it,

Cruiser's avatar

These “funniest videos” are hilarious and I get a huge kick out of watching the sheer stupidity of many of the ‘Oooops’ moments. I mean if you think about it a majority of the time it is people attempting things they know full well have a slim to none chance of going well at all and IMO get what they deserve in the pain department and I find that funny as hell! Stupid human tricks are just plain funny to me!!

And as far as the ‘whooops’ I didn’t expect that to happen stepping on the rack and getting whacked in the face, riding a bike into the back of a parked car they didn’t see “accidents” they show….we have all been there. Not funny at the time to us, but to everyone else there it was hilarious! How many times have you had to endure that gut busting laughter as they point at you with tears in their eyes and to see this on TV and having been there….well IMO that is funny to be able to laugh at those times too!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Yes,as long as death isn’t involved ;)

rts486's avatar

It isn’t.

Disc2021's avatar

I just watched the “Justin Bieber getting hit with a water bottle” video and I actually kind of felt bad =\.

It really depends on the context in which people are either falling down or hurting themselves that evokes any laughter from me. Sometimes, you just have to laugh. More often than not, it’s really not that funny.

mattbrowne's avatar

It’s funny in a movie because we all know no one gets hurt.

Harold's avatar

Funniest Home Videos is the must unfunny, boring, pathetic show on TV (after 2½ Men, that is). I can’t understand people laughing at staged mishaps.

Nullo's avatar

It’s unexpected, based on our daily lives, and for whatever reason, we find some unexpected things funny.

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