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Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Comedy Spot in Arlington Virginia

I was extra busy at work this week, so I decided to try something different to relieve stress after work today. I found this skit comedy place on washingtonpost.com's city guide. The name of the place is The Comedy Spot and it's located in Ballston Common Mall in Arlington VA. The 8PM session was a random rated PG, clean comedy improv session. I'm usually not big into "fun for the whole family" type of events, simply because I'm a single guy without wife or kids. But it was only $10, I thought "why not".

The comedians did a great job, but I wasn't extremely amused for some reason. Growing up as a teenager in the 90's I think I was almost trained, by the media such as "married with children" or "the Simpsons", to think jokes such as "How do you stop an elephant from charging? You take away his credit card" unfunny. Am I so spoiled by the adult humor all around us that I think "fun for the whole family comedy" just isn't funny?

This got me thinking: How do you define "Adult humor?" It doesn't have to be controversial, it doesn't have to include sex or race. It could be things relating to our everyday lives, such as "Officespace" or "the office", or it could be random out of nowhere 15 second jokes presented in "Family Guy". Subconsciously, we all have a line drawn between what's funny and what's just corny. But how do we define that line? And what are the rules of where that line lays?

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5 Comments:

Blogger sharlet said...

Wow, you must have been bored... Anyway, it's not you; those "elephant" jokes *are* simply lame!

And you know what I think is funny? Just For Laughs - that Canadian gag show! :) 100% family-safe too!

5/13/2006 2:50 PM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

Just for laughs.......never heard of it. :) By "adult humor", I don't mean something that're not "family safe" or "offensive", it's mostly stuff that you'd have to be an adult to truely understand the joke, mostly due to social experiences.
IE: the movie Office Space and the running joke "Case of the Monday's". It's something all adults understand how "Mondays" feel, but all adults know how obnoxious it is when people lable it or talk about it.

5/14/2006 4:46 PM  
Blogger sharlet said...

Been busy?

5/18/2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

Yeah, sorry for the lack of post. I'm probably gonna post again this weekend.

5/18/2006 11:32 PM  
Blogger Nick Turner said...

Couldn't agree more paul!

12/12/2007 11:26 AM  

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