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My Sense Of Humor Explained - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I wanted to talk about my sense of humor and the type of things that I find funny. I know this might seem like a bit of a strange and random blog post, but honestly for the past couple of weeks I’ve realized that the majority of things that other people find funny, I don’t seem to understand. As you guys know, I’m currently at the University of Toronto and I’m studying English, Cinema Studies, and Drama. Since my courses involve me studying a lot of fiction, I’ve had to watch a lot of movies and television shows in these classes, and literally everyone in my classes seems to find what we watch funny, but I just don’t and it’s made me realize how my sense of humor is quite different from others. In my Drama class, we were watching some video about a guy trying to make a movie, and so many people in my class were laughing as we were watching it and I just didn’t understand what was so funny about it. Likewise, last lesson, we watched “Nanette” which is a live comedy performance written and performed by Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, and I remember so many people found her jokes to be funny but I sort of just sat there in class not knowing what was so funny about what she was saying. Then, in my Cinema Studies class we have weekly screenings of movies, and during our last screening we watched “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of of Azkaban” and even though it is a fantasy movie, there were certain jokes made throughout the movie that I didn’t think were funny at all, but people beside me and in front of me were laughing their asses off and I was so confused as to why people thought these jokes were funny. I guess what I’m trying to say is that for the past few weeks, because I’ve been watching so many “comedy” pieces, it’s made me realize how my sense of humor is very different from others. In the following blog post, I’ll be going over what I tend to find funny and what makes me laugh the most. Without further ado, let’s get started!

So, I actually posted a blog titled “Movies That Make Me L O L The Most” a few months ago, so it’s certainly true that there are movies out there that can make me laugh, and when I look back at the list, there’s something very common in all of those movies when it comes to the humor, and that’s that the director is able to make it seem like the main characters aren’t intending on being funny, but because of the way they’re saying things and their personality, it makes it absolutely hilarious. For example, if you guys have seen the movie “Superbad” then you would know that it’s about these two high school guys who are trying to get liquor for a high school party that they’re going to, so they end up asking one of their friends to buy them liquor since he has a fake ID, and there are certain scenes in the movie in which one of the guys is just insulting the guy with the fake ID and telling him that his fake ID looks stupid and that he picked a dumb name for it, and the guy with the fake ID is trying to defend himself and overall it’s just such a funny scene, and it makes me laugh so so so hard. The truth is, this scene comes off as really realistic and the movie really makes me believe that these two high school guys don’t understand how funny they’re being whilst they’re having this conversation, and that’s what makes it funny. I feel like when two people don’t know how funny they’re being and they’re being funny without intending on it, that’s what actually makes it hilarious and makes me laugh. This isn’t just true for movies. In high school, I have so many memories with my friends in which one of us just said something or did something funny when we didn’t intend on it, and that’s what would make us laugh extremely hard. For example, I remember one time my friend and I were on this school field trip, and we were walking around our residence when all of a sudden we saw our principal’s wife doing yoga/belly dancing in public. She wasn’t even trying to be funny, and instead was just doing her usual workouts, but I guess you don’t expect to just wake up one morning and see your principal’s wife doing yoga in the middle of the road, and that’s why my friends and I found it so funny and we couldn’t stop laughing. Overall, when it’s obvious that people are trying to be funny and make jokes, it’s not funny at all, but when something accidental happens or you just unexpectedly find yourself in a funny situation, that’s when my laughter comes out.

There we go! Now you guys know what I find funny and what it takes to make me laugh. Unfortunately, you can’t really plan on making me laugh because that would come off as forced, and like I said above most of the things that I find funny are unexpected or accidental. By all means, I’m not trying to offend anyone who finds forced humor and people who purposely make jokes entertaining, but all I’m saying is that I personally don’t find that very funny. Like I said above, I was inspired to write about this because I’ve gone to so many classes here at the University of Toronto in which I’ve been watching movies and television shows and people have been laughing at so much forced humor, and I haven’t understood why people find those things funny. In my Cinema Studies class, especially, there’s always a girl who sits at the front of the class who laughs SO hard when certain scenes are happening, and then I’m just sitting there with a complete poker face not understanding why everyone is making such a big deal out of these scenes. For a second, it made me feel like I was completely different from everyone else and that I should be finding those things funny. However, I guess everyone is different and has a certain kind of sense of humor that other people might not always understand. As most of you probably know, I do write screenplays in my spare time since I want to be a screenwriter when I’m older, and all of the comedy pieces I’ve written are things that I personally find quite entertaining and hilarious. I have absolutely no idea as to how other people are going to react to the humor that I’ve incorporated in my work, but hopefully one day we’ll find out what the rest of the world thinks of it.

Shreya Sachdev