Why do you like surreal humour? Page 2

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Chappers

  • Friday 12th March 2010, 2:42pm
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Quote: zooo @ March 12 2010, 12:35 PM GMT

I do like an intellectual thrill, I must admit.

And you're still with Aaron?

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Friday 12th March 2010, 4:59pm
  • Aldershot, England
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Personally because I like to be taken out of the ordinary now and again. It is a genre which needs defining though, its range is massive, from Milligan to Miller & Armstrong and from inspired brilliance to uoriginal rubbish.

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zooo

  • Friday 12th March 2010, 5:05pm
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Quote: Chappers @ March 12 2010, 2:42 PM GMT

And you're still with Aaron?

Unimpressed

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Dusty Substance

  • Monday 15th March 2010, 11:12am
  • East Sussex, England
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The problem is, there's a very fine line between clever surreal humour and wacky, annoying student comedy.

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David Bussell

  • Monday 15th March 2010, 11:33am
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Quote: Dusty Substance @ March 15 2010, 11:12 AM GMT

The problem is, there's a very fine line between clever surreal humour and wacky, annoying student comedy.

Very true indeed. Personally, I enjoy a sliver of logic to my surreality.

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youngian

  • Monday 15th March 2010, 1:47pm
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Quote: Dusty Substance @ March 15 2010, 11:12 AM GMT

The problem is, there's a very fine line between clever surreal humour and wacky, annoying student comedy.

Is it a dotted line?

I once went fishing with Salvardor Dali and he was using a dotted line.

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Kenneth

  • Monday 15th March 2010, 2:01pm
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I had a cat once.

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Nogget

  • Monday 15th March 2010, 2:18pm
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So did anyone read the article?

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Indigo

  • Monday 15th March 2010, 4:16pm
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I read it a week or so ago in the paper version (I like New Scientist). Found it interesting that more adventurous people like more surreal humour, as I am the opposite - I like quite punchline-heavy stuff and am pretty unadventurous. But I can see in a logical way how they might enjoy exploring a surreal world.

Being female, I also found it interesting that women take longer to decide whether they find something funny or not, but when they do find something funny, they get more of a buzz from it. Funny then that men often seem more likely to be obsessed with comedy than women.

Off-topic post by Madge's Vadge on Thu 18th Mar 2010, 23:01
Quote: David Bussell @ March 15 2010, 11:33 AM GMT

Very true indeed. Personally, I enjoy a sliver of logic to my surreality.

It would appear I have 'stumbled' into the right place tonight.

I would like as much feedback as possible on my project, which went live online two weeks ago.

Facebook banned the adverts, calling my website 'satirical and stylised porn' but you can tell me if you think it's out of the ordinary, clever, surreal or just wacky and annoying.

It just makes me laugh. http://www.madgesvadge.com

(Thanks in advance)

Off-topic post by L.E. on Fri 19th Mar 2010, 09:13
Quote: Madge's Vadge @ March 18 2010, 11:01 PM GMT

It would appear I have 'stumbled' into the right place tonight.

I would like as much feedback as possible on my project, which went live online two weeks ago.

Facebook banned the adverts, calling my website 'satirical and stylised porn' but you can tell me if you think it's out of the ordinary, clever, surreal or just wacky and annoying.

It just makes me laugh. http://www.madgesvadge.com

(Thanks in advance)

Hi Madge,

If you head into the Critique part of the forum you can get feedback on your work there.

Thanks! :)

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Madge's Vadge

  • Friday 19th March 2010, 11:06am
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Yeah, sorry. Saw that last night too late.

My contribution to the question would be that I love surreal humour because of the breathless rollercoaster ride it takes you on, never quite knowing, despite the familiar feeling of well-loved characters, what is going to happen next.

At the end of 30 minutes, you start to laugh again in absolute disbelief at the journey. Then, the journey is enjoyed again at work or in the pub chatting with friends "and did you see the bit when....."

This madness can be milked for hours, fooling me into thinking that I have an amusing personality when I'm really living my life vicariously through television.

Hope that makes up for posting in the wrong place. :D

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L.E.

  • Friday 19th March 2010, 11:36am
  • England
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Absolutely. Thanks Madge! :)

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sglen

  • Monday 22nd March 2010, 10:41pm [Edited]
  • Manchester, England
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I was rewatching The Armando Iannucci Shows the other day and there's one really surreal throwaway line that I loved. Armando's showing you the alphabetical translation of DNA pasted up around his house and mid-sentence he points at a door and says "we won't go in there because that's where I keep the wolf". That's probably a pretty good test of whether or not you like surrealism.

Or Simon Munnery. I've only found one other person who thinks Simon Munnery's amazing (particularly the seemingly random parts). Everyone else just says it doesn't mean anything.