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(YouTube)   Jerry Seinfeld explains the science behind creating a joke   (youtube.com) divider line 32
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2012-12-24 08:07:01 PM  
Who are these people
 
2012-12-24 08:08:04 PM  
I didn't know he ever told a joke.
 
2012-12-24 08:39:17 PM  
Too bad he doesn't know anything about the science of being funny.
 
2012-12-24 08:41:39 PM  
Or to create the series where you interview comedians while driving a car why not just copy Carpool with Robert Llewelyn?
 
2012-12-24 09:06:10 PM  

fusillade762: Too bad he doesn't know anything about the science of being funny.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-24 09:15:36 PM  
He's right about one thing though. That wasn't interesting at all.
 
2012-12-24 10:51:23 PM  
The x-axis represents how white people walk. On the y-axis represents how black people walk. This non-linearity, marked by z,z', is hilarious.
 
2012-12-24 10:57:44 PM  
1) Think of a niggling personal flaw
2) Give it a catchy name
3) Write a whole episode about it

Man Hands! Close Talker! GOLD, JERRY! AMIRITE PEOPLE?
 
2012-12-24 10:57:57 PM  
God that sucked.
 
2012-12-24 11:48:40 PM  
Every episode was him and David sitting in some room with two dozen legal pads and a pack of clear blue plastic BIC pens writing the entire thing like that?

Holy shiat I'd blow my brains out
 
2012-12-25 12:30:30 AM  
Puke? That's a funny word!
 
2012-12-25 12:33:24 AM  
What the fark is up with the camera focus bullshiat in this piece?
 
2012-12-25 12:36:38 AM  
HOLY FARK! IF THE INTERVIEWER'S QUESTIONS ARE GOING TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PIECE, MIC THE INTERVIEWER!!!!

Honest to farking toast, this is bullshiat. I expect some local bunch of dumbfark college kids to produce a shiatty farking video but this is the farking New York Times and this video is bullshiat. Pulling focus in-and-out on a subject, not mic'ing the interviewer....

Bullshiat, bush league nonsense.

fark you, subby. fark you, New York Times. And fark you to the video producer, and every person on that shoot.
 
2012-12-25 12:50:18 AM  

bulldg4life: Every episode was him and David sitting in some room with two dozen legal pads and a pack of clear blue plastic BIC pens writing the entire thing like that?

Holy shiat I'd blow my brains out


Now you know why that show was never funny. Or rather, it was what dumb guys think a smart, funny show is.
 
2012-12-25 01:08:37 AM  
I thought that we figured out the science of funny had to do with laughter being a mechanism with which the lizard brain releases stress incured when an expectation about the future was not met. That's why comedians tell stories where the audience starts to anticipate the punchline, then end up with something that comes out of left field.

IE

Fat ugly guy walks on stage

Fat guy: From the dawn of man attractive people have been making uggos feel inferior (switching tone to sound frustrated) making them feel like they don't deserve to be on the planet...

a pause, to allow the audience to anticipate his attack against attractive people

Fat guy: ...and we're not even a little bit sorry about it.

Laughter.
 
2012-12-25 01:22:49 AM  
H. L. Mencken argues that "k words" are funny. "K, for some occult reason, has always appealed to the oafish risibles of the American plain people, and its presence in the names of many ... places has helped to make them joke towns ... for example, Kankakee, Kalamazoo, Hoboken, Hohokus, Yonkers, Squeedunk, "Stinktown" and Brooklyn." In Neil Simon's play, a character says, "Words with a k in it are funny. Alka-Seltzer is funny. Chicken is funny. Pickle is funny. All with a k. Ls are not funny. Ms are not funny."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZmljfPQ2tg
 
2012-12-25 02:15:22 AM  
I liked it.
 
2012-12-25 03:21:53 AM  
I'm not a fan of Seinfeld, but I enjoy moments where people explain the process behind what they do, be it a writer, musician, artist, etc.

/thanks subby
 
2012-12-25 04:03:27 AM  
I saw this earlier on nytimes.. it was pretty interesting. screw off whiny a-holes.
 
2012-12-25 05:18:32 AM  

mat catastrophe: Pulling focus in-and-out on a subject, not mic'ing the interviewer....

Bullshiat, bush league nonsense.

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I read those gimmicks as trying [and failing miserably] to be edgy, not bush league nonsense.

Jerry was a very very lucky man to get where he got with the talents he has. I saw the recent Getting Coffee With Larry David episode [or whatever the fark it was called] and Jerry came across as a boring insecure middle aged man.

Dead set - it took me a few minutes to figure out if Jerry was taking the piss out of himself.

Jerry Seinfeld's B movie was the first CGI movie I didn't like.
 
2012-12-25 06:39:42 AM  
Is it just me or is he aging into Steve Carrell?
 
2012-12-25 11:35:32 AM  
This thread should be archived to preserve the staggering amount of sour and joyless Fark cranks contained within.
 
2012-12-25 08:44:50 PM  

bearded clamorer: God that sucked.


I agree. And I farking LOVED the show.
 
2012-12-25 08:47:17 PM  

John Buck 41: bearded clamorer: God that sucked.

I agree. And I farking LOVED the show.


To elaborate, I like alcohol, but I don't give a damn how it's made.
 
2012-12-25 11:08:58 PM  
Loved "Seinfeld" when it was on, but I'll watch a few minutes of a rerun sometimes. Show hasn't aged well at all. Sometimes I think, "wow, did I really think this was hilarious 20 years ago???"
 
2012-12-25 11:54:34 PM  
I thought he just bought his jokes from much funnier people like Larry David.
 
2012-12-26 12:18:47 AM  

simplicimus: I didn't know he ever told a joke.


Seinlanguage is a square book, but full of jokes that are both seeds and developed. I like C.K. and Rock and Chappelle. Jerry gets the job done in a more wholesome and dorky way.
 
2012-12-26 08:17:31 AM  

DmGdDawg: Loved "Seinfeld" when it was on, but I'll watch a few minutes of a rerun sometimes. Show hasn't aged well at all. Sometimes I think, "wow, did I really think this was hilarious 20 years ago???"


Possibly because it's been copied so much that was was new and original now looks derivative. Like watching Citizen Kane and not being wowed by the (then) new techniques used. I think Cracked even did a list of show that suffered from exactly this.
 
2012-12-26 11:12:34 AM  
1. Attach yourself to a writer who, unlike you, is genuinely funny
2. Surround yourself with a group of actors who, unlike you, are genuinely funny
3. Hilarity ensues
 
2012-12-26 01:33:28 PM  
A joke should not be constructed.... it should appear, fully realized in a single moment of brilliancy or observation.

Obviously, you should take my word for it over Jerry's, because its not like he's had any success in the comedy world.
 
2012-12-26 09:30:48 PM  
He's wrong about Pop Tarts not being able to go stale. It just takes a really, really long time.
 
2012-12-27 01:02:35 AM  
If you have to explain it, it's not a joke. What's with that?
 
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