What’s funny? What do you find amusing? What makes something hilarious? How does someone get to be so humorous?
No, really. I’m asking you. (And it seems I’ve run out of synonyms for ‘funny’)
Recently, I was posed these questions and more by Michelle, a WordPress Editor over at The Daily Post blog.
Along with a roundtable of other fantastically humorous bloggers — like one of my faves, Fear No Weebles–we explore what’s so damned funny. Thank god, because I had no solid answers. Well, I had one, but it involved headlocks and farts. Hey, she asked.
So if you’re into the funny, please meet me over there today at
Make ‘Em Laugh: Five Funny Favorites on the Art of Humor Writing to see if we can figure out this humor business together.
And feel free to leave a comment. Ask me and the other bloggers a question, preferably a funny one.
C’mon, make me laugh! Right now! What, you think I’m funny? Funny how? Like I’m a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh? I’m here to frickin’ amuse you? Is that it?
Yeah, that’s it.
61 thoughts on “The Post Where I Explain Humor, Life, the Universe and Everything”
Your Joe Pesci is spot on. THAT’S funny. 🙂
I thank you. his voice is just so hard to get just right….
Excellent advice given over there, Darla!
You confirmed something for me: farts are always funny.
My question: how do I make a food blog funny? (You know it’s my dream to be a humor blogger.)
Oh that’s easy, RP! Just be a bad cook like me. No? yeah, you couldn’t be as bad as me if you tried.
The fart one is the only comment I thought, Surely, Michelle won’t publish THIS one….(payback to my brothers for sure)
I’m so sorry, Darla, I didn’t realize it was love. I thought it was mostly lust and the sweet child support you could get. I’d have probably not said anything had I known you loved him. I fear crossing Maine folks…the whole Steven King thing ya know.
Too weird. I JUST finished a post about Stephen King and his wackadoodleness.
You can do it, Rachel! Food can be very funny. I wrote “not for anal insertion” on somebody’s banana in the break room and it made me laugh out loud, but I’m stupid like that. Did you ever read my chopped or follow up to that post? They’re sort of food related!
Great stuff, Darla! You’re pretty ok in my book.
I don’t think I’ve had the pleasure of reading your chopped post. Link it here!
Haha! Bananas are just funny in general. No delicate way to eat them in public.
I hope this is ok, Darla, I feel dirty like I’m breaking some WP rule of etiquette.
Don, thanks for leaving a comment over there. Even though you slammed the love of my life in it. (sniff)
Oh yeah! Leave a link. Sure. Slam Bateman then leave a link to your blog. I can take it.
Lol. I know, right?! I feel like your dog and I just ate your delicious steak from the table before you even got a bite and now I’m dragging my asshole all over your newly cleaned carpet! It was Rachel’s fault. I thought she had apparent authority. MISTYSLAWS, that’s a real thing, right??
No way. I’m not getting in the middle of this one. You leave me right the hell out of this one, Don!
I was HOPING you’d chime in there, Misty. Maybe give Don a court order of some kind…
ha! “no delicate way to eat them in public” Rachel, YOU are funny!
Since it has already been established that farts are always funny, try to incorporate them into your food blog. For instance you could come up with a rating system based on how many farts a particular meal is likely to produce.
Oh, Darla, I do think you’re funny. Because you have a great take on the weird ways life leaves me with my mouth hanging open, saying “huh?”
The feeling’s mutual. Your posts are some of the funniest I read. (at first I read your comment as that *I* leave your mouth hanging open saying huh? I suppose that’s true too….)
Yeah, but then life does that to me too!
hell, even I am left with my mouth hanging open whenever I read a post I’ve written. I think, “what the hell was I trying to say here? what’s wrong with me?”
You are the wind beneath my wings. And I would have liked to read more of your answers, especially the one about headlocks and farts. Because I have a hard time not letting one rip when I’m in a headlock.
hahaha! Oh lordy. Why? Why must Michelle print my fart answer? It looks like I was the one doing the farting. It was my brothers doing the farting, I swear! I REALLY should have worded that differently.
See? more proof you should never answer interview questions while drunk on cheap white wine.
Yeah, next time you have a major, life-changing interview, get drunk on expensive white wine.
Duly noted. What can I say? when I got the email from Michelle I panicked, broke out into a cold sweat and thought, “she thinks I’m funny? ME? WHY ME? OH GOD!I can’t handle this pressure! WHY MEEEEE?”
Darla, I think you are funny just because you are not afraid of making fun of yourself.
That is EXACTLY it. I had an answer that said that very same thing but Michelle had to edit it out because she didn’t want the post to be novel-length.
Good stuff. You are definitely funny on a pretty consistent basis which is hard. I liked the one comment by one of the panelists that once people think you are funny then anything you say is funny. Thats so true. Anyway, fun interview… and when all else fails make a fart joke, say a few swear words… well that works with me at least!
That is so true. Once someone thinks you’re funny, why, you could say anything lame and people will think it’s funny. So….what are you saying here, Steve? 😉
Well, my fart story had a few more lines that were cut. Namely, that my cruel brothers often tortured me and this is why I have a sense of humor. It was a defense mechanism.
Don’t worry your fart joke definitely isn’t lame… WAIT have you been making us laugh with the same fart joke over and over again?!? Sneaky Darla, sneaky! Just kidding! 🙂 Now, that thing about cruel brothers has me thinking… I have two older ones, maybe I have that same defense mechanism!
Oh, it is, Steve. It is ALL about the defense mechanism. If you have older brothers, just admit you need therapy.
Congrats!!!! This is weird, though… I thought you were in the “family” blog category?
I really do think that was a mistake. A huge typo.
“Bears are funny.
…and people dressed like bears….are funny too.”
-Christopher Walken (on humor)
Hope that helps!
It does help, strangely enough. (love Christopher Walken)
Darla, you had me at the ‘Profile Pic’ post! You’ve been causing me to have belly laughs ever since! I am not a humor writer myself. But, I do know that humor is definitely one of your giftings.
Your transparency is so endearing. So effortless. Congrats on being featured in The Daily Post. You are a tough act to follow!
Aw, thanks so much, Anka! That really means a lot to me. I have to admit I was thrilled to be asked for this interview and more than a little nervous. It was daunting to try and answer those questions…y’know without appearing stupid. Really, I can’t explain humor any more than I can explain why I have blue eyes. But I tried.
“Daily Post”???? How did I not know about this? This is EPIC! Congratulations, Darlinski, I’m so psyched for you! Heading on over to read before I run out of punctuation marks here!!!!!
I know!!! This is epic! I knew you’d get that!!!! I was really, really nervous doing it and now I’m so relieved it’s ‘out there’. Can’t take back my fart joke now.
No, your fart joke is now immortalized in the annals of history. (see? See what I did there? That anal/annal thing was kind a funny, right?)
It’s good to know I’ve really left my mark in this world. With a bummer of a joke.
Cool beans about the Daily Post, Darla! Seriously. And may those beans, whatever the temperature, bring on, or not, . . .
heehee! Thanks so much, Kathy!
I did not know what this Daily Post jazz was but thanks for the link and congrats on being one of their drole divas! I just started reading you and I enjoy your blunt and honest approach to several of life’s most pressing topics, like having Jason Bateman’s baby. Please keep up the good work.
Thanks so much for your comments. I was honored and a bit surprised about the Daily Post gig. I’ll do my best to keep being honest.
Very nice, Darla! Great advice. Way to fend off all those brothers. 🙂
haha! Oh man. Yeah. Those obnoxious brothers really paid off.
You talkin’ to me? Well, ya must be cuz I do think you’re hilarious. (Except for the times when you do an excellent, serious post.) Congratulations, Darla.
Youze talkin’ to me? Thanks, Judy. You’ve always been a constant supporter of me and this blog and I really appreciate that.
I have a question: would you rather be rich and boring, or poor and funny?
Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo PROFOUND for a Thursday evening.
It’s a ridiculous question. Of COURSE you’d rather be rich and boring, because then you could pay for someone to teach you how to be funny.
P.S. I’ve just discovered you and I’m almost colon-shiveringly pleased that I have 🙂
I’d have to say overall, I’d prefer to be rich, funny and colon-shivering-free. Sounds painful.
Me too, my friend. Me too.
Found your site while reading the daily post. You must be happy beyond belief that they’ve resurrected Arrested Development.
When I heard they might even do a fifth season or a movie, it was the best day of my life, ranking right up there with the birth of my children.
You are funny because you see the humor in life without mean. That is what makes funny, well that and farts.
I try to infuse my humor with farts every chance I get. The byproduct of growing up with all those damned brothers.
That’s awesome! I’d be absolutely incapable of answering those questions on-demand, especially with any kind of humor. NICELY done, Darla. =)
Thanks so much, Stacie. I have to admit, I struggled with those questions. I never really analyzed humor or why something is funny before. My answers were edited down a lot though. I had much more to say.
Is God so powerful that he can make a rock that he himself cannot lift? Nice blog.
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