In Skin Deep, an old comedy/drama by Blake Edwards, starring John Ritter, I found one of my favorite movies for a long stretch of time. I watched it over and over. But the part everyone talked about, with the glow-in-the-dark condoms – I really didn't like that. I preferred the melancholy stuff, the character stuff and the wordplay.
On a horror podcast I really enjoy, the ‘casters, both movie buffs, took a little tangent at one point to talk about modern comedy. One of them said that he was not a fan of Jim Carrey’s too-big characters in the 90's, say Ace Ventura and the movies after - then they went the other way, lamenting the “Wes Anderson-ification of comedy”.
They said that all comedy had become way too small, and way too dry. Not a Wes Anderson problem - but the imitation of his style has become pervasive (according to these guys).
I was very interested in this. I wish I had a real opinion on this myself, but I don't watch enough stuff these days. Podcasts and review shows and stuff like that has become my go-to entertainment.
From Woody Allen to Mystery Science Theater and The Office, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, I guess my comedic tastes do run to the dry and small. It's the little stuff that rings truest to me I guess. Even the standup comedians I like best tend to be the wry, dry types. Still, most of those comedians, and the filmmakers I like can stray into broader comedy, bigger moments at times. Those are usually not my favorite moments.
But man does not live by bread alone, as my butcher says! I do like a little Austin Powers, and some Jim Carrey, and some…uh…okay, maybe the bigger, broader comedy is not really my cup of tea.
I guess I like a combination. Jiminy Glick is my jam, and I still wish he'd come back and do another show.
And you know, reflecting on Skin Deep, which I watched again recently after years, one of the standout scenes was the electroshock therapy and its aftermath, brilliantly played by John Ritter.
Anyhoos, these were some of my thoughts today…or my thoughts on the thoughts of other folks.
What ‘kind’ of comedy do you like? Or is it just “anything that makes me laugh” (which is more than fair).
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