Seriously. Why are we so stinking funny, when we're sitting around, cutting-up?
No offense to ladies. Some of you can be a riot. But we -- us guys -- we're killin' ourselves. Check out the top comedians of all-time: Bill Cosby. Steve Martin. That one other guy. Gallagher. All those guys? They're guys.
Humor is simple. It's merely taking two frames of reference, ostensibly incompatible, and overlapping them.* Frankly, the more intelligent a person is, the more subtle this can be. But it's the same thing with a little human audience. You'll get uproarious laughter when you 1) take a cat puppet, and 2) make him say "woof". I'm telling you, with the right audience, this is solid material.
So why is it us guys are so hilarious? I have a couple theories, one high-mindedly anthropological, and the other probably right.
1) It's all about status. Ultimately, humor connotes intelligence, and intelligence connotes "survivability". And survivability, for women, is a turn-on. Humor works like tight abs, and rubber chickens are cheaper than those big dumb exercise balls.
Couple it with character that fairly screams, "I'll never leave you," and you won't even need an awesome car. Even guys reward other guys for being funny, because they recognize the status this confers from the babes.
2) We guys just practice more. It occurred to me the other day, and this is so WEIRD, that I can't even fathom it: You ladies, when you're gathered around each other, don't just sit there, thinking, "Okay, what's something funny I can say, right here?"
I'm telling you -- and you may have never realized this -- that's what we guys do. We're listening -- kinda -- but our minds are going 200 mph in search of something amusing to say.
I asked females about this on my radio show, and while some said they can be pretty funny, they actually acknowledged this difference. One said, "Why would we waste time with that when there's so much else to talk about?"
Okay, but don't expect to produce comedic geniuses. You give us Oprah, but we produce Carrot Top. I think we know who wins THAT one. Mwa-ha-ha.
* -- Caution: There's nothing quite so unfunny as disassembling the component parts of humor. This is why this post is not funny.