Ok, you might not find this funny AT ALL, but I think it’s tragic and hilarious.
This was floating around Facebook tonight, and some of the comments ranged from “This is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen” to “sorry, I understand sarcastic humour where something is sooo bad it’s funny, but really… this is JUST SHIT! There’s nothing funny or ironic about it whatsoever. Seriously… it’s bad, off the charts.”
Humor is subjective. Not everyone’s going to like everything.
All I can argue is why I find it so funny, and make a little comment about comedy in general.
Now, mind you, I don’t have a degree from Humber or anything, so I’m no expert, I’m just going on my experience and my instinct here… I also can’t sleep.
Some humor is grounded wordplay, gags and surprises. It engages your mind.
Some humor is grounded in empathy. It engages your heart and your gut.
The best is usually a combination of the two.
This video, for me, plays to my feelings of empathy and the awesome tragedy of humanity.
The guy who made this is clearly in love with this Lucy person, and has gone to such an extreme to try and express his love, but he’s failed so miserably. It’s an awful video (albeit somewhat catchy. I can’t seem to stop playing it) but he’s obviously put some effort into it. It must have taken him some real thought and time. He didn’t know he’d come off as some kind of stalker. I’m pretty sure that was far from his intent. Now, I can only speak for myself, but I’ve been in this guy’s position. I’ve never gone so far as to make a music video declaring my unrequited love, but I’ve felt this guy’s pain.
I know where he’s coming from.
For example: A show like The Office was a cringe inducing, awkward comedy. But at the end of the day, David Brent was a good guy, with a good heart, he just couldn’t express himself. He tried too hard. He just wanted to be accepted, loved and validated. But all his attempts at getting any of that ended up making him look like a fool and a jerk. But you rooted for him. You wanted him to be accepted in the end. Maybe you didn’t, but I genuinely believe that deep down, that was the point. That was his subtext.
I think a good comedy engages the audience, it gives you someone to identify with and root for. But they must always fail. Until the end… Except in the darker comedies, where the hero fails even when you think they’re going to win.
I could cite a few examples of comedies that didn’t engage me, but certainly engaged a lot of people. I mean, I think that ultimately, you try to be true to yourself, and write from the heart. But not everyone is going to like it. Again, it’s all subjective. If you’re lucky, and intuitive, you’ll engage enough people. But if you try to force it, you’ll fail. I hear the word “heart” being thrown around a lot these days in terms of what the networks are looking for… But I don’t think some people really understand what that means. To me, this has heart.
So… Back to the video. I also imagine poor Lucy on the receiving end, and what her reaction must have been. Horror? Shock? Embarrassment?
Since it’s leaked onto the internet, I’m guessing she wasn’t swept of her feet, and I imagine she thought it was hilarious and posted it only to humiliate the guy. So in the end, he doesn’t really deserve her. That’s me justifying shit so I don’t feel so bad about laughing at someone’s misfortune (I’m also trying to find some way of making the guy a hero). But there you go…
I mean, if it was a friend of mine, I probably wouldn’t laugh at it. I don’t know what that says… That’s a whole other issue.