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Lewis Black: The Flintstones is not a documentary.

A slightly longer version of the clip that used to be here. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGrlWOhtj3g

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Jesus vs Jeezus

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by LaSmirk Jun 17. 6 Replies

Fuck the motherfucker!

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CATHOLIC PRIEST TRAINING VIDEO

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Comment by Dominic Florio on February 6, 2013 at 5:55pm

I went to Catholic schoo but was never an altar boy. 

Imagine someone arguing, "What's wrong with me, why wasn't I molested?"  It's something I could imagine from a modern Seinfeld episode.

It's a funny thought.  In no way does it take away from the serious issue of molestation and the church hiding it.

Humor is a release from a lot of bad stuff.  I will or will not be upset about a racist joke, depending on who is telling it.  Are they playing on stereotypes for humor, or do they believe what they are saying?

Comment by rockytij on February 6, 2013 at 5:55pm

Comment by Joseph P on February 6, 2013 at 5:46pm

Actually, my priest molestation humor isn't even as tasteless as the one Dominic just shared.  One is a brief throwaway, commenting that I wasn't molested, while I was an altar boy, because I was an ugly child.

The other priest molestation jokes are at the end of my growing-up-Catholic part, in which I'm musing how I would organize and keep my Satanic priesthood in line, if I was the anti-Christ, and how I would have one up on the Catholic church, in many areas.

Comment by Terry Groff on February 6, 2013 at 2:08pm

I used to spend some late nights at a Denny's hanging with a cop that worked security there for extra cash. I told him the joke that Dominic Florio just told and he about fell out of his chair with laughter. I also so told him another much worse joke that he also made him howl with laughter.

I just visualized what that joke would look like in print and I know it would not have the same effect as telling it live.

Comment by Dominic Florio on February 6, 2013 at 1:59pm

OK, I'm going to reproduce the joke, but please people, I have worked with animals and children all of my life.  What is "funny" about this, is not the subject, but how it is turned into something unexpected.  As I said, it made me cringe and laugh at the same time.

The humor of something also depends on when, where, and how it is told, and it also depends on many other factors.  I mean knock-knock jokes aren't so funny, but get people in a silly mood and everyone will be cracking up.

It reminds me of the movie, The Aristrocrats.  If I told one of the jokes from the movie, many would not find it funny.  But I was laughing throughout the movie.

OK...

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A child molester and a little girl were walking towards the woods at dusk.

The little girl says, "Mister, I'm getting scared."

The child molester says, "How do you think I feel?"  "I have to walk back in the dark, alone."

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DON'T SHOOT ME!  I'm a nice person.

It's not the molestation that's funny, but the fact that the joke calls for us to shift our sympathies somewhere unexpected. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2013 at 1:49pm

script for cartoon:

Husband: “When I get mad at you, you never seem to get upset. How do you manage to control your temper?”

Wife: “I just go and clean the toilet.”

Husband: “How does that help?”

Wife: “I use your toothbrush.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2013 at 1:43pm

Dominic, excellent points! Of course you are right. We need not debate what is funny, even if that debate is interesting. I can't even imagine and don't want to try to find something funny about child molestation. If the molested child can be given a tool to overcome his/her challenges, then I would be all for that. Or if a battered wife could recognize what a bully she had for a husband, I could go with that. Thanks!


Comment by Dominic Florio on February 6, 2013 at 1:22pm

I love to laugh and the more irreverant the better.  The atheist/priest fight didn't make me laugh, but who cares.  If I were to find something offensive here, I would express my opinion about it, but that is the end of it.  Have you ever told a joke and it fell flat because of the way you told it, or your audience who didn't like it?  That's life.  I say move on.  Believe me, I am not shy about my opinions, but I don't think it is a big deal and we shouldn't be debating what's funny.  Some will like it and some won't ans each camp should express their opinions.

There is nothing funny about child molestation for example, but given the right audience, one of my "favorite" jokes is about child molestation.  Not because molestation is funny, but the irreverance of the joke are shocking, and sometimes, shock can be funny.

At the same time, one of my favorite comedians is Mae West.  She never said a "dirty" thing in her life, but the censors were after her all of the time.  "It's not what I say, but the way that I say it."

 

While FUCK for example is in no way offensive to me, I do not enjoy comedians who use it as every other word.  To me it shows a lack of creativity and imagination.  Yet I can laugh and cringe at a molestation joke.

It's all a matter of taste.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2013 at 1:05pm
Joseph P, you proved me wrong! I yield to your points on ridicule of the RC church and their many nonsensical principles.

ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ , I yield to you as well. I am a "Christmas grudge". The last group I need to belong to is "Humor". What others see as funny, I perceive as asinine. So, Bye bye.
Comment by David W on February 6, 2013 at 6:14am

I asked myself the same question, Patricia. I say we just move on to something else.

 

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