Saturday, June 6, 2009

Bloopers are the funniest thing.

Are you like me? Do you laugh harder than you've ever laughed in your life while watching bloopers? Even bloopers of shows that are pretty funny to begin with?

When I watch bloopers I sometimes laugh so hard that it restricts breathing and causes physical discomfort. This rarely, maybe never, happens when I'm watching something that's scripted to be funny and carried out as intended. I think I've figured out why this happens. With bloopers, the Funny Event is unexpected by everyone involved, including the performers. The anarchy of unintended comedy—something about the accidental nature of it gives it that extra juice. Comedy is like pressurized gas in a canister of...gas, or something. Like, it always wants to escape and explode, this being especially apparent when you see actors—professional comedians—trying to keep a straight face when their own comedy threatens to gain control over them. It's like some kind of sentient outside force, Comedy. Bloopers—as well as, to a slightly lesser extent, really good improv—are where this force is really able to blow the lid off the canister....

I made up that theory of comedy as I went along. Don't read too much into it if you don't want to. In fact, don't read at all, just watch these Seinfeld bloopers for a taste of what I'm talking about:

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