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Posted: 7 years, 5 months ago at Jul 7 5:17
I agree the best comedies have a meaningful core, but it also depends on your taste in humor. Mine seems to fit well with Hong Kong movies, even a lot of the bad ones. Many could be said to be stupid and scatterbrained, but still have a good-natured human quality that I'll take over the callous, grind-people's-faces-into-the-dirt, gross-out comedies that have become the standard now in America.
Posted: 7 years, 5 months ago at Jul 8 10:51
Basically, "abuse," "humiliate," and "disgust."

The incessant swearing is an example of what we call 'shock tactics' here. When comedies aren't working (i.e. they're not funny), they start relying on those to force a reaction from the audience (much like horror movies use the sleazy tactic of manipulating the volume range so that you have to turn the volume up so loud to hear the dialog that when the 'startling' sound effects come on, they make you jump because the startle response is built into human biology). Disgust is another tactic that's easy to insert and guaranteed to stir up feelings. So comedies have become more like movies of brutal violence and horror. And it ends up seeming appropriate oftentimes because the characters in comedies seem to be seething with thinly disguised contempt for each other which the humor is merely one outlet for.

So filmmakers know the audience will at least leave feeling like a film gave them some kind of emotional reaction and perhaps be less critical of a movie because they were too overwhelmed/biased by feelings of fear, anger, or disgust to properly judge its comedic value. When someone is very angry, in particular, people naturally suppress their desire to laugh at them, out of fear, if not compassion. So filmmakers will hedge their bets by ensuring that some swearing gets inserted at frequent intervals so the audience will think "I'm not supposed to laugh because this is too serious for them" rather than "That was supposed to be funny but fell flat. I feel cheated and want my money back."

If I'm in the mood for a comedy, I look to Asian movies first, where I can usually leave smiling, rather than feeling like I've survived an ordeal or need to take a shower. Though I, too may be overgeneralizing based on the good experiences I happen to have had with the ones I've seen. I've turned a few off before finishing them, like My Sassy Girl (Korean).

I would make a list of my favorite Asian comedies, but I felt that could be misleading because I realized that many of them jump back and forth between serious drama, action, and comedy, and the sometimes inappropriate ways that they did so was part of the comedy. And sometimes the laughter is just nervous laughter because situations are so uncomfortable. So I just made the generic lists Asian Favorites [Movies] and Asian Favorites [TV]. For movies, I laughed the most during La Brassiere and Simply Actors. For TV, Yama Onna Kabe Onna. I've seen many American comedies, but most many years ago, and the only ones that still stick in my mind as being funny are Groundhog Day and The Hot Chick.

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