First guess is that 50/50 means half for me and half for you.
Let me know if you want me to take more guesses. Does the photo provide any clues?
This photo reminds me of a woman who had spent most of her life in the kitchen surrounded by children and food. She was told of the story of a baby who had climbed into a big pot and covered itself in the woman's favourite cooking condiment.
The woman, upon hearing this, laughed uproariously, even though most people would think it was only mildly amusing.
I think she would find this photo super funny.
In Edward's Cockroaches book the humour is very gentle and I find no hint of tragedy.
But I agree that the high emotion of tragic circumstances can generate enough power to turn a wry smile into a belly-laugh.
I agree that each of us has deeply buried but powerful recollections that when trigged can make us laugh or get angry and people around us don't know what all the fuss is about.
Jokes, however, are funny to a whole range of people so perhaps they deserve special attention.
Yes, Mr Bean, being mute, does not suffer from translation problems, but perhaps people from remote Amazonian tribes would still have to learn about English culture in order to appreciate why the studio audience is laughing.
I seldom think jokes are funny. Most jokes are boring and I only laugh at jokes when I am tired. What does this mean? By the way, I often laugh at myself. . . . .
Adonis: Charlie Chaplin, Mae West, Bill Cosby, Fanny Brice, Robin Williams, Will rogers, Bob Hope, to name a few.
You forgot Sacha Baron-Cohen (Borat/Bruno)
Adonis:What is funny for a Greek is Stupid for a Brit.
and they both came to Australia and gave the Aussies their combined sense of the ridiculous. Nick Giannopoulos - Adonis, look him up. There are some hilarious clips.
Go from him straight to Australia's First Lady Dame Edna Everidge and you will be in front of your screen a while, mate. I grew up amongst Greeks and Brits. Wogs 'n' Pommy Bastards. That's what I grew up with. I can smell the basil and the garlic and the Shepherd's Pie.
I imagine Mr Bachmann, the author of this fecund conversation, given he is from Melbourne Australia, a place which contains more Greeks than Athens, may have had a similar experience.
Just type Nick Giannopoulos into YT and watch the first clip. It's typical.
Just sling 'em an episode or two of "Absolutely Fabulous". Even cockroaches can understand why that's funny.
I am going for universality here. I am going to claim that everybody will BOTH understand AND find funny Dame Edna Everidge, perhaps the greatest drag act ever - Barrie Humphries, Oz comic genius. He channels a widowed Melbourne housewife. Personally I always keep a handkerchief around when he is on.
Here's a blogger who is really good at simplifying the essence of comedy:
another one, which I decided to collect this little course of seven blog posts into these links because I thought they had some really interesting stuff to say about comedy -how and why it happens. http://guyhasson.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/comedy-writing-tips-7-art...