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12 November 2013 @ 02:55 pm
a.k.a. why I can't stand The Big Bang Theory  
"When you dig a little deeper into geek comedy music, you start to discover that most of it isn't, well, funny. It’s referential. Talking about Star Wars, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones in your song, doesn't make it funny; it makes it geeky. And many geeks misinterpret referential as funny."
-DC Geeks

rinmcgroyne on November 13th, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC)
I call bull (based on this quote; too lazy to read the linked article). Referential humor is in the same vein as any other pop culture joke.*

My objection to this is the same as my previous disagreement with hating on BBT for its perceived mocking of geeks and autistics. Compare with other sitcom shows, e.i., Friends. Just a different culture set taken to satirical extremes. Pet monkeys, having your brother's triplets, awkward romancing? No different than having a "spot", near-constant social misunderstanding, and getting a trip to the ISS.

* Full disclosure: yes, I am a geek, and yes, I laugh heartily at referential humor.**

** "Why is it always ducts?" Bwhahahaha!
PMMJ: TVcheetahmaster on November 13th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
The article's not very in-depth, that pullquote was the part that resonated with me. As The Big Bang Theory is so popular, it makes it an easy target. Too often on the show, the punchline of the joke is just a mention of something geeky. Which doesn't do much for me. I'd prefer something more like The IT Crowd, which is deeply geeky, but IMHO is a funnier show all around, and doesn't just rely on 'it's funny because this person is just such a nerd.'

(And I never really liked Friends either, but that's just me not being a big fan of sitcoms, really.)
Trevor Stone: dogcow moof!flwyd on November 16th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
It (or Nerdcore, at least) is often funny by juxtaposition. All the tropes of a rap song about being a bad ass, but the lyrics are actually about programming.

Filk is often funny for the same reason.