Mr. Goldragon and I have a long running
argument discussion joke about the state of his sense of humour. I think he has none, and wouldn’t know what is funny even if he found it dangling by its teeth from his gluteus maximus. He says that he is actually very humour literate, and that I am a simple creature who will laugh at inanities posing as real humour. The truth, I suspect, is somewhere in the middle.
I will tell anyone who will listen, that he is not funny. And those who know him will balk at me in disbelief and point out many things that have come out of his word hole that they have laughed at. And I will say, “sure, he may say things that are funny, but he is not funny.” How do I figure this, you may ask? He can tell a funny story, and make peanut gallery type comments, BUT he doesn’t even attempt humour in his writing pursuits AND he cannot tell a proper joke to save his life. However, the nail in the coffin for me is his curious inability to read a simple humour comic.
I love comics. I can roam the internet for hours reading web comics and be quite content (I’ve even made some, and plan to again). When I come across one that’s particularly funny, I like to share. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve sent along to Mr. G., but every time he asks me to explain it. Every. Single. Time. And do you know what happens when you explain a joke? The same thing that happens when you handle a butterfly’s wings. It dies.
At first I sent them along out of a genuine wish to share the laughs. Then it became a mission to find one that he would find funny. Now? Even he asks, “why do you keep sending them to me?” Now I take perverse pleasure in his super human ability to be confused by a simple one to three panel comic. I taunt him with statements like, “This is the funniest thing I’ve read all day! You will hate it.”
I try to predict how he will ruin it on himself. Will he over-think the message of the comic? Will he get hung up on the details that don’t matter? Will he miss the title of the comic, there-by making the rest of the comic non-sensical? Will he not get the very well-known pop culture reference? Will he think it’s a one panel comic and FAIL TO SCROLL DOWN to reveal the panels containing the punchline? (He’s done ALL of these, at least once) Or will he do something completely different (he still manages to surprise me)? It’s truly fascinating. And in the end, that in itself becomes the real joke. Nothing says love like finding someone’s weakness then tormenting them with it for your own amusement, don’t you think?