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Sense of the Ridiculous

A few years ago I had a conversation with a friend about senses of humor. She said her husband had identified a type of humor he called the “sense of the ridiculous.” You either have a sense of the ridiculous or you don’t. People who do have it are prone to uncontrollable fits of laughter or the “giggles” as they are known.

“Seinfeld” once had an episode about the giggles. It’s the one where Jerry places a Pez candy dispenser on Elaine’s knee during a piano concert. This innocuous event causes her to burst into a fit of uncontrollable laughter, much to the annoyance of the pianist. Woody Allen, Larry David, and Larry Gelbert all built careers tapping into the sense of the ridiculous. YouTube built an empire on it.

The “Dramatic” animal series on YouTube that started with “Dramatic Hamster,” never seems to get old. This cat cracked me up today, which led to the one on McCain…

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