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What makes you laugh

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GabriellaG54 Tue 18-Jun-19 22:56:12

Seriously, I've never had such a laugh in a long time.
Looking through tonight's Mail Online articles I found one about parents who don't fully understand the workings of the internet and their text messages to their children asking for help.
At the end of the article is a video of a man on holiday who spends the whole journey to the Netherlands holding a go-pro the wrong way round, thus all you see is his huge nose and his teeth plus a smug grin and gurning.
Just my kind of daft humour.
What makes you laugh? watch the video. It's unbelievable that he thinks he's filming the scenery for his son Mark when in fact it's a close-up of his face.

crazyH Wed 19-Jun-19 00:37:09

Yes, i do laugh at daft things done by real people, in real life. I very occasionally laugh at slapstick comedy, but not keen really on exaggerated comedy sketches. I laugh at the 'wit' in some of our gransnetters posts. I actually laugh out loud . I wasn't a great fan of morecambe and Wise, but loved the two Ronnies.... "four candles". Their writers were superb. Ronnie Corbett's armchair stories are legendary. And to be honest, I just loved them.

Beechnut Wed 19-Jun-19 06:28:30

This morning it was a comment I read, put on Facebook by my nephew. He is so witty and had me chuckling. A good start to the day. Love him.

GabriellaG54 Wed 19-Jun-19 06:37:35

Four candles. Legendary writing. grin
Fools and Horses was also good.

Grammaretto Wed 19-Jun-19 07:09:32

I agree about the old sitcoms. Basil Fawlty too. I'm smiling now thinking of some of those rediculous scenes.
I chuckled yesterday. I had dropped 2 plates but my hard of hearing friend thought I said I'd baked 2 cakes.
I love the funny things DGD says

Esther1 Wed 19-Jun-19 07:58:10

My DH laughs out loud at television comedy but most of it leaves me cold - particularly when there is ‘canned laughter’ between every other line. However a lot of good Comedy Dramas make me grin. What makes me howl with laughter though is real life comical occurences - you know, the silly things, like getting soaked whilst paddling in the sea. My eldest son has a natural wit and his observations often have me in stitches. Laughter does make the world go round however we find it I reckon.

Urmstongran Wed 19-Jun-19 08:14:53

Slapstick! Or anything daft.
Once my husband booked us a table for an anniversary dinner in a posh (for us anyway) French bistro.
A table close by had 2 couples and one of the men was a bit ‘full of himself’ bragging and I thought, hoping to be heard.

Anyway, when their coffees and brandies arrived he lit up a big fat cigar (remember those days of smoking in a restaurant - seems so antisocial now doesn’t it?) and was pontificating and waving it around.

The cigar must have touched a paper napkin (not such a posh place perhaps!) and it caught fire.

I tried not to giggle but was helpless when the other diners at the table tried to put out the flames by wafting the area and generally flapping about. The romantic candle on the table added to the drama and ‘whoosh’ in no time a bad situation went worse.

A quick thinking waitress chucked a carafe of water onto the table .... such a dripping mess! I was doubled over by this time.

loopyloo Wed 19-Jun-19 08:21:03

Upstart Crow. And I have learnt a lot about Shakespeare too.

EllanVannin Wed 19-Jun-19 08:46:41

Situation comedy both on TV and in real life. It's so spontaneous.
Also the Two Ronnies and Fawlty Towers.Laurel and Hardy.

My step-daughter and myself have a good laugh, raucous at times, at past memories-----situations again.
It does the soul good to have a laugh.

Also dear late friend and I on holiday when we saw a very old lady stripping and changing into her bathing costume,standing in all her glory for all to see and with her back to us looking for all the world like an elephant ( wrinkled skin hanging down ) we both had our faces buried in a towel to muffle our laughter. This was at Blanes,Spain.

sodapop Wed 19-Jun-19 08:54:26

I don't like slapstick but like other posters I loved Two Ronnies, Fawlty Towers etc. Mum is also very good. I was a big fan of Dave Allan.

BradfordLass72 Wed 19-Jun-19 08:55:14

The Mail video doesn't play in NZ.

But this does and I LOVE it:

Peter Kay, bless him.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Wed 19-Jun-19 09:00:24

I like seeing pompous people who are full of themselves suffer a prat-fall - I hope I'm not too cruel.
Fawlty Towers, Porridge, The Good Life, Two Ronnies, Morecombe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Victoria Wood.
Nearly all golden oldies.

harrigran Wed 19-Jun-19 09:02:36

That sitcom about ghosts was hilarious.
Phoenix always makes me laugh, my kind of humour.

shysal Wed 19-Jun-19 09:06:27

Would I Lie to You is my favourite, and contains no swearing!

EllanVannin Wed 19-Jun-19 09:46:00

Yes,I forgot to say Peter Kay and all you mentioned, LBC.
Love Victoria Wood's exercises sketch. Dinner ladies ! Fabulous. Acorn antiques. These people are so clever too.

Nannylovesshopping Wed 19-Jun-19 09:50:13

The spaniel is great friends with my daughters dog who is a
border terrier who always sort of scraps his back legs after
doing his business, a border trait apparently, the spaniel has
decided to copy, not a spaniel trait, it’s a sort of a dad dance
for dogs, she can’t coordinate her legs properly and occasionally trips herself up, my daughter and I are helpless with laughter.

GabriellaG54 Wed 19-Jun-19 10:02:18

We all remember that Julie Walters sketch with the soup. I used to copy her walk when serving family whenever they visited. It always got gales of laughter.

rockgran Wed 19-Jun-19 10:59:26

I can't order soup without saying "Two soups? " in a croaky voice.

rockgran Wed 19-Jun-19 11:06:26

Brandon Farris learning to use a sewing machine. (Imbrandonfarris on Youtube) He does loads of 'learning to...' videos. They are so funny if you like that kind of humour.

MiniMoon Wed 19-Jun-19 11:14:03

I agree "loopylou*, Upstart Crow is laugh out loud material.
Anything ridiculous makes me laugh. Also some of the misfortunes of others. I was once on a train with three businessmen opposite, around the table. There was barely enough room for all their laptops and other paraphernalia. The Steward came along with coffee, and one of the businessmen spilt his over his laptop. I could hardly contain myself watching their attempts at trying to dry the thing. I'm afraid they were unsuccessful, it was dead! The phonecall he had to make to his office was also very funny. I think he had a sense of the ridiculous too.

Sara65 Wed 19-Jun-19 11:50:24

My youngest daughter and I absolutely love , One Foot in the Grave, even though we’ve seen the whole box set time after time, we still cry with laughter

Rufus2 Wed 19-Jun-19 13:04:56

Many thanks Gabriella; I was beginning to think that Gransnet was sinking into a "sea of despond" in the absence of anything remotely funny lately; I put it down to your summer weather and Brexit! grin But coincidentally I came across a GN forum of 3 years ago which is a mirror image of this thread. As you may know there's a current thread "Humour Again" based on the late GreatNans prolific jokes thread from 7 years ago, all 40 pages! A lot of rude, but never crude. Take a look, if you dare! grin

Nannyxthree Wed 19-Jun-19 13:30:27

I thought the newspaper / ipad joke from 'Humour Again' was the funniest thing I've heard in ages.

There is a very funny Welsh comedian (also wonderful singer) who works on the cruise ships called Mike Doyle. He makes you cry with laughter.

dragonfly46 Wed 19-Jun-19 13:35:57

I too like 'Would I lie to you'.

Jane10 Wed 19-Jun-19 13:44:22

Ooh Bradfordlass what a laugh that Peter Kay video gave me. He's so funny and likeable. I loved Eric Morecambe too. I'd be smiling just at the sight of him.
I don't think I've ever laughed so much as I did while working in an NHS special unit some years ago. The other staff were a lucky combination of hilarious people who all sparked off each other. The working days passed very quickly there and I always looked forward to work.
It's people really. People make me laugh! 😂