Uh-oh. When it comes to humor, it seems I'm a man . . .
I was reading the latest Reader's Digest this morning - one of the benefits of having an elderly mother living with you is her subscription to this magazine, as well as catalogs for "senior" health products that include vibrators "for those aching muscles" - if you know what I mean.
Anyway, the issue is one dedicated to humor. Inside is an article "Why Men and Women Laugh Out Loud" that talks about the difference between what tickles the funny bones of males and what does the same for females.
What does it take to tickle someone's ventromedial prefrontal cortex? Why does a woman like the hapless, shambling but sweet and romantic Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents and a guy prefer the loutish Ben Stiller in Dodgeball?
Herein lies my problem. Accompanying the article in a list of His & Hers Funny Films. Let me present the "female" films first and my take on them:
1. When Harry Met Sally . . . The orgasm scene is funny for about five seconds, but otherwise Meg Ryan is annoyingly scatterbrained.
2. 9 to 5. Okay, I liked this one, but mainly for Dolly's character.
3. Annie Hall. ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
4. Clueless. Cute. Not funny, but cute.
5. Tootsie. See Clueless.
Now the men's films:
1. Blazing Saddles. Hysterical! When Mongol comes riding in on the Brahmin bull and the guy punches out the horse . . . Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges . . .
2. Caddyshack. I caddied once for the Dalai Lama. He's a heavy tipper . . . he said to me, "Oonga baloonga" which means on my death bed I will receive total consciousness. So I got that going for me. Which is nice. Yes, I can do most of the dialog because I love this film (but its sequel blew).
3. Office Space. Never saw it.
4. Trading Places. Beef jerky time! Again, this is a movie I can watch over and over and crack up each time. But Mortimer, your brother . . .
5. Meet the Parents. It's got Bobby . . . how can it be bad?
There was a list of "5 We Watch Together", but the only one on it I like is Airplane! However, the evidence bears out - I am more a male than female when it comes to what I find funny.
Women don't like crude. "We don't do eye-poking, head-slamming humor. No woman has gone up to another woman and said, 'Pull my finger.'"
Man, I am in serious trouble because . . . welll . . . I have done that. And my female friend to whom I did it pulled my finger and laughed in anticipation of the ensuing flatulence. Okay, it was not done in polite company, but I hope that many of my sisters out there will attest to tha fact that females can get downright raunchy when it comes to being funny. And we love it.
Case in point: yesterday I was dealing with two Latino male attorneys. One was joking with me about wanting to go to Tennessee so I can be among "my peoples" or, as he said it, "You just want to be with the white folks!" To which I replied, "What can I say? My husband's a wizard under the sheets and I ain't talkin' about the sex, Carlos!" The other attorney about did a "Danny Thomas" with his cup of coffee.
Anyone got a good joke? Or, specifically, anyone want to try a "male joke" versus a "female joke"?