11-09-06 - 3

I'm gettin sick of comedies that are just about how miserable and awful human beings are. Unfortunately the best comedies of this era are in that category. Some key examples are The Office and I'm Alan Partridge, two of the best comedies in the decade. To some extent Curb is in this group, though it's a bit more situational/whimsical. Contrast to previous eras, like Monty Python which started a wave of pure Absurdism carried on now by Family Guy, or of course eras when things like puns, double entendres and clever turns of phrase ruled. This modern "humanity is rotten" comedy is sort of taking the idea at laughing at our own faults to an extreme that's quite unpleasant.

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