Monday, January 26, 2009

Demotivator: Sense of Humor

OK, based on the previous post, I've decided to make my own poster. And, yeah, it stinks. But rather than be truly funny, I decided to highlight a crucial quote by my Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Ahron Lichtenstein about the need for a sense of humor. I've heard the quote by a few people, but the precise wording for the poster comes from the Funniest Rabbi in the World, Rabbi Fleischmann: "I don't know if it's my Western influence or a true Jewish value, but I know that if I'm around someone who lacks a sense of humor I feel very uncomfortable."

This poster features the best no-sense-of-humor icon, the profoundly unfunny Frank Grimes of the inexplicably well-regarded Simpsons' episode "Homer's Enemy."

I'll try to do better.

P.S. In case it's not clear from the above, I hate the "Homer's Enemy" episode and it disturbs me greatly that it is considered great by Matt Groening himself. That Ricky Gervais, of the equally unfunny Office (UK) TV Show, likes the episode makes perfect sense. Yeah, humor is all about taste, and clearly some people find making people uncomfortable (cf. The Office, What About Bob, Andy Kaufman) funny. Instead of funny, I call those people "jerks."

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