We had just finished watching ABC World News and America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV) came on the air right after.
Now I’ll admit I’ve watched this show a good bit over the years, but it struck me tonight that at the heart of many of the videos is somebody getting hurt.
Almost every show has the obligatory ball striking a man in the groin or somebody jumping up and then crashing down, hard.
I always get nervous when one of the scenes is near a pool, since I think how dangerous a slip can be when near the edge of a concrete pool.
But the audience will laugh right through all of these clips, and for some reason I find that kind of sad, and disturbing. Is this what we take for humor these days?
While The Three Stooges relied on lots of physical humor, I am guessing most of that was planned out, and they weren’t really hurting each other.
But on AFV, while some of the stunts seem planned, many times they aren’t, and the pain feels real. And the more painful it looks, the more the audience seems to enjoy it.
I wish the show would just focus on clips of babies when they first try something sour, or grandpa’s dentures coming out while he is trying to blow out his birthday cake.
That stuff is funny, and nobody gets hurt…