Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Is it just me?

Is it just me, or are most of the funny people in the world gay? I mean no disrespect, but most of the people I consider amazingly funny are gay. Look at Ellen, or Rosie, and Paula Poundstone.

I don't know if she's actually gay, but she doesn't date men. Maybe she's into farm animals. I don't know. But the fact is, it must be a horrible struggle trying to live in a straight world when you're not. I wouldn't know myself. I am boringly straight, but it would seem to me using jokes works well when you have something different about you.

I lived behind humor because of my life at home. Like so many others, I was not the favored child so I made light of it and thus used humor. Not to the extent of most of you who shall not be named. I am reading and trying to learn from you, but that's not to say you have to be gay to be funny. Have I dug the hole for myself deep enough yet? All I wanted to say to all of you is good going. Whew!


Anonymous said...

Ya know...As I pushed the tab on
post I knew I would regret this and I already do..Please people..
ignore this..I thought we had people to save us from ourselves...
All I meant was I love all of you funny people, gay or straight and I am trying to learn from you...if you are offended by this..I'm truly sorry..........Maun

Mo and The Purries said...

I'm gay and I'm NOT offended by the post!
I could go into how we sometimes use humor as a defense mechanism in this world, and "the gays" just have more practice at that, but I'll just say: Perhaps we're funny because the humor gene hooked is connected to the fabulous gene!

Me. Here. Right now. said...

Paula is not gay - she describes herself as A-sexual - just not interested.

I agree with Mo on the gay-fabulous-funny-gene. The boys got the decorating sense chromosone and the girls got the power tools chromosone.

Anonymous said...

I don't deserve to feel this much better but I do...sometimes I open my mouth and stupid falls out...I think you are both terrific and I am so happy that you took the time to leave a are both over the top fabulous...thanks again

Mo and The Purries said...

Oh, and you only listed female comics - don't forget Ant & Ross The Intern under fabulously funny gay men!

Anonymous said...

I love Ross...Ant...not so much..
for whatever reason he gets on
my last nerve

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Maunie, I thought this was hysterical!

After all you guys telling me to chuck the novels in favor of comedy yesterday, I think we have an answer. I, at least, am a funny straight woman.

For with the Tour Manager is quite relieved.

Anonymous said...

well yes, of course you are, and

extreamly funny at don't

you feel better...your also very

smart too

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Jos said...

Hi Maunie,
I think you've hit the nail on the head, there. (except that I think being gay in a straight world is probably not the only reason why people 'turn' funny, lol!)
I do think that - slightly rephrased - your assumption is very valid: trying/struggling to survive in a world that doesn't "fit" or "make total sense" to a person is what probably drives them funny. Being "a little unadapted" probably helps, too :)
My own assumption, which I would like to add to yours: People that are funny usually also have the capacity to not take themselves too seriously - and people who don't take themselves too seriously usually have no problem with other people being "somewhat different", therefore my assumption is that funny people like "gay people" and vice versa -- or am I digging a hole for myself here as well??

Anonymous said...

No Jos...absolutly not...that's

what I was striving to say...your such a smarty pants I meant that humor seems to come easier to people that are somewhat different..and that includes lots of us...I think too we are so used to hiding our true feelings we use humor to hide behind...and my dear friend are you not an editor here?
you could have pulled the plug and saved big smile..

Jos said...

"You can not be saved", Maunie ;))
(It takes one to know one, lol!!)