Saturday, August 6, 2011

You tell me: How important is humor in a relationship?

I'm working on what I think will be an amazingly awesome project about humor (I'm not ready to divulge any details yet) and would love to see how you answer the following questions.  Respond to as many as you'd like as a comment, or if you prefer, shoot me an email at

1.  On a scale of 1-5, how do you feel about this statement? 
"A person's sense of humor is an important factor when choosing a dating or relationship partner"  (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree)

2.  On a scale of 1-5, how do you feel about this statement?  
"A shared sense of humor is an accurate predictor of the success of a relationship."  (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree)

3.  On a scale of 1-5, how do you feel about this statement?
"A good sense of humor can make a person seem more physically attractive."  (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree)

4.  Do you:  a) consider yourself to be a funny person, b) consider yourself not particularly funny, but appreciate people who are, c) neither of the two.

5.  Name some of your favorite comedians.

6.  Name some comedians that the rest of the world seems to love, but you don't like at all.

7.  Name some of your favorite comedy movies.

8.  Name some movies that the rest of the world thought was funny, but you didn't.

9.  Name some of your favorite comedy TV shows.

10.  Name some shows that rest of the world thinks is funny, but not you.

Thank you!  I can't wait to see what you have to say.


Yvette said...

1. 5
2. 5
3. 5
4. A
5. Chelsea Handler, Robin Willimas, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison
(Mind you, I love many more comedians, but these people made me cry!)
6. George Lopez, Marx Brothers
7. When Harry Met Sally, A Fish Called Wanda, The Wedding Singer, Wedding Crashers
8. Airplane, A Night at the Opera, There's Something About Mary
9. Seinfeld, South Park, New Adventures of Old Christine, Always Sunny in Philadelphia
10. 70's Show, The Office, Big Bang Theory

Jamie said...

1. 5

2. 5

3. 5

4. A

5. I am not a big fan of many these days but in days gone by: George Carlin, Richard Pryor (I don't like the language issues with many--but I couldn't help but laugh at him), Margaret Cho, The blue collar guys..from more recently.

6. Most all of the newer ones

7. Of late, the Hangover---

8. I can't really think of any

9. Two and a Half Men (with Charlie, of course), the Office when Steve was still there. Saturday night live.

10. Again, nothing comes to mind here.

Linda, I loved your book, I love your humor.

Have a great weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

1. 4
5. Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Sam Kinison, Eddie Murphy, Ron White, Gabriel Iglesias, Lucille Ball, Jeff Dunham, Bill Maher, Tracey Ullman and the list goes on and on.
6. Chelsea Handler, Will Ferrell, Carrot Top, Carlos Mencia, Sarah Silverman
7. Blues Brothers, Fun With Dick and Jane, Blazing Saddles, Zorro The Gay Blade, Airplane, Marx Brothers movies (all)
8. The Big Lebowski, I forgot the name but, the one in that guy's head
9.Mr. Bean, The Red Green Show, I Love Lucy, Are You Being Served, Bill Maher Real Time
10. The Simpsons, Curb Your Entusiasm, Louie, Seinfeld, The Office, South Park

Mike Dennis said...

1. 5

2. 5

3. 5

4. A

5. Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Don Rickles, Margaret Cho, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny.

6. David Letterman, Chevy Chase, Bill Maher.




10 SEINFELD (i know, I know, this is heresy), CALIFORNICATION, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (Post-1980), TWO AND A HALF MEN.

AgSweep said...

1. 5
2. 5
3. 5
4. a
5. Craig Ferguson, Jon Stewart, Louie Anderson, Steven Colbert, Tom Lehrer,

6.David Letterman, Jay Leno, George Lopez, Lewis Black,

7. Animal House, Blues Brothers, Now for Something Entirely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spinal Tap, Silverado, Pink Panther, Beverly Hills Cop,

8. Anchorman, Hot Tub Time Machine, The jerk, A fish Called Wanda,

9. All in the Family, Two and a Half Men, I love Lucy, Happy Days, that 70's show, Seinfeld, Cheers, Bewitched, Up all night, Laugh in,

10. How I met your Mother, Glee, Entourage, The Office, 30 Rock, Chappelle's Show, Fraiser, The Nanny

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Interesting to see how subjective comedy is.

Seinfeld, Mike--really? You're probably going to hell for that. But I agree about SNL post 1980.

Sid G. said...

1. 5, 2. 3, 3. 4, 4. a.
5. Too many but for sure Peter Sellers, George Carlin, Gabriel Iglesias, Lewis Black, and Sid Caeser.
6. Dana what's his name (not Carvey)
7. Shot in the Dark, The Muckinese Battle Horn, Original Lavender Hill Mob & Lady Killers, +++
8. Trains, Planes, Automobiles,
9. As Time Goes By, MASH, Laurel & Hardy, et. al.
10. How I Met Your Mother, Amer. vers. of The Office,
Note: Add in Cartoons and the list becomes infinite.

Lisa Gioia-Acres said...

Asking a lot for a girl on vacation, especially where Internet and cell phone service is sketchy!

1. On a scale of 1-5, how do you feel about this statement?
"A person's sense of humor is an important factor when choosing a dating or relationship partner"

2. On a scale of 1-5, how do you feel about this statement?
"A shared sense of humor is an accurate predictor of the success of a relationship."
3 (lots of things factor in for long-lasting success)

3. On a scale of 1-5, how do you feel about this statement?
"A good sense of humor can make a person seem more physically attractive."

4. Do you: a) consider yourself to be a funny person A - heck, yeah, I'm funny!

5. Name some of your favorite comedians.
Robin Williams in his prime, Chelsea Handler when she's not being cruel, Linda Lou (ever see her in person - hysterical!, Chris Rock

6. Name some comedians that the rest of the world seems to love, but you don't like at all.
Chelsea Handler when she's being really mean

7. Name some of your favorite comedy movies.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Parenthood

8. Name some movies that the rest of the world thought was funny, but you didn't.
Click, Groundhog Day, Dumb and Dumber

9. Name some of your favorite comedy TV shows.
Modern Family is the bomb, New Adventures of Old Christine, The Middle, loved the Cosby Show, Seinfeld

10. Name some shows that rest of the world thinks is funny, but not you.
Two and a Half Men, the one with Al Bundy and family, the one with all the comedians doing improv.

I guess maybe I don't have much of a sense of humor after all!

Love you

Mike Dennis said...

I know, Linda. I've already prepared myself for my journey into hell for all eternity. But I have this gene, you know, that won't quite allow me to laugh at something I don't think is funny (is there no end to my heresy?).

I had a girlfriend a few years ago who forced me to watch about a dozen episodes of SEINFELD. I found the four main characters one- and two-dimensional, all of them whiners, all of them utterly predictable. Their punch line delivery was very old school (except for Seinfeld himself) and the supporting characters were all stereotypes.

The show prided itself on being "about nothing", which was actually a pretty slick marketing gimmick to reel in non-sitcom watchers. I remember another show that was "about nothing". It was called THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET. In that show, they could do 20 minutes on Ozzie's tie. In its time it was as big as SEINFELD and was on the air for much longer. Look at it today. You'd want to throw up, wondering how anyone could've watched it, even then (except maybe to see Ricky sing at the end).

SEINFELD was, IMHO, vastly overrated and will not hold up in the future. Excuse me now, I think Satan is calling.

Sous-Chef said...

1. 5, how can you cry with someone if you can’t laugh with them?

2. 3 overall (I will clarify by saying the ability to laugh at one’s self is the only accurate predictor of anything)

3. 3, it shows a certain vulnerability

4. A

5. Very Old School: Lucille Ball, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Lewis & Martin, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett & Peter Sellars (I actually like physical humor/slapstick). Newer Old School: George Carlin, Robin Williams, John Belushi, Steve Martin, Catherine Tate, Dawn French & Eddie Izzard.

6. Marx Brothers, Will Ferrell, Arseno Hall, Paul Reubans & the Seinfeld crew.

7. Arsenic & Old Lace, Philadelphia Story/High Society, the “Road Pictures”, It’s a Mad Mad Mad World, Little Shop of Horrors, Young Frankenstein, & TheBlues Brothers.

8. Anything with Adam Sandler, Sideways, The Hangover, The Big Lewbowski, & Pineapple Express.
9. I Love Lucy, very early days of SNL, Vicar of Dibley, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, MASH, Red Green Show, The Muppet’s, Murphy Brown & Bob Newhart (both).

10. Larry Shandling Show, The Office (American version), Friends, Seinfeld, Sex in the City, & Everybody Loves Raymond

Julie D said...

Swamped at work so no time to answer in detail, but yes you know how important laughter and a sense of humor is in a relationship to me!

Tender Heart Bear said...

If you can not joke around with your boyfriend or girlfriend then it is not good. I joke around with my boyfriend a lot in our relationship. I like to joke around. My boyfriend knows if I am not joking around I am not feeling good or something is really wrong with me. I love to tease him. He does the same thing to me.

Debbie said...

Linda, I'm still working on my answer!!!!


C.Thurlow said...

1, 4, because nothing is a 5 except sex.

2. 4, read above.

3. 3- Physical attraction counts.

4.I amuse myself and that's all that really matters. No, I tend to get a laugh from others-mostly at my expense.

5. John Candy, Chris Farley, Lucille Ball,Carol Burnett, Eddie Murphy (I'm Gumby, Damn it!), Louie Anderson, Wanda Sykes, Benny Hill (watched with my Brit grandma),Gilda Radner/Roseanna Danna!,Early SNL(first 5 years) and anyone on Red Neck Comedy-Sirius Radio.'Cause the music sucks and so does the news, so I listen to comedy in the car!!

6. Chelsea Handler, Chapelle, John Stewart and the Jersey Shore clan!

7.Bridesmaids, Meet the Parents, anything with John Candy, Chris Farley, Steve Martin OR Ben Stiller...Airplane, and Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

**Factoid for ya, I went to H.S. with Will Ferrell, same graduating class/86 and I like his early stuff...Freshman Algebra, Spanish 2, and the limo we shared for prom. My old boyfriend and he were good friends, so we often double dated.

8. Groundhog Day- just not funny, any Jackass Movie, Beavis and Butthead, Waynes World.

9.Laverne and Shirley, The Office (Brit and American), Flight of the Conchords, Old/New Christine, Mike and Molly, The Middle, Modern Family, Bugs Bunny and Ren and Stimpy (while drinking a California Cooler).

10. 3rd Rock from the Sun, Two and 1/2 Men, Big Bang Theory, Bob's Burgers, The Cleveland Show and the Simpsons.

Thanks...that was fun!