I am happy to present my latest video. Eating is all about the subject of food in comedy. Great comedy is about common things that all people understand, and food is the most common subject of all. It has been explored by comedians for centuries, if not millennia. This video is filled with examples of how comedians have used the various elements of food, such as cooking, table manners and simply being hungry to create laughs.
One topic I didn’t include in the video is the idea of “signature” food. That is, characters who have specific foods associated with them, such as:
Popeye – spinach
Wimpy – hamburgers
Wallace – cheese
Cookie Monster – cookies
With a lot more research, I could see a part two video that would include “food out of control” The Three Stooges and Little Rascals, for instance, have had created crazy food in the kitchen. I fondly recall a scene from The Beverly Hillbillies where Ellie May cooked up some popovers that literally breathed as though they were alive. I avoided pie fights, as they are well known and practically a topic to themselves.
I would very much appreciate any feedback and suggestions about this topic! Please comment.
2 thoughts on “Eating: The elements of comedy for animators”
it’s funny to realise how somethng so bannal comes to be such a relevant resource for humour
but I think that’s what the ridiculousness is all about: something bannal being put in a intense/dramtic situation (and also someting of gret importance being treated in clumsy/euphemistic ways).