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7.9.13 … Morgan Freeman on the Big Bang and the theory of multiple universes … the Amazon review as a “comedic art form” …

Morgan Freeman,  the Big Bang,  the theory of multiple universes, The Daily Show,  Jon Stewart, Comedy Central: 

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-may-23-2013/morgan-freeman?xrs=share_copy

Morgan Freeman

“Now You See Me” star Morgan Freeman uses balloons to explain the Big Bang and the theory of multiple universes.  (06:27)

via Morgan Freeman – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 05/23/13 – Video Clip | Comedy Central.

humor,  Amazon,  Amazon reviews, comedic art form, Brain Pickings:  Maybe I’ll read them more closely.  Do you read them?

“Momma didn’t raise a boy with no pink tongue, no sir.”

The creative acts of humor “operate primarily through the transitory juxtaposition of matrices,” Arthur Koestler wrote in his famous “bisociation” theory of how creativity and humor work. New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff conceives of humor as “a conflict of synergies” in which “we mashup these things that don’t belong together that temporarily exist in our minds.” That’s precisely what makes the art of the humorous Amazon review, in which the deliberate incongruity of medium and message heightens our amusement and delight, a particularly effective yet under-appreciated modern form of comedic genius. Here are some favorites:

via Modern Masterpieces of Humor: The Amazon Review as a Comedic Art Form | Brain Pickings.

Another, titled “Men, do not try these on!” and offering a one-star rating, reads:

I tried on a pair at the local mall and suddenly Texas Republicans started telling me what to do with my genitals. They started explaining reproduction to me like I was a seventh grader. Unfortunately, being male, I had no way to shut the whole thing down. I’m so confused…

via Modern Masterpieces of Humor: The Amazon Review as a Comedic Art Form | Brain Pickings.

 


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