My Dad and I used to watch old slapstick together on Saturday and Sunday morning TV: Laurel & Hardy, Abbot & Costello, Charlie Chaplin, even the Three Stooges (whom I didn’t like). I’ve always had a fondness, therefore, for silly humor. When I finally saw Airplane, I thought it was one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. I still get a kick out of it and look forward to the time when I feel my kids are old enough (a) to get most of the jokes and (b) not to be vulnerable to too much of its vulgarity.
I guess it’s no surprise, then, that I found amusing the preview for David Zucker’s newest film, American Carol. Politics aside (and it does aim to slap around far Left politics), the preview shows vintage Zucker-esque broad humor, with slapping, updated versions of ancient jokes* and boob grabbing. Here’s the preview:
While the politics may put staunch progressives off, I suspect that there are many people, especially young men, who will be drawn to the puerile humor.
*I call this an ancient joke (and it’s also a very bad one) because I first heard it in 1973, immediately after the Yom Kippur War:
The Arabs were very excited. Studies had shown that a large number of men in the Israeli Army were named David. Their plan was to go to the battlefield, call out the name “David,” and kill whoever responded to that name. Things didn’t go quite as planned. When the Arabs called out “David” no one stood up. Instead, they heard a voice yell out “Is that you Mohammed?” Half the Arabs stood up in response and the Israelis shot them.