I am a great, devoted consumer of entertainment, I like to enjoy a good, subtle, smart, lame, boring, stupid joke and laugh out loud until tears roll down the corner of my eyes (even when I’m in public, people who know me, also know I have no boundaries). I don’t know what I would do without humour and music.
Anyway, I know I am insignificant compared to so many people who are hungry for series, entertainment shows and keep up to date with a lot of the “fun stuff”. I like to think I’m watching the best, though. (of course I think that) And in the light of an article I recently read on this “male-women jokes subject”, I’m also happy to see female comedians stepping up to the humour stage and fill in this “best” entertaining category, as it balances a bit all the men presence. No offence, guys:) For this, I really appreciate Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Lena Dunham and all the other women who put themselves out there under the magnifying glass of the “funny or not” judges.
Nevertheless … after Chanandler Bing, who is probably my all-time-favourite funny guy, there is Phil Dun-empa-phy whom I’d like to share a few personal opinions about.
Man I wish I had this guy’s humour:) I love Modern Family overall, but I especially enjoy Phil’s moments the most. There is something about his genuine child-like curiosity and awkwardness that is refreshing. I mean, seriously, this guy embarrasses himself in front of his wife, his kids, relatives, and he still manages to be awesome! Maybe I shouldn’t even say “embarrassment”, because it’s just taking funniness at a different level. This kind of character, translated into real life, could brighten up someone’s day just by being weird, but in a cool way. Who am I kidding? I am that someone. Phil Dunphy brightens MY day, my own, my precious! Oh, shit, wrong script.
As I was saying, Phil’s silliness is adorkable. I usually roll my eyes at a scene when the character is so stupid and the humour is predictable (take Dylan, for example, he’s soooo dumb)— but with Phil … it’s life giving you Philemons. Which you use to make a delightful Philemonade. How am I doing, on a scale from 1 to 10 in this Philisizing attempt? ….. Ok, got it. :)) I’m not even trying.
Referring back to the article I mentioned before, regarding comparisons between men humour and women humour, I realized that it is true I laugh more at guys’ jokes. Not sure why — women are also funny, in a different way, but as you can see, even my top 2 entertainers from series shows is composed of two men … And on the other hand, as a woman, I like to think of myself as a funny person, although most often, people think of me as funny just because I break the windows laughing in a very high-pitched contagious way. Everything starts trembling and there you go — I can’t stop. I’m on a spree. (it doesn’t happen very often, to be frank, but when it happens… spare your life :)) )
I like being inappropriate in an appropriate manner. I reckon that’s why Phil’s sarcasm and weirdness resonate so much with me. And Chandler’s, by the way. The difference (among others, fundamental ones) is that Phil doesn’t get ashamed of his quirkiness. Nothing can bother Phil. He’s upset now, and the next day he’ll crack a joke on what had happened the previous day. He doesn’t hold anger, revenge or remorse. I take sometimes weeks to get over any humiliation. My sarcasm’s resilience level is dodgy and I don’t always have a genius come back. Or a come back whatsoever. Unlike Phil, who never loses his smile or optimism or wittiness.
Ultimately, besides his superfun humour, Phil could teach us all a few things on this part — being comfortable with our lame moments and fool around with them. We shouldn’t miss out on opportunities to laugh and have a comic relief. So, thank you, Phil! :) If a genie in a bottle ever asks me, I’ll have your humour, shaken, not stirred, on the rocks.