It started with the hilarious Bossypants by Tina Fey (Notable: The remembrance of being a little bit fat and the remembrance of being very, very skinny). Then I read Mindy Kaling’s side-splitting Why is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? (Notable: all her childhood pictures. Wow. Messed up.) A very good friend turned me on to a British comedian, Miranda Hart.
I guess I should come clean on some of the humor I like.
- Dumb and Dumber: Mocking Bird scene. Deliciously funny.
- Team America:. F. Yeah.
- I’ve waxed on about Elf in other blog entries. If I’m ever a little sad, I just watch the spaghetti, syrup and pop-tart scene. Here’s the recipe: spaghetti, maple syrup, sprinkles, mini-marshmallows, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, M&M’s, and Frosted Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tarts.
Don’t get me wrong, I like intelligent humor. If you count Curb Your Enthusiasm as intelligent humor? (Especially when Larry gets ideas for his wife’s yeast infection from their Native American healer/gardener. She walks out of the house to have the gardener ask her, “How’s your vagina?” That’s funny.)
The goods on Miranda Hart’s Is it Just Me? Just as knee-slapping and raucous as her well beloved show across the waters. If one could do a slow-mo trip over boxes or an ankle twist in a crack in the cement on paper, that’s what Hart does for us. She writes her 80s teen self as a character and uses her as a “normal” and “sane” self. It’s a funny disconnect. Especially when she lists ten good and bad things about being tall (and we’re talking past six foot) for her young self. I’ll just list a handful here.
#2 If you have short hair, you will occasionally be mistaken for a man and referred to as “sir.” This is a boon when trying to avoid the Ladies queue at the theatre (though you may find yourself rumbled at the urinals).
#4 People always have something to talk about with you. “Are your parents tall?” or “Have you ever met a woman taller than you?” and “Do you have awful trouble finding clothes?”
#2 If you have short hair, you will occasionally be mistaken for a man and referred to as “sir.” Which means that old ladies will sometimes ask you to help them with their heavy shopping. If you dress up in anything vaguely sequinny, you might be mistaken for a transvestite.
#4 People always have something to talk about with you. “Are your parents tall?” or “Have you ever met a woman taller than you?” and “Do you have awful trouble finding clothes?” This can make you want to punch them in the face. After all, you can’t say to someone, “Gosh, you’re fat, aren’t you?” or “Gosh, what a massive mole that is,” and “Have you met a woman with a mole bigger than that?”
If you have a hard time watching Miranda Hart on YouTube, don’t blame me. Blame the BBC for not getting it over to us Americans in a cheap and accessible manner. I don’t know why this show isn’t available when Catherine Tate streams as we speak on Netflix and Larkrise to Candleford is freely watchable, the whole thing, on YouTube.
Needless to say, Hart picks fun at herself in a manner that is so human that if you’ve ever been a dork or had dorky moments, she’s your woman. If for some reason you’re too thin or pretty to remember these handful of times you experienced dorky-ness, Hart is not for you. Or maybe you should read her memoir because some of her jabs are subtly against you and your colleagues.