Recently, like yesterday, I had a humor pitch to a major web humor reservoir rejected. I thought it was pretty funny, but the editor of this site -- a man I've worked with before, who has offered high praise for my little laff-makers, rejected it as "too obscure". That is fair enough. So fair, in fact, that it got me to wondering: I think I'm kinda funny, but people who think they're funny are usually 100% wrong. And I am certainly amenable to the charge that any humor value the things I write might initially possess are smothered in their crib by the three hundred metric tons of obscurity I shovel upon them as soon as they come home from the Comedy Hospital. I make Ian Frazier look like Shecky Greene, which in itself is a ridiculously obscure reference and further evidence as if any were needed that I am a sick man who can't control himself.
Now, here's the thing. I don't actually enjoy being so obscure that no one likes my jokes. I'm not saying I want to drop the content of my humor writing to King of Queens levels, but completely alienating my audience isn't actually a goal of mine. Sure, it's gratifying when I get one people HAW HAWing at my literary theory goofs and six hundred staring blankly, but I actually do make a small amount of money writing humor, and I would like to think that my audience could theoretically be larger than one percent of the people on my LiveJournal.
Hence this deeply embarrassing administrative poll. The other day, I posted a poll containing a joke question concerning the film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. Now, I thought the jokes in this question were funny, but now they seem like a perfect example of my asininely overcomplicated sense of humor. So I'd like to ask you, the shame-filled and inexplicable Skullbucket reader, a few questions. Please answer honestly, or at least provide funny write-in votes. This is not about you being dumb; this is about me being dumb.
Thank you and good night.
Do you know that there is actually a film called "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"?
Do you know who Joseph Beuys is?
Do you know who Reed Waller is?
Do you know who Dorothy Wiggin is?
Did you vote for the "Furley: An Imaginary Portrait of Don Knotts" option because you thought it was the funniest answer, or because Don Knotts was the only person on the list you recognized?
Do you, as a rule, find my jokes to be too obscure?
Am I funny?
Where is the "Arrested Development" season 3 DVD I ordered two weeks ago?