Lately I've been told by more than one person to watch the TV show "The Big Bang Theory." I've been told that it's "the smartest show on TV" and what's more, I've heard so many people utter this little gem...
Last I checked I have a reasonable amount of brain power, so I was eager to see a sitcom filled with intelligent humor. For those who aren't familiar, "The Big Bang Theory" is a sitcom about two socially awkward but brilliantly smart physicists and their hot, blonde, (and pretty dumb) neighbor.
So with high expectations I sat down to watch a few episodes. My brain was ready for stimulation... but instead, what I was met with was a pretty typical sitcom. Fart jokes. Sex jokes. Puns. Sure, scientific references are thrown in (sometimes arbitrarily), but most of the jokes are just regular jokes disguised with bigger vocabulary words. And did I mention there are plenty of fart jokes? Now come on, do you really need to be an astrophysicist to understand a fart joke?
But worry not, friends, because after an 8 year doctorate program and $120,000 in school loans, I'm comfortable saying that I understand most of the show.
After I complete my night courses in whoopy cushions, I'll be well on my way to understanding this show.
So really, why do people think you have to be a genius to "get it?" I'm pretty sure a person with even below average intelligence can understand the humor in being socially awkward, or fumbling things up with a woman, or a goofy catchphrase. Let's face it, at its core this is all pretty lowbrow humor.
A fart joke by any other name is still a fart joke, folks, no matter how you dress it up. But if that's what it takes to be considered "smart humor", well, we can do that, too.
And there you have it. We're now officially the smartest blog on the net. But don't take our word for it. Just read these blurbs we completely made up.
"Humor so smart even *I* don't understand all of the jokes" - Stephen Hawking
"We're only a month into the year but I'm already calling it - the most important scientific discovery of 2013 will be the humor found in this blog" - Neil deGrasse Tyson
"The smartest blog in the entire history of the Internet, including the history yet to come" - Carl Sagan's Ghost
Cheers and stay intelligent, folks,
Bryan (and Brandon)
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