Friday, April 8, 2011

Art & Fart



With this post, the Gehring definition of Screwball is officially dropped.  It's still pretty valid, and it'll probably be part of this blog going forward, it's just no longer the working definition for this study.

Cue trumpet fanfare.

The first proposed characteristic of Screwball Study's very own definition of screwball is:  Contains both high-brow and low-brow comedy.

This was inspired by listening to Trey Parker and Matt Stone on Charlie Rose.  The two talk about how they think a thing can be both art and fart jokes.  And they're right.  So right that it might also be true that a thing can't be comedy without the art.  Without art, fart jokes aren't comedy, they're just fart jokes.

I know.  I know.  That opens up a whole can of worms.  What is art?  What is comedy?  Well, the question of comedy is probably the actual question motivating this whole blog.  And now that high-brow and low-brow have been married together as a key characteristic of screwball, the question of art is now part of this study too.

You may not have noticed, but I just totally dodged writing something substantial by acknowledging that something substantial needs to be defined.