Life: Laughing together like people in Japan probably do

Laughing.

We all do it. Babies. Old folks. Democrats. Republicans. AP English teachers. Criminals. People in the smallest town in the US to people in the largest city in Japan.

ms smilingWhen God created us, he included something that makes life so much more enjoyable. The sense of humor. And it’s pretty cool that there are different types. Something I find funny isn’t the same as what you think’s funny. Sense of humor can be seen in all areas of life; from TV ads like this one…
…to funerals where someone giving the most heartfelt eulogy can pepper in a bit of humor that works perfectly, even in the midst of heartbreaking loss.

I’ve been thinking some this week about this thing called humor. How it fits into my life. If you know me at all, it’s needless to say I value it very much. I absolutely love making someone laugh with a timely thought, an odd look, or a movie quote. And I equally love when someone can make me laugh. There’s more to it, though, and this is what I’ve been wrestling with the past few days.

When do I use humor to keep people from knowing the deeper things in my heart?

I think there are times I don’t like to admit that I’ve used humor as a way for you to like me. Sort of a social resume. It’s especially true when I first meet people. Humor is a way to say, “Hey, I’m a fun person!” I hand over a piece of paper with a few topical one-liners, a personal quip about my dogs, an impression of Jimmie Fallon doing an impression of Donal Trump.

“Let’s build a waalllllll.”

But hey, I’ve already built a wall! Yes, perfect segue. I can comfortably hide behind this wall to keep from revealing the other things I value. Deep conversations. Complete trust. Working hard and not cutting corners. No one wants to talk about those things in social scenarios, right? So a wall’s constructed, beautified, updated with the most current news or movie quotes, all in an attempt to:

  1. Get you to like me
  2. Keep me from being vulnerable which could lead to rejection

This weekend, though, I’ve longed for that vulnerability. I feel it most alive, or most exposed, when I have conversations with long-time friends, those handful of people that’ve climbed over the wall to experience the deeper parts of my personality. Beyond the humor I sometimes hide behind.

So to my long-time friends, thank you for letting me be vulnerable. To new friends, please like me! I hope one day soon we can let our guards down. To laugh together like people in Japan probably do, but also trust each other like long-time friends do.

-BW
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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a gift to comedians everywhere

It’s like the perfect storm of random elements coming together at just the right time for comedians. There’s an NFL football player named Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. haha1

And of course, there’s Hillary Clinton who’s running for president. A lot of jokes come from the fact that Ha Ha’s last name is Clinton-Dix, and Hillary is wife to Bill, who had an affair when he was president. So he’s somewhat seen as a ladies man, at least to comedians like Jimmy Fallon. So combining these two elements is almost too easy. 
And here’s another from Key & Peele, playing on the odd names we see in the NFL, even A.A. Ron Rodgers.
-Out of the Wilderness

6 Best “Can’t Feel My Face” Parodies or Performances

By now you’ve heard the hit song by The Weeknd(not a misspelling), it’s Can’t Feel My Face. But have you seen these clever renditions of the song?

My favorite is this one, featuring President Barack Obama:

Then there are a couple from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, first one features Tom Cruise:

and the next features Black Simon & Garfunkle:

Then, getting to actual parodies, there’s the one from the dentist’s office:

The next is a mom celebrating her son returning to school:

And then a literal take on the song:

And if you haven’t seen the real video, check it out here:

Which is your favorite? Make your voice heard in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness

Ugly Mugs

IMG_20150909_231253416IMG_20150909_231253416Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are now on a mug, and I must find one. PS. I’ll upload better pictures when the full episode is online. Meanwhile, have you ever come across crazy, funny, ugly, or weird mugs? The gallery below includes an assortment of all kinds of crazy mugs, and some cute ones, too. Plus, guess what? You can buy them! Just click my eBay link here, and bid. I’ll try to keep adding more, so check back if you don’t see one you like! 
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Oops… I did it again

There I am laying on the couch, it’s about 11pm. The very cute Pitch Perfect 2 star Anna Kendrick just wrapped up Egg Russian Roulette on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and up next is the muscly Terry Crews. Take a break and watch him kill in this Old Spice commercial:

So the plan was to watch the entire show, because I really wanted to see Nate Ruess perform as the musical guest. I said to myself, “I’m just gonna shut my eyes and listen till Nate performs.” Huge mistake.

I woke up halfway through Late Night with Seth Meyers.

If I’ve done it once, I’ve done it a thousand times. I close my eyes with the best intentions and wake up… well, I wake up, which was totally not part of the plan because I wasn’t supposed to fall asleep to begin with. Next time I decide to “rest my eyes,” I need to think again. What’ll happen is more predictable than Jimmy getting egg on his face!

-Out of the Wilderness