Subject: Humour
From: DAVID IBBETSON <ibbetson -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 27 May 1996 06:33:54 -0400

Matt Ion writes:
>You also cannot assume that everyone in said audience will "get" the
>references to M*A*S*H, Mission: Impossible, or any of the other
>TV/radio shows, movies, or other such references used. I think it's a
>safe bet, though, that most of these (particularly M*A*S*H and Star
>Trek) are deeply-engrained enough in North American (and to some
>degree, world-wide) culture as to keep the "unkowing" to a minimum...
>at least 95% of North Americans should recognize the source of the
>references, if not the specific referece.

I think Matt is optimistic. Familiarity would depend on age-group and while
95% of his age group might be familiar with these TV shows, I would think
the National US figure would be substantially lower. Furthermore,
familiarity doesn't meen that one finds these shows funny/humerous.

David (the idiot in his 60s who watches very little TV) Ibbetson

David Ibbetson, Ontario, Canada ibbetson -at- idirect -dot- com

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