So what is it about grub that makes us giggle? Jill Wendholt Silva of KansasCity.com suggests it's because we all share a common thread -- eating -- so we feel in on the joke. Silva notes that everything about food can be found funny: taste, texture, name, who's eating it, who's serving it, who's cooking it...the list goes on. From the simplest knock-knock joke about your refrigerator running to a comedy routine by Sean Cullen (in which he describes offing members of the audience with their favorite fare), there's plenty to laugh about.
I'd argue, though, that food humor is in fact humorous because we, with our taste buds and brains, are so incredibly picky. Are we laughing at the joke -- or are we laughing at ourselves?
One of the oldest stand-up routines in the book jabs at airline food -- about its portion size, quality or contents. No one uncovered the hilarity in the mundane quite like Jerry Seinfeld, in both his stand-up routines and Seinfeld TV episodes. For Seinfeld fans, just the thought of a muffin top, "big" salad, calzone or marble rye brings a smile to our faces. We reserve the right to want what we want when it comes to our meals, but every now and then, you can't help but realize our taste buds can be ridiculously controlling.
Comedians of all kinds like to mix bites into their bits. George Lopez notoriously jabbed at Jack in the Box fast food, Dave Chappelle finds the funny in varying preferences, and George Carlin celebrates being a fussy eater.
Are you amused by food? Or if tomatoes were available at a comedy show, would you wish you were holding some?