Re: I'm spending too much thought on this!

Date: 2009-01-23 04:06 am (UTC)
I'd say that the difference is in subtlety and, like you said, how cleverly constructed the joke is. KoL is great for that, mostly because I'd say the real joke is that they satirize referential humor by how obvious most of their puns, etc, can be.

The two examples I think of for clever use of referential humor and gratuitous use are South Park and Family Guy. South Park can be very subtle with their references (like "Nana Skeksis" from the Nanny 911 episode had me rolling), while Family Guy just tosses them in your face. With South Park, it's there but they leave it up to the audience to recognize it. Family Guy steps up and says, "Hey, look! It's Mr. T! Isn't that funny?"

I do give Family Guy a lot of slack, though, since half of their jokes are also quite clever without resorting to pop culture reference.
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