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Kainlarsen
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10:08:31 AM Dec 19th 2013
Most of these examples seem like very far stretches to be considered 'funny aneurysm moments'. At best, they're vaguely ironic, at worst, they're just the views of a minority of tropers passed through without a check.
ArshinCarnifex
04:42:09 PM Jun 17th 2014
edited by 98.26.162.38
No, I completely agree. Even for a YMMV, this article is a minefield of smug subjectivity. The Simpsons subarticle is especially egregious and way too long; there's one reference to 9/11 and the rest is repetitive snark about the bad old days when people didn't know that being less-than-serious about racism, gay rights, gun violence, bullying, or George W. Bush's presidency was an evil thing to do. You can practically hear the axe on the stone. Worse yet, almost none of the jokes have more than a tangential relationship to the specific tragedy they're being associated with.

YMMV will be YMMV, but I think the whole point of a Funny Aneurysm is that it is a widespread sentiment; I'd like to see a standard of "was shelved temporarily/permanently or selectively edited in light of the new event(s)" applied to all of these. That at least indicates that there was a significant enough outcry that the studio execs were willing to censor the material over it. It would chop down a lot of the random subjective crap and leave the truly universal examples.

If we leave it as "a bad thing happened and thus any joke ever made that shares a vague association with that thing in my subjective opinion is officially unfunny forever", the article's going to continue to suck.
DatGuy
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03:06:17 AM Oct 17th 2013
Do those annoying "quotation marks" really necessary? Can't we just remove it?
dmeagher13
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07:35:06 PM Sep 5th 2013
I know it's the explanation for the trope name, but there's a MAJOR Buffy spoiler in the description. Is it ok to put spoiler markers in the trope description, or should that part be deleted?
Telcontar
moderator
07:29:04 AM Sep 6th 2013
Spoilers in descriptions are not okay. It should be removed.
Larkmarn
08:11:09 AM Sep 6th 2013
I went and changed it. I left in the (not really a spoiler) first bit (that it comes from the phrase "I hope it's a funny aneurysm") since that doesn't really spoil much, and is useful to establishing the name, along with a mention that you can read the full example on the LATV page.
Fett
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01:05:29 PM Feb 10th 2013
Well, first of all, like the guy two below this post I think we should have a type I and type II. Second, I know it's a YMMV trope but people seem to be misusing it to not be about tragedies. For example, the Simpsons page has that Ringo Star decides to read all his fan mail, and later in real life decides to stop reading fan mail. That hardly seems like it belongs in the same category as "joke is made about the World Trade Center and 9/11 happens" or "joke is made about a celebrity dying and they die the same way in real life"

Don't tell me to go to the trope repair shop, there's still open threads from October so who knows when this would be sorted out
Heroshii15
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10:23:05 AM Dec 26th 2012
Can someone explain the difference between this and Harsher in Hindsight?
MrDeath
10:39:43 AM Dec 26th 2012
Harsher in Hindsight is when something that was okay-to-bad is considered worse because of mroe recent events. "Funny Aneurysm" Moment is when something that was meant as a joke is considered bad or worse because of recent events.

Put it like this...

If a couple years ago, one of those crime shows had done an episode on a school shooting in a grade school, it would be Harsher in Hindsight because of the events in Sandy Hook.

But the joke in Wrongfully Accused where Leslie Nielsen pulls a grade-school-aged kid aside and finds the backpack full of guns is a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment because of those same events.
Smasher
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06:04:50 PM Jan 25th 2012
Can we give 9/11 its own page? There's tons of examples on most pages relating to it.
Failure1
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06:34:43 PM Mar 20th 2011
Considering what happened recently in Japan, would this be considered a Funny Aneurysm Moment?

http://artoftrolling.memebase.com/2011/03/18/pokemon-troll-its-super-effective/
MrDeath
08:16:51 AM Mar 21st 2011
No. A "Funny Aneurysm" Moment has to happen before the event that makes it cringeworthy. This was someone making a joke directly about the earthquake and tsunami.
AltoonaMan
10:39:58 AM Aug 21st 2011
That's just Dude, Not Funny!.

A "Funny Aneurysm" Moment is one that's meant to be funny at the time, a better example would be a tsunami in a cartoon headed for Japan from the 90s. Dude, Not Funny! is when someone plays something for laughs that shouldn't be, this one was about the earthquake after the fact, not a joke about something like it beforehand.
86.175.1.224
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07:04:54 AM Sep 19th 2010
I believe this article should be split, as there are two distinct types of example:

Type I: Something funny is made morbid due to events that later occurred in real life. Type II: Something funny is made morbid due to events that later occurred in the plot of the show itself.

I think these are two distinct tropes. Type I can never have been intentional, whereas Type II (I suspect) frequently are - even if it wasn't intentional when the funny thing was written, I suspect that the morbid events are often written with the previous funny event in mind (for example, I suspect the Trope Namer of being a deliberate reference to earlier in the series).

I think we should keep "Funny Aneurysm" Moment to refer to Type I Is, and use the alt-name suggested above, Morbid In Hindsight, to refer to Type Is. What do people think?
blgl
11:10:09 AM Dec 23rd 2010
Slightly less work: sort all examples by type and create Type I and Type II sections in each subpage.
JDCyrus
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05:08:31 PM Aug 13th 2010
What is the page image referring to?
98.246.136.200
12:13:04 PM Sep 28th 2010
It refers to the Fred from "Sanford and Son" who would always fake having a heart attack to get out from under pressure of any sort. Naturally, Redd Foxx (the actor) died of a heart attack in real life later, making all those scenes very ironic. Worse, because of his role, no one believed it was a real attack initially, which may have sealed his fate.

I think we also need an explanation for Rock Hudson, Woody and Mia, and Taylor and Burton or to cut them out. I got the Woody and Mia real life drama, but I've never seen "Husbands and Wives" to properly explain the contrast, and I didn't recognize the other three. (Some reading of The Other Wiki helps with the other three, which are all pretty dated references, but I'm not sure how these are examples of being unfunny in retrospect as opposed to just having ironic contrast. At least Woody Allen's movie was a comedy.)
MightyJAK
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11:32:44 AM Mar 10th 2010
From the archive:
Caphi: Can we please rename this? I can never remember the name because it appears to be a slightly obscure reference to a show I don't watch.
I know this trope already has a few alt titles, but I would like to suggest one more: "Morbid In Hindsight".
FastEddie
moderator
11:38:56 AM Mar 10th 2010
Bring it up in the Trope Repair Shop forum.
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