Novelty doesn't have to be comedy in order to be funmented.
Funmentia is a name that finally has come of age in the days where so many playlists are no longer featuring traditional comedy on a regular basis.
You heard them alongside the more serious melodies on the pop stations.
Soon after a national show specializing in novelty records debut, amateurs and unsigned bands began submitting homemade tapes of funny recordings to that show.
Among those were Barnes and Barnes, Roto Rooter, Damascus, SuLu, and of course, Alfred Yankovic.
Add in the subgenre of stand-up comedians such as Steve Martin, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and others releasing comedy albums thoughout the decades.
Add in sketch troupes such as Monty Python, National Lampoon, Firesign Theater, and the duo of Cheech and Chong.
Add in comedy music performers such as Allan Sherman, Martin Mull, Capitol Steps, Ray Stevens, and Tom Lehrer.
By the end of the 70s, this dementia genre had subgenres of stand-up, sketches, weird sketches, parodies, humor, satire, strange, weird covers, commercial takeoffs, novelty songs, pop culture, early days of new wave, political, goofy pre-1955 recordings, and the golden age of TV memories.
This definition makes up half of what is known as funmentia today.
In turn, top 40 and urban radio stations added in demented recordings featuring crime lifestyles, questionable activities, and other topics that are not comedy, but demented. These are the type that are not funny/ha-ha. Even country recordings that feature people doing demented but not funny things in life could be deemed demented.
Jeff Foxworthy could be called the leader of that counter culture of comedy. Rodney Carrington is a premier comedy country musician. The Bob and Tom show often has funny music guests playing funny folk and acoustic guitar novelty tunes aimed at the middle America culture.
This counter culture of comedy would soon be embraced in a radio station that is now called ifunnyradio since the year 2000. This station regularily features traditional style dementia and Blue Collar culture, now simply called the "funmentia" genre.
Funmentites are very selective in what to watch, regardless of whether it's aimed at the geeks, gays, rednecks, or whatever. If it's good, the funmentites will watch it. Funmentites tend to be traditional, conservative, family oriented, church supporters, and protective of the minors from challenging adult material that they may not be ready to comprehend.
Many of the funmentities don't watch TV, read books, or go to movies specifically for the geek stuff the geek crowd seeks. They watch and read whatever sounds good to them.
Many watched every Star Wars and Harry Potter movie just once, but they are more likely to watch movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, American Graffitti, and Rocky multiple times.
Many funmentities don't care to play fantasy games, watch anime, attend cons, and see filk performers. They prefer to go out of town to vacation resorts and leisure activities.
The problem is that the geekcore artists and the funmentia artists do not mix at all. Geekcore artists tend to be very critical if they find something funmented that is not up to their standards, but funmentites tend to ignore geekcore stuff without a complaint if they don't like it.
So, the name of funmentia (or funtasia as some people call it) as an unmbrella title of traditional dementia is born. It consists of new and classic material that fits the genre of funmentia. It brings comedy music back to the center and the mainstream. You don't have to watch niche sci-fi TV shows, movies, or books in order to enjoy the genre. All you need is to learn how to comprehend sentences spoken by other people, achieved by the age of 3, and you're in on the genre. You don't need a B.A. or higher to be part of it!
This consists of subgenres of stand-up, sketches, weird sketches, parodies, humor, satire, strange, weird covers, commercial takeoffs, novelty songs, pop culture, early days of new wave, political, goofy pre-1955 recordings, and the golden age of TV memories. This also includes the entire Blue Collar comedy counter culture. It's range of subjects are limitless.
Some overlaps between funmentia and the geekcore include interests in Star Trek, though the fumnentoids prefer Star Trek over Star Wars which geekcores prefer.
Geekcores tend to be bigger fans of Monty Python, Harry Potter, MST3K, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Pirates of the Carribean than funmentoids, which tend to still enjoy such topics on a smaller scale.
Both are into video games, but the funmentoids are choosy about which ones are quick to enjoy for some 5-10 minutes such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Geekcores play games with longer time intervals.
Blue Collar TV vs. MST3K
Erica Kane vs. any female villian in a sci-fi show.
Sitcoms vs. sci-fi shows
Reality vs. fantasy
Stand-up clubs vs. nerd cons
Family vs. solo
Country traveling vs. time traveling
Tolerance vs. intolerance
Family values vs. atrocious
Pride vs. ego
Adult contemporary vs. adult entertainment
Reasonable vs bullying
Dallas (the TV show) vs. Tattooine
Country music vs techno music
Forgiving vs. unforviging
Armed forces vs. superheroes
Comedy vs. drama
Upbeat vs. goth
Rural vs. high tech centers
God vs. devil
Sunshine vs. darkness
Ridiculous vs. serious
Festive vs. depressed
Accepting vs. rejecting
Truthful vs. libelous
Private vs. rumor spreading
Blue collar vs. white collar
White trash (humblists) vs. upper class (snobs)
Welcoming vs. unwelcomy
Popeye the Sailor Man vs. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Leaving those they dislike alone vs. confronting those they dislike.
U.S.A. vs. Iraq
Folk vs. filk
R&B vs. gangsta
Sabrina the Teenage Witch vs. Harry Potter
The Beatles vs. The Gothsicles
Outdoor sports vs. video games
U.S. football vs. hockey
Soap operas vs. space operas
Lawrence Welk vs. dementia track
Acceptance of diversity vs. rejection of diversity
Civil vs. anarchy
M*A*S*H vs. Dr. Who
The Simpsons vs. South Park
Super Bowl vs. Mars Con
Rolling Stones vs. Nick Atoms
Eight is Enough vs. Heroes
Pinball machines vs. video games
Game shows vs. World of Warcraft
Women in skirt suits vs. women in armour
Flannel shirts and jeans vs. space uniforms
Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Dumb humor (as a good thing) vs. geek pride (as a ego thing)
Slapstick vs. insult
Jokes and puns vs. sci-fi references
Spike Jones vs. Richard Cheese
Ray Stevens vs. Tom Smith
Adult contemporary disco vs. teen-pop dance
Donna Summer vs. Lady Gaga
Hawaii Five-O vs. Babylon 5
Smothers Brothers vs. Garfunkel and Oates
Touched by an Angel vs. Angel
Twilight Zone vs. Twilight
Hee Haw vs. Glee
Big and Rich vs. Raymond and Scum
Kacey Jones vs. Carrie Dahlby
Traveling to the mountains vs. traveling in space
Hill St. Blues vs. Battlestar Galactica
Mexico vs. Canada
Spike Jones, Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman, Cheech and Chong, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Martin Mull, Flip Wilson, Lily Tomlin, Alfred "Weird Al" Yankovic, Barnes and Barnes, Damaskas, SuLu, Ray Stevens, Heywood Banks, The Frantics, Firesign Theater, Sean Morey, Capitol Steps, Arrogant Worms, National Lampoon, Monty Python, Jeff Dunham, George Lopez, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Rodney Carrington, Wally Wingert, Mark Jonathan Davis, Cletus T. Judd, Stan Freberg, Nervous Norvous, Napoleon XIV, Ogden Edsl, Wildman Fisher, Frank Zappa, Dickie Goodman, Whimsical Will (William Simpson), MAD Magazine, Saturday Night Live, SCTV, Ernie Kovacs, Mel Blanc, Da Yoopers, Paul and Storm, Faust and Lewis, Adam Sandler, Gilda Radner, Four Postmen, Happy Schnapps Combo, Herbert Farmer, Haywire Mac, Vestibules, Julie Brown, Royal Canadian Air Farce, Mike Toomey, Henry Phillips, Carla Ulbrich, Kobi LaCroix, Mel Brooks, Howie Mandel, Lorne Elliott, Kacey Jones, Roto Rooter Band, The Beatles, Bob and Doug McKenzie, Barron Knights, Woody Allen, Rich Little, The Toons, The Simpsons, Tom T-Bone Stankus, Bill Engvall, Barry Martin, Bobby Pickett, Ron White, American Comedy Network, Abbott and Costello, Three Stooges, Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, iJustine, Art Paul Schlosser, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Carson, Billy C. Wirtz, Bill Cosby, Christine Lavin, Camille West, Redd Foxx, Alan King, Stiller and Meara, Burns and Schrieber, Hudson and Landry, Bob and Ray, Wallace and Ladmo, Credibility Gap, Bob Newhart, Chipmunks, Rowan and Martin, Skyles and Henderson, Shelly Berman, Fred Allen, Henny Youngman, Rodney Dangerfield, Steven Wright, Shel Silverstein, Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Dennis Miller, Carl Dangers, Bubba de Skitso, Axis of Awesome, Nipsey Russell, Jobob and the Republicrats, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Shanklin, Dean and Jerry, Todd Snider, Slant 6 and the Jumpstarts, John Mammoser, Presidents of the United States of America, and more.
and the founder of funmentia himself, David Tanny!
TV genres: variety, talk, sitcoms, game shows, crime dramas, detective stories, rural, family, general dramas, real life adventures, nature, etc.
Music: rockabilly, pop standards, big band, swing, hillbilly, blues jazz, British rock, American rock and roll, soul, rhythm and blues, adult contemporary, smooth jazz, adult disco, new wave, folk, country, western, bluegrass, lounge, polka, etc.
Humor: vaudeville, slapstick, storytelling, jokes, riddles, puns, stand-up, sketches, parodies, novelty music, pop culture takeoffs, political, topical, etc.
Big events: Super Bowl by the NFL, World Series by MLB, NBA Finals, state fairs, Olympics, World Cup soccer, BCS series, parades, golf championships, racing events, etc.
Funmentoids are also diverse in working class levels, religious beliefs, races, sexual orientations, political views, and education levels achieved. They accept differences between other people as an advantage instead of an offense.
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