I agree with you. I remember older comedies being much more funny. I miss them.
I've wondered about that, too. Unfortunately, they seem to be courting an audience that isn't too bright. The fear is that more highbrow humour might be misunderstood.
They've run out of fresh ideas for movies/TV shows. Now they're down to using cartoons & comic books for the basis of they're screenplays.
What gets me is every year they hand out awards for this crap. AWARDS!? Are you kidding me? If this is the best they can do they ought to be fired, at the very least!
...and don't even get me started on this 'Reality TV.'
May be people likes stupidity. I believe is the result of a precise market research. It's the official religion.
I don't like it, of course. It is a sort of anesthetic to avoid thinking to the main issues about ourselves and our destiny, but....yoy know, the Prince of Darkness, right now, is loughing because has been able to to make do his henchmen (the supposed great of the earth), his clear desire, with the promise of riches at the expense of the poor.
There are lots of kinds or "funny". It is not my kind of humor, but it does sell to a certain younger market.
I agree with you, it seems like most comedy involves making fun of other people. They do not write comedy like they used to, at all.
Humor takes structure. South Park has structure. Family Guy is just random and is much easier to write.
It has it's moments, but it is terribly random and unstructured and many of the shorts are just not that well put together. I call it inoffensive offensive humor. After I watch a Southpark, I have things to think about because of the themes.
American comedies tend be more along the lines of overly sexual and perverse than funny in my experience.<br />
British comedies like Hot Fuzz and Death At A Funeral are great though.
The entertainment industry itself has been corrupted by the deadly sin of greed. They don't want to entertain you, they just want your money.