The Real Reason Why Garfield Isn't Funny...

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  • Published on Aug 29, 2018
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    There are generally three things everyone knows about Garfield- it’s all about a cat that hates Mondays, loves lasagna, and that it’s not really that funny. While the latter point may seem subjective, according to Garfield creator Jim Davis, the point of Garfield was never for the comic to be hilariously funny, but rather be relatable and, with that accomplished, serve as a vehicle to sell Garfield merchandise.
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    www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-not-just-you-garfield-is-not-meant-to-be-funny-6199556/
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    www.wired.com/2014/11/garfield-internet-cats/
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Comments • 1 530

  • Devbo Slice
    Devbo Slice 2 hours ago

    Heathcliff was way cooler than Garfield.

  • BrightBlueJim
    BrightBlueJim 15 hours ago

    Just the same, I still prefer Calvin and Hobbes

  • Jared
    Jared Day ago

    If I had a time machine, I would go back in time and put the narrator of this video in speech therapy.

  • Penguin Pie
    Penguin Pie Day ago

    um healthcliff the cat was a cat comic out before garfield.

  • Kayli Rose
    Kayli Rose 3 days ago

    err... "By virtue of being a cat, really, he's not really male or female or any particular race or nationality, young or old"..
    This sentence bothers because it contradicts itself... he's not really male or female? HE is not male?
    Someone didn't quite think that through.

  • underballbutter
    underballbutter 4 days ago

    I used to think Garfield was ok. Now I can't stand it.

  • Lanie Lakota Morrison

    Who is this man? He’s very attractive.

  • Perception Management

    Well it worked on me. I love it. Even the cartoon, I watched religiously as a kid. My cat is named Garfield.

  • Jimmy Fortef
    Jimmy Fortef 5 days ago

    I personally found Garfield hilarious as a kid

  • Cole Halford
    Cole Halford 5 days ago +1

    Holy Cow

  • Ram Laska
    Ram Laska 6 days ago

    You just shattered my childhood, Simon.

  • Jordan Leigh Wheatley

    I didn't know Garfield was from Indiana! I'm from Indiana. That's cool

  • TheOneCleanHippy
    TheOneCleanHippy 7 days ago

    So Garfield is the exact opposite of Calvin and Hobbes. Bill Watterson cared about his comic as an art. Jim Davis cared about his comic as an income. If anyone wonders which is superior, I'd say it's the one who actually cares about his content.

  • Lark88
    Lark88 8 days ago

    Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes are my top two favorite comics. Loved them as a kid. I also remember watching Garfield and Friends on Saturday mornings. Those were the days...

  • Richard Thomas
    Richard Thomas 8 days ago

    in short: Garfield is the west's answer to Hello Kitty

  • Koen Dekoning
    Koen Dekoning 8 days ago

    "Yeah well, that's just like, your opinion, man"

  • Clell Biggs
    Clell Biggs 9 days ago

    I don't know, the way Garfield tortures Odie and Jon is pretty funny.

  • CrotchetyOldman
    CrotchetyOldman 10 days ago

    I always thought Garfield was just pure satire.
    No?

  • theshep
    theshep 10 days ago

    I had a good friend try to work with Paws Inc. as an intern, and as a result of that internship being unpaid, he turned it down... rightfully so I might add.

  • AwkwardVixen
    AwkwardVixen 10 days ago

    havent watched the video yet but fuck you

  • teemusid
    teemusid 12 days ago

    Garfield and Friends was great. Mark Evanier, writer for "Groo the Wanderer" comic books also wrote for the show.

  • cathy2000
    cathy2000 13 days ago +1

    I don't like mondays

  • Scott Eggleston
    Scott Eggleston 13 days ago

    I had that lunchbox when i was a kid!! Filled with crayons. Ah memories

  • Carlos Gallon
    Carlos Gallon 13 days ago

    "I only recognized a holiday that everyone celebrates, like Christmas" - Jim Davis

  • R Nickerson
    R Nickerson 13 days ago

    4:50
    Being a cat does not remove the idea of gender... especially with a masculine name, and an owner who refers to him with male pronouns.

  • sjoormen1
    sjoormen1 13 days ago

    For me, without Lorenzo Muzic, Garfield wouldnt be Garfield.

  • Cygnus Prime
    Cygnus Prime 14 days ago

    Davis is a goddamn genius I never knew this.

  • rudolph mantooth banksy

    Simon, turn down the gesticulations about 30%.

  • Chris Cunningham
    Chris Cunningham 14 days ago

    “No one in this world, so far as I know - and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me - has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • Julio Cesar Castillo Soni

    I'm confuse with the title of the video, because you can argue that it isn't a smart comic buy I think it's funny, everyone wants to make money so I didn't really get the video that well

  • DeathbyPixels
    DeathbyPixels 14 days ago

    Being as deep a hater as commercialism as I am, Davis did do a good job making money.


    But I very much prefer Calvin and Hobbes.

  • Marc Gràcia
    Marc Gràcia 14 days ago

    Garfield is relatively funny, but... Peanuts? Always wondered if the joke was really on the readers trying to find it funny. Never understood its success.

  • machineofadream
    machineofadream 14 days ago

    I thought it was amusing as a very young child. Haven't been a fan since I was about 10, though.

  • Jasper DiLincoln
    Jasper DiLincoln 15 days ago

    Growing up as a kid in the late 80s and early 90s two cartoons I hated was The Adams Family and Garfield & Friends. But Garfield was very boring to me. I sat and watched it, because if I seemed bored my mother had household chores for me to do

  • Duke Nukem
    Duke Nukem 15 days ago

    I wonder how many starving artists were actually really good but had no business sense

  • Ryben Flynn
    Ryben Flynn 15 days ago

    Some of the comic strips are funny! At least I think so.

  • MikeAnthonyVEVO
    MikeAnthonyVEVO 15 days ago

    nice plug

  • Dani de Janeiro
    Dani de Janeiro 15 days ago

    You make it hard for me to teach my students that words are spoken interconnectedly and not in isolation .....when.....you.....read.....quotes......out.....like......this.

  • DankTendencies
    DankTendencies 16 days ago

    I never really cared for the strip growing up... I was more of a fan of Fox Trot, Calvin and Hobbes, and Far Side. That being said, the old late 80s to mid 90s show, Garfield and Friends, was one of my absolute favorites as a kid.

  • Scott Anderson
    Scott Anderson 16 days ago

    It’s like the kind of sitcom without any jokes in it.

  • Cassie Stoddard
    Cassie Stoddard 17 days ago

    Is Garfield even going on ?

  • Mister Guy
    Mister Guy 17 days ago

    But...Garfield appeared to be funny at first. Before it was focused 100% on Garfield doing his standard routine.

  • AshleenWoods
    AshleenWoods 18 days ago

    Fact: Pres. Garfield was one of four assassinated US presidents. Also, President Lincoln's son, Robert, served as Secretary of War under Garfield, and was in New York when McKinley was assassinated. Robert was in the same city as three of the four assassinated presidents. For obvious reasons, he was not in Texas during Kennedy's assassination.
    The more you know.

  • Gecko o
    Gecko o 18 days ago

    So that is why you can read the same jokes over and over.

  • Humberto Zapico
    Humberto Zapico 18 days ago +2

    I use to love the cartoon in the mid 90s

  • Will G
    Will G 18 days ago

    Garfield sucks, it's stupid, boring, annoying. Being a Garfield fan is a mark of stupidity and banality.

  • Max
    Max 18 days ago

    ur fuckin wrong lol, garfield make my pp hard

  • WhatAWorld
    WhatAWorld 18 days ago

    Garfield not funny? Fuck off!

  • Number Six
    Number Six 19 days ago +1

    The Saturday morning cartoon could be clever at times.

  • JWGFoto
    JWGFoto 19 days ago +2

    Any love for ODI? 1 like = one like.

  • AngeLife
    AngeLife 19 days ago +1

    Why does this have to be explained? It’s blatant sarcasm bec that’s how cats seem - aloof and sarcastic of their goofy human keepers. Name a cartoon enterprise that wasn’t created to sell merchandise. Disney, anyone? Don’t go getting your heart broken over entertainment commercialism.

  • baylessnow
    baylessnow 19 days ago

    I always thought Garfield was hilarious. Especially when he was voiced by Lorenzo Zoo aka "This is Carlton your doorman" from Rhoda. But then again, being from the UK I can see the humour in irony.

    • Agon Leed
      Agon Leed 19 days ago

      Being black from racist south in America I guess also gave me insight into its humor

  • Paul Accuardi
    Paul Accuardi 20 days ago +1

    "MERCHANDISING: where the real money is made" -Yogurt, Spaceballs.

  • Thanos Car
    Thanos Car 20 days ago

    As you get older, Garfield gets less funny, and dilbert gets more funny.

  • george eskiadis
    george eskiadis 20 days ago

    Garfield is like Mickey Mouse. Both are famous as merchendises. Not for their stories.

  • Westley Francis
    Westley Francis 20 days ago

    I watched the Garfield cartoon as a kid in the 90s......I'll never forget the 1 episode . John, Garfield and odie went to the snowy mountains for a weekend get-away. when they got there John got out of the car and told them to get out and smell the air....He coughed heavily and asked the renting agent "what's wrong with the air" and the agent said "It's fresh sir"....still makes me smile thinking of it

  • Jarrad Scarborough
    Jarrad Scarborough 22 days ago

    My dad still calls carrot cake "loophole cake"

  • Anthony Parker
    Anthony Parker 22 days ago

    Okay, I'll agree that over time, the strips became less and less funny, but to just say as a blanket statement that he's not funny is not true. As a kid I had a pretty mature sense of what was funny and what wasn't and I thought a lot of Garfield strips were very funny. To emphasize my point, simply go out and read a bunch of early Garfield strips (from the first 3 books) and compare them to strips like Heathcliff, Marmaduke, Our gang, etc, and you will find that Garfield is funnier than the lot of them. Is it anywhere near as hilarious as the Far side or Calvin and Hobbes? No, but it's funnier than a lot of other strips. In fact, by the mid 80's new Garfield strips were a lot funnier than new Peanuts strips. So it's relative.

  • Steven Kent
    Steven Kent 22 days ago

    how is Garfield not funny?

  • Brand X Productions
    Brand X Productions 23 days ago +1

    garfield was a punk bitch.... heathcliff was a real badass, he would beat up dogs and feral cats in the alley ways and always win the fish bones from the garbage can. they should bring back heathcliff.

  • Derick Chafton
    Derick Chafton 23 days ago

    All this machinery could be used to help feed cloth and house everyone. But instead they are used to make junk mostly. FK Garden merchandise

  • Cydonia2020
    Cydonia2020 25 days ago

    It’s hilarious as hell. I laughed a solid ten minutes at one of the Sunday issues. Not all are winners, but some are pretty cute-certainly lightyears funnier than Marmaduke or Heathcliff.

  • Jeffery Jones
    Jeffery Jones 28 days ago

    Check out Quinton Reviews video on Garfield.

  • Johnathan Clayborn
    Johnathan Clayborn 28 days ago

    Davis is the most successful comic creator in history? I would argue that such a statement depends on how you define "comic". If you mean "cartoons" run in a newspaper strip, then sure. But more broadly, I think that title might belong to the late Stan Lee.

  • Matias Villagra
    Matias Villagra 28 days ago

    I like Garfield, I grew up with reruns of the animated series, and without Garfield we wouldn't have Lasagna Cat.

  • Emilio Chavez
    Emilio Chavez 29 days ago

    Garfield is funny as hell dude Jim Davis is a fucking legend.

  • DoomRater
    DoomRater 29 days ago

    Duh huh huh, hah hah hah.
    "Why are you laughing Pablo?"
    It's not funny.

  • Danny D
    Danny D Month ago

    Hang yourself.

  • Ibraheem Productions

    I didn't know it had a comic.

  • BessieRiggs
    BessieRiggs Month ago

    Garfield became less funny as the comic got older. The original Garfield was a riot.

  • Joshua Hunt
    Joshua Hunt Month ago

    Sometimes I mix up this channel with Vsauce when looking at the small thumbnails but I'm happy either way.

  • Nathaniel Jordon
    Nathaniel Jordon Month ago

    0:31 if you wanna skip that Audible crap

  • Owen Polley
    Owen Polley Month ago

    This is kinda sad. Just sitting there going "yeah, I know it sucks,. I wasn't even trying. Sold though didn't it?"

  • ivanoffw
    ivanoffw Month ago

    I guess that Roiland was right with his "Gazorpazorpfield" episode.

  • David Zachmeyer
    David Zachmeyer Month ago

    Garfield maybe milquetoast, but I've gotten a few chuckles from the strip over the years. Whereas in 40 some years I have yet to read a Family Circus that has elicited so much as a smile. I've gotten more laughs reading the obituaries.

  • Chris Kirby
    Chris Kirby Month ago

    I wonder if Garfield was in papers in Abu Dhabi; if so, did he mail Nermal to America?

  • Mister Turk Turkle
    Mister Turk Turkle Month ago +1

    *ARE YOU DRUNK? GARFIELD IS HILLARIOUS*

  • Spanoza
    Spanoza Month ago

    I don't get it! I loved garlfield when I was a child, the comics were cool and angsty. I mean, calvin and hobbes wasn't hilarious, but it was wholesome and relatable

  • polymerizedrecords
    polymerizedrecords Month ago

    Props to him for having such massive success, but this video explains why I never found Garfield to be funny. I always found the strip a bit... Souless.

  • Tobi Uchiha
    Tobi Uchiha Month ago

    I would love to see Bill Watterson and Jim Davis stuck in the same room together. They are such polar opposites I doubt they would be able to tolerate the other's presence for no longer than a minute XD.

  • Jacob Komnath
    Jacob Komnath Month ago

    i love mondays because its my friday

  • Comrade Jason
    Comrade Jason Month ago

    Simon Whistler becomes more sexy as he ages.

  • Euoi Saboi
    Euoi Saboi Month ago

    Today i found out this channel to be boring and not funny.

  • cookieDaXapper
    cookieDaXapper Month ago

    ......i always preferred Heathcliff.

  • sirkreuab
    sirkreuab Month ago

    Calvin and Hobbes will never be forgotten it may be the best newspaper comic ever
    Few writers can touch upon the wonder and infinite splendor of the universe the joy of a simple moment and the basic pain and suffering that pervades human existence al in 3 panels

  • lowell houser
    lowell houser Month ago

    Garfield was hilarious. In the 80's. It hasn't been the 80's in a while.

  • BadgerBadger Badger

    I rarely thumb down a vid, especially one as well made as this one but at 12:13 I was done with the sad, very sad appeal for money for the sponsor. Any sponsor worth having will not try to take up that much of your video. And no, putting at the end doesn't make it better.

  • Max KopfraumPoops
    Max KopfraumPoops Month ago

    I am not sure. Is this Michael from VSauce or not?

  • Loki the Cat
    Loki the Cat Month ago

    15 minutes and no mention of garfieldminusgarfield.net/ ?

  • Ferdinand Zebua
    Ferdinand Zebua Month ago

    This isn't the reasons Garfield isn't funny, these are the reasons Garfield is so marketable.
    And I find Garfield funny.

  • etherraichu
    etherraichu Month ago

    And then there was That One Story. You know the one. The one that was so completely out of place. The one which was pretty damn dark too. It came out of nowhere, happened, an was never mentioned again. For some reason I think that actually helped a lot.

  • Bob Bobbington
    Bob Bobbington Month ago

    I'm glad Jon finally gets to date his crush.

  • Chaotic Rabbi
    Chaotic Rabbi Month ago

    i would say that my favorite comic is dilbert... wally def connected to me on a spiritual level

  • Jc Dock
    Jc Dock Month ago

    I would love mondays too if my product was grossing $1b/yr

  • StoneTitan
    StoneTitan Month ago

    Hmm... 4:48 not male or female?
    I'd be surprised if there's no place it's stated if he/she is m or f.
    However he wouldn't be a man nor a woman thats for sure. Youung or old could also be shown.

  • Roland Lee
    Roland Lee Month ago

    Gazorpazorpfield is better.

  • Cult of Ape
    Cult of Ape Month ago

    it´s funny b-e-c-a-u-s-e it´s relatable...

  • Aaron Williams
    Aaron Williams Month ago

    But it iiiisss funny!!!! My personal favorite and up yers if ya think its not😂🤣🤣🤣

  • AMPStorm
    AMPStorm Month ago

    Sounds like how dumbed down Call of Duty is.