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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  • migangelmart
    migangelmart 5 hours ago

    It was funnier than shit like Marmaduke and Cathy and Mallard Fillmore. Then pickings were slim in the cartoon strip world. There was The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes and not much else worth mentioning back then. Bloom County. Zippy the Pinhead. I'm tapped out.

  • ebay show
    ebay show 8 hours ago

    80s garfield was actually pretty funny. Especially the cartoons, and MOST especially the garfield cartoon SPECIAL MOVIES, the halloween, thanksgiving, and also the 9 lives of garfield, as well as the very first special, which had an extremely sad and emotional ending.

  • Joel Baldwin
    Joel Baldwin 10 hours ago

    I loved the first two seasons of Garfield and Friends--both the Garfield part and U.S. Acres. But season 3 forward was no good. Davis is a marketing genius, and pretty brilliant--perhaps, in part, because of his laziness rather than in spite of it.

  • Riko Saikawa
    Riko Saikawa 12 hours ago

    Garfield and Friends was funny

  • Mathma Ghandi1
    Mathma Ghandi1 15 hours ago

    Anyone have a Garfield phone?

  • blupunk01
    blupunk01 15 hours ago

    Garfield is the antithesis of funny, a thing which actually sucks in and destroys humor. There's a reason the Garfield poster and calendar and merchandise is so closely associated with that annoying person in the office who laughs a lot and thinks they're funny but everybody else thinks is actually sort of sad.

  • Jeremy
    Jeremy Day ago

    Garfield is bad but Marmaduke is a masterpiece of awful.

  • AkaJacob
    AkaJacob 3 days ago +1

    shut up bootleg
    vsauce

  • Willie Parker
    Willie Parker 3 days ago

    Garfield is so funny 😂 I love ❤️ him as a kid 🧒 and as a adult 🧑

  • Marc Colten
    Marc Colten 3 days ago

    Garfield may not be knee-slapping funny but my mother enjoyed it. I left a small furry Odie figurine in her room during her surgery so she would see it when she came to. It made her smile and that's good enough for me.

  • Marc Colten
    Marc Colten 3 days ago

    If bugs aren't relatable how do you explain the successful movies like Antz, A Bug's Life and Starship Troopers?
    Maybe Davis' comic strip wasn't any good.

  • Richard Johnson
    Richard Johnson 4 days ago

    as about funny as modern comedy

  • James Ellis
    James Ellis 5 days ago

    Very entergaging

  • Adrian Van Vorhees
    Adrian Van Vorhees 6 days ago

    There were also animated specials in the 80s and a series with Garfield voiced by Lorenzo "This is Carlton Your Doorman" Music? It was all to sell tchotchkes. Makes sense to me now.

  • John Vanegas
    John Vanegas 6 days ago

    Cool. Cool. So the key to becoming a successful artist is to destroy your artistic integrity. Got it.

  • Jase M outdoors
    Jase M outdoors 6 days ago

    Snoopy would kickass Garfield's ass in a fight

  • Призрак Отца Гамлета

    r/imsorryjon

  • Rel
    Rel 7 days ago

    Garfield was OG grumpy cat.

  • Brett DeLong
    Brett DeLong 7 days ago +2

    He's the Gene Simmons of comic strips.

  • Styve Karp
    Styve Karp 7 days ago

    because it was made by a baby boomer, and baby boomers are a breed of subhuman apes with limited frontal lobe development

  • Alli M.
    Alli M. 7 days ago +1

    FYI, Forbes list Jim Davis, 90, in 2018 to have a net worth of $2.3 Billion USD. Damn Simon, making me do your work for you, lol.

  • cha5
    cha5 7 days ago +1

    I prefer George Herriman’s Krazy Kat,
    Speaking of which, could you possibly do a video on him Simon?

  • Forensic Ayot
    Forensic Ayot 8 days ago +3

    “If you build it they will come...”
    “Build what? Who will come?”
    “Suction cup cats... they stick to your car...”

  • Brett Bar
    Brett Bar 8 days ago +1

    Dude: what you been sniffing?? Garfield is hilarious! Will Farrell and Adam Sandler . . . definitely not funny.

  • Gabe Akashi
    Gabe Akashi 8 days ago +1

    At least Jim Davis is honest about the merchandising.

  • Gustavo Medrano
    Gustavo Medrano 8 days ago

    so many movies with now days that use plays on words, rhyming,... that sometimes it sound so stupid and nonsense when translated in other languages, specially in Spanish because if the people translating it use a play on word or mexican slangs in other countries they have no idea what the hell they are talking about or when they translate the movie in Spain...

  • Hansbald
    Hansbald 8 days ago

    He Could save the Lives of Millions of people with one Signature without even noticing He lost any money
    Rich people are assholes

  • Maisie Summers
    Maisie Summers 9 days ago +2

    Why I don't use Audible: because at the start and end of every book there's an annoying advert for Audible, which is a waste of time and incredibly grating on the ear.

  • Neo 1208
    Neo 1208 9 days ago +1

    I'm going to watch the Garfield Movie now.

  • Camilo Iribarren
    Camilo Iribarren 9 days ago +2

    I use to read and love Garfield comics. They were hilarious back then

    • Winnifred Forbes
      Winnifred Forbes 6 days ago

      I loved his sarcasm! I stole a lot of good lines from him, which I still use today!

  • carl westernut
    carl westernut 9 days ago

    I always thought it was funny when Garfield kicked odie off the table.

  • Angela Garreffa
    Angela Garreffa 11 days ago

    Actually Garfield started in 78 but Hecliff started in 73 so Garfield was not the first comic cat also Felix and Fritz which were even earlier.

  • Jedi Knight Jairin Aiki
    Jedi Knight Jairin Aiki 11 days ago +4

    I like Garfield when I was in jr. high school (early 80's) but I grew out of it. I much prefer Get Fuzzy, as Bucky is just awesome.

  • BaneHuntress
    BaneHuntress 12 days ago +1

    LOL, watching this, and I still have a keyring I bought back in the 90's sat on a shelf by my PC :P

  • DrunkenGuitarGuy
    DrunkenGuitarGuy 13 days ago +1

    not funny??? how dare you!!

  • ceicli se-i-sl-i
    ceicli se-i-sl-i 13 days ago

    In Sweden, we had a comic with a cat as a side character. The cat is named Sonny and is very cat-like. It's called elvis, a turtle and his wife, and is made by Tony Cronstam. :D

  • ceicli se-i-sl-i
    ceicli se-i-sl-i 13 days ago

    In Sweden, we had a comic with a cat as a side character. The cat is named Sonny and is very cat-like. It's called elvis, a turtle and his wife, and is made by Tony Cronstam. :D

  • Beatnik
    Beatnik 14 days ago

    This video just makes me so sad.

  • InnocuousOctopus
    InnocuousOctopus 15 days ago +2

    I don't really get this; I always thought Garfield was funny, and still do.

  • Ceffareno: The Prince of MARS

    Mr. Today What I Found Out sir what camera are you using?

  • f f
    f f 17 days ago +2

    I love Garfield, hate Mondays also lol.

  • bpanther
    bpanther 17 days ago

    Strange... now that I see this. A colleague at my job always lovingly, called me Garfield from the start that she met me. I joined that company in '78 !!

  • earhoney
    earhoney 17 days ago +2

    I thought Garfield was a shit comic till I watched this. Its very clever.

  • Crystal Saling
    Crystal Saling 19 days ago

    WTF?!!!

  • Dat Tall Guy
    Dat Tall Guy 19 days ago

    Garfield isn't funny? Well, it may be so for some people. I personally have a collection of Garfield comics.

  • Rex Pimplemyer
    Rex Pimplemyer 20 days ago +1

    Nice segue there, Simon. Smoothly transitioned right into audible before I even noticed. You sly dog, you. XD

  • Garrett Thacher
    Garrett Thacher 20 days ago +5

    Oh I'm sorry, I thought I heard you say 'prefer dogs' when you actually meant 'cat'.
    I see your mistake there lol

  • The Butler Did It
    The Butler Did It 21 day ago

    Mostly Garfield isn't funny but just occasionally there's one that just cracks me up.

  • BlackScream77
    BlackScream77 21 day ago

    Its very in spirit of Garfield that the character itself a food loving, lazy, constantly asleep cat was created for money. Its just very like Garfield to do something like that.

  • Cl Hanson
    Cl Hanson 21 day ago

    That explains a lot. My kids grew to love Garfield while reading his books in French -- as far at they're concerned, he's in the same category as any other French comic. Garfield is the only US comic I know of that has been successful in French-format comic books. So the explanation is that Jim Davis intentionally made Garfield as international as possible, so he didn't try to sell French people US-format comic books the way other American comic-book producers have done.

  • Jose Colon
    Jose Colon 22 days ago

    11:34 I thought he was gonna say that gone on a diet

  • gear drop
    gear drop 22 days ago

    I eat, jon. it’s what I do

  • Steve Waclo
    Steve Waclo 22 days ago

    In the immortal words of the Mel Brooks character Yogurt, “Merchandising, where the real money is made!”
    tvclip.biz/video/fgRFQJCHcPw/video.html

  • RadkeMaiden
    RadkeMaiden 24 days ago

    So this is why pop music sucks.

  • manu Honkanen
    manu Honkanen 25 days ago

    TVclip is full of really good audiobooks!
    Orwell 1986:
    m.tvclip.biz/video/wM3GFyuJwQ8/video.html

  • weaktech
    weaktech 25 days ago +2

    i grew up WITH Garfield AND I found him, funny. Jolly Good Show, it was. hmm yeah.

  • Judith Catlett
    Judith Catlett 26 days ago

    Davis did hit the mark, because I never found Garfield funny.

  • TheEmbessyNetwork
    TheEmbessyNetwork 26 days ago +1

    Does anybody remember the Garfield And Friends cartoon featuring US Acres? I loved the egg who didn't fully hatch yet and was just legs stocking outta shell lol

  • Mick Obrien
    Mick Obrien 26 days ago

    Davis says he's not political with Garfield... But I noticed the only people that like 'Garfield' are smarmy liberals with a crap sense of humor. Dorks, really. Garfield sucks.

  • Gingeabred Guy
    Gingeabred Guy 28 days ago

    *y o u s a y what !!!*

  • Blake Hendrickson
    Blake Hendrickson 28 days ago +2

    So what you’re saying is that Garfield is the original meme

  • Melvyn Gingell
    Melvyn Gingell 28 days ago

    I think Garfield IS funny !

  • Joe S
    Joe S 29 days ago

    Good info but enough with the ads in the videos. I get having 1 but 3?? That plus TVclip's ads interrupting is really annoying.

  • Pauline Yuhas
    Pauline Yuhas Month ago

    I hate Garfield. I always thought it was stupid and not funny. Give me Calvin and Hobbs or The Far Side any day.

  • Shawn Lecrone
    Shawn Lecrone Month ago +3

    I bought 9 of his books last month and the Christmas and Halloween tvspecials are a tradition. 🤗

  • Winnifred Forbes
    Winnifred Forbes Month ago

    Is it just me, or does Garfield somewhat resemble Jim Davis?

  • JoeMotion Videos 82
    JoeMotion Videos 82 Month ago +1

    "Halloween is my middle name, Gar-halloween-field"
    Garfield and Family Circus are my go-to comics in the Sunday paper

  • Captain Firepower
    Captain Firepower Month ago +2

    4:50 Not “male or female” (dafuq?)
    4:56 “HE’S not going to...”
    -.-

    Oh for $&@! sake I hate society and especially politically correctness...

    • Cthulhu Has Risen
      Cthulhu Has Risen 8 days ago

      @Jounan Garfield had a girlfriend Penelope, a female cat. Male animals act like males. Female animals act like females. Fucked up humans are the only ones trying to deny the natural way of things. The only brightside is that hopefully most of the nutjobs won't breed. Let them die off bitter and confused. 😃

    • Jounan
      Jounan 8 days ago

      Let me spell it out for you GARFIELD DOES NOT ACT UPON MALE OR FEMALE GENDER ROLES THAT HUMANS HAVE. clear enough?

    • Cthulhu Has Risen
      Cthulhu Has Risen Month ago +1

      I think he was concerned with making money, not sjw bullshit. It was 1981 so I don't think that was really a thing back then. I absolutely agree with you tho, fuck political correctness.

  • Captain Firepower
    Captain Firepower Month ago +1

    So now I know for a fact that Garfield is shit.

  • ForgottenSouls666
    ForgottenSouls666 Month ago +2

    It got me to read when I was younger lol... and he’s a ***king cat 🐱

  • Daniel
    Daniel Month ago +3

    As a child I loved Garfield. I literally spent hours reading the Garfield books that I had. Even the original cartoon was great Garfield and friends. It's the recent movies and TV shows that have not been funny.

  • Michael Anthony
    Michael Anthony Month ago +1

    The Jim Davis' and Jay Leno's of the world are why we can't have nice things.

  • TFrills
    TFrills Month ago +1

    Garfield is definitely male.

  • Steely
    Steely Month ago +2

    All I will say about Jim Davis's work is that, as a kid in the late 80's and early 90's, I had a lot of fun reading both Garfield and US Acres comics and, for that, I am grateful.

  • Lernos Rotosch
    Lernos Rotosch Month ago +1

    "Garfield is not... male or female"? Yeah. Suuuuuuure.

  • F Huber
    F Huber Month ago

    But...
    Garfield is funny.
    So your whole video is a fail.

  • momkatmax
    momkatmax Month ago

    A snarky feline? How novel.

  • royjonzejr
    royjonzejr Month ago +1

    I'm glad that there's a lot of people defending Garfield in the comments. As usual, the worst Garfield comics are cherry picked and used as proof that the strip isn't funny. Look, no one's denying that there's plenty of mediocre Garfield strips, but there's also plenty of funny ones, as well as surprisingly heartwarming ones that never get mentioned (think about the story arc where Garfield reunites with his mother, the arc where Garfield gets lost and Jon tries looking for him, etc.).

  • hyenacub
    hyenacub Month ago +1

    Except Garfield is obviously male, lol. And rhere's Halloween and New Year's and stuff.

  • Jonathan Rocker
    Jonathan Rocker Month ago +2

    I always enjoyed Garfield and it's humor. Maybe it was the dry and sarcastic humor, but whatever it was, I liked it

  • lotsofsparks32
    lotsofsparks32 Month ago

    I kept on getting our Garfield with the suction cups to moon everyone through the front glass door and my mum was too polite to say anything but kept fixing it.

  • saunz departier
    saunz departier Month ago

    stuffing your face as usual

  • kate baxter
    kate baxter Month ago

    This video has given me a real distaste for Davis.

  • Francisco Burgos
    Francisco Burgos 2 months ago

    Well Mighty Mouse was a mouse, speedy Gonzalez was a rat, goofy was,.... wait, what was goofy? Snoopy a dog. Tom, jerry, Felix, bugs, porky, You’re right. No bugs.

  • Tamsen Miller-Baum
    Tamsen Miller-Baum 2 months ago

    Garfield and Odie make regular appearances at Silverwood theme park in northern Idaho.

  • ari3lz3pp3lin
    ari3lz3pp3lin 2 months ago

    I loved Garfield as a kid. It was one of my favorite comics to read, I had some comic books of Garfield, and a Garfield movie (in the early 90s). I could jive with how Garfield was so grumpy all the time. I'm actually way less grumpy now than I was as a kid. lol

  • hhhhhheyyyyyyyyyyy
    hhhhhheyyyyyyyyyyy 2 months ago

    I totally want an autobiography by Jim Davis. Why hasn't he written one yet?

  • hhhhhheyyyyyyyyyyy
    hhhhhheyyyyyyyyyyy 2 months ago

    Woah damn i never gave much thought into garfield but now the creator is gonna be one of my role models. It's so astonishing how he thought of the ideas to make garfield to be as universal as possible.
    Not having seasons or holidays in a comic seems doubtful to be successful but how he went on with it is eye opening

  • hhhhhheyyyyyyyyyyy
    hhhhhheyyyyyyyyyyy 2 months ago +1

    Huh come to think of it Calvin and Hobbes is also more relatable than funny

    • heather turner
      heather turner 21 day ago

      hhhhhheyyyyyyyyyyy I think it depends on the comic

  • Felix
    Felix 2 months ago

    Garfield pizza makes so much more sense now

  • EyeHeartShantel
    EyeHeartShantel 2 months ago +1

    This dude was a good business man.

  • Prince Of Opinion
    Prince Of Opinion 2 months ago +12

    4:51 Cats can’t be male or female. You learn something new everyday huh 🤨

    • royjonzejr
      royjonzejr Month ago

      Nermal is supposed to be male, but I just can't see him that way. I think it would just be too politically incorrect for Garfield to beat up Nermal and throw him through windows if he were a girl.

    • Devanye Hansen
      Devanye Hansen 2 months ago +2

      Yeah, that was poorly worded. I think he meant they aren't held to the same gender roles that humans are.

  • Lochricolife
    Lochricolife 2 months ago

    I’m more of a Heithcliff guy myself

  • Rockin BoBokkin
    Rockin BoBokkin 2 months ago

    How many damn channels this dude on?
    He must be reading script 10 hours a day. Clearly working for a company that mass produces content. Is this really what YT is about?

  • StayNoided
    StayNoided 2 months ago

    what the fuck

  • Radical Rainbow
    Radical Rainbow 2 months ago

    Audible is actually very good

  • Raymx slapped y'all
    Raymx slapped y'all 2 months ago

    Y'all play Garfield game on genesis? Hard as hell! Why they make a game kids would like soo damn aggrivating was beyond me

  • Mr Moth
    Mr Moth 2 months ago +1

    But Garfield is a male.

  • John Lawlor
    John Lawlor 2 months ago +3

    A fruit fly with two weeks to live... i love it :)

  • Huskypilot 630
    Huskypilot 630 2 months ago

    Audible..audible....audible..... audible..audible...audible. Sellout, unsubbing