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

Share
Embed
  • Published on Aug 29, 2018
  • Thanks for sponsoring this video, Audible! To start your free 30 day trial and receive a free audiobook visit www.audible.com/brainfood or text brainfood to 500 500!
    If you happen to like our videos and have a few bucks to spare to support our efforts, check out our Patreon page where we've got a variety of perks for our Patrons, including Simon's voice on your GPS and the ever requested Simon Whistler whistling package: www.patreon.com/TodayIFoundOut
    →Some of our favorites: tvclip.biz/p/PLR0XuDegDqP10d4vrztQ0fVzNnTiQBEAA
    →Subscribe for new videos every day!
    tvclip.biz/user/TodayIFoundOut
    Never run out of things to say at the water cooler with TodayIFoundOut! Brand new videos 7 days a week!
    In this video:
    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.
    Want the text version?: www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2018/08/when-a-marketer-invents-a-comic-the-story-of-garfield/
    Sources:
    www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-not-just-you-garfield-is-not-meant-to-be-funny-6199556/
    web.archive.org/web/20090214062806/archives.cnn.com/2000/fyi/student.bureau/10/24/jim.davis/
    books.google.co.uk/books?id=olhEMU5PeE4C&pg=PA177&dq=gnorm+gnat+nobody+can+identify+with+Bugs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjIiqnO04rbAhVlIcAKHehOB64Q6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=gnorm%20gnat%20nobody%20can%20identify%20with%20Bugs&f=false
    kathrynwhiteauthor.blogspot.com/2014/02/charles-m-schulz-and-garfield.html
    www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/assessment/2004/06/garfield.single.html
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Davis_(cartoonist)
    mentalfloss.com/article/83344/11-things-you-might-not-know-about-cartoonist-jim-davis
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnorm_Gnat
    mentalfloss.com/article/59797/20-things-you-might-not-know-about-garfield
    ew.com/article/2014/11/04/garfield-creator-jim-davis/
    www.wired.com/2014/11/garfield-internet-cats/
    Music from Jukedeck - create your own at jukedeck.com.

Comments • 1 686

  • Blake Harvard
    Blake Harvard 23 hours ago

    Nice Jim Davis

  • Robert Charleson

    I’ve always found it funny...

  • Dustin Provost
    Dustin Provost 2 days ago

    More power to Davis. He's honest about his intentions.

  • Saroyan Dynamite
    Saroyan Dynamite 2 days ago

    My siblings and I loved Garfield. We ended up renting every single Garfield Garfield cartoon from Hollywood Video

  • Ian Snyder
    Ian Snyder 2 days ago

    Jim Davis has never received a penny from me, but his genius in creating a low-effort property that the general public likes is second to only that of Gary Dahl, inventor of the pet rock.

  • Johnny Shields
    Johnny Shields 3 days ago

    Garfield is a perfect example of lazy, corporate, worthless crap, not art.

  • Wolfy Kaname
    Wolfy Kaname 3 days ago

    Mmmmn. Yeah. No. I'll just read a regular book like a normal person.

  • Bekah Sp
    Bekah Sp 3 days ago

    the comics stopped being good after the 90s.

  • Hossain shovon
    Hossain shovon 4 days ago

    I still love Garfield, it was truly the cartoon character i saw myself in. i love food,im lazy, kinda fat

  • Chris Williamson
    Chris Williamson 4 days ago +2

    I am a Garfield freak! He's my favorite cartoon character! 😄

  • Dialask Isel
    Dialask Isel 4 days ago

    So... In a way, Davis IS Garfield. Somewhat selfish and lazy, but in a lovable and relatable way. He's not going to make your life miserable, but he may smile to himself from time to time when he nabs your lasagna.

  • Superpope69
    Superpope69 4 days ago

    He loves mondays because of how the newspaper cycle works 😂🤣

  • Sarxyz
    Sarxyz 5 days ago

    They ruined it, I used to watch the movies every so often and still get a laugh out of it.

  • hosersupreme
    hosersupreme 5 days ago

    I definitely enjoy Garfield and, for the record, Jim Davis is estimated to be worth $800 million. That's right, he's nearly a billionaire

  • plumreid
    plumreid 5 days ago

    Today I found out the British pronunciation of "behemoth".

  • Gravity's Ghetto Mods.

    While this was informative, I feel the need to downvote for saying Garfield isn't funny. You'd figure if anyone, a British dude would find dry, deadpan, humor funny.

  • Kiki Lang
    Kiki Lang 6 days ago

    Well people love Garfield. I can't remember a single strip, which I assume is the point. Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes might have been the best strip in the past fifty years, but the guys was wack.

  • baba yaga
    baba yaga 6 days ago

    fun fact. jim davis is from the same hometown as james dean

  • Aubergine Bellen
    Aubergine Bellen 7 days ago +2

    "Why Garfield isn't funny..."
    tl;dr Old people don't actually like humor. They're the ones watching _The Big Bang Theory._

    • Morten Bakke
      Morten Bakke 3 days ago

      The problem with Garfield is that iif you compare it with anything else it is kinda the most unfunny, effortless, copy/pasted cartoon ever made. Even the most funny strips are just decent at best. Almost every comic strip you find when just searching "cartoon" in google would be better.
      Though I know humor in particular is not right or wrong. Or mine humor is better than yours. It's just that Garfield is slapstick cheap and lazy humor. And some people love that. I can respect that. But it can never be considered quality.

  • Hijynks
    Hijynks 7 days ago

    When I was growing up my parents had several Garfield books full of the old newspaper strips laying around the house, and I used to *love* reading them every night. I found them hilarious. Still do today.

  • Chrono Trigger
    Chrono Trigger 7 days ago

    garfield isn't a male or female? umm his name is garfield lol

  • Casualverse
    Casualverse 9 days ago +1

    *#relatable** before there was even a hashtag*

  • Harrison Fross
    Harrison Fross 10 days ago

    I mean . . . Isn't selling out that what all artists dream to do? :P

  • kristpuncher
    kristpuncher 10 days ago

    Eat shit you dumb bald fuck

  • George
    George 11 days ago

    Garfield is dying of starvation and everything in the strip is Garfield's life flashing before his eyes.

  • Jason Mimiaga
    Jason Mimiaga 11 days ago

    Garfield is fucking HILARIOUS.

  • LittleLiu49
    LittleLiu49 11 days ago

    I honestly don't know why ppl still debate whether Calvin and Hobbes or Garfield is better. I mean, the answer is obvious,

    Calvin and Hobbes.
    Garfield may be funny, but it wasn't really meant to be a good comic. Jim Davis said it himself that he made Garfield solely to sell Merchandise. Bill Watterson on the other hand, did so much to preserve his comic and keep it the way it was, and he did a good job. Honestly, idk why I ever liked Garfield

  • perakole
    perakole 11 days ago

    Can this man be more sexy?

    • perakole
      perakole 9 days ago

      +Lofty No, Simon.

    • Lofty
      Lofty 9 days ago

      The Garfield creator?

  • 100domathon
    100domathon 12 days ago

    The Garfield Animated series and the TV specials are very funny! Some people dont think its funny and then lots of people like me enjoy it. But opinions are not facts

  • Paul Estevanez
    Paul Estevanez 13 days ago

    garfield was the first cat i ever copied trying to learn to draw. i also stole a bunch of garfield from our school library to read while in the loo. lol

  • Thomas Sommerfeld
    Thomas Sommerfeld 14 days ago

    By due respect of you opinion. I love Garfield and find him often very funny ^^

  • J-TAR
    J-TAR 15 days ago

    If there's any Savjz fans watching, I suggest you pay close attention to the background music.

  • James Cook
    James Cook 15 days ago

    I enjoy Garfield. I recall at the height of his popularity a local department store had an entire Garfield section with every concievable item.
    BTW Garfield is a male

  • Sarah Nyb
    Sarah Nyb 17 days ago

    Maybe, but accurate

  • Star Crasher
    Star Crasher 18 days ago +2

    Davis DOES include seasons. I've seen a lot of snow and Autumn leaves.

  • Peter Jansen
    Peter Jansen 18 days ago

    Today I Found Out is a bit wrong, a Dutch comic (Jan Jans en de Kinderen) which came out earlier (since 1970) featured a cat prominently.

  • fanOmry
    fanOmry 18 days ago +2

    Yes.. he is.
    That Cat form person is very funny.
    People just *think* they're too sophisticated.. Too Mature. *Too Cool.*

  • TwiTchy WiTch
    TwiTchy WiTch 18 days ago

    Since you brought it up... I really don't know where the idea that cats are lazy comes from. I'm a cat colony caretaker. I fully care for 25 thrown away cats in my community. I'm very familiar with their behavior. They sleep with one eye open and are rarely ever sitting still. I could make several warm coats a yr with the amount of dead animals they constantly leave on my doorstep (as gifts, they think I can't hunt for myself apparently! Although I often wish they'd leave me wildflowers. ) anyways, they are the least lazy animals I've ever witnessed. Cows, now cow's are lazy! LoL

  • Shaun Kennedy
    Shaun Kennedy 19 days ago

    It was more advice not criticism

  • Reginald Scot
    Reginald Scot 19 days ago

    And now I know why I never liked it... for people who enjoy Calvin and Hobbs, Garfield is simply beneath us...

  • splo1nger
    splo1nger 19 days ago

    Garfield sucks balls

  • Designs Billy
    Designs Billy 19 days ago

    As I found out when you create a comic strip you also have to be a writer I created my own comic strip but I'm not a writer. I got it in a small town newspaper promise no one got the jokes hey I thought it was funny no one else did William s.

  • Dusty Long
    Dusty Long 20 days ago

    Garfield is male, even Davis calls Garfield "he" 😉

    • Emelie Winberg
      Emelie Winberg 7 days ago

      +Dusty Long I'm swedish myself, but I read books and go on the internet sometimes, plus we learn english in school.
      "It" is usually used to describe non-sentient objects. I guess some people might use it to describe it to describe pets but some might find it weird, it's kind of contradictory to giving them names?
      The gender neutral pronoun you would and should use in english is "They", but a lot of people don't. "He or she" is used a lot, and some people will just say "he" instead. I personally disagree with those people since I think that "they" is the correct term, but regardless of my personal opinion of the use of the word, it's still widely used to refer to people whose gender is unknown or genderless objects. An example would be C3PO from Star Wars, who is referred to as "he", despite as a robot being incapable of having a gender.
      Common web dictionary Marriam Webster defines "He" as "that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer", but also as "used in a generic sense or when the sex of the person is unspecified", with "one should do the best he can" as an example. (With "one" being a genderless general term here")
      Wiktionary describes that "He was traditionally used as both a masculine and a gender-neutral pronoun, but since the mid 20th century generic usage has sometimes been considered sexist and limiting. It is deprecated by some style guides, such as Wadsworth. In place of generic he, writers and speakers may use he or she, alternate he and she as the indefinite person, use the singular they, or rephrase sentences to use plural they."

    • Dusty Long
      Dusty Long 7 days ago

      I have learned that if you don't know the gender, then say "it". But English is not my language, I'm Dutch, so...😉

    • Emelie Winberg
      Emelie Winberg 7 days ago

      +Dusty Long You said that he was male because he's referred to as he, even though several inherently genderless objects are referred to using gendered pronouns. "He" is also often used to refer to people whose gender aren't known by a lot of people. Notably, a lot of people ascribe gender to household pets specifically without actually knowing what it is. A good comparison would be a robot/android character: they are usually referred to with gendered pronouns even if they are genderless. Stating that something must be male because it's being referred to by a masculine pronoun is factually incorrect, which becomes silly when the same logic is applied to different circumstances. My example was intentionally vulgar to really highlight how silly that assumption can be.
      Or maybe you understood what I said and you're arguing that not all men have penises just like not all women have vaginas, in which case kudos to you :P
      (Also if we're going that route, many non-men use male pronouns for various reasons, such as because they're closeted trans people, because they're not comfortable with a gender expression that aligns with their gender, or just because they prefer them.)
      All that said, if you want to headcanon him as male then sure :P The creator has said that he doesn't have a gender but I don't think that the author's personal opinion on the their work holds any sway over their work compared to other peoples' opinions: what's important is what is actually shown in the work, and I don't believe the actual comics state that Garfield is genderless.

    • Dusty Long
      Dusty Long 7 days ago

      Uhm... did I say that Garfield had a penis?

    • Emelie Winberg
      Emelie Winberg 7 days ago

      So boats are "she"s, I guess they must have uteruses? 🤔🤔🤔

  • Jason Kruger
    Jason Kruger 20 days ago

    I was thought something was wrong with me cause i never would laugh or.understand

  • It's Ethan
    It's Ethan 21 day ago +1

    If anyone is wondering, Jim Davis' net worth as of 2019 is $800+ MILLION!!!

  • StormyHotWolf88
    StormyHotWolf88 21 day ago

    3:56 .... is that a cat on the left? it looks like a chihuahua mix.

  • SeasideDetective2
    SeasideDetective2 21 day ago

    "Garfield" was pretty funny at the peak of its fame from about 1988 to 1995, when Jon was getting lots of laughs with his "nerd" behavior and the strip as a whole got more zany and surreal. Garfield's ability to "talk" without moving his mouth was always amusing to me, and I still smile whenever I think of Binky the Clown! I'm glad Davis licensed Garfield, because I got a lot of joy out of the merchandise.

  • George Stacey
    George Stacey 22 days ago

    I just read his net worth is 800 million dollars.

  • Larry TRUELOVE
    Larry TRUELOVE 23 days ago

    I never “GOT” Garfield. I don’t hate him and the strip is okay.

  • Holly Soyka
    Holly Soyka 23 days ago

    This makes me like Garfield even more than before. I probably love him cause I think grumpy old men are hilarious! Garfield’s Christmas has always been my favourite Christmas special. I’m definitely going to have to look up this Gnorm Gnat.

  • Terminal Cancer
    Terminal Cancer 23 days ago

    How dare you insult our lasagna lord, Garfield
    You will be burned for your heresy

  • Dawsauce
    Dawsauce 24 days ago

    I'm committing a first degree murder how could you say this about garfield

  • Meow
    Meow 25 days ago

    Is Seinfeld the Garfield of TV?

  • zapawillie
    zapawillie 25 days ago

    Flawed premise, Garfield is the hot business.

  • Nova Sky
    Nova Sky 25 days ago

    Are you aware that Garfield is watching a youtube video on how to shred furniture today XD irony

  • Nova Sky
    Nova Sky 25 days ago

    Please explain why i have laughed out loud everyday since the early eighties thanks to a cat with my exact slightly evil very lazy lifestyle.

  • Doctor Purple
    Doctor Purple 26 days ago

    Oh yeah yeah!

  • James Gundlach
    James Gundlach 26 days ago +1

    Clickbait! Garfield is hella funny

  • Evil Seeds Grow Naturally

    This video is factually incorrect and also misquotes and misrepresents the intentions of Davis.
    Adios!

  • Ben Winnick
    Ben Winnick 27 days ago

    Garfield helped me teach Latin. The Latin word 'Odi' means 'I hate,' which sums up Garfield's feelings about Odie.

  • Adau K Wyun
    Adau K Wyun 27 days ago

    I loved Garfield as a kid not becuz it was funny but I couldnt figure out why until I watched this video

  • Donald Black
    Donald Black 27 days ago

    I will defend Garfield to the death

  • Samurai Fingers
    Samurai Fingers 27 days ago

    Why does youtube suggest and support this content? WHO CARES?

  • sweiland75
    sweiland75 28 days ago

    When an opinion is presented as fact.

  • Ashley Avenue Music
    Ashley Avenue Music 28 days ago

    but james garfield davis was named after james garfield so garfield is named after the president.

  • Adrian G Eyre
    Adrian G Eyre 28 days ago

    Garfield: The Movie was funny

  • dean nelson
    dean nelson 29 days ago

    He's not really male or female.......ahhh I don't think that sentence works!

  • Chundle The Great
    Chundle The Great Month ago

    "He noticed no one had made a popular comic strip about a cat" what about Felix the cat ? I thought he was pretty popular not sure though

  • drewbster69
    drewbster69 Month ago

    Although I'd helped my mom bake cookies as a kid, my passion for cooking never sparked until I decided I wanted to learn how to make lasagna. All these many years later, it's still my birthday tradition.

  • Marguerite Johnson
    Marguerite Johnson Month ago

    I like Garfield and he quite often behaves as I would like to. I also have no problem with Davis making a heap of money; he has, after all, made millions of people smile and sometimes laugh out loud.

  • Ken Lee
    Ken Lee Month ago

    The Boomtown Rats agree with Garfield, "I don't like Mondays"

  • john smith
    john smith Month ago

    Billion dollars a year? Bull shit! Thats roughly 6 dollars for every man woman and child on the planet...A YEAR!!! BUUUUUULLLLLSHHHHHHIIIIIIT

  • Yukihyo
    Yukihyo Month ago

    His relatability is what makes it funny to me lol

  • Mark Chisholm
    Mark Chisholm Month ago

    Garfield is genuinely funny and wry.

  • Glen Waldrop
    Glen Waldrop Month ago

    That seems kind of counter productive.
    I loved Garfield, had up to like book 17.
    I rarely *ever* saw any Garfield merchandise aside from those books.

  • Matthew Caylor
    Matthew Caylor Month ago

    So what does that speak about to me where I found Garfield funny?

  • Andrew Murray
    Andrew Murray Month ago

    Can I skip to where the actual information is?

  • Julian Baxter
    Julian Baxter Month ago

    Garfield has a white owner and celebrates xmas! what?! how long have u known about this?!

  • Tentoes
    Tentoes Month ago

    I've always found Garfield funny. SIMON WHISTLER, YOU'RE RUINED MY LIFE! (well, actually not)

  • Alan Braswell
    Alan Braswell Month ago

    Garfield is the same all the time. Oh look Jon is wearing a funny tie oh look Garfield isn't doing anything about the mice oh look Garfield is hitting Jon on and on and on the scripts keep going on repetitive

  • seancoyote
    seancoyote Month ago

    Davis likely got the idea for Garfield from Kliban's 1975 "Cat"

  • Emil Nielsen
    Emil Nielsen Month ago

    I love Garfield. Apparently Davis just isn't funny when he tries.

  • Strangeryann
    Strangeryann Month ago

    idk if this video should be in here for free but... thanks nonetheless - thanks very luch indeed :-3

  • Mick Hall
    Mick Hall Month ago

    Funny how this video is sponsored by "Audible", but the sound quality is so bad!

  • ineedausername 124
    ineedausername 124 Month ago

    Garfeild

  • JadeLeaf1980
    JadeLeaf1980 Month ago

    I’m nearly 40 and still get a Garfield book every Christmas lol. I still love them and find them amusing,

  • Jillian Vaughan
    Jillian Vaughan Month ago

    I think Garfield is hilarious. I’ve read 40 years worth of strips and know so many classic zingers 😂

  • Mike D L
    Mike D L Month ago

    You, sir, have ruined my childhood. (Fortunately, I haven't been a child for decades)

  • Drew Lorenzo
    Drew Lorenzo Month ago

    This makes me kinda cross. I grew up reading Garfield, Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes. Garfield always felt shallow and repetitive by comparison to the other two.
    Success of a comic strip should not be measured in profit, it should be measured in impact and Calvin & Hobbes had a huge impact in my life and even today it is the shortest route to my emotions.

  • Nikki Grossman
    Nikki Grossman Month ago

    Lol I go to school in Indiana and the whole STATE is a Garfield museum. They have these giant Garfield statues "hidden" all over Indiana and the goal is to get people to try to visit them all, take pictures with them and post them in what is essentially a free advertisement on their social media. My hat is off to Jim Davis!

  • Yuri
    Yuri Month ago

    Mondays, amirite?

  • Kitty Sav
    Kitty Sav Month ago

    Cause Garfield is life. lasagna

  • Angry Archaeologist

    This video could have just as easily been about 'Friends', if it had less plush toys or humour.

  • Paul Sutherland
    Paul Sutherland Month ago

    Awesome video. Even better plug for audible.com I'm pretty sure they sponsor every podcast I enjoy and I've never heard that you get to keep the books you got through audible or that if you don't like one you can exchange it for free. Excellent plug, Jeff Bezos money was well spent sponsoring you sir

  • Mittens FastPaw
    Mittens FastPaw Month ago

    So basically the man just wanted to make a living with the side effect of making people laugh. That and not be caught up in all the bullshit the rest of the world causes just for the sake of it. I can respect that.

  • Brian Mitchell
    Brian Mitchell Month ago

    What are you talking about? Garfield is funny as hell.

  • Scott Cox
    Scott Cox Month ago

    At the moment I’m writing this there are 515 people that don’t like Garfield being called not funny. That’s a whole lot of receptionists named Lynn.

  • Walkercolours
    Walkercolours Month ago

    Fat Freddie's Cat from Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers was hilarious.

  • Leon Foster
    Leon Foster Month ago

    Shapes of fingers?

  • Ms. Nohotyoga
    Ms. Nohotyoga Month ago

    It’s really quite upsetting when Simon wears a shirt without an undershirt. It’s not abhorrent, but upsetting-nonetheless.
    It feels like I am a little girl and getting a peak at Tom Jone’s chest hair. I’m intrigued, agitated, and repelled. I can’t look away.
    Simon’s body hair is a whole mood.