Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dick in a Box vs Jizz in My Pants

Before anyone accuses me of taking comedy too seriously, let me say that this is a somewhat jokey post. But on one level, of course, I'm kinda serious.

Both "Dick in a Box" and "Jizz in My Pants" are absurdist videos, and both make fun of the kinds of guys who act like this. By offering these videos for analysis, I'm not suggesting that men should act like the guys in either video. What makes them funny is the absurdity of it all. The characters Andy Samberg and his friends play are ridiculous; hence the comedy.

But to make the jokes work, the comedians have to engage us in a recognizable world, and only then can they make fun of it. The subtext has to be familiar, so that they may then build a layer of jokes upon it.

"Dick in a Box" shows men literally gifting their cocks to women. "Jizz in My Pants" shows the exact opposite: men who can't control their own cocks.Notice that both use alpha/beta code that doesn't need to be explained to the viewer, because we all already intuit it (or we should).

Remember here: in both videos, the men are silly. But the women react differently.

Dick in a Box = Alpha



In Dick-in-a-box they sing about not buying the girl fancy cars and rings and houses... she should be pleased to be gifted with the marvelous alpha cock. It's all silly... but notice that the women in this video stay enraptured with their men (except for that one take where the feather is bugging the girl), because that's part of the code.

Jizz in my pants = Beta



In Jizz in my Pants... notice how turned on the girl for the first 30 seconds. Then at 0:30... it turns to a look of disgust. Unforgivable beta sin! A man who jizzes in his pants is not used to being with women, and women only want what other women want. Then the extra beta: he blames it on her instead of playing it cool. Ditto in the supermarket at 1:15.

Even when people make fun of these rules of primate behavior, you can't escape the way they dominate our lives. Even in absurd, hilarious SNL videos, alpha beats beta.

Even when you're playing shit up for laughs, never relinquish your position. You're a man; she's just another girl.

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