I've mentioned before that Audrey gets a big kick out of it when other kids, and even sometimes she herself, are getting bawled out, scolded, or generally taken to task. She thinks there is nothing funnier.
As completely strange, inappropriate, and atypical as it is, I wish so much that I would have had just a little of that in me through my 12 years of Catholic schooling.
"Miss Hudoba, would you like to share that conversation with the rest of the class?"
This more-than-slightly sadistic streak in Audrey's sense of humor extends to her taste in movies and TV shows. Audrey doesn't yet seem to follow the plot lines of even the simplest shows. What seems to peak her interest are musical numbers and anyone getting hit over the head with an anvil.
If somehow Tom and Jerry could be set to music, or the puppets in the Baby Einstein videos would start going at each other with truncheons, she would be in hog heaven.
The parts of movies and TV shows that she consistently laughs the hardest at are when someone trips and falls, or gets splattered, pummeled or knocked silly by just about anything. This puts her level of comedy sophistication squarely at the basest level of slapstick. Pratfalls, pies in the face, pokes in the eye, 2-by-4's to the back of the head....the worst kind of Three Stooges shtick that I hate with a passion.
Audrey has recently decided that she likes having control of the TV remote, which she calls "being the TV person". We have TiVo, which is the autistic child's dream because you can rewind live TV and repeatedly watch your favorite bits of shows. Audrey doesn't discriminate against the commercials either, and this is one of her current obsessions:
Hey, at least it's...festive? You know where our little "TV person" will be on Thursday, January 6 at 8:00 Eastern/7:00 Central.