Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fight! Fight! Fight! Bite! Bite! Bite!: The Itchy & Scratchy & Audrey Show

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?"
"BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"


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.

23 comments:

  1. I swear Audrey sounds like a mini Ashlyn.... as she got older we had to institute a "no laughing when someone is crying" rule. Wipeout is the perfect show!

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  2. Audrey and Griffin share a sense of humor. He loves to see the kids in his school get yelled at and seems to gravitate towards the thugs.

    We took him to one of those discovery museums where they showed a movie about the struggle it takes a baby alligator to reach adulthood. Each time one of the cute little gators got eaten by a predator, Griffin would laugh hysterically. The other kids and parents were horrified. I've never been prouder.

    Audrey and Griff really are kindred spirits.

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  3. I love your kid
    R is the opposite
    COMPLETELY shattered when someone is sad

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  4. Awww, but I laughed at that clip. I love those shows too :D Jen

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  5. You know...you are so right...would have loved that attitude at Catholic school. Nothing like a nun with her knickers in a knot.

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  6. Caleb, too, loves to see kids get in trouble and will often offer suggestions on discipline choices. He and his sister both lovvvvve to watch America's Funniest Home Videos. The more baseballs to the crotch and old ladies falling off lawn mowers, the better. We'll have to try Wipeout soon!

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  7. She and my son share a common enjoyment of all things painful on TV. You might want to try Planet's Funniest Animals too (we watch it on NetFlix).

    I'll sign off w/ my fave Audrey-ism ... I want today to be yesterday is Thursday.

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  8. Child 1 is mostly just fascinated, and he will get very very close to the person's face to see their reaction. Very very close.

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  9. Hehe! I thought Tom and Jerry WAS set to music (classical music).

    My daughter used to laugh when I yelled at her. But she doesn't anymore. I kind of miss it!

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  10. Ha Ha! I love this and can totally relate. Dan loves, loves, loves drama. The louder and more crazy it is the better. I think it's kind of funny except when he imitates children crying at the doctors office. Full on loud whaling sounds and then maniacal laughter. He doesn't mean anything by it... or does he. hmm

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  11. My husband Loves this show - I can hear his laughter all over the house as he rewinds particularly bad falls over and over. I have to admit, even the commercial is pretty funny! Hope Audrey enjoys it as much as Jeremy does!

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  12. Ben and Audrey have the same taste in entertainment. We should have a slapstick movie playdate when we arrive in your area (next month!!!), as long as you and I can escape to the next room.

    I happened upon heaven for these two -- Tom & Jerry Nutcracker! It was T&J cartoon animated to the Nutcracker suite! On the Cartoon Network. Ben was mesmerized.

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  13. Oh the TiVo! We have to watch certain lines over, and over, and over, and over. I hate it!

    And Audrey is not alone. The other day Jaylen actually told me he loved it, as he got goosebumps, when a little girl in his class started crying. Sick. Yes Mrs. Torrence...

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  14. Xander's the same. I'm waiting for the day he gets clocked by someone.

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  15. Both of my girls LOVE this show and want Daddy to build a "Wipeout for Kids" in the backyard next summer.

    I'm pretty sure he won't...

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  16. I'd like to go at the baby einstein puppets with a 2X4. Does that count as funny?

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  17. I love it! Cody was just telling me about Winter Wipeout. When I asked him what it is, he said "when you wipe snow off your face". He can't see or he'd crack up at the t.v. program too. He, like Audrey, thinks it's funny when people get hurt. It's totally selfish on my part, but I love learning that there are other kids that do the same things that he does.

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  18. We try to be careful what we let our son watch. He got a kick out of the monkey slapping the night guard on Night at the Museum. It took us a couple of weeks to teach him that it's not funny to go around slapping people in the face.

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  19. Itchy & Scratchy! Best cartoon theme music ever!

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  20. I've put my kids onto Animaniacs. Lots of music and people getting brained by anvils in that show. Check it out. Also The Muppet Show (the original ones from the eighties).

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  21. @Karla: Audrey has been pining for yesterday to be Thursday ever since Monday. It's been a looooong week.

    @Heather: For sure come on by when you're in town!

    @MommyK: Ooooh, a backyard Wipeout. I wanna come to your house. Only Audrey would have no interest in participating...just making everyone else going through it for her amusement.

    @DaniG: Yes.

    @CoconutMilkYogurt v Autism: Yeah, it's kinda hard to teach them that when everyone else is laughing at it!

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  22. But take away her cupcake....BWWAAHAHAHAHAH, who's laughing now???? That would be so cruel, wouldn't it? Mmmm..........

    For a minute (actually just a couple seconds) I thought maybe she would laugh at your facial expressions while you were disciplining her, you know, your wrinkled up scowl, the way your mouth gets all askew and distorted? But if she likes seeing masochistic fighting, that's another story. Hey, I guess we all have to like something.

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  23. Wipeout is Katie's fav show! *suckerpunch*

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