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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    www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-not-just-you-garfield-is-not-meant-to-be-funny-6199556/
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    mentalfloss.com/article/83344/11-things-you-might-not-know-about-cartoonist-jim-davis
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    www.wired.com/2014/11/garfield-internet-cats/
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Comments • 1 753

  • weaktech
    weaktech 14 minutes ago

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

  • Judith Catlett
    Judith Catlett 8 hours ago

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

  • TheEmbessyNetwork
    TheEmbessyNetwork 23 hours ago

    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 23 hours 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 2 days ago

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

  • Blake Hendrickson
    Blake Hendrickson 2 days ago +1

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

  • Melvyn Gingell
    Melvyn Gingell 2 days ago

    I think Garfield IS funny !

  • Joe S
    Joe S 3 days ago

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

  • Pauline Yuhas
    Pauline Yuhas 5 days 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 6 days ago +2

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

  • Winnifred Forbes
    Winnifred Forbes 7 days ago

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

  • JoeMotion Videos 82
    JoeMotion Videos 82 7 days ago

    "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 8 days ago +1

    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 7 days ago

      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 8 days ago +1

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

  • ForgottenSouls666
    ForgottenSouls666 12 days ago

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

  • Daniel
    Daniel 13 days ago

    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 13 days ago

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

  • TFrills
    TFrills 16 days ago

    Garfield is definitely male.

  • Steely
    Steely 16 days ago

    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 18 days ago

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

  • F Huber
    F Huber 20 days ago

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

  • momkatmax
    momkatmax 20 days ago

    A snarky feline? How novel.

  • royjonzejr
    royjonzejr 21 day ago

    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 22 days ago

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

  • Jonathan Rocker
    Jonathan Rocker 23 days ago

    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 25 days 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 29 days ago

    stuffing your face as usual

  • kate baxter
    kate baxter 29 days ago

    This video has given me a real distaste for Davis.

  • Francisco Burgos
    Francisco Burgos Month 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 Month ago

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

  • ari3lz3pp3lin
    ari3lz3pp3lin Month 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 Month ago

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

  • hhhhhheyyyyyyyyyyy
    hhhhhheyyyyyyyyyyy Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Felix
    Felix Month ago

    Garfield pizza makes so much more sense now

  • EyeHeartShantel
    EyeHeartShantel Month ago

    This dude was a good business man.

  • Prince Of Opinion
    Prince Of Opinion Month ago +6

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

    • royjonzejr
      royjonzejr 21 day 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 Month ago

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

  • Lochricolife
    Lochricolife Month ago

    I’m more of a Heithcliff guy myself

  • Rockin BoBokkin
    Rockin BoBokkin Month 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 Month ago

    what the fuck

  • Danny O’Flanagan
    Danny O’Flanagan Month ago

    Audible is actually very good

  • Mary Uytterhaegen
    Mary Uytterhaegen Month 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 Month ago

    But Garfield is a male.

  • John Lawlor
    John Lawlor Month ago +2

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

  • Huskypilot 630
    Huskypilot 630 Month ago

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

  • GoldenBrew3
    GoldenBrew3 Month ago

    @Today I Found Out - You're just not a corny person. Some people don't laugh at Family Guy because they don't like Satire. Some people don't laugh at etc. etc. etc.
    Edit: late nineties early 2000's of The Simpsons are a great example of Satire. Live action Satire can be found in The Colbert Report featuring Stephan Colbert
    Edit 2: 14:35 adult joke equivalent of "dude look at my hands"

  • rideswithscissors
    rideswithscissors Month ago

    I never cared for Garfield I loved Pogo!

  • Roland Gunslinger
    Roland Gunslinger Month ago

    Jim Davis being the most succesful Comic Book creator is very likely. I would argue that Eiichiro Oda of the One Piece Manga is definitely up there also. A story that has had weekly installments for over 20 years now.

  • Roland Gunslinger
    Roland Gunslinger Month ago

    Watching this got me thinking of Spaceballs. Merchandising, merchandising! Where the real money from the movie is made.

  • Michael Schlimmer
    Michael Schlimmer Month ago

    You're starting to advertise way too much. Its getting obnoxious.

  • Michael Kane
    Michael Kane 2 months ago

    It's funny 'coz he's fat. : CHOW

  • modolief
    modolief 2 months ago

    Garfield = drek

  • Mitchael Hollingsworth
    Mitchael Hollingsworth 2 months ago

    i read garfield, peanuts, calvin and hobbes, and pearls before swine as a kid, i enjoyed them all, as an adult i find myself returning to calvin and hobbes and peanuts more because of the heart, it isn't just 100% snark

  • April Kurtz
    April Kurtz 2 months ago

    I've heard about this before. Davis is a cynical twat. I hate Garfield, always thought it was lame, the lasagna thing was never funny, Odie was never funny....and they weren't meant to be. It was always just a moneymaking scheme.

  • Nawder TTabey
    Nawder TTabey 2 months ago

    I happen to think Garfield is funny, bc it's relatable

  • Chris Jason
    Chris Jason 2 months ago

    Not male??
    **jumps outta the 4th story window**

  • Professor Coldheart
    Professor Coldheart 2 months ago

    Garfield isn't funny because the internet lost it's sense of humor. Offence is the mother of all comedy, if you cannot offend or be offended, then your ability to laugh and connect with others will always be limited to the surface with no depth.

  • Blake Harvard
    Blake Harvard 2 months ago

    Nice Jim Davis

  • Robert Charleson
    Robert Charleson 2 months ago

    I’ve always found it funny...

  • Dustin Provost
    Dustin Provost 2 months ago

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

  • Saroyan Dynamite
    Saroyan Dynamite 2 months ago

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

  • Ian Snyder
    Ian Snyder 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Seiyuōkami Himura
    Seiyuōkami Himura 2 months ago

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

  • Bekah Sp
    Bekah Sp 2 months ago

    the comics stopped being good after the 90s.

  • Hossain shovon
    Hossain shovon 2 months 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 2 months ago +2

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

  • Dialask Isel
    Dialask Isel 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Sarxyz
    Sarxyz 2 months ago

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

  • hosersupreme
    hosersupreme 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Gravity's Ghetto Mods.
    Gravity's Ghetto Mods. 2 months ago

    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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Aubergine Bellen
    Aubergine Bellen 2 months ago +3

    "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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Casualverse
    Casualverse 2 months ago +1

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

  • Harrison Fross
    Harrison Fross 2 months ago

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

  • kristpuncher
    kristpuncher 2 months ago

    Eat shit you dumb bald fuck

  • George
    George 2 months ago

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

  • Jason Mimiaga
    Jason Mimiaga 2 months ago

    Garfield is fucking HILARIOUS.

  • StripeyStripes
    StripeyStripes 2 months 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 2 months ago

    Can this man be more sexy?

    • perakole
      perakole 2 months ago

      +Lofty No, Simon.

    • Lofty
      Lofty 2 months ago

      The Garfield creator?

  • 100domathon
    100domathon 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • J-TAR
    J-TAR 2 months ago

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

  • James Cook
    James Cook 2 months 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 2 months ago

    Maybe, but accurate

  • Star Crasher
    Star Crasher 2 months ago +5

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

    • Star Crasher
      Star Crasher 7 days ago

      +Cthulhu Has Risen Not saying it was bad. I'm just saying that Davis might not be to blame it violating his policy against seasonal themes. However, the #1 policy is marketability, and the occasionally seasonal stuff is good for profit.

    • Cthulhu Has Risen
      Cthulhu Has Risen 7 days ago

      +Star Crasher I loved the Halloween special actually 😂

    • Star Crasher
      Star Crasher 7 days ago

      +Cthulhu Has Risen I don't think I'd hold the animated stuff against him so much, because the original artist usually loses some creative control when their work is adapted for another format. That's one reason Sailor Moon is being remade; Naoko Takeuchi was unhappy with the changes that the original anime made to the manga.

    • Cthulhu Has Risen
      Cthulhu Has Risen 7 days ago

      I've seen seasonal stuff too. Halloween tv special. Maybe these quotes are really old.

  • Peter Jansen
    Peter Jansen 2 months 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 2 months ago +6

    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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    It was more advice not criticism

  • Reginald Scot
    Reginald Scot 2 months ago

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

  • splo1nger
    splo1nger 2 months ago

    Garfield sucks balls

  • Designs Billy
    Designs Billy 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

    • Emelie Winberg
      Emelie Winberg 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

    • Emelie Winberg
      Emelie Winberg 2 months ago

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