NGL, I’m pretty critical of byters on the comedy page. If you ask me, most comedy bytes are bland, predictable, and belong on Facebook because of how lame the jokes are. But one other major pet peeve I have with the comedy page is the fact that everybody edits their bytes way too much ! Don’t get me wrong, if you wanted to add a little bit of background music to the punchline/twist in the last couple seconds or so, that’d be fine. A lot of the funniest Vines did that (I’m gonna kill the barber ). I think it gets to be a bit much (or TOO much) when people add background music to their entire byte, just as an example of one edit. The whole point of vine (which I would assume also applies to byte) was the simplicity of coming up with an idea and putting that idea out there in a matter of minutes (or a couple hours at most (in most cases)). By not adding any edits to your bytes, it makes them seem lazily made, but that just means you gotta let the joke carry the byte, and that’s exactly why a lot of vines are hilarious (again, it’s about the idea and the joke, not everything around the idea/joke). By adding effects, all these edited comedy bytes look cheap and tacky and even super tryhard (sorry not sorry). I’ve seen good ideas for bytes wasted on cheap edits that distract from said ideas.
Another thing that’s distracting is the way byters “deliver their lines.” I don’t mean to call anybody on byte “bad actors” (even though none of us are actors to begin with, so it wouldn’t even matter), but I’ve seen a lot of byters who try to act all hammy and corny and overact for the sake of their jokes (though it just makes them sound forced in the end). With Vine, a lot of the funniest Vines gave off a carefree and fun tone. WIth a lot of these bytes, byters are trying to make their videos more “cinematic,” which I don’t think is the best idea for an app like byte (then again, to contradict myself, I might just not have found a byte that’s been able to do that yet (IMHO, of course)).
In conclusion, when making bytes for the comedy page, don’t focus so much on your editing or “line delivery.” Instead, just try to make funny jokes, because that’s what the byte comedy page is all really about (and also because most of you gotta go back to the drawing books and come up with funnier material (just sayin’).
PPS: Just because “comedy is subjective,” that doesn’t mean there isn’t a right or wrong way to tell a joke (or a right or wrong way to tell a joke a large majority of people will find funny). What I mean is, you can tell a joke 300 people will find funny, but that doesn’t mean a huge theater full of people (as an example) will bust their guts laughing at it
PPPS: Sorry if my tone upsets you, but if anyone gets upset by my critiques, just keep in mind, Gordon Ramsey and Simon Cowell (for example) never got their fame and respect from being the nicest
(I’m just speaking my mind, take it or leave it)