“Let’s watch people get hurt and laugh!”

Archived from my old blog.

This is how my three year old, Ernie, starts our “family time” each evening! My kids’ favorite way to spend their pre-bed television time is watching “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

I guess watching countless men get hit in the family jewels with baseball bats, golf clubs, soccer balls and small children’s fists is the perfect end to the day. Heck, I saw one episode where they gave $100,000 to two little boys who were apparently wearing their first cups that day and were bouncing baseballs off of their crotches.

AFV has been on the air for 17 years and has gone through a lot of hosts. How do I know this? Because we watch this show six days a week and most of them are re-runs. I have watched Bob Saget’s nose get bigger with each episode (or maybe his head shrunk). And I have marveled at the unending number of phony-ponys, hair rats, and extensions Daisy Fuentes’ hairdresser uses to make her look even taller and her ass look smaller.

Taking one in the bits ‘n pieces isn’t the only way to get on AFV. Piñata mishaps seem to be quite popular. As soon as a piñata appears on screen Ernie starts yelling, “he’s going to get hit in the head”, and he’s rarely disappointed.

It may not be the most Leave-It-To-Beaveresque family time.  The way I look at it is this:  We pop some popcorn and laugh together, so I guess I can over look the minor detail of the source of the hilarity – other people’s pain!