Why this meme I found is so funny
A few months back I stumbled across this meme, “my brain when i see the doordash driver pull up after i’ve been off my meds for a week”:
I sent it to all my friends, and referenced it repeatedly. For a nine second video I couldn’t get over how funny it was to me. When something strikes a cord with me I like to think about how to say I like it. What are the parts that make it so great? How can I describe those parts? And it’s hard! Humor is such a weird thing to dismantle because it deflates so immediately upon being prodded. But with this meme sticking out to me so much, I felt it was worth the effort to completely overanalyze it and make it sound far more complex than it is. But at the same time, also accurately describe why I love it so much.
The text seems like the best place to start, as it immediately tells the story you need for this meme. And it paints quite a picture, where I can see an unaware doordash driver approaching a clearly disturbed customer at their home. If you’re familiar with the awesome CalebCity venus fly trap skit, I would imagine the encounter to be something like that. There’s darkness in the text too, implying that the doordash orderer may be disconnected from reality. But even from this brief bit of text, we already have interesting things to work with and a question for the meme to answer — what will this person do when the driver arrives?
“YES!” the video starts. The doordash driver has arrived and we’re excited about it! The audience is cheering as we watch Steve Harvey head towards the back of the stage. He points up and in an unusually enthusiastic voice he says with emphasis “KILLLLL!”. After a brief pause on the scoreboard, you hear a “ding!” as it puts “kill” on the board and the pop of the audience cheering before it cuts off.
From the first second there are so many things in motion. Steve Harvey, by nature of the meme and what it depicts, represents our active consciousness. He is leading the situation, determining our excitement, and coming up with what to do next. The audience almost feels like a physiological response. It’s our bodies reaction to the excitement, the adrenaline rush. The only other entity in the video is then the scoreboard. I think it represents our brain as a whole, the way a globe represents the Earth while being on it. You have to want to see it, but the curved top of the board almost looks like the top of a brain:
To see the idea pop up on the scoreboard is to see it accepted by the entire brain, and to be fully committed to it. The acceptance is shown by that “ding!” and seeing the idea appear.
Looking at the sequence again with that in mind, the emphatic “KILLL!” coming from the active consciousness is easily seen as the voice of the person without their meds. The wait for the acceptance by the brain is punctuated, then we hear the chime, acceptance. The body immediately adrenaline spikes, as we hear from the audience before the video ends.
Now I don’t think all of this was intended by the author. Maybe the multiple levels of consciousness thing. But intentional or otherwise there is a ton going on in the micro-world of this meme. That complexity may seem wasted on a meme, but the end product is absolutely worth it. That complexity adds richness, the feeling that this meme isn’t a simple joke (even though it is) because what we see — the family feud clip — easily becomes these more complex concepts.
And like Red Letter Media said, you may not have noticed it, “but your brain did”.🍂