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Michael Kane (15 minutes ago)
It's funny 'coz he's fat. : CHOW
modolief (1 hour ago)
Garfield = drek
Mitchael Hollingsworth (6 hours 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 (7 hours 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 (15 hours ago)
I happen to think Garfield is funny, bc it's relatable
Chris Jason (17 hours ago)
Not male?? **jumps outta the 4th story window**
Professor Coldheart (1 day 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 (3 days ago)
Nice Jim Davis
Robert Charleson (4 days ago)
I’ve always found it funny...
Dustin Provost (4 days ago)
More power to Davis. He's honest about his intentions.
Saroyan Dynamite (5 days ago)
My siblings and I loved Garfield. We ended up renting every single Garfield Garfield cartoon from Hollywood Video
Ian Snyder (5 days 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 (5 days ago)
Garfield is a perfect example of lazy, corporate, worthless crap, not art.
Wolfy Kaname (6 days ago)
Mmmmn. Yeah. No. I'll just read a regular book like a normal person.
Bekah Sp (6 days ago)
the comics stopped being good after the 90s.
Hossain shovon (6 days ago)
I still love Garfield, it was truly the cartoon character i saw myself in. i love food,im lazy, kinda fat
Chris Williamson (6 days ago)
I am a Garfield freak! He's my favorite cartoon character! 😄
Morten Bakke (5 days ago)
Poor you.
Dialask Isel (7 days 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 (7 days ago)
He loves mondays because of how the newspaper cycle works 😂🤣
Sarxyz (7 days ago)
They ruined it, I used to watch the movies every so often and still get a laugh out of it.
hosersupreme (8 days 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 (8 days ago)
Today I found out the British pronunciation of "behemoth".
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 (8 days 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 (9 days ago)
fun fact. jim davis is from the same hometown as james dean
Aubergine Bellen (10 days ago)
"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 (5 days 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 (10 days 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 (10 days ago)
garfield isn't a male or female? umm his name is garfield lol
Casualverse (12 days ago)
*#relatable** before there was even a hashtag*
Harrison Fross (13 days ago)
I mean . . . Isn't selling out that what all artists dream to do? :P
kristpuncher (13 days ago)
Eat shit you dumb bald fuck
George (13 days ago)
Garfield is dying of starvation and everything in the strip is Garfield's life flashing before his eyes.
Jason Mimiaga (14 days ago)
Garfield is fucking HILARIOUS.
LittleLiu49 (14 days 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 (14 days ago)
Can this man be more sexy?
perakole (11 days ago)
+Lofty No, Simon.
Lofty (11 days ago)
The Garfield creator?
100domathon (14 days 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 (15 days 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 (17 days ago)
By due respect of you opinion. I love Garfield and find him often very funny ^^
J-TAR (17 days ago)
If there's any Savjz fans watching, I suggest you pay close attention to the background music.
James Cook (18 days 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 (20 days ago)
Maybe, but accurate
Star Crasher (20 days ago)
Davis DOES include seasons. I've seen a lot of snow and Autumn leaves.
Peter Jansen (21 days 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 (21 days ago)
Yes.. he is. That Cat form person is very funny. People just *think* they're too sophisticated.. Too Mature. *Too Cool.*
TwiTchy WiTch (21 days 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 (21 days ago)
It was more advice not criticism
Reginald Scot (21 days ago)
And now I know why I never liked it... for people who enjoy Calvin and Hobbs, Garfield is simply beneath us...
splo1nger (21 days ago)
Garfield sucks balls
Designs Billy (22 days 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 (23 days ago)
Garfield is male, even Davis calls Garfield "he" 😉
Emelie Winberg (10 days 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 (10 days 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 (10 days 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 (10 days ago)
Uhm... did I say that Garfield had a penis?
Emelie Winberg (10 days ago)
So boats are "she"s, I guess they must have uteruses? 🤔🤔🤔
Jason Kruger (23 days ago)
I was thought something was wrong with me cause i never would laugh or.understand
It's Ethan (23 days ago)
If anyone is wondering, Jim Davis' net worth as of 2019 is $800+ MILLION!!!
StormyHotWolf88 (23 days ago)
3:56 .... is that a cat on the left? it looks like a chihuahua mix.
SeasideDetective2 (24 days ago)
"Garfield" was pretty funny at the peak of its fame from about 1988 to 1995, when Jon was getting lots of laughs with his "nerd" behavior and the strip as a whole got more zany and surreal. Garfield's ability to "talk" without moving his mouth was always amusing to me, and I still smile whenever I think of Binky the Clown! I'm glad Davis licensed Garfield, because I got a lot of joy out of the merchandise.
George Stacey (25 days ago)
I just read his net worth is 800 million dollars.
Larry TRUELOVE (25 days ago)
I never “GOT” Garfield. I don’t hate him and the strip is okay.
Holly Soyka (25 days ago)
This makes me like Garfield even more than before. I probably love him cause I think grumpy old men are hilarious! Garfield’s Christmas has always been my favourite Christmas special. I’m definitely going to have to look up this Gnorm Gnat.
Terminal Cancer (26 days ago)
How dare you insult our lasagna lord, Garfield You will be burned for your heresy
Dawsauce (27 days ago)
I'm committing a first degree murder how could you say this about garfield
Meow (1 month ago)
Is Seinfeld the Garfield of TV?
zapawillie (1 month ago)
Flawed premise, Garfield is the hot business.
Nova Sky (1 month ago)
Are you aware that Garfield is watching a youtube video on how to shred furniture today XD irony
Nova Sky (1 month ago)
Please explain why i have laughed out loud everyday since the early eighties thanks to a cat with my exact slightly evil very lazy lifestyle.
Doctor Purple (1 month ago)
Oh yeah yeah!
James Gundlach (1 month ago)
Clickbait! Garfield is hella funny
This video is factually incorrect and also misquotes and misrepresents the intentions of Davis. Adios!
Ben Winnick (1 month ago)
Garfield helped me teach Latin. The Latin word 'Odi' means 'I hate,' which sums up Garfield's feelings about Odie.
Adau K Wyun (1 month ago)
I loved Garfield as a kid not becuz it was funny but I couldnt figure out why until I watched this video
Donald Black (1 month ago)
I will defend Garfield to the death
Samurai Fingers (1 month ago)
Why does youtube suggest and support this content? WHO CARES?
I do, I love Simon's factual videos
sweiland75 (1 month ago)
When an opinion is presented as fact.
Ashley Avenue Music (1 month ago)
but james garfield davis was named after james garfield so garfield is named after the president.
Adrian G Eyre (1 month ago)
Garfield: The Movie was funny
dean nelson (1 month ago)
He's not really male or female.......ahhh I don't think that sentence works!
Listerine Clean (1 month ago)
"He noticed no one had made a popular comic strip about a cat" what about Felix the cat ? I thought he was pretty popular not sure though
drewbster69 (1 month ago)
Although I'd helped my mom bake cookies as a kid, my passion for cooking never sparked until I decided I wanted to learn how to make lasagna. All these many years later, it's still my birthday tradition.
Marguerite Johnson (1 month ago)
I like Garfield and he quite often behaves as I would like to. I also have no problem with Davis making a heap of money; he has, after all, made millions of people smile and sometimes laugh out loud.
Ken Lee (1 month ago)
The Boomtown Rats agree with Garfield, "I don't like Mondays"
john smith (1 month ago)
Billion dollars a year? Bull shit! Thats roughly 6 dollars for every man woman and child on the planet...A YEAR!!! BUUUUUULLLLLSHHHHHHIIIIIIT
Yukihyo (1 month ago)
His relatability is what makes it funny to me lol
Mark Chisholm (1 month ago)
Garfield is genuinely funny and wry.
Glen Waldrop (1 month ago)
That seems kind of counter productive. I loved Garfield, had up to like book 17. I rarely *ever* saw any Garfield merchandise aside from those books.
Matthew Caylor (1 month ago)
So what does that speak about to me where I found Garfield funny?
Andrew Murray (1 month ago)
Can I skip to where the actual information is?
Julian Baxter (1 month ago)
Garfield has a white owner and celebrates xmas! what?! how long have u known about this?!
Tentoes (1 month ago)
I've always found Garfield funny. SIMON WHISTLER, YOU'RE RUINED MY LIFE! (well, actually not)
Alan Braswell (1 month ago)
Garfield is the same all the time. Oh look Jon is wearing a funny tie oh look Garfield isn't doing anything about the mice oh look Garfield is hitting Jon on and on and on the scripts keep going on repetitive
seancoyote (1 month ago)
Davis likely got the idea for Garfield from Kliban's 1975 "Cat"
Emil Nielsen (1 month ago)
I love Garfield. Apparently Davis just isn't funny when he tries.
Strangeryann (1 month ago)
idk if this video should be in here for free but... thanks nonetheless - thanks very luch indeed :-3
Mick Hall (1 month ago)
Funny how this video is sponsored by "Audible", but the sound quality is so bad!
ineedausername 124 (1 month ago)
Garfeild
JadeLeaf1980 (1 month ago)
I’m nearly 40 and still get a Garfield book every Christmas lol. I still love them and find them amusing,
Jillian Vaughan (1 month ago)
I think Garfield is hilarious. I’ve read 40 years worth of strips and know so many classic zingers 😂
Mike D L (1 month ago)
You, sir, have ruined my childhood. (Fortunately, I haven't been a child for decades)
Drew Lorenzo (1 month ago)
This makes me kinda cross. I grew up reading Garfield, Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes. Garfield always felt shallow and repetitive by comparison to the other two. Success of a comic strip should not be measured in profit, it should be measured in impact and Calvin & Hobbes had a huge impact in my life and even today it is the shortest route to my emotions.
Nikki Grossman (1 month ago)
Lol I go to school in Indiana and the whole STATE is a Garfield museum. They have these giant Garfield statues "hidden" all over Indiana and the goal is to get people to try to visit them all, take pictures with them and post them in what is essentially a free advertisement on their social media. My hat is off to Jim Davis!
Yuri (1 month ago)
Mondays, amirite?
Kitty Sav (1 month ago)
Cause Garfield is life. lasagna
Angry Archaeologist (1 month ago)
This video could have just as easily been about 'Friends', if it had less plush toys or humour.

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