As is my want on a Tuesday lunch time, I was doing some reading online about the realistic portrayal of nerds on television (I’m still reeling from a colleague comparing me to a Big Bang Theory ‘character’ last week). A while ago I found a blog post that said Parks and Rec’s Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott) is the most realistic nerd on TV, and I’m inclined to agree. Ben has nerdy interests, even fairly mainstream ones like Batman or Game of Thrones, but isn’t defined by them. The geeky aspects of his personality, are natural and loving touches (his ebay username is TallTyrionLannister for example) as opposed to Big Bang’s cardboard cut out let’s laugh at these guys nerds.
Anyway, I found the above video, which takes the abominable laugh track removed video of BBT and intersperses it with the similarly awful Tidus’ laugh from FFX. The result is, unsurprisingly, deeply unsettling, but also raises a chuckle, making it infinitely funnier than any episode of BBT.