Now, you know that I have a very special appreciation of the 1970’s (some might call it a maniacal obsession), so I’m not criticizing, just commenting. It’s interesting to examine, especially considering that at the tail end of the decade and early 80’s comedy absolutely EXPLODED. All of the sudden, you had The Jerk, Animal House, Caddyshack, Airplane, Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Meatballs, Porky’s, Night Shift, Up in Smoke, Police Academy, etc. What the hell happened?
You can’t really blame the lousy economy or Vietnam for the 70's lack of comedy. For one, comedies have thrived during economic depression. And for another, Vietnam was over by 1973. Plus, comedy was alive and well on the boob tube. So what gives?