What's So Funny About A Man With A Baby?Dodai Stewart5/29/09 5:00pmFiled to: Juvenile Humormen and babiesThe hangoverzach galifianakisTodd Phillipsgabe and maxGuide to man styleHumorMenBabies20EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOne of the most popular go-to comedy clichés is a man with a baby. Just think about it! Hilarious, right? What would a man be doing with a baby?AdvertisementLast night I saw new dick flick The Hangover, from the guy who brought us Road Trip and Old School. There will be more about the film at a later date; but for now, let's just focus on the parts that included a baby. See, the gist of the movie is this: Four guys go to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, and when they wake up in the morning, they can't remember any of the last 24 hours — but there's a baby (and a tiger) in their hotel suite. At a Q&A last night, director Todd Phillips said, "We tried to think, okay, you wake up, what's the worst thing you could see?" Hence the baby. (And the tiger.)But about the baby: Of the three men who find the kid, only one is actually a father, and he is the least interested in the child's welfare. The baby gets hit with a car door, left in a parked car — in Las Vegas, in the desert sun — there's even a sex joke made. About a baby. Yes, it's a comedy, and the moments get big laughs — the guys are clearly being idiots — but would people laugh at women who did the same things? (Oh, that's right: bad mother's don't get laughs. They get misdemeanor charges, and sometimes book deals.) But men and babies: Why is that funny? What is the root of the humor? That men just aren't "cut out" to be nurturing?