I Am a Bad Person Who Can't Stop Laughing at This Clip of Gavin DeGraw Falling on Ice

Illustration for article titled I Am a Bad Person Who Cant Stop Laughing at This Clip of Gavin DeGraw Falling on Ice
Image: via Getty

I’m not sure what specific primal trigger makes pratfalls funny. According to some very science-y research, watching someone fall down, provided it’s in a non-serious context, falls into something called a “play frame,” which can create an unusual psychological response in a human brain. When “play frame” is combined with something called “incongruity”—the brain’s response to an unexpected, out-of-the-norm event—it can activate certain neurons that manifest in amusement.

Advertisement

It’s also possible that humans—myself specifically—are bad and cruel and rife with schadenfreude.

Whatever the deal, this clip of Gavin DeGraw wiping out on the ice after singing the National Anthem at a Stanley Cup playoff game is funny as fuck:

Advertisement

For the record, DeGraw is just fine. I, on the other hand, am forced to contend with my own awful sense of humor and likely weakness for Jackass reruns. Please send me your prayers.

Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

He got excited because he nailed it. Pride goeth before a fall. Don’t be too rough on yourself. It looks like even Gavin is him laughing at himself at the end.