College Humor’s “How to Make a Human Pot Pie” has a very simple conceit: what would a cooking show in the land of Jack and the Beanstalk-style giants look like? It’s also a masterclass in how easy it is to cross the funny/horrifying line.

I don’t think I’ve ever gone back and forth between amused and disturbed so fast in my life. I laughed at “about five or six fresh humans. I’ve found that using fresh meat makes all the difference” and then cringed when he described ripping the roof off of an office building and taking them. I don’t know why. I guess the detail of grabbing screaming people was a little too real?


I also laughed at “and this is a little gross, but squeeze them until they die” but the actual visual of the body made it less funny. And then the cooking and the faces in the crust... I don’t know. I’m really conflicted.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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