Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

A Guy Selling Jokes in Central Park for $1 Each Makes More Money Than Most Aspiring Comedy Writers

This is either inspiring or discouraging, depending on how you feel about selling the type of jokes you'd find in joke books you bought from the book fair in 2nd grade: Jason Schneider is selling $1 jokes in Central Park and seems to be making a decent amount of money doing it. On his first day, he made $140 in six hours, and presumably makes more now. As for his jokes? Well, I'll let you judge them for yourself:

What do you call Chewbacca when he's working with clay?

"Harry Potter," Jason Schneider, 26, quipped for tourists from Pittsburgh who tossed a greenback into his neon green money bucket over Labor Day weekend. They laughed.

Who did the promiscuous cow sleep with?

"Udderly everyone," he zinged. Another laugh.

Hooooo boy. And to think, this guy is potentially making a decent amount of money handing out punchlines like this. But you know, maybe he's onto something:

"He's funnier than a lot of comedians we've seen in comedy clubs," said one of the guys from Pittsburgh, Murray Shapiro, 59.

On the one hand, those jokes make me want to never hear a joke again. On the other, he's taking matters into his own hands and making money/getting press for writing jokes. Who knows how sustainable selling punny jokes to tourists is, but hey, he's getting paid to write jokes, isn't he? Gotta give him some begrudging respect for that.

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  • Jason Cook@twitter

    As a one-liner comic, I've considered doing this. Yes, this guy's jokes seem particularly hacky, but bully on him for making some money and making people laugh.

  • iamjustryingtolive

    @adam i think "begrudging respect" captures the sentiment exactly.

  • Colin Perkins

    Begrudging respect? Really? If that's the case you must have a mountain-sized pile of begrudging respect for Dane Cook, Larry the Cable the Guy, Carlos Mencia and any number of other lame, uninspired comedians who peddle crappy jokes. After all, they're collecting TONS of $1 bills.

  • bill!

    personally, i think cheesy jokes like those two above are hilarious. i guess it's in an ironic way, like that's-so-cheesy-and-stupid-it-makes-you-giggle kind of way. i don't know if he's completely serious about his jokes or knows they're cheesy. either way, he's making a few bucks and making people laugh. shut up and quit complaining.