Posts tagged as jokes

There Is No Such Thing as a Smart Fart Joke

It’s kind of good and fun, or at least strangely comforting, to have this positivist attitude about comedy and comedy writing, that if you just apply the magical alchemy you can turn any subject matter into a clever, witty bon mot. This idea that, like, “Hey, sometimes it’s tough, but if you you’re good enough, you can make smart jokes about any topic. That’s what makes comedy so great!” It always kind of reminds me of that thing in sales culture, where they’re like, “Hey buddy, if you’re a good enough salesman, you can sell anything to anyone.”

Well I’m here to tell you that you can’t sell anything to [...]

Master of Dated Humor Chuck Lorre Just Made His First "'Two and a Half Men' Is Bad" Joke

"To do a show about people trying to redeem their lives and to salvage and repair the damage they’ve done — for me, it’s an opportunity to apologize for Two and a Half Men."

Two and a Half Men/Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, proving his love for dated comedy knows no bounds by making his first-ever "Two and a Half Men is bad" joke like it's 2003 or something (via Variety).

Does Twitter Make Writing TV Comedy Harder?

Do TV writers ever have to scrap jokes because people on Twitter beat them to it? "All. The. Time," says Weekend Update head writer Alex Baze in a new Fast Company piece containing interviews with several top TV comedy writers about how Twitter affects their jobs. Baze continues, "We were doing a run that scolded global warming deniers that used the line 'If you’re still denying global warming, you’re the mayor from Jaws.' I was pretty happy about that joke, written by Pete Schultz, and then about an hour before show time, Gary Janetti tweeted that exact joke, pretty much word for word. We ended up having to cut the whole [...]

Jason Alexander Offers Up a Particularly Thoughtful Apology for Anti-Gay Comment

Last week, on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jason Alexander joked that cricket was "a bit gay." This caused a bit of a stir and didn't really make any sense because sports, regardless of their often personifications, are not living things that have sexual preferences. What is most compelling about this story is instead of rushing to offer some quick apology, Jason actually thought about his actions. He could have easily had his publicist issue a statement yet he chose to write a very long and thoughtful "message of amends." Read the whole thing below:

Things Everyone Is Tired of Watching on TV

Here's a fun list of TV tropes and jokes that are overused to the point of exhaustion. Seriously, TV way overuses these cheeseballs, it's really annoying, and…TV's standing right behind me, isn't it?

The Greatest Joke Ever

"You know my favorite. It's your favorite too," my Bubbe said to me with the same rascally grin she had when she first told me our favorite joke. Though, it was now missing a few teeth, from when she said "fuck it" with her dentures, around when she moved in with parents for hospice care. Still, teeth-be-damned, she couldn't withhold that smirk. See: it's a dirty joke; it's a dark joke; it's a joke that over time has drifted onto the wrong side of political correctness; it's the greatest joke ever.

She first heard "the one about the dead nun" on one of the regional, elderly bus tours she took [...]

The Best Jack Handey Joke Ever

Mark Peters has a new column over at McSweeneys called "Best Joke Ever," where he'll look at the greatest jokes from various funny people. In his first, he explores this classic line from the incomparable Jack Handey: "I came here in peace, seeking gold and slaves.”

53 'Arrested Development' Jokes You Probably Missed

Update: Want more hidden jokes? Check out our new 53 More Arrested Development Jokes You Probably Missed for twice as many jokes, references and callbacks that you might have not caught on your first dozen viewings!

After six years of teasing us with talk of an Arrested Development reunion, Mitch Hurwitz and Company are finally filming the new season and the movie. While the process took so long that even the cast, at times, developed an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude towards the project, filming of the new season of AD is finally underway and there are photos to prove it.

With any [...]

Correcting Old Jokes for Accuracy

“A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘Hey, why the long face?’ So the horse says, ‘Because I am an alcoholic, and my body has been ravaged by the long-term effects of drinking. Please, help me.’” Splitsider contributor Brian Boone has modernized old jokes for McSweeneys. He explains finally what's really black and white and red [sic] all over.

Twitter Can't Be Bad for Comedy…Right?

Twitter: rejuvenating the field of comedy, leveling the playing field for all, sharpening comedians' writing skills. OR IS IT? This debate between comics Christian Finnegan and Megan Amram has convinced (as of this writing) 18% of voters that the site is not a boon but a boil on the backside of comedy. More specifically, Finnegan argues that Twitter fosters a narrow definition of comedy and hurts writers whose talents don't skew towards short, punchy jokes. Go read both sides of the debate and then report back: has Finnegan changed your mind a little bit, too?

Cameron Esposito on Taboo Joke Topics: "The Best Defense Against Criticism Is a Better Joke"

"IN THE END: Tell the jokes you want to tell. But know that feedback isn’t censorship or persecution, especially when it comes from a group more affected by the topic of your joke. The best defense against criticism is a better joke."

Cameron Esposito explains how to joke about Bill Cosby and other taboo standup topics in her latest column for The A.V. Club.

53 More 'Arrested Development' Jokes You Probably Missed

Last year, we released a list of "53 Arrested Development Jokes You Probably Missed," and with the long-awaited new season set to debut on Netflix this Sunday at midnight, what better time to crank out another new list of hidden jokes from the show? Arrested Development is so dense that there are enough subtle gags, callbacks, and references to fill a dozen of these lists. So, if you're cramming the show's first three seasons in before the fourth premieres this weekend, keep an eye out for these sneaky bits of comedy including Oscar Bluth's accidental prison race riot and the Iraqi version of T.G.I. Friday's.

Watch One Joke from Every Episode of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'

This video is oddly hypnotic and is a must watch for any fan of MST3K. It is a super must watch for any fan of the MST3K theme song because that shit loops over and over. Best joke of the video? All the jokes! [Via]

Todd Barry, the "Laurence Olivier of Sarcastic Twerps"

This profile of Todd Barry is a master class in backhanded compliments. (He's funny, but not because of his material or delivery. I love this one joke of his – and it's not even that good!) But it also does an impressive job of labeling the slippery cadences and qualities of delivery that make Barry a great standup, and pointing out the similarity between standup comedy and music. Other than the main similarity that they get people laid a lot! (Except for comedy.)