I've always wanted to know how funny people became funny. What particular attributes, behavior, types of humor makes them so hilarious? Do some of them practice jokes in advance? Do they watch comedians and funny tv shows a lot? [more inside]
posted by poilkj
on Aug 17, 2014 -
The old story: some years ago I saw a video of a funny live performance and can't find it again. A barbershop quartet starts singing a song and its members promptly get into an argument about the correct key. Different keys are proposed, in song, and as they argue they slide up and down between them while continuing to harmonize. Can you help me find it again?
posted by Monster_Zero
on Aug 5, 2014 -
I've been tasked (by my wife) with coming up with a corporate, work-safe joke with a specific punchline. That punchline is 'change'.
Help? I've got nothing.
posted by duckus
on Jul 29, 2014 -
I'm writing a ten-minute play to be entered into a competition this fall. Two characters are bemoaning the gulf between the real work world and their former experience serving on a non-profit board. I need the name of the organization to be funny and ridiculous. The only thing I've come up with so far is Urban Mime Farming. Please give me some better ideas!
posted by BostonTerrier
on Jul 6, 2014 -
Dad's got cancer and the whole family (readers all) are looking for some book recommendations that are light, humorous without being wacky, and immersive. We've got a lot of time to sit around and worry. Thanks!
posted by bluejayway
on Jun 23, 2014 -
I borrowed a classmate's folder full of Thermodynamics notes in 2002, and I just found them in my closet. I also just tracked down his address, so I can return them to him.
Should I include a note? What should it say? I haven't spoken to him in 12 years, and I didn't know him that well to begin with. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl
on Jun 19, 2014 -
I lead a monthly teleconference with a small team of colleagues in China, and would like to kick off each session with a funny or inspirational image or quote. Help me find something that doesn't get lost in translation! [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek
on May 27, 2014 -
It was tense. I adore "X walked into a bar" jokes.
Lay some on me.
posted by mcbeth
on May 2, 2014 -
I am starting a habit of reading a poem or 2 to my 11-year-old every night at bedtime. It's been pretty random choices, and I'd like to read some fun, inspirational, empowering stuff for her. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf
on Apr 25, 2014 -
People often put on a 'funny voice' or accent for emphasis or just in general conversation. This is possibly a reaction to their company but possibly some kind of psychological obfuscation?
Does askmetafilter know of any any research into the way people put on funny voices for emphasis when they say things? Accents and intonations etc.
Google has not been kind to finding ideas or starting points.
posted by debord
on Feb 2, 2014 -
I have to give a presentation to about 15 new hires tomorrow sometime around 10am. The start time is always variable by about 15 mins. I do this all the time and it is quite a fun presentation. The orientation at my company is super goofy and fun and the person coordinating it is totally down for some fun. So much so that my coworker Kim has pulled HR into a ongoing prank war that Kim and I are in. I have no idea what Kim is going to pull but something is going to go down. She already roped in every single one of them to come find me and make me do ridiculous things as part of the scavenger hunt. I need a way to get all these people involved and turn it into complete laughter, embarrassment, and glee for everyone. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized
on Jan 14, 2014 -
I'm looking for jokes, usually bad jokes, that work as a series of short jokes where the punchline is in the final joke of the series. Example inside. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on Oct 8, 2013 -
I send a monthly e-mail to my department at work, reminding everyone to update their records in our project tracking system. I've been trying to make this fun and get everyone's attention by using jokes or funny pictures in my messages. However, I'm running out of ideas! [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek
on Oct 1, 2013 -
My partner and I want to fill a hat with as many questions as possible, so that we can pull a couple of questions out of it each time we're together. We chat a lot but we both think it'd be great to have something else to spark conversations. I think it'll work best if neither of us know what most of the questions are. Hence why I'd like your lists of deep, funny, stupid or random questions to ask that will spark a conversation. [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM!
on Sep 6, 2013 -
Many years ago I heard a very funny recording that I know not the name of. It consisted of a woman (maybe a former opera singer?) explaining the story of the Wagner opera "Götterdämmerung". [more inside]
posted by poolsidemuse
on Jun 15, 2013 -
Seeking funny novels about Chicago, Wicker Park, and if possible the Cubs. Prefer to avoid genre fiction and the self-published. [more inside]
posted by BWA
on Mar 25, 2013 -
Help me find a funny music video on Youtube. I believe it was some kind of symphonic metal and included a very elaborate story including a man on a horse and a maiden. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce
on Dec 12, 2012 -
After seeing this hilarious summary
of mistranslated subtitles for Chinese versions of Harry Potter films, I thought it would make a good gift for a friend. However, I'm having a hard time finding a place to purchase the amusingly subtitled versions. [more inside]
posted by Cogito
on Dec 3, 2012 -
A funny Website where people post real life true stories and events in their life??????????????? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse
on Nov 23, 2012 -
I need some great short texts (video clips, short stories, poems, comics, cartoons, pictures) that are funny. Ideally, I want a range of humour here: from Jackass to Shakespeare, from xkcd to Twain...pretty much anything someone finds funny at any level. Should be appropriate for mature 17-18 year olds. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers
on Aug 21, 2012 -
I'm looking for racial
comedy, in English, available on video, or less preferably mp3. It doesn't need to be the exclusive topic of the comedian, but it should play a part. No preference for a specific racial background, although East Asian would be interesting to see, since I haven't seen much of it before. Examples: Maz Jobrani
, Canada's own Russell Peters
, Chris Rock
posted by demagogue
on Aug 12, 2012 -
how to reply when someone says quit speeding, in a way that sounds friendly and funny?
posted by daveg02
on Jul 25, 2012 -
Looking for ideas of Books that would be relatively fast reads and entertaining for group readings. I got the opportunity to participate in a reading of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas this past weekend in Aspen in celebration of the Good Doctor's 75th. It was a blast and would love to recreate that without doing the same book, but that book is perfect. A friend recommended my favorite book Confederacy of Dunces, but I think that book works because of the Character of Ignatius which may be hard to pull off in an aloud reading. But anyways, any ideas?
posted by kenaldo
on Jul 18, 2012 -
I'm teaching a Language of Humour class to high school juniors and seniors. I need recommendations for things that are funny. And I need you to help me not fail. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers
on Jul 7, 2012 -
Help with a simultaneously math & non-math question: Finding the square root of a negative number was impossible until imaginary numbers came along. What are examples of other things that were impossible until we altered systems that have been created? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous
on May 24, 2012 -
My nephew will be graduating next month from medical school in PA, then going off to a seven-year (!) neurosurgery residency in CA. In honor of the occasion, I plan to give him a check along with some sort of goofy and memorable gag gift but my brain is fried. Can you give me some ideas and (if applicable) links? About him: He's tall with an athletic build (I swear he must have been adopted!), a runner, has a girlfriend, loves goofy and quirky stuff, and will do or wear most anything on a dare.
posted by DrGail
on Apr 13, 2012 -
My Google-Fu has failed me. Help me remember the name of an iPhone restaurant app that produced a clever single take demo video in front of a large pool. [more inside]
posted by beautifulstuff
on Feb 29, 2012 -
What are some radio shows/podcasts/TV shows by funny tough guys? (Repeat of this
question, 5 years later.) [more inside]
posted by lunchbox
on Feb 25, 2012 -
I'm trying to remember a web-video series that was mentioned on the blue a couple of times in the last year or two. All I can remember is that they were hosted by a woman (maybe light brown/blond hair...?) who was giving a funny/feminist take on various things in pop culture. Does that ring a bell with anyone? I think maybe one of the topics she talked about was yogurt commercials aimed at women. I know, not much to go on!
posted by trillian
on Feb 20, 2012 -
I am looking for some new books to read, and it occurs to me that some of my very favorite books have excellent, well-developed, funny narrators. I'm looking for the kind of book where you might forget the plot, but you'll never forget the person who told you the story. [more inside]
posted by zoetrope
on Feb 17, 2012 -
I'm looking for obscure but beautiful or amazing sayings or phrases or words in languages or dialects other than American English. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume
on Feb 7, 2012 -
I'm looking for a company that will take a plain photo of my dog, and create a painting from it, but add a little flare. I'd like my dog to be in a suit, maybe wearing glasses, in front of a book case. Here's an example: http://i.imgur.com/o8BSE.jpg [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly
on Feb 2, 2012 -
Can you direct me to genuinely funny comedic soft-core or hard-core pornographies? Along the lines of naked sitcoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 28, 2012 -
Last week we found out that my mother has breast cancer. This isn't her first battle against cancer as she had colon cancer six years ago, and so far mom is being very matter of fact and strong. She is going in for surgery to remove it tomorrow and then will start the whole radiation/chemo regiment in the new year. Any good last minute, easy to find, supplimentary gift ideas for her? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister
on Dec 20, 2011 -
My mother still lives in the dark ages with 56k modem. Please help me find the best YouTube videos to put on a cd and put in her stocking at Christmas. [more inside]
posted by summit
on Dec 9, 2011 -
What's your favorite funny anecdote with a twist? I'm looking for short human-nature stories i can tell in under a minute. I prefer true stories but apocryphal is fine.
e.g. I like this one. "For almost two centuries, Spain has hosted an enormously popular Christmas lottery. Based on
payout, it is the biggest lottery in the world and nearly all Spaniards play. In the mid 1970s, a man
sought a ticket with the last two digits ending in 48. He found a ticket, bought it, and then won the
lottery. When asked why he was so intent on finding that number, he replied, “I dreamed of the
number seven for seven straight nights. And 7 times 7 is 48.”
as told by Michael Maubossin from an article by Stanley Meisler.
posted by storybored
on Oct 11, 2011 -