I enjoy taking in funny stuff as a relaxing escape from my intense social service job. Perhaps I can distill my personal sense of funny to: cerebral, not reactionary/racist/misogynist/etc, sometimes weird/surreal. I am a little bit snobby. I don't like violent comedies. Not so much looking for websites but that's OK in small amounts. International/subtitled OK! Please advise: [more inside]
I don't understand last week's Oglaf comic [NSFW ads]. Do you? And can you explain it? Thanks!
I'm looking for podcasts where the host and/or guests take listener calls or letters and answer them, but in a funny way. [more inside]
I remember reading a humorous article about a 4 year old arguing with her parent about whether she can have a cookie*, but I can't seem to find it in google. *I might have the age and cookie parts wrong.
I want to be funnier, as in, making people actually laugh, ideally having ‘funny’ be one of the descriptors friends and acquaintances use for me. I don’t really mean for stand-up, scripted, or professional purposes, just in general everyday scenarios and conversation. How do I go about this? Is there anything I can do to flex and tone those muscles? Details on dealbreakers etc. under the cut. [more inside]
Movies, tv shows, YouTube, books .... looking for the BIG LAUGH. Not ironic, not sarcastic. Immediately, viscerally funny. [more inside]
What are some good podcasts about niche/specific interests hosted by comedians/comedy writers/funny people? [more inside]
Waaay back I ran across it and now I can't find it again. Google is failing me. Can you help? It was humorous in nature pointing out all the major flaws and whatnot. Link would be ideal! Thanks!
Please recommend well-written, funny, charming, gentle movies. [more inside]
My guy sent me this cute photo of a cactus when I was nervous about a big presentation. He has a big interview coming up. Do you know of a similarly adorable, quirky, inspirational-ish meme photo that I can send him? [more inside]
A friend is looking for a specific joke for a eulogy. Their question is below. [more inside]
Where can I find the type of "funny" pics and pages that often get circulated through email or posted on fb? I don't receive any of these forwarded messages anymore, and I don't have a facebook account. I generally don't appreciate the type of humor that I am seeking-- But, someone I care about is laid up and finds [this type of thing I'm looking for] really entertaining, and neither of us know how to source it. [more inside]
Been trying to re-find this video all morning. It's a mashup of some morning aerobics show (possibly British) featuring one lady and two dudes. She's obviously the lead/instructor. [more inside]
I don't know where I saw this, but it was this year, probably during the World Cup. Maybe an imgur link from Reddit, maybe a tweet? It was a list of soccer team names and scores. They were all fake names, [lovingly?] poking fun at mostly English Premier League team names, I think. Each locality and team name was more ridiculous than the last, and every score was 0-0. I don't even think it said soccer or football, but something goofy like "sportsball rankings" or similar. That's it. Can you please help me find it?
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]
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?
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.
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!
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!
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]
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]
I'm trying to find Terry Pratchett's favo[u]rite limerick. [more inside]
It was tense. I adore "X walked into a bar" jokes. Lay some on me.
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]
What are some movies that make light of sadness or hard times in a non-mean-spirited way? [more inside]
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.
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]
What food items could be made for a cheesy, funny 70s themed dinner? [more inside]
Read Pratchet. Read Adams, Asprin. What next? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Need to find songs about sex for a funny mix-album as part of my brother's wedding present. [more inside]
Seeking funny novels about Chicago, Wicker Park, and if possible the Cubs. Prefer to avoid genre fiction and the self-published. [more inside]
How do I look out for and tell funny personal stories? [more inside]
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]
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]
A funny Website where people post real life true stories and events in their life??????????????? [more inside]
Where to find awesome, funny, geeky t-shirts that most people haven't seen, along the lines of this, this, this, and this. [more inside]
Who are the funniest people to follow on Twitter during the presidential debate? [more inside]
What does a "robot voice" sound like in languages other than English? [more inside]
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]
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.
how to reply when someone says quit speeding, in a way that sounds friendly and funny?
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?
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]
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]
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.
Give me your best ______ do it ______ jokes. [more inside]