Hi, writers of MeFi! I am an unpublished writer of fiction. I think I am good, or at least, not terrible. No great stylist, but readable. However, I am awful at writing witty dialogue. I can do awkward, I love
writing arguments, but I can't do funny. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500
on Aug 15, 2013 -
I find this
collection of online critiques of Stewart Lee extremely funny (On Lee's own website). They range from 2 word comments like 'Sneering Tosser' to far longer considered treatises on why he is unfunny. Many of the longer comments are very reasoned but punctuated with hateful sentences like 'The c***.' Youtube
of him reading some of the comments himself.
The expressions of hate he inspires are hilarious to me. The range of techniques and expressions people use to convey their disgust and the sheer level of contempt and disdain is really funny.
I am looking for similar large collections of insults ideally directed at specific individuals, famous or otherwise. I am not interested in generic insults.
For the record I don't find Lee objectionable or particularly funny for that matter.
posted by therubettes
on May 4, 2013 -
I like podcasts. I have ones that I listen to on Friday, Sunday, and Monday but not for the other days of the week. Do you have any recommendations for ones to fill those days? [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I am looking for a variety of photos to choose from for a caption contest. The contest is related to sexual health, but the photos need not be, and preferably will be fairly suitable for public viewing. [more inside]
posted by ghost dance beat
on Jan 23, 2013 -
I'm trying to find an old radio short called "White Trash Airlines" that I heard online in the early 90's. It was a parody of a United commercial and had the "Fly the friendly skies" tagline in it but I don't know where it came from or who made it. It was, however, very funny if you like hillbilly jokes. YMMV. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0
on Nov 1, 2012 -
What are some of the best Halloween sketches/standup/longform jokes that you know? [more inside]
posted by h00py
on Oct 18, 2012 -
I feel like I am losing my sense of humour and am Lady Serious so much of the time. How do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by scuza
on Aug 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 -
Now that I've worked my way through P.G. Wodehouse (I think, some books have different titles so it is difficult to keep track), what should I read for laughs? I like to read books that are so funny that I laugh out loud. For years, that was P.G. Wodehouse (and Saki). I've now read those novels and stories too many times. I need to leave them for a few years. What should I read now?
posted by Area Man
on Jul 15, 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 -
Pre-2012 WWDC, I'm sure I saw a somewhat amusing series of chats someone had posted between himself and Xcode. In a fake iMessage window. I wish I could find them.
posted by ~
on Jun 17, 2012 -
Hello Mefites. I need your perspective about my boyfriend's sense of humor and mine. [more inside]
posted by niak
on May 4, 2012 -
How do I learn to take myself less seriously and be less earnest and self-absorbed? I've been slowly trying to improve my personality, and I've mostly focused on dialing down my general air of creepiness and intensity through the usual methods of therapy and meds.
However, I haven't really tried to change my general air of self-seriousness. I still write/perform poetry and mope around listening to Bright Eyes (which is apparently unattractive
It seems, reading through various sites
, that this is the next thing I should change. I'm just wondering if there are any general tips? I go out, I drink, I have fun, and I'll laugh at Peep Show and Misfits and old Simpsons episodes. But I'm wondering how I can start to laugh at myself, or if its even desirable.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn
on Sep 13, 2011 -
What other groups use a religious-like structure humourously as a form of activism, art, or community? Something along the veins of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?
posted by divabat
on Aug 8, 2011 -
Podcast recommendations sought! Snarky, humourous, preferably with some sort of informational content. [more inside]
posted by Phire
on Apr 27, 2011 -
Somewhere in the internet is a joke social-app website, specifically for antisocial people. There was no contact link, no sign-up link, nothing at all. It was wonderful, but I can't find it.
posted by XtinaS
on Dec 20, 2010 -
Can you help me find scientific papers that are basically jokes, or that contain jokes/humour somehow? [more inside]
posted by jonesor
on Dec 9, 2010 -
I'm particularly looking for a one liner that did the rounds a month or two back that said something to the effect of "my playstation won't power up while the [xbox] green light is showing", but any clever "My console > your console" will do.
posted by kreestar
on Jun 5, 2010 -
Where should I go to read laugh-out-loud humour writing? People talk about the golden days of Mad Magazine and National Lampoon... where can I find funny writing nowadays? It can be online, a blogger or tweeter you find funny, or it can be in print. Bonus points for a collection of writers grouped with a similar aesthetic (like Mad Magazine), but I'm open to anything that's making you laugh. I'm loving Shit My Dad Says, Overheard in New York, The Bugle. Thanks.
posted by surenoproblem
on May 30, 2010 -
I DESPERATELY need jokes about politicians for a speech tomorrow. Can anyone help me with some (relatively clean) and hopefully snappy material? [more inside]
posted by marmaduke_yaverland
on May 24, 2010 -
What are some great joke books, written with attention to the craft of how a joke or story is told? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem
on Oct 20, 2009 -
I'm half Dutch, but I've never been to The Netherlands. On my first trip there, where should I go, and what should I do, to get a better understanding of contemporary Dutch culture and language? [more inside]
posted by embrangled
on Oct 8, 2009 -
Back in the late 90s, I think in the winter of 1997-8, I saw a stand-up comedian on Conan O'Brien that blew me away but I've never been able to track him down since. I think his name was David Jerusalem. He made jokes about the Olympics and having been a heroin addict. He didn't perform in front of a mic but was interviewed by Conan. I've been trying to find information about this guy for years without success, does my description ring any bells for you? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 15, 2008 -
If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins the most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong, though. It's Hambone.
I love the writings of Jack Handey
. His Deep Thoughts
(beware sound!) and his articles in the New Yorker.
I would love to hear recommendations of similarly funny writings.
posted by therubettes
on May 26, 2008 -
What are retorts for some common sayings? For example, when people say: "The early bird gets the worm", you could retort "The second mouse gets the cheese".
Which other ones are out there?
posted by markovich
on Mar 14, 2008 -
Analogy-filter. I've been tasked with presenting a topic at a meeting which will involve me assessing the need to improve some processes. The thing is, I will be the one tasked with making these changes once I identify them and present them. [more inside]
posted by superfurry
on Nov 12, 2007 -
A couple of years ago I bought two bizarre T-shirts from an obscure, Japanese website. See them here
Does anyone know where I can find this site again? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov
on Jan 20, 2007 -
Ogden Nash made quite a splash.
And somewhat darker, Dottie Parker.
Silverstein was near divine,
And all revere old Edward Lear.
But now I suffer from a curse:
My thirst for rhyme has grown perverse!
I need a doctor or a nurse;
My problem is becoming worse.
So lest I end up in a hearse,
Please point me t'wards some more light verse!
posted by Robot Johnny
on Jul 13, 2006 -
A few years ago I found an entertaining article online, where the author described playing Sims 2 to make life as difficult as possible for his main character. I seem to remember that he made the character colossally ugly, and that he made the house into a maze of twist little passages, all alike. I can't seem to find the article on the basis of these clues, though; does anyone remember this better than I do?
posted by Johnny Assay
on Jun 11, 2006 -
I'm looking to keep in tune with the funny side of life and even improve my sense of humour.
Basically I find if I regularly read jokes I seem to enjoy life more and even start making ones up myself.
I like using rss to keep up with my favourite sites and I really love the idea of a website where people submit new jokes everyday and they are put into a feed which I can easily access.
Does anything like this exist?
posted by razzman
on Jun 1, 2006 -
Attention MeFi smart asses!
Here's your chance to make justifiable wisecracks on AskMe. I need an Easter-themed witticism. [more inside]
posted by orange swan
on Feb 8, 2006 -
I need a small (easily emailed) JPEG image to convey, in a humourous way, that I'm not interested in doing a favour for someone. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie
on Jan 15, 2006 -