I remember reading a short story years ago where a guy tries to find the origin of a joke, who told who told who etc. He ends up in this hidden valley in the Rockies where there is a secret society busy making jokes and letting them loose into the world. Because he found them, he gets to join... Any MeFi know what the name and/or author is? Mucho Thanks
I'm looking for examples of written and visual humour (newspaper columns, stories, comic strips) produced by African-Americans for an African-American audience prior to the Civil Rights era. I've read Langston Hughes's Simple stories, and have seen some scattered examples of cartoons by Jackie Ormes, Chester Commodore, &c., but was hoping to find more. Online archives would be great, but I'm also interested in hearing about print anthologies. Thanks!
I have a self deprecating sense of humour and I've come to realise that I can take it too far. I can sometimes play dumb and it gives the impression that I don't know what I'm doing/talking about. But at this point in my life/career, I do!! (in certain areas, I think). Help me change my wiring. [more inside]
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 I am an unpublished writer of fiction.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]
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.
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]
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]
How do I look out for and tell funny personal stories? [more inside]
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]
What are some of the best Halloween sketches/standup/longform jokes that you know? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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.
Hello Mefites. I need your perspective about my boyfriend's sense of humor and mine. [more inside]
Best Twitter funnies - basically an update of this question. Your Friend From HS is a current favourite - any others?
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.
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?
Where can I shove this? I've recently completed a humour piece. Who might publish it? [more inside]
I need some help cracking jokes about climate change denialists. [more inside]
Podcast recommendations sought! Snarky, humourous, preferably with some sort of informational content. [more inside]
Do the following pairs of "The Onion" books contain different content. The "Onion" Ad Nauseam: Another Year of the "Onion": v.14 (Vol 14) [Paperback] and The Onion Ad Nauseam: Complete News Archives, Volume 14 [Paperback] . Also: The "Onion" Ad Nauseam Complete News Archives Volume 15: v.15: Relations Break Down Between U.S. and Them (Vol 15) [Paperback] and Fanfare for the Area Man: The Onion Ad Nauseam Complete News Archives, Vol. 15 [Paperback] They have different names but the multiple volumes 14 and 15 are confusing. [more inside]
What are some shows like Flight of the Conchords and/or The IT Crowd? [more inside]
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. Halp?
Can you help me find scientific papers that are basically jokes, or that contain jokes/humour somehow? [more inside]
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.
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.
I DESPERATELY need jokes about politicians for a speech tomorrow. Can anyone help me with some (relatively clean) and hopefully snappy material? [more inside]
How are ethnic jokes and the like on Family Guy (et al) translated for the joked-about audience? [more inside]
What are some great joke books, written with attention to the craft of how a joke or story is told? [more inside]
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]
What is the funniest scene in a Shakespeare play? [more inside]
I'd like to learn some more comedy songs to sing at the piano along the lines of Hugh Laurie's Mystery. Suggestions? [more inside]
Has anyone heard of a stand-up comic named David Jerusalem? The tricky part is that I might be misremembering the name.
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]
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. [more inside]
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?
Got any good short, silly one-liner jokes? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for a poster drawing in the style of Where's Waldo? where everyone is shitting. [more inside]
What are the most intellectual, but non speciality knowledge jokes that you know? [more inside]
Looking for some character-driven black comedy. [more inside]
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]
Know any good Dalai Lama jokes? [more inside]
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!
Is there a word for the study of humour? [more inside]
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?
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?
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