For something like the past four or five months, I've been in what I can only describe as a creative lull. I work as a comedy writer and have been doing this for roughly two years, but for whatever reason, I am not producing material that I'm happy with any more. I'm looking for advice from people who have climbed out of something similar, or any insight into why this is happening. I realize the awesome irony of asking this question in a very serious, unfunny way. [more inside]
posted by arsgratia
on Sep 15, 2014 -
I've looked for the answer to this for a couple of years with no success, so hopefully you all can help.
This was from a comedy album of some sort (I think it was SCTV related) but person A is talking to Person B and sets up some story like "Hey B, do you remember the time...?" with some humorous one sentence scenario set up. [more inside]
posted by newper
on Sep 6, 2014 -
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 -
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 was recently in a situation where French jokes, French-and-English jokes, and French-and-English-and-Arabic jokes would have been handy. Just to be ready for the next time this happens, what are your favorite jokes that are in a language other than English or that combine two or more languages (one of which, ideally, is English)?
posted by Going To Maine
on May 17, 2014 -
When I was very young, I once heard my late father tell a friend a joke that was in the first person. Being an impressionable kid, I took it as a true story, to the point of retelling it at a family gathering only to have my father swoop in and scoop me up before I could finish the (presumably at least a little off-color) punchline. I remember his horror at seeing my repeat the joke, but I'm fuzzy on the setup and I have no recollection at all of the punchline. All I remember is that it involved a construction worker who steps on a nail that goes right through his foot and a cagey older worker who advises him to "fill the hole with diesel fuel." Does anyone know this joke?
posted by DirtyOldTown
on Apr 28, 2014 -
A colleague of mine brought some candy back from France, and there are silly jokes written on the inside of the wrappers. Most of them are cute enough, but there's one that uses a word that I don't know and can't find a definition for. Is it just a nonsense word? [more inside]
posted by spielzebub
on Dec 10, 2013 -
Calling all the comedy writers of MetaFilter! Mr. BlahLaLa have a low-key but long-running marital dispute. I've decided that I need some snappy one-liners to throw at him the next time this happens. Give them to me? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Nov 16, 2013 -
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 -
Cyclists say, "What goes down must come up
," meaning if you have a nice long downhill going out, you'll have to climb the same height to get back home. Contra dancers say, "Better never than late
," meaning if you don't have enough time to do a figure properly then just skip it and make sure you're ready for the next. What other subcultures or fields have domain-specific inversions of common sayings?
posted by d. z. wang
on Oct 3, 2013 -
My friend and I are stumped: we have the punchline for a joke he liked in highschool. However, we can't for the life of us come up with joke. Google hasn't helped, neither text nor image searches. So we turn to you fond MeFites, for your good knowledge: what joke ends with the punchline, "I must be a past participle." [more inside]
posted by Galen
on Oct 1, 2013 -
A friend of mine is moving from Southwestern Ontario to Winnipeg next month. We're throwing a going-away party and I'd like to give a speech and tell a few jokes. What are some good jokes I can tell about Winnipeg or Manitoba or the Canadian prairies? Thanks!
posted by obscure simpsons reference
on Jul 30, 2013 -
"What do you call a pissed off baby vampire with the potential for centuries of memory?"
"A 'Tara bite'."
I'm looking for some good pop culture puns related to the past few years. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog
on May 31, 2013 -
Is there a joke wiki or humor wiki database? I'm looking for a professional level no-nonsense jokes database. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde
on Apr 1, 2013 -
My father passed away this morning. I'm going through his file, and I came across JOKES.TXT ... which contains only the punchlines
Can the Mind please tell me the jokes? [more inside]
posted by dmd
on Mar 22, 2013 -
"Some people, when confronted with a problem, think 'I know, I'll use %s' Now they have %d problems." How many variations on this joke do you know?
posted by ecmendenhall
on Feb 26, 2013 -
Every time I go to my boyfriend's parents place for dinner, his dad teases me about how much (or how little) I eat. He likes me and he's just joking around....so help me come up with some good comebacks! [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug
on Jan 27, 2013 -
Please to give me your best dog jokes. Thanks!
posted by HotToddy
on Jan 13, 2013 -
I need suggestions of fictional or non-fictional books or films that deal with illness or dying in relation to humor/the absurd. [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke
on Sep 19, 2012 -
What jokes do you know that absolutely depend on telling a good story? [more inside]
posted by cmoj
on May 11, 2012 -
How do I deal with jokes that are not funny (particularly pertaining to OWS) that I see on social network sites without getting too heavily involved? [more inside]
posted by hillabeans
on Nov 23, 2011 -
I heard something like this. Abraham Lincoln said he wanted to paint the bathroom green and his wife wanted to paint it yellow "so we compromised and painted it yellow". Did anything like this ever happen? Who? Where? When? I have a friend who would like to use this in a wedding speech. My google fu fails me.
posted by snowjoe
on Nov 10, 2011 -
Looking for insults and jokes for my husbands 40th birthday party. It is a roast. He is a metrosexual, known for wearing pink. He plays golf and is known to get a little angry if he doesn't play well. He also loves poker and again gets angry if he loses. He thinks he has a big head, not conceited, but a physically big head. He comes across as arrogant but he really isn't if you get to know him. Jokes need to be relatively clean ie pg-13. Thanks [more inside]
posted by Robtri93
on Oct 26, 2011 -
He's got so many qualities I like...except for one. And it might be a dealbreaker. Am I being ridiculous? Wasn't there a Seinfeld episode about this? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser
on Sep 27, 2011 -
It's my grandmother's birthday next week, and I'd like to give her some sort of book with cute and funny short stories/jokes, a la Reader's Digest
. It should also be clean humor only
. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate
on Sep 21, 2011 -
Does anyone know any dirty jokes that are related to the weather? Bonus points if the punchline, if said alone, indicates that it's a weather-related dirty joke. Actually, if you have a punchline that would indicate that, but no actual joke, that would be fine too.
posted by insufficient data
on Aug 21, 2011 -
Jokes. We all know one, maybe even two or three, and there's a good chance they're slightly or completely off-color. But let's say you need to entertain a room of five- to eight-year-olds, and they're expecting a non-stop barrage of hilarity. Anyone have any favorite kids' jokes they'd like to share?
posted by vverse23
on Apr 8, 2011 -
I was surprised to find an option in the McAfee anti-virus enterprise management software, that "jokes" are a category that they block (screenshot
). What sort of jokes? Are any of these jokes awesome and/or funny? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo
on Apr 7, 2011 -
Help me come up with a five-part joke, riddle, or comic strip to embed in 5 separate data presentations at a science conference. [more inside]
posted by dino might
on Apr 1, 2011 -
I'm looking for stories about telling jokes until they are no longer funny. How do people who write comedy tell if the jokes they are writing are still funny after repeating them so many times? I'm interested in hearing more about the short half-life of the joke, and the ways a joke can function after it has lost it's ha-ha-ha. [more inside]
posted by caseyg
on Dec 18, 2010 -
For Halloweeen I'm going to be Valentine's Day and pass out homemade Valentines to people. I need a lot of repurposed pick-up lines and dirty jokes and terrible puns for the cards. Think "I CHOO-CHOO-CHOOSE YOU!" for drunken adults. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana
on Oct 17, 2010 -
I'm doing a presentation about conquering fear (of public speaking). Do you know any good jokes on the general subject of fear? Particularly on how fears can paralyze us, or how irrational fears can be?
posted by storybored
on Sep 30, 2010 -
I need 144 (or maybe 36) different bad puns, "witty" sayings, and short jokes (plus accompanying pictures) about reading and books. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Mizu
on Sep 28, 2010 -
Did I steal this joke? "Dress for the job you want. Unless you want to be an astronaut." (Or something along those lines.)
posted by YoungAmerican
on Jul 13, 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 -
I have some decorate-your-own Hello Kitty valentines. I want to write funny things on them, but I am, sadly, not a very funny person. Can you think of any jokes, quips, one-liners, etc., I can put on these cards for my (platonic) friends? Hello Kitty themed is a plus, but not totally necessary. (THANK YOU!)
posted by booknerd
on Feb 12, 2010 -