Because Steve would have wanted to hear it.
September 28, 2006 10:45 PM   Subscribe

Has anyone heard any Steve Irwin jokes?

Death is not funny. But I'm struck by the fact that I haven't heard a single joke since he died. I mean, two days after the Challenger explosion there were jokes and now here it is weeks later and I haven't heard a single thing about Steve Irwin. Consider this an anthropological question. If you answer is "yes" then I'd like to hear the joke.
posted by quadog to Society & Culture (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Uh, yup (from Down Under, yet):

Q: Who sang at Steve Irwin's funeral?
A: Gordon Sumner
posted by rob511 at 10:55 PM on September 28, 2006

The day after (or the day of, I don't know the exact time and zones) his death, I saw a very long performance of The Aristocrats which included creative use of the stingray-hole.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 10:57 PM on September 28, 2006

Ten seconds before reading your question, I read this on "I suppose Steve Irwin should have worn sunblock to protect from harmful rays".

Do bad puns count as jokes?
posted by martinrebas at 10:58 PM on September 28, 2006

Best answer: Norm MacDonald on the Daily Show. This was on fairly soon after it happened, though I'm not sure of the exact date.
posted by Espy Gillespie at 10:59 PM on September 28, 2006

I don't know if this counts as a joke, but at a party last weekend we were playing this variation of charades where one team comes up with an action/event and the other team comes up with an adverb. The team that came up with an action must guess the adverb based on the other team's enactment of the action. Drinking makes this game much more fun.

As you can guess, the action was "Steve Irwin's Death by a Sting Ray," prefaced with "I know this is wrong but..." This was followed by a chorus of "OMG!" and "so bad!" The team then proceeded to enact the event "robotically."

Yeah. College kids have no souls.
posted by wilky at 11:00 PM on September 28, 2006

I heard that his tombstone reads Ray Sting Peace.
posted by solid-one-love at 11:05 PM on September 28, 2006 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: These are great. But they aren't not funny enough. I need more!
posted by quadog at 11:11 PM on September 28, 2006

Best answer: Here's some more.
posted by vacapinta at 11:13 PM on September 28, 2006

There is one that will make more sense to Australians than to the rest of the world

Q) What do Steve Irwin and Peter Brock have in common?

A) They both hate fish-tails
posted by TheOtherGuy at 11:25 PM on September 28, 2006

Well, he should have been wearing suntan lotion. You know? To protect from harmful rays.
posted by Jimbob at 11:27 PM on September 28, 2006

Oops, I duped vacapinta's post.
posted by aye at 11:37 PM on September 28, 2006

From vacapinta's link:

How many respected biologists have been killed by stingrays?

posted by PercussivePaul at 11:38 PM on September 28, 2006

there's plenty floating around on LiveJournal if you wanna have a looksee - check out the MetaQuotes community around the time he died.

(though I'm with sophist here)
posted by divabat at 11:42 PM on September 28, 2006

Best answer:
Haven't you people had enough yet?!?


Every pore of the Internet has been oozing Steve Irwin jokes since his death

I, too, have missed them. Got this one in-office:

Steve Irwin arrives in heaven.
God says "Steve you've been a decent bloke, did nice things and made everybody feel welcome, you can have something in heaven that you treasure from Earth. Whatever it is I'll get it up for you".

Steve leans over and whispers in Gods ear.......

Next day it arrives in heaven.
Steve's jaw drops.
He looks at God and says:
"God, I said CROCK not BROCK."
posted by pompomtom at 11:46 PM on September 28, 2006

(For non-Australian readers, pompomtom's joke makes more sense when you realise that Aussie motorsport legend Peter Brock died a couple of days after Steve Irwin.)
posted by robcorr at 12:09 AM on September 29, 2006

Crikey! ran a round up of Steve Irwin jokes.
posted by harmless at 2:09 AM on September 29, 2006

Sadly, scrolling through the Metafilter thread announcing his death reveals quite a few jokes made by some of our fellow Mefites in the hours after his death.
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:27 AM on September 29, 2006

I'm sure there have been dozens of variants on this theme:
Steve Irwin died as he lived-- Tormenting dangerous animals.
I'm not sure if that is a joke or just an honest epigram.
posted by leapfrog at 4:51 AM on September 29, 2006

Steve Irwin meets Peter Brock in heaven. Steve says "Crikey mate! Why have you got a halo and I haven't?"

Brock replies "You stupid bastard! That's not a halo, it's a steering wheel!"

Irwin has really only been on the radar here in .au since about '02 when he was introduced to us from the U.S. Brock, having been on the scene for more than 30 years, has a great deal more local cultural relevance; hence the jokes only really started when Brocky died a few days after the "Croc Hunter"
posted by imbecile at 5:16 AM on September 29, 2006

One of the more common responses on web forums to the news of Irwin's death was, simply, "crikey!"

I'd consider that a bit of a joke, myself.
posted by The Confessor at 5:29 AM on September 29, 2006

They asked Steve Irwin what his favourite TV show was as a child, and he said that while he was a massive fan of Thunderbirds, there would always be a place in his heart for Stingray.
posted by riotgrrl69 at 5:44 AM on September 29, 2006 [1 favorite]

posted by Greg Nog at 9:56 AM on September 29, 2006 [1 favorite]

I just saw a magazine cover where one of the headlines was: "The tears of Steven Irwin's widow"...
posted by shivohum at 3:59 PM on September 29, 2006

After his death I watched the Steve Irwin movie, Collision Course. One of his first lines was "What a stinger!" I figure those must've been his last, as well.
posted by JamesMessick at 4:28 PM on September 29, 2006

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