That’s Comedy

Comedy takes on many forms, and it’s a very personal thing to those who find it funny. There’s all kinds of comedy, stand-up, insult comedy, slapstick, etc. Being that so many people find so many different things funny, an awful lot of comedy can be offensive to some. I think some of the best comedy is the intellectual stuff that doesn’t leave a small percentage of the audience saying “Hrmph!”

George Carlin made millions of dollars swearing and shocking people with vulgarities, but behind it all is simple genius. You can be sure there were people with their hands over their ears and turning all shades of red during most of his most famous material, but many of the things he said were from pure observation and thought.

Bill Cosby “himself” is one of the funniest, most memorable, most quotable pieces of comedic gold I’ve ever seen, and I think he managed to pull off that act without offending a single demographic.

I’ve got a sick side to my sense of humor too, and I’m not talking about finding it funny when people fall down the stairs, or farting in an elevator (although I do find that hysterical… I think it’s a guy thing). I’m talking about the kinds jokes you tell that are so bad you get more amusement out of the groans of agony from your audience.

  • Two guys walk into a bar, the third guy ducked!
  • Did you hear about the two peanuts walking down the street? One was a salted! (Assaulted)
  • A dyslexic man walked into a bra
In addition to silly little one liners like that, I have a great love for puns.

  • I once submitted a top ten list of favorite puns to a “Best Puns” contest in hope of winning. Unfortunately, no pun-in-ten-did!
Perhaps the best example I can think of a masterful execution of puns would have to be “Wet Dream” by Dr. Demento
Best quote: “She said things I couldn’t fathom. She was too deep! Seemed to be under a lot of pressure!”
Got some favorite knee-slappers? Perhaps just a groaner? Let’s hear it!
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6 thoughts on “That’s Comedy

  1. Well, one of my favorite jokes is a bit long to put here, but I wrote it up a long time ago.(I’d re-write now, making the dialect better, but you’re intelligent enough to plow through it.)http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com/2005/09/my-fathers-favorite-joke.html

  2. That story never gets old, Sully.I’m afraid that Matt has set the bar too high by opening with Cosby. The Smothers Brothers, too, are worth a listen.Now if you don’t mind getting just a tad off-color one of my favorites is about the college seminar:The university had brought in a prominent expert on paranormal activity. After a brief introduction by one of the department heads the expert decided to get the audience into the program so he asked, “How many of you folks believe in ghosts?”About 80% of the audience raised their hands.He then asked, “How many of you have experienced an event that verified your belief in ghosts?”Still a large majority had there hands up.His next question was, “How many in this audience know they have been in the presence of a ghost?”About half those with their hands up lowered them.”So,” he said, “How many of you have seen a ghost? Please stand up.”About 20 people stood up.For his final question he asked, “How many of you have ever made love with a ghost?”One fella, up in the back of the auditorium remained standing.The lecturer, stunned, approached the man and asked, “When was this that you make love with a ghost.”The old fella responded, “Ghost? No, laddy. I thought you said goat.”

  3. I remember that Bill Cosby show. I have always considered him one of the best standup comedians of all time. And I used to sneak listening to Dr Demento late at night on the radio, when I was supposed to be fast asleep. Great post, Matt.

  4. I thought of another slightly off-color one about three southern boys:Bubba died in a fire, and his body was burned pretty badly.The morgue needed someone to identify the body, so they sent for his two best friends, Cooter and Gomer. The three men had always done everything together.Cooter arrived first; and, when the mortician pulled back the sheet, Cooter said, ‘Yup,his face is burned up pretty bad. You better roll him over.’The mortician rolled him over, and Cooter said, ‘Nope — ain’t Bubba.’The mortician thought this was rather strange, so he brought Gomer in to confirm.’Yup, he’s pretty well burnt up. Roll him over.’The mortician rolled him over, and Gomer said, ‘No, it ain’t Bubba.’The mortician asked, ‘How can you tell?”Well, Bubba had two assholes.”What?… He had two assholes?’ asked the mortician.’Yup, we never seen ’em, but everybody used to say, ‘There’s Bubba with them two assholes.

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