Joke Breakdown

Redditor [Ninkaka][] has a great [breakdown][] of a [joke by Rob O’Reilly][joke]:

> It’s all about the placement of the beats and the accompanying laughter. I haven’t seen this joke performed, but it’s pretty simple to tell how the crowd would react.

1. “I got mugged once, but I’m poor, so we were both disappointed.” *Scattered laughter. Audience expectant.*
2. “He was like, ‘You have 83 cents and a Sony Walkmen [sic]? What do you do?’ I was like ‘Oh, I’m a comedian.'” *More laughter. Comedian might do a little wry laugh to signal that there’s more.*
3. “He’s like ‘Oh, I used to be a comedian, you should try mugging.'” *One or two guys spit take in the back of the crowd.*
4. “I was like, ‘Thanks Carlos Mencia!'” *Longest laughter yet, might taper off sharply.*
5. “No I’m kidding. Carlos Mencia would never steal from another comedian.” *Brings it back and ends on a high. This is the actual joke the comedian wanted you to laugh the hardest at.*


[McSweeney’s][] is carrying [the letter that denied Indiana Jones tenure][letter]. Funny. And also quite accurate.


Talking Funny

I don’t know how long it will be there, but the full episode of [Talking Funny]( with Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais, and Louis C. K. is on Youtube for the time being. Four comedians talking about making comedy.

End of the Week Link Roundup for January 13

Here’s a list of the stuff that’s filling up the tabs of my browser. I wanted to write about a number of them, but I just don’t have the time.

* [“That’s what she said”.js (JavaScript)][twss]: Very cool, very funny. The glories of GitHub.
* [Who killed lard?][wkl]: NPR’s Planet Money has a podcast and they recently asked: who killed lard? Was it Upton Sinclair? Or should we blame William Procter and James Gamble? It was their company which created a new alternative to lard — the “pure and wholesome” Crisco?
* [Sell Your By-Products][svb]: is the advice of the good folks at 37Signals, who have a pretty good track record given that they developed Ruby on Rails and have written two books, which in turn spawned a consulting business. They are that good. (Definitely on my “would work for them” list.)
* [AppStorm’s Ultimate Dropbox Toolkit and Guide][db] is a roundup of Dropbox apps or apps that get better with Dropbox.


A Different Kind of Boudreaux Joke

Many will be familiar with Boudreaux and Thibodeaux/Fontenot jokes, but this takes the numskull genre in an interesting direction:

> The year is 2016 and the United States has just elected the first woman, a Louisiana State University graduate, as President of the United States, Susan Boudreaux. A few days after the election the president-elect calls her father and says, ‘So, Dad, I assume you will be coming to my inauguration?’
‘I don’t think so. It’s a 30 hour drive, your mother isn’t as young as she used to be, and my arthritis is acting up again.’ ‘Don’t worry about it Dad, I’ll send Air Force One to pick you up and take you home. And a limousine will pick you up at your door.’

> ‘I don’t know. Everybody will be so fancy. What would your mother wear?’ Oh Dad, replies Susan, ‘I’ll make sure she has a wonderful gown custom-made by the best designer in New York .’ ‘Honey,’ Dad complains, ‘you know I can’t eat those rich foods you and your friends like to eat.’

> The President-to-be responds, ‘Don’t worry Dad. The entire affair is going to be handled by the best caterer in New York, I’ll ensure your meals are salt free Dad, I really want you to come.

> So Dad reluctantly agrees and on January 20, 2017, Susan Boudreaux is being sworn in as President of the United States. In the front row sits the new president’s Dad and Mom. Dad noticing the senator sitting next to him leans over and whispers, ‘You see that woman over there with her hand on the Bible, becoming President of the United States.

> The Senator whispers back, ‘Yes I do.’

> Dad says proudly, ‘Her brother played football at LSU.’

Movie Magic

The great thing about this particular parody is that by its very nature of offering up abstractions it successfully outlines the structure of American narrative film. I can easily see using this in a film studies course.

And, yes, it’s just plain funny.