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Washu's humor tip of the day

If you're talking to a female coworker, and she says she's going on vacation, and you ask where, and she says "New Orleans, for Mardi Gras," don't say "ho HO, we're not going to see you on one of those videos, are we?" because 1) three dozen of your coworkers have already said that to her, and 2) it wasn't goddamn funny the first time. Sheesh.


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Feb. 28th, 2003 06:17 am (UTC)
....but still. it's YOU. not just some regular person. so how could you blame them for thinking you were going to bare your boobies at mardi gras? just make sure you get on snoop dogg's video. the other ones are tasteless.

Feb. 28th, 2003 06:54 am (UTC)
I don't care about them thinking it, I'm frustrated by every single person thinking they're a fucking comedian, like that's some sort of hilarious statement. I'm not *offended* by the statement, it's just not funny.

This is a commentary mostly on how fucking unfunny everyone at work is. I mean, seriously, EVERY SINGLE PERSON. This is not an exaggeration. Every single person. I have a hard enough time faking laughter at non-funny "jokes" all day when they're DIFFERENT.
Feb. 28th, 2003 08:38 am (UTC)
Everyone's a fucking comedian
So, you know how on some TV shows - like Leno - they hit the streets and ask common joes simple everyday questions? And the kittens and bulldogs in question answer invariably wrong, and thus the hilarity.

Piping at the maps on some of these jamokes, I am strongly of the conviction that they are usually neither wrong or ignorant, but TRYING TO BE FUNNY! Who's the Vice-President? Unnnnh, AL GORE! (Laughs to self behind satisfied smile).

In Salmon of Doubt, Douglas Adams has an article on how he feels betrayed by comedy, how when he was a kid and discreetly listening to comedy radio late at night, or when he was a young adult and submitting scripts to BBC himself, he was of the opinion that comedy was a very slick way in which very clever people expressed themselves. As comedy becomes more common, he sees it becoming sort of cheap, deliberately ignorant and shallow.

The joke which pushed him over the edge was that fucking black box one, about "Why don't they make the whole airplane out of the black box," which I have to agree is one of the weakest jokes ever. Not only doesn't it work logically, the basic premise is that the audience is encouraged to laugh at people who're smarter than they when their own ignorance or assumptions are at blame for the apparent absurdity of the situation. "Stupid scientists, haha, it's funny because it's true."

So, basically, no one's funny anymore.

On another note, when're you leaving for N'Awlins anyway, Petunia?
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
Re: Everyone's a fucking comedian
Man, I fucking hate Douglas Adams. I stopped reading as soon as you mentioned him.
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:04 am (UTC)
Sorry, I meant "Dave Barry ..."
Man, must I go through this again?
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:09 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry, I meant "Dave Barry ..."
Man, but you know what? Dave Barry pissed me off last Sunday because he said something in his column about "reality" tv. And how that's not really "reality". NO SHIT. It's not supposed to be REALITY, dumbass, it's just the freaking genre name! They're contrived situations, no one's pretending they're not! It's just a way of saying that it's not scripted, it's differentiating from a game show or a sitcom or a drama or a dramedy or a musical dramedy. Man, lame non-joke, Dave Barry.

And don't even get me started on Steve Martin's new movie. WTF, Jon, WTF?
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
You got me straight trippin', Boo...
I. KNOW. Did they actually do the high hilarity of a totally white nerd trying to speak hip urban black lingo? Eugene Levy or not, I yam sore disappointed.

But man, Dave Barry. One of the first articles of his I ever read included the zinger that wrestling was fake. And thus, considering him boring, I didn't read him again fo' years ...
Feb. 28th, 2003 10:35 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry, I meant "Dave Barry ..."
oooo, didja hear there's a new Emmy? Yup, it's for Reality TV shows. OHHHHH, The pure throbbing IRONY!*

*not a joke, but a cold hard fact. (or, more accurately, a cold hard rumor I heard at dinner.)
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:06 am (UTC)
Re: Everyone's a fucking comedian
Pee ess tomorrow morning at eight. Why, when does your flight get in? :D :D :D :D?????
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:09 am (UTC)
Re: Everyone's a fucking comedian
Pssh, everyone's a fucking comedian ...
Feb. 28th, 2003 09:10 am (UTC)
This is me when I finally admit to myself you're not kidding this time -->
I'm not a comedian, I'm an optimist.
Feb. 28th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
This is why I refuse to discuss even completely ordinary parts of my personal life with most of my co-workers. People like that really need to be shot.

Have you ever tried telling them they're not funny? I know it's rude and innapropriate and stuff, but I did reach that point with two people at my job. And after I told them off, they never wanted to talk to me about personal stuff again.
Feb. 28th, 2003 08:26 am (UTC)
Naw. I have a reputation of being "quiet", though.

Like, okay, here's another example: yesterday me and this dude Matthew were at a site, and there's an abandoned house on the property, and while we were figuring out sight-distances, the Gloucester County SWAT Team (no joke, I have pictures to prove it) pulled up and started milling around the building. It was really exciting until we figured out they were just doing exercises or drills or whatever.

So today I'm picking up some plots and Matthew's there and he's like "did you hear on the news last night that they found a terrorist stronghold near the Kennedy Medical Center and the SWAT team had to be called in?"

I mean, what do I SAY to that? I couldn't even muster a "ha," I just nodded. MAN, WORK PEOPLE.
Feb. 28th, 2003 10:18 am (UTC)
actually, i asked a female friend of mine (who's going ot mardi gras) if she was gonna bare her boobs and she said "of course, it's mardi gras!" and i told her to make sure she took some pics for her nasty guy friends.

she said okay. she meant it.

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