Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Roundup

Favorites and duds from today's commenting.

Favorites, in no particular order:

Check out this humdinger from Mantis Toboggan, M.D. in the BYU post. Now there's a goddamn winner. For your teeth-grinding pleasure, have a look at the unbelievably stupid burner reply among the +1s. Holy smokes. There are one or two funny replies to that reply, too, if you're feeling especially curious. Back to the joke: here's another +1 to Mantis Toboggan, M.D. for showing once again that some of our most heavily worn memes can still be used for kick-ass jokes. This here is the Comment of the Day.

I don't know how SavetoFavorites so consistently churns out these spectacularly funny scenes, but it's really incredible. This one, in the Jovan Belcher post, just slayed me. I'm running out of ways to heap praise on this stuff, so I'll just say this: please just don't ever stop.

Here's another great sequence, this time from The Amazing Sneijderman in the Jovan Belcher post. Like the sequence above, this joke uses the screenplay format, but it's interesting to me how different the two jokes are, and not just in terms of their angles. Whereas the joke above relies upon a lot of personality and silliness, this joke uses the format to patiently set up a good old fashioned punchline. Neither joke can be made without actions and sequencing and timing, but they use those tools for completely different purposes. These joke types, ultimately they're just templates, and they can be used to express whatever wild-ass crazy angles you want, and they can certainly be used to either satisfy or defy the reader's expectations. The Amazing Sneijderman's somewhat familar set-up/knockdown rhythm needed a little more space to play than is offered in your typical one-liner, and he had the instincts and confidence to give it the right structure.

I'm not sure where this line came from, from Billy Clyde Puckett in the Jovan Belcher post, but it's so, so good. It's not really a joke at all, it's just a very smart, very funny line. Good stuff.

This is just an outrageous set-up from Same Sad Echo in the Real Lakers post. If you drew this joke as a story arc, it would feature a fairly steep incline and then an immediate vertical drop, like a rollercoaster for people who love rollercoasters. And what do people who love rollercoasters do when there's an immediate vertical drop? They cheer and laugh their asses off. Okay, I'll shut up now.

Here's a smart, funny rimshot joke from UweBollocks in the Real Lakers post. I'm calling it a rimshot joke because it is exactly the kind of joke that is followed by a rimshot. Right? C'mon, right? You know what I mean.

Here's an excellent thread in the Underwear Ghosts post, featuring Eddie Murray Sparkles, Gamboa Constrictor, Same Sad Echo, SavetoFavorites, Bring Back Anthony Mason, Mantis Toboggan, M.D., Danelorgy, ScottMitchellReport, and many more. Worth a read!

I enjoyed this strong one-liner from Sgt. Hammerclaw in the Rutgers Basketball post. A very good pull with an effective delivery. Excellent joke.

And finally, because I'm a big dummy and/or Kinja hates me and/or Kinja hates everyone, I missed this killer joke from Raysism yesterday in the Ryan Brothers Retrospective post. That's a goddamn masterpiece. +1.

Total Fucking Duds

To hell with duds. For crying out loud.

Thanks for another great week, folks. Grab up and hug the stuffing out of all the wonderful small children in your lives, and have a great weekend.

Have a DUAN night.

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