Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday Roundup

Favorites and duds from today's commenting.

Favorites, in no particular order:

Here's a terrific dialogue joke from SavetoFavorites in the Will Ferrell post. See what I mean about the heckling? Also in there is a fucking hilarious comeback from SavetoFavorites, well worth checking out all on its own. This could have very easily been the Comment of the Day. It was a tight race today.

This joke, from RMJ=H in the Spider Bite post, ought to have a "Born to Kill" tattoo on its shoulder. This thing had a 100% chance of slaying the crowd. First of all, it's very funny. Second of all, it's sex humor, which is always popular. But most importantly, it's easily accessible. It takes a section of text and repurposes it so cleanly that there's an immediate payoff for any reader. There's an argument to be made that someone was always going to make this joke, but I'm glad it was someone this funny and talented, someone who would give it the lightest of touches and get the most out of it. Good stuff.

Eddie Murray Sparkles killed me with this one-liner in the Spider Bite post. That's such a great pull, and again, it's so much more than clever. The very idea of the proposed publication is just hysterical. Also today, Eddie Murray Sparkles dropped this letter-perfect dig in the Full Kit Wankers post. Man is that great.

Here's a funny reference from Bring Back Anthony Mason in the Spider Bite post. For whatever reason, spider posts seem to bring out the best in Deadspin's commenters. This is such a simple angle, but it really benefits from that out-of-left-field quality. I laughed aloud at this.

I dig this sort of personal humor, from BronzeHammer in the Spider Bite post. It almost has a sort of AMIRITE???? thing going on, where it calls upon our common experience or understanding of parenting small children. Jerry Seinfeld built most of his career on this exact kind of humor, although it's apparently not good enough for some burner asshole in the replies. Christ.

Here's your Comment of the Day, from Rare Endangered Vuvuzela in the Rob Gronkowski post. This joke satirizes the way athletes' indiscretions are often handled by fans and media, and it's relevant to the post, and I particularly enjoy the way the bracketed sections arrive closer together as the joke moves along. It give the joke a certain pace and timing that really boosts its humor, which is important because it doesn't build towards a punchline. That's a job well done. Good stuff.

Also in the Rob Gronkowski post, I'm surprised this sequence from Madoffs Mets didn't get more attention. It's a very clever pull, but it doesn't rely totally on the reference; it uses it to create a brutally awkward scenario without hammering the reader over the head with it. Great joke.

I also laughed at this dig from Mantis Toboggan, M.D. in the Rob Gronkoswki post. I was sure this was going to be a fat joke, but although it does reference the girl's body, it ultimately veers in another direction altogether. I think the joke really does benefit from that defiance of expectations. Great job.

I wonder how anyone could not laugh at this sequence from Same Sad Echo in the Ski Crash post. That last line delivers so much humor: it reframes the mother's feelings about her son, it gives us the funny idea of the state of his underwear, it makes use of our common experience of mom-like behavior, and it proposes that the state of the man's underwear would actually be reported to his mother after a crash. I love this joke. It's great. Also, here's something creative and silly and charming in the Deer Antler Man post. I really do love this stuff. Keep the silliness coming.

And finally, here's a fantastic reference from DougExeter in the Stadium Renovations post. The reference alone is really fucking strong, but DougExeter gives his presentation a certain voice, just enough to take it beyond "hey, look what I figured out" without also trampling the pull. Awesome joke.

Total Fucking Duds

Hey, have a great night. Sorry if I missed your jokes either Tuesday or Wednesday. As always, please do note any of your personal favorites down in the comments. I'll bang out Thursday and Friday tomorrow and/or Saturday, and we'll have a Week In Review this weekend.



  1. Thanks for the posts, hoss. Great stuff as always.

    As far as shitty replies go...all I can say is that I'm currently in love with the dismiss button (and Season 2 of Gilmore Girls, obvi). I do really enjoy some of the smart-ass replies folks like StF and Raysism & Bronzie have been making, but it seems like that's only gonna work/be worthwhile with a handful of replies. For the rest of them...dismiss.

    1. Don't blame you - Season 2 is the tits!!!!

      Shitehawk, keep up the good work, it's greatly appreciated by many

      XOXOX, cobes.

    2. I'm inclined to agree with that. Joke piggybacking is an automatic dismissal in my book, but the others can occasionally be fun.

      Not sure any of that will matter in a couple weeks, though, as the redesign promises to be even less usable.