By Lambert Strether of Corrente
Patient readers, this title of this post is not Lambert-style light irony, alluding to a farce about the collapse of the Roman empire (written — I was today years old when I learned this, go figure — by Stephen Sondheim). Rather, I thought that after the multi-course extravaganza of bad news, bad faith… well, I’m at a loss, let’s to to the algos–
— but there are no bad children in my life, so good! Better than expected! “Multi-course extravaganza,” I say, requiring a palate cleanser, “a neutral-flavored food or drink that removes food residue from the tongue allowing one to more accurately assess a new flavor” (of bullshit, no doubt, since realism springs eternal).
It occurred to me that jokes, whether one-liners or sketches, would be one such residue-cleaning device. Also, laughter is good for stress and the immune system. And so I’ve aggregated some humor. I hope the jokes don’t bomb, and I hope, whether they do or not, you will contribute your own!
Beginning at the beginning with a bartender joke:
A bartender says, “We don’t serve time travelers in here!”
A time traveler walks into a bar.
Swap in a pet store:
"That's one too many!" says the customer. The clerk replies, "It's a freebie."
— orionthehunter (@orionhunter1858) April 10, 2022
If there’s a comedy vertical with a rich vein of jokes on the Twitter, I didn’t find it:
My wife totally changed when she became a vegan…
It's like I never knew herbivore.
— The Dad Joke Man (@DadJokeMan) April 6, 2022
Kids find kid jokes funny:
What’s the best way to cut wood? The wood way!
— Kids Write Jokes (@KidsWriteJokes) April 3, 2022
Another kid joke, but an older kid:
What do you call a fast llama?
— Artician.eth (@Arti_cian) April 10, 2022
NFT-adjacent, so horridly commoditized in some way….
Moving to stand-up and video, more one-liners:
There are many duck jokes, this is Mitch Hedberg’s:
I really wanted to find some Phyllis Diller, but I couldn’t find anything suitable:
“Mother Theresa’s old formal!” 1984. at the end of feminism’s second wave.
Bob Newhard, light as soufflé:
Not all comedy is light:
I wonder if these jokes land, today. They’re very Freudian, very ’50s. Perhaps the family has completely changed?
Louis CK on race relations. Oh my, the punchline:
Despite Louis CK’s
shall we say unorthodox disgusting and creepy views on the accumulation of social capital from unconsenting associates in his field, I still think this is a great sketch and far more worthwhile than anything his detractors could produce. (It’s sad that great artists aren’t always nice people.) “Give them some time to be cranky” is something I could take to heart (as opposed to kicking sideways, or down).
Richard Prior [a bit NSFW]:
Mudbone is a recurring Pryor character. Mudbone’s accent, oddly, brought Bert and I to mind:
And ending on the dryest possible note, a new episode of Bob & Ray’s “Garish Summit” surfaces:
I hope your palate is at least refreshed, if not cleansed. This being Naked Capitalism, we probably have some stand-up comedians in the readership; if so, I wonder what y’all think. I have tended to think of comedy and humor as timeless. But doing this aggregation, which has material from when I was a teenager all the way to today really brought home to me how embedded in time comedy really is. If there is a good history of comedy, I should go read it. “It’s a joke!” Well, yes.
Anyhow, the main purpose of this post was to give some laughs to the readership, and if any of you laughed, I’m happy. Also, please feel free to add jokes and sketches to the comments!