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Stirlitz had a thought. He liked it, so he had another one.

A Soviet take on Rambo (brief clip; Rutube) is "unique in its violence and anti-Americanism." A Russian point of view on James Bond remarks that "so widespread was the interest in Bond that an official Soviet spy serial ... was released." But the spy novel / miniseries Seventeen Moments of Spring (somewhat digestible in 17 highlights with commentary: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17) is for interesting reasons not a Soviet counterpart to James Bond or Rambo. See also Seventeen Moments fanfic, two pages of jokes about its hero, and how he figures in the present. [more inside]
posted by Monsieur Caution on Aug 16, 2014 - 9 comments

If Horses Were People

If Horses Were People: an equestrian sketch comedy series. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jul 14, 2014 - 13 comments

Mery Talys and Quicke Answeres

Shakespeare Jest-Books: Reprints of the Early and Very Rare Jest-Books Supposed to Have Been Used by Shakespeare.
posted by Iridic on Apr 23, 2014 - 16 comments

Milton Berle, Carlos Mencia, and Dane Cook walk into a bar

Given the expense and uncertainty of lawsuits, how does the comedy community enforce the proscription on joke theft? Part of an ongoing Slate series called The Humor Code.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Apr 1, 2014 - 45 comments

why can't they dance?

As the twittersphere ridicules a White Man March in NYC, perhaps now is the time to watch Aamer Rahman, one half of the comedy tour Fear of a Brown Planet (with Nazeem Hussain), on the topic of Reverse Racism.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 15, 2014 - 89 comments

I assure you, the death notice I'm looking for will be on the front page

Quite unlike many similar Wikipedia entries, the Russian Jokes, Russian Political Jokes and Jewish humor articles are treasure troves of actual jokes and anekdoty.
posted by griphus on Mar 7, 2014 - 33 comments

Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip?

Scientists tell The Guardian their favourite jokes
posted by Artw on Dec 30, 2013 - 80 comments

I LOL'd.

"Impossible to Tell," by Robert Pinsky (via)
posted by anotherpanacea on Dec 18, 2013 - 8 comments

"The man who told me it had a moustache."

I can't rightly vouch for this story but a fellah told me when he was a young'n, didn't his mother wake him early on a weekend...
Norm MacDonald has spent the last 9 hours tweeting a set of rambling Faulknerian jokes.
posted by Iridic on Nov 21, 2013 - 23 comments

Thanks for helping me to deceive the world

If you're one of the 9 million or so inhabitants of Planet Earth who watched this video last week and laughed out loud at the spectacle of a girl whose sexy "twerking" home video turns into an epic fiery disaster, then the joke's on you, courtesy of now undisputed prank-champion Jimmy Kimmel.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 10, 2013 - 110 comments

this horrible, unfixable problem

Yo Momma Jokes
posted by andoatnp on Aug 17, 2013 - 44 comments

By liking each other’s pictures we were liking ourselves.

15 Pop-Cultural Abysses From Which There Is No Escape. One in a series of fictional and memoiric explorations of celebrity culture known as "Exploring the Language of the Stars" by writer Kevin Fanning.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 8, 2013 - 18 comments

“Two women walk into a bar and talk about the Bechdel test.”

What's the most intellectual joke you know? is Slate's summary of this Reddit thread (for once, the comments are worth it!), with more good comments in this Marginal Revolution discussion. Of course, we can do better...
posted by blahblahblah on Jun 28, 2013 - 178 comments

"I have downloaded the Moose! My computer and I are happy! My husband is miserable!"

Talking Moose lives! [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Dec 5, 2012 - 63 comments

I: is all you can say is purple? p: yes.

"I moderate jokes on a Kids Jokes website. A lot of joke submissions can't be published because they're offensive, not suitable for children or don't make any sense... so I publish them here instead: Bad Kid's Jokes "
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 29, 2012 - 210 comments

You can hear them in your head.

GIFFTRAX!
posted by kittensofthenight on Nov 26, 2012 - 41 comments

Putting the "trick" in "trick-or-treat": Tonight I gave kids an oyster instead of candy.

A slideshow of trick-or-treating jokes and other Halloween vignettes in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Nov 4, 2012 - 17 comments

Save the D'ast Lance for Me

"It’s a long, long time from now, and machines have developed into sentient beings. Starting with the high-tech space stuff, a whole new set of different mechanistic species have come into existence. The machines are not only sentient; they are alive in other ways as well. They even produce offspring and evolve.

At first, it was just the super high-tech orbiting stuff that achieved self-awareness, but soon more terrestrial devices gained intelligence. Unfortunately the machines loathed each other, and war broke out between orbiting and earthly devices. Humankind had already moved out into space, but at the discovery that our original home world was in a crisis situation, we returned.

By the time we reached Earth again, all the original machines had been destroyed. The descendants of those original devices were still battling, trying to obliterate each other, an ancient blood feud where one planetary region wasn’t big enough for the two mechanical clans.

The future humans had to make a decision that would end the war. But it was clear that humankind had been in space too long as there was no sympathy for the terrestrial machines. And that’s when we found ourselves backing the satellite kin." [more inside]
posted by 256 on Aug 6, 2012 - 62 comments

Richard Wiseman: quirky tricks, science, & jokes

10 bets that you will always win is a video collection of clever tricks (& science) from Richard Wiseman's Quirkology YouTube channel; see also top 10 quirky science tricks for parties, 10 more science stunts for parties, another 10 quirky science stunts, and 5 amazing mind tricks (previously: 10 practical jokes). Wiseman is a psychologist, magician, and author who created LaughLab: the scientific search for the world's funniest joke; the final report & top jokes* are available here (PDF) and over 1000 LaughLab jokes (all clean!) here (also PDF). Previously: his research on luck. (via voices + gizmodo)
posted by flex on Jun 16, 2012 - 16 comments

That is a strange story to say the least

Corporatetwits, starring brave souls messing with corporations through social media. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 12, 2012 - 84 comments

Gullible. Dictionary. You know the rest.

April Fools' Day On The Web is a list of websites running April Fools' gags. The list is updated througout the day as more sites are submitted by anyone who comes across them. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Apr 1, 2012 - 114 comments

Laughing with you

Though best-of-the-year lists seem soooo two days ago, the end of holidays may require a comedy break, and the increasingly excellent Splitsider has produced a really nice review of the year in humor. The Year's Best Humor Writing features, in addition to the best of The Onion, pieces like Sometimes State Flags, The Most Emailed New York Times Story Ever, and Roger Ebert's one star reviews (you may want to check out last year's list as well). There is also a list of the 17 best comedy web series, best comedy podcasts, funniest video games, and moments in 2011 where comedy made you think (featuring lots of video).
posted by blahblahblah on Jan 2, 2012 - 26 comments

Pull my finger.

Fart jokes! Everybody loves them! And everybody knows a couple of good ones. But did you know that they date back to the 5th century BC, and appear prominently in two plays by Aristophanes, "The Knights" and "The Clouds"? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 15, 2011 - 45 comments

Take my password, please!

Nerds Triumphant? The one-liner judged as the Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is about computer passwords (also SPOILER a classic Disney cartoon). Runners-up and the joke judged WORST also listed. Warning: jokes contain drugs, sex, food (including broccoli and McDonald's), voicemail, crime, time, The Cure and a British chain store you Americans may never have heard of. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 25, 2011 - 146 comments

Aim High

The Best Save The Date Card, Ever [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 20, 2011 - 41 comments

Games and resources from museums for children

Show Me is a site collecting games and resources for children from UK museums. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Mar 27, 2011 - 6 comments

Notes: Level 6-3 made entirely out of pentagrams

What do you mean you don't remember Olegco Gaming? They were like the best developer for the Atari! They had classics, like Cool Beens, and Ghost Garden Man. Don't tell me you never played Baron of the SkeleBone Zone! Well, you take a look at all of their games on their archive site. Now try to be a little more knowledgeable before we talk about video games again... thanks.
posted by codacorolla on Mar 14, 2011 - 18 comments

concerns met with giggling

The manager of Girardi's Frozen Yogurt wants to make sure his employees understand what the corkboard in the back is for...in a monologue entitled: Girardi's Frozen Yogurt ( via ) [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 28, 2011 - 52 comments

I am gaily celebrating my decisions

Affirmations for the New Year. Repeat daily for optimal results! [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 4, 2011 - 7 comments

Waterfall of Topical Gems

WitStream is your 24-hour live comedy ticker. An endless flow of up-to-the-minute comedy and commentary delivered to you in real time. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 7, 2010 - 6 comments

Whip it good

'Neil Young' + The Boss + Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" = A classic American ballad is born.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 18, 2010 - 45 comments

Preparrre Yourself For (mostly) Indoor Parkour

Enter indoor parkour. Are you ready for the next step in parkour acrobatics? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Nov 5, 2010 - 32 comments

Humournet Dot Com

The Humournet Collage Archive is an artifact of of the Old Web consisting of hundreds of .txt collages (422 to be exact) of jokes and anecdotes, originally issued as part of the HumourNet mailing list. Sometimes the moderator's opener is as funny as the content.
posted by griphus on Sep 22, 2010 - 4 comments

The Benign Violation Theory of humor from HuRL

The "Benign Violation Theory" posits that for something to be funny, three conditions must be met. First, there must be a violation of the norm. Second, the violation must be perceived to be benign. Last, both these perceptions must occur simultaneously. [more inside]
posted by cosmac on Aug 27, 2010 - 106 comments

Emo Philips is on both lists.

One-liner artist Tim Vine has won the award for the funniest joke told at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but you'll have to click the link to find out what it was. The BBC's article lists the top ten best jokes and a selection of the worst.
posted by Faint of Butt on Aug 23, 2010 - 235 comments

Did what's-his-name get at you yesterday?

"Ever since the time of dinosaurs, man has told jokes. Humor has been evolving for literally millions of years. And many historians now believe that the current era may very well be the funniest time in the history of history. We’ve moved from an era of knock-knock jokes to a more sophisticated and mature form of comedy that represents the culmination of man’s struggle to evolve: The Deez Nuts Joke." [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Aug 19, 2010 - 83 comments

The Devil's Dictionary X!

"Repairing the English Language since 1998." Based on Ambrose Bierce's Original Devil's Dictionary [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Aug 13, 2010 - 18 comments

Yarchive - Notes from the hinterland.

Yarchive is one man's collection of UseNET posts on the topics of Air Conditioning; Aircraft; Bicycles; Cars; Chemistry; Computers; Electrical, Electronic; Environment; Explosives, Pyrotechnics; Food; Houses; Guns; Jokes; Medicine; Metalworking; Military; Nuclear; Telephones; Physics; Risks; Security; Space mostly from a select group of authors. It has been updated several times since it first appeared here in 2001 and it never fails to sucker me in for hours every time I stumble upon it from a Google Search. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on May 19, 2010 - 37 comments

Mencia Jr.

We've talked about joke thieves before. The latest victim of hackery is Patton Oswalt. Mr. Oswalt received some videos of a comedy routine that show small-time actor/comedian Nick Madson repeating jokes by Patton, David Cross, Maria Bamford, and many others almost verbatim -- including the famous KFC Bowls routine. Nick wrote to Patton, claiming it was all a misunderstanding, but Patton dug a little deeper and found out that Madson's excuses were BS. Oswalt previously. Multiple videos, some with NSFW language
posted by Saxon Kane on May 1, 2010 - 138 comments

made by a thirteen year-old in 1996

Geocities is Back!!!! and they've taken over the world! from the crafty folks at Wondertonic.com...make sure to read their terms of use before browsing the site. some autoplaying music... [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 27, 2010 - 22 comments

Rhymes with ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay.

Playground Jungle: The "folk process" in the subversive songs, rhymes, stories and jokes you told when the teacher wasn't around. Visit the whole (growing) collection via the index of first lines.
posted by nebulawindphone on Jan 13, 2010 - 101 comments

King of the one (maybe two) liners

Joshua Green Allen, who has been posting great internet for more than 15 years, if not longer, merges seamlessly with a new technology. If any twitter account is worth being renowned far and wide for hilarity: His Is. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 25, 2009 - 27 comments

Recession over in France and Germany

The economy is abjectly terrible, right? It's so bad that nowadays, a picture is only worth 200 words. On the other hand, the recession is over in Germany and France, and in the United States, the unemployment rate dropped just a smidgen last month. [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Aug 13, 2009 - 39 comments

Comedy 2.0

A minister, a priest, and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What is this, some kind of joke?" Warning: autoplay on first link. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Jun 12, 2009 - 94 comments

Excellent fiddlesticks for the insolent rascal, and other ways to while the days

As a belated tribute (of sorts) to Victoria Day, may you find interest in a variety of Victorina era literature, short and long. In the short category, there is Chit-Chat of Humor, Wit, and Anecdote (Edited by Pierce Pungent; New York: Stringer & Townsend (1857), who has written quite a bit of such work) [via mefi projects], and Conundrums New and Old (Collected by John Ray Frederick; J. Drake & Company Publishers Chicago, 1902) [via mefi projects] This publishing house also published The Art of Characturing, copyright 1941. If you prefer your antiquated humor with a twist, take a gander at bizarro version of Conundrums New and Old [via mefi projects]. In the category of longer works, behold the The Lost Novels of Victorian New Zealand [via an older mefi projects]. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 29, 2009 - 4 comments

Surprise!

April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 274 days remaining until the end of the year. April 1 is most notable in the Western world for being April Fools' Day. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 31, 2009 - 42 comments

Jewish Jokers.

Old Jews telling jokes.
posted by gman on Jan 30, 2009 - 26 comments

Could you please explain why it is

The bottom of Slate's Explainer mailbag. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 19, 2008 - 76 comments

Some Jewish Humor

Sadie tells Maurice, "You’re a schmuck! You always were a schmuck and you always will be a schmuck! You look, act and dress like a schmuck! You’ll be a schmuck until the day you die! And if they ran a world-wide competition for schmucks, you would be the world’s second biggest schmuck!" "Why only second place?" Maurice asks. "Because you’re a schmuck!" Sadie screams. Some Jewish humor.
posted by serazin on Dec 7, 2008 - 27 comments

Two mathematicians walk into a bar...

A math professor was explaining a particularly complicated calculus concept to his class when a frustrated pre-med student interrupts him. "Why do we have to learn this stuff?" the pre-med blurts out. The professor pauses, and answers matter-of-factly: "Because math saves lives." "How?" demanded the student. "How on Earth does calculus save lives?" "Because," replied the professor, "it keeps certain people out of medical school."
posted by cthuljew on Nov 9, 2008 - 82 comments

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