A while back I talked about what makes a bit great.
There's another class of jokes that I come back to though: "nailed it" jokes. These aren't necessarily long or deep or anything like that. But whenever I encounter that person/thing/whatever in real life, I think of the joke. Some examples...
Mitch Hedberg on flyers: "When someone tries to hand me a flyer, it’s kinda like they’re saying, 'Here, you throw this away.'"
Daniel Tosh on "spiritual" people: "You ever hear girls say that? 'I'm not religious, but I'm spiritual.' I like to reply with 'I'm not honest, but you're interesting!'"
The Onion: "I Think That Stripper Really Liked Me"
Todd Barry on guys with neck tattoos: "Hey man, you forgot to not do that."
Pat Dixon: "I married my high school sweetheart which was a big moment for me. If you marry your high school sweetheart, it's like saying, 'You know what? I looked all over the school and you...'"
All simple jokes, yet I still think about 'em months/years after hearing 'em. That's something special.
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Steven Wright: "I bought a new camera. It's very advanced. You don't even need it."
Woody Allen (or Groucho Marx): "I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member."
That pretty much sums it up.
Dan Boulger's joke about calling things "gay."
"I don't have a girlfriend, I just know a girl who would get really mad if she heard me say that."
Pat Dixon's joke about the Snuggie.
From Annie Hall, re Los Angeles - Woody: "I don't want to move to a place where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right on red."
I think of this nearly every time I make a right on red out here. (Honestly it is pretty awesome).
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