February 12, 2014

"It's a wonder we can even feed (and hydrate) ourselves."

We're idiots, babe.

I attempt to explain the comedy of Dumb Starbucks.


Paul said...

If not being funny is funny...I'm a comic GENIOUS.....where do I sign up for the big bucks!!!

rhhardin said...

Don't tip the baristas. They'll just buy another nose ring.

Mike Munger at econtalk.org

Ann Althouse said...

There is a way to be funny by not being funny, but it takes some comic talent to get in that zone.

I'm only trying to describe how moves like this can be thought to be comic moves, not whether this example of that sort of thing is effective.

betamax3000 said...

Was Writing a Commentthat Used the Phrase 'Anti-Funny'; Googled it, Saw That an Explanation was Already There...

From anti-joke.com:

"What are Antijokes? Anti Jokes (or Anti Humor) is a type of comedy in which the uses is set up to expect a typical joke setup however the joke ends with such anticlimax that it becomes funny in its own right. The lack of punchline is the punchline."

Examples from the site:

Q:What's worse than finding a worm in your apple? 

A:The Holocaust.

Q: What is red and smells like blue paint? 

A: Red paint.

Q:What's sad about 4 black people in a Cadillac going over a cliff? 

A: They were my friends.

betamax3000 said...

Re: "There is a way to be funny by not being funny, but it takes some comic talent to get in that zone."

This Reaches Perfection When it Achieves the 7-10 Split. Eight Did Not Even Realize a Joke Had Transpired; One Did But Didn't Think it Funny, The Other Remaining 'Pin' Did Find it Funny. The Next Joke is Going for the Spare, Difficult to Do with the Positioning of the Remaining Two.

Kovacs said...

"Nathan for You" is a really funny show. The schtick is that he helps struggling businesses by suggesting patently absurd marketing ploys: convincing the owner of a clothing boutique, for example, to let attractive people shoplift one item, which means hiring a security guard to determine people's attractiveness, then questioning his standards (based entirely on large breasts), and so on.

Kovacs said...


Strelnikov said...

It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves.

At Dumb Starbucks.