Roundup - Thursday, February 27, 2014

Favorites and duds from today's commenting.

Favorites, in no particular order:

This is good for a chuckle, from Mired in the Grey in the Outfield Wall Optical Illusion post. It probably doesn't need the word "pictured" up front (I think most people can assemble the joke without that clue), but it doesn't suffer for it. Good work.

A few commenters took a swing at this angle in the Richie Incognito post, but I thought dope did the best job because his joke lets the reader do a little of the work, and the punchline is therefore just more satisfying.

This is a very good joke, from Milo Minderbinder in the Troll Scout post. The delivery is perfect. I mean it's just perfect. Letter perfect. I won't bore you with a big rundown of how it works, but no matter when you grasp the punchline, it will always come at the exact end of your reading of a line of text. Way to go, man. This here is the Comment of the Day.

In another example of a popular angle, this time in the Alabama Library post, I enjoyed SavetoFavorites big-picture take the best. Here's the thing: not every obvious angle is bad. Ultimately (and obviously) it comes down to what is done with it. This joke's author stretched it out just enough to turn it into a criticism of humorously backwards priorities, and it works.

This is so over-the-top, from StuartScottsEye in the Sydney Leroux Wipe-Out post. I feel like the humor starts to wane quickly in the final parenthesized paragraph, but there are a few little touches in there that ultimately keep this thing from being a flaming disaster. Words like donger are good for that sort of thing, I guess. Idiot. Also, I chuckled at this somewhat less balls-to-the-wall interaction in the Nice Kevin Durant post. Good stuff.

God help me, I laughed aloud at this line from darinh in the Bean Puig post. The less said about it the better. I laughed. Aloud. Let's move on.

Total Fucking Duds

This is hilariously awful, from SixPointer in the Richie Incognito post. What the hell does that even mean? What's the over/under on him sleeping out of that car? Uhhh...SIX! No, SEVEN! SEVEN AND A HALF! Man, what the hell are you talking about. I hate this so much that I love it. It's just so, so stupid. This could honestly be in the Favorites.

This is terrible, in the Sidney Leroux Wipe-Out post, and not because I think RigmasTFT is an awful jerk who believes that crap. No, I hate it because I have long hated the say-something-ignorant-and-offensive-but-not-funny-and-then-pin-it-on-a-known-asshole line of joke-making. If it isn't funny out of your mouth, why would it be funny out of that other guy's? Assigning it to someone else only works if by doing so you have revealed something about either the sentiment or the speaker, and this does neither. It's just lazy junk trying to draw recs from idiots for a cheap reference.

This reply makes me furious, from indecent Expose in the Bean Puig post. Seriously, get lost, you fucking jackass. And, to the author of the lukewarm joke that received this reply, man, dismiss that fucking shit. That may not be a killer joke, but it doesn't deserve anything like that half-assed heckling crap.

Hey, that's all I've got. Better late than never, right? Right? Oh, look, weather!