When Is a Cop Doughnut Joke TOO Stale?
The question on our morning table today: When is it time to retire a gag?
Tell a joke about bad airline food -- even on Amateur Night at the local Komedy Klub -- and you're instantly branded as a hack. Crack wise about a cop's "obsession" with Krispy Kreme and you deserve to serve a weekend in the two-limit drunk tank.
So what about in the funnies? This week, for instance, an otherwise brilliant "Doonesbury" strip -- during an otherwise inspired week -- exited on a throwaway line about blogging in one's pajamas. Long after "Dilbert" first depicted its upturned-tie cubicle dweller telecommuting unshaven and in skivvies, has the ol' Jammies Blogger joke lost any of its lustre -- OR is it more relevant than ever?
Staleness is on the tongue of the beholder, but herewith are gags I wish cartoonists would retire for good, never to be used, even on Extreme Deadline:
1. Any online gag that invokes "Charlotte's WEB." Get it, "Web"?? Gack. So tired, that gag needs Red Bull and a double Frapp to get its blood going
2. Gags, for that matter, about super-long Starbucks drink orders. Way played out.
3. "Clueless" Amish.
4. Chatty mimes. (Exception: "Amish mimes" has possibilities.)
5. Cabbies who don't speak English. (Exception: "Drunken chatty Amish buggy-drivers" has possibilities.)
6. Jokes about Wikipedia's unreliability -- UNLESS it's pulled off with a witty twist (like in the "Dilbert" below).
7. Carrot Top.
What say you, comic fans: Which funnypage jokes are so tired, they should be put out to pasture?
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