All that needs to be said about jokes

Quote of the day:

Anybody who can write a sentence like that wouldn’t recognise a joke if it was rolled very thinly and shoved up their nose. Jokes are innocent, airy little things. They don’t deserve to be jumped up and down on with hobnailed boots like that.

Actually I withdraw that last remark. The best line I ever read about jokes came from a sacked BBC scriptwriter: “Jokes are evil, nasty and subversive. That’s why people like them.” That’s all that needs to be said about jokes. A.K. Grant.

(Though when I read it again I noticed the font changed for the last paragraph so maybe it’s also Stephen Stratford commenting on Grant. You can get the context and work it out at Quote Unquote).

3 Responses to All that needs to be said about jokes

  1. ZenTiger says:

    “Jokes are evil, nasty and subversive”

    He’s obviously joking, for the sake of making an evil and nasty comment on jokes, which I find quite subversive. It’s almost as if we aren’t supposed to find jokes funny if we were better people.

    Luckily, not all jokes are in this category. Some help us to laugh at ourselves and our failings, and see the bright side of things. Jokes help us share experiences.

    I just wish I could think of one like that right now.

    Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

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  2. homepaddock says:

    Thanks for the laugh Zen.

    I used to know a really funny joke about memory loss but it’s slipped my mind.

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  3. Thanks HP – the last par was definitely Alan. I would never presume to append anything to the great and much-missed AK.

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