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October 23, 2005

Question of the Day

Shakes here...

So Ezra says: "No one should ever date another human being who uses 'lol'. They must be weeded out of the gene pool. Sorry folks, I know you're all good people, but you simply can't be allowed to reproduce. A society of raving lol'ers is just too horrible to contemplate." 

I must admit, I'm guilty.  I have a jolly if annoying tendency to use LOL when I, uh, LOL.  The good news is, I have no plans to reproduce, so my despicable LOL genes will go to the incinerator with me.

I am, however, slightly less in the habit of "emoticonning," since I have been threatened with a slow and painful death by one of my best friends should he ever see a smiley, frowny, or any other series of characters meant to resemble a facial expression anywhere contained within an email.  He is, it should be noted, in possession of the foulest temperament across which I have ever stumbled, and, I dare say, if I ever made the mistake of sending along such a communication, he would hop the NFOOH* with the EPOSM**.  I'll bear in mind I may risk meeting a similar fate from a flight out of D.C. if I persist in directing any abbreviated giggles toward the Beltway.

Anyway...recently at Shakes, we've been doing a series of Questions of the Day which have been some of the most popular posts ever, starting with which movies make you cry, and moving on to which movies make you laugh and which are the most romantic movie scenes of all time.  In a twist on that series, and just to give Ezra the willies, what never fails to make you LOL, I mean, laugh out loud?  A favorite joke?  Movie scene?  Comedian?  To what do you turn when you need a laugh?

The first thing that comes to mind for me is Eddie Izzard, a stand-up whose shows I've watched countless times, and I never fail to laugh until I cry.  I once saw him live two nights in a row, and my stomach hurt for days from the absolute convulsions into which he sent me.

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*   next flight out of Heathrow

** express purpose of slaughtering me

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Inevitable "lol"? The Firefly episode Jaynestown.
"Oh he stole from the rich and gave to the poor, stood up to the man and gave him what for!
Our love for him now ain't hard to explain.
The hero of canton, the man we call Jayne!"

Posted by: Eric | Oct 23, 2005 9:55:38 PM

Anything Rob Corddry does on the Daily Show.

Posted by: Greg | Oct 23, 2005 9:57:56 PM

:)

Posted by: Karmakin | Oct 23, 2005 11:16:49 PM

The Princess Bride and Raising Arizona have been making me laugh since I was in grade school, and continue to keep up the good work. The only emoticon I ever use is this, and maybe I use it because I never actually make this face IRL:
:-P

Posted by: Quarterican | Oct 23, 2005 11:19:50 PM

Lewis Black.

"If it wasn't for my horse...I wouldn't have spent that year in college"

It's on the Comedy Central DVD release.

Posted by: Karmakin | Oct 23, 2005 11:20:38 PM

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dead Man's Party:

Oz: Well, a gathering is brie, mellow song stylings; shindig, dip, less mellow song stylings, perhaps a large amount of malt beverage; and hootenanny, well, it's chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny.

Posted by: pansauce | Oct 23, 2005 11:27:14 PM

oh my god karmakin. i totally forgot about that part.

i was laughing so hard, i wasn't LOLing it out because my insides were hurting

Posted by: almostinfamous | Oct 23, 2005 11:27:47 PM

Just off the top of my head ... the first time I saw 'Lethal Weapon 3' and Joe Pesci went into a rant about hospitals ... I won't quote it since every 3rd word is the F-word ... well, anyway, I laughed so hard I had stomach cramps and almost fell out of my seat.

Posted by: fiat lux | Oct 24, 2005 1:07:22 AM

There is one instance in which "lol" is acceptable. If said post-ironically; that is to satirize those who say "lol" to those who say "lol" sincerely, "lol" is acceptable. "fag" and "haha butts" are also acceptable if used in this manner.

lol

Posted by: ming | Oct 24, 2005 2:20:12 AM

The Big Lebowski, of course.

And Futurama, especially 'Fear of a Bot Planet'.

The Princess Bride is a very good call, too.

Comedian-wise, Rich Hall aka Otis Lee Crenshaw makes me piss myself laughing.

Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Oct 24, 2005 8:01:51 AM

One Word: Robot Chicken. Ok, that's two words.

Posted by: Andrew | Oct 24, 2005 10:18:55 AM

I'm Gonnna Git You Sucka, the "one rib" scene, Chris Rock and Isaac Hayes.

Posted by: Thlayli | Oct 24, 2005 11:03:20 AM

Rita Rudner's stand up comedy.

Glenn Baxter's panel cartoons.

The film "All You Need Is Cash" about the
fictional rock group, The Ruttles.

Recently, on David Letterman's show,
Johnny Dark's appearances as The Oldest Living CBS Page.

Posted by: James | Oct 24, 2005 5:23:07 PM

I heartily second the "one rib" scene. I would say Mitch Hedburg, who is especially useful because his jokes are so short. If I'm in a bad mood and I see a Subway I just think "and they all want Sunchips!" and I'm happy within 5 seconds. It takes hours to watch a funny movie.

Posted by: jengould | Oct 24, 2005 7:19:39 PM

I will allow those who use "LOL" to remain in the gene pool, but only - ONLY - if they use it in response to something someone else says or does - NOT in response to their own musings. I hate it when they do that.

Posted by: bobbo | Oct 24, 2005 8:08:59 PM

The Producers. The whole movie, but in particular, the opening song-and-dance number of the play "Springtime For Hitler", and the theater audience's reaction to it.

Posted by: Geoduck | Oct 25, 2005 7:27:17 AM

I don't know if its hit the States yet (or if it ever will), but it's not uncommon for gamer geeks here in Sweden to actually *say* LOL, usually as a statement of disbelief or slight amusement - definitely not when it would make some mild form of sense.

Now *those* are people one should keep away from bredding, however.

Posted by: John E Thelin | Oct 25, 2005 3:21:23 PM

I don't know if its hit the States yet (or if it ever will), but it's not uncommon for gamer geeks here in Sweden to actually *say* LOL, usually as a statement of disbelief or slight amusement - definitely not when it would make some mild form of sense.

Now *those* are people one should keep away from breeding, however.

Posted by: John E Thelin | Oct 25, 2005 3:21:48 PM

Argh. Sorry for the typo-fixing creating a double post.

Posted by: John E Thelin | Oct 25, 2005 3:23:04 PM

Confession: When a friend sends me something over email that actually does cause me to laugh out loud, I feel rather guilty that I've played into that type and admit as much by writing back: "LLOL." (The extra "L" is for literally, since "LOL" does not usually mean your correspondent is, in fact, L'ing OL.

What never fails to make me laugh is the lead actor in Waiting For Guffman, namely, Gene Levy's eyebrows.

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