0785: "Open Mic Night"

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0785: "Open Mic Night"

Postby LucasBrown » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:01 am UTC

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Alt text: "Ever notice how the more successful observational comics become, the more their jokes focus on flying and hotels?"

No, actually. I didn't notice that.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby rho421 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:02 am UTC

wait, what?

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby westrim » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:02 am UTC

It's probably because I don't watch stand up comedy, but I don't get this one at all (and now your lives are all fuller for knowing that.)

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby AlsoPenCover » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:03 am UTC

Panel 3 is not a quine. Good job.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:03 am UTC

The XKCDsucks gang is going to have a field day with this one... not because it's bad, but because there are just so many ways to make fun of it. It's like "this is your brain on drugs" in webcomic form.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Bipod » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:04 am UTC

AlsoPenCover wrote:Panel 3 is not a quine. Good job.

It would be if the output is wrapped in quotes thanks to the interpreter as a way of signifying an output, and the source is simply the first sentence.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Whyareall » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:05 am UTC

You win this time...

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby ARandomDude » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:06 am UTC

Black Hat got worse here, IMO.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby unus vox » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:11 am UTC

I didn't like this all that much at first. Then I "got" the first panel. Then I "got" the third panel. Then I read over the fourth panel again and grinned. Then I looked back at the 2nd panel and ... well, the 2nd panel still doesn't do it for me. But I like this now.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby picnic_crossfire » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:15 am UTC

Ha, ha.
picnic time!

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby _infina_ » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:15 am UTC

BHG is a classhole, remember.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Dthen » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:17 am UTC

Maybe it's 5 am talking to me, but I don't get this at all.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby sugarhyped » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:19 am UTC

The alt-text isn't that great. True, but still...

Observationalist comic talk about planes and hotels because thats all they see when they are successful and traveling a lot... To anyone who didn't get that part. I don't know if it was that or the panels people are confused about.

edit: quine is self-reproducing code for people who aren't into c.s.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby rator10 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:19 am UTC

Wow, BHG. Fast. Harsh. #3 makes me smirk, still don't get #1

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Trung2695 » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:23 am UTC

I would probably do the same thing as the person on the first panel would do on if I happen to become a MC :lol:

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby from canada » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:24 am UTC

•Aphasia ( or ) is an acquired language disorder in which there is an impairment of any language modality. This may include difficulty in producing or comprehending spoken or written language.

too those too retarded to do a fucking internet search...

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby ConMan » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:35 am UTC

And just because I know that there are a few people who hadn't noticed, the title text is a piece of observational humour about observational humourists.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Dthen » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:38 am UTC

No, wait, I get most of it now.

That's not funny.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Editer » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:40 am UTC

I love BHG's comeback to the heckler. Gonna have to remember that one.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby gmrple » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:44 am UTC

Oh glorious day! There is not just one, but two hat guys!

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby -.Mateo.- » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:49 am UTC

The Quine one made the joke for me, but Beret Guy is, as usual, a reflection of my inner child.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby idanbb » Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:50 am UTC

In "Hitchhiker", his (excellent) biography of Douglas Adams, M.J. Simpson notes that Adams's later books tend to have more jokes on dinners in restaurants and accountants, and less jokes on slumming things out and having no money.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Stanistani » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:00 am UTC

It's a succinct observation to note that any comment here is observational.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby jzimbert » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:05 am UTC

Get-rich-quick plan #74: Tell jokes about flying hotels.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:23 am UTC

1. Hotels on a plane
2. ???
3. Profit!
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Icalasari » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:31 am UTC

Ouch. That is a 3rd degree burn Hat Guy 1 laid on the heckler...

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Singulaire » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:55 am UTC

I just watched the Season 2 finale of Bufffy and then read this. I'm not sure which made my head explode more.

That's probably the weirdest and most lavish compliment i've ever conjured up.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby chapel » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:43 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:1. Hotels on a plane
2. ???
3. Profit!


I'm tired of these mother effing hotels on this mother effing plane.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby NotAllThere » Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:54 am UTC

Nominal aphasia is when you can't remember the, er.. thingy... tip of my tongue... you know... it's used to construct sentences... made up of letters... postbag!. Not that's not right...

It's something that seems to happen more often as I get older. I guess Randall is showing his age as well...
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Mavrisa » Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:01 am UTC

That was... not great.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby thenonsequitur » Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:13 am UTC

I liked this one a lot. All panels made me laugh.

And while 3 is not technically a quine, it's related enough to the concept that the joke is no worse for it.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby littlelj » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:07 am UTC

Once I realised it was a different person in each panel :oops: I thought this was very funny.

But then I'm a linguist, so I know what aphasia is; I "get" Yo Mamma jokes; I can use Google; I've read and seen The Lord of the Rings; and I have noticed the differences in material between new and established comedians. Is that really such an unusual combination?
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby WontonSoup » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:19 am UTC

I liked how the fourth panel had a beat at first, it sounded like a poem to me.

Ever notice how men go to the restroom alone
While women go in hordes ten thousand strong

Also, panels three and one made me laugh out loud. And panel two was pretty awesome too.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby mr-mitch » Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:08 am UTC

LucasBrown wrote:Alt text: "Ever notice how the more successful observational comics become, the more their jokes focus on flying and hotels?"


I've always thought this is because those attending the event (either have experience flying/staying in a hotel or) have flown over and are staying in a hotel (for example on large gatherings such as the one in Montreal).
Anyway, that's just my observation...

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Plasma Man » Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:10 am UTC

I liked all four panels, but I think the last one is my favourite. Women are orcs.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Misnomer » Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:34 am UTC

Panel 4 saved this one for me. Though that said, I thought the alt text was actually pretty good.
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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Mr. Burke » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:44 am UTC

_infina_ wrote:BHG is a classhole, remember.

No, he wants to be one. He's still just a psychopath.

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Firionel » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:52 am UTC

Boy, #3 had me confused there for a while, since the one thing I associate with Quine is the Quine-Duhem Hypothesis, which does not line up at all with the joke here...

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby drazen » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:34 am UTC

The first two panels worked for me (especially the second one, although I seem to be the only one), but in the third all I could think of was the philosopher W.V. Quine, which confused me until I read this thread. And then the fourth was just weird.

Not sure about the alt-text. The comics I enjoy watching don't harp on hotels or airplanes at all, that I recall, but then again, the ones I like don't tend to be the most popular, either. Moderately popular ones can be good sometimes, and obscure/oddball ones can be fantastic (because they'll take risks that mainstream comics just don't take), but the supposed "best" ones almost never do much of anything for me (e.g., Dane Cook - can't stand him. YMMV.)

As for non-observational comments... :idea: @Stanistani: Pickles! 8)

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Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Postby Shpow » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:45 am UTC

Wouldn't Aphasia be more like "And then schnapp rolled through brick, yes." (Wernicke's) or "I joke stage see laugh" (Broca's)?

And Quine would be all "I'm M.C. Quine and did you know you can NEVER make a foreigner laugh? The punch lines are always incommunicable and incommensurable! HAH!


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