This Is Twittering: Meta-Commentary Digest, Episode 52

Hello, how are you today?

REACTION:

I wrote this after I ate too much candy and got an upset stomach. USA! USA!

WORDPLAY:

I like this joke quite a lot. Leaving the reader to fill in the implied alternative (“depressed”) allows for a greater appreciation of the comedy, I think. At it’s root, this is just a basic (and kind of lame) pun. But the somewhat dark (or at least culturally taboo) topic of mental illness and psychotherapy adds a comedic element of surprise. I’ve never actually said this to a psychiatrist, but it would definitely be funny if I did.

STUPID:

Here I’m doing that thing I do where I take a common saying and make it dumber.

REACTION:

This joke is ridiculous. It requires that you know (a) Battleship is a movie starring the singer Rhianna, (b) Rhianna dated and was subsequently domestically abused by singer Chris Brown in 2009, and (c) there was a minor online controversy during the 2012 Grammys—at which Chris Brown performed—when a significant number of stupid idiot girls on Twitter said things like, “I’d let Chris Brown beat me up anytime” (they said this, presumably, because he is attractive and their fathers didn’t love them enough). And then you had to connect all those dots from just the mention of the movie and a rather vague “I’d let [someone hurt me] anytime” allusion. That’s a lot of work, but if anyone actually made it to the finish line, I bet they thought it was a damn fine joke.

STUPID:

See, this is funny because it’s like I don’t understand what a “juice cleanse” is. But obviously “juice cleanse” doesn’t mean you bathe in juice; you just have to wash your hair with it.

STUPID:

Pants—or, more specifically, not wanting to wear pants—is another common theme of mine. (I was at home.)

WISDOM:

I think this is a good joke.

REACTION:

This doesn’t make sense. Which seems appropriate.

WORDPLAY:

This is a stuuuupid pun. But I like it. It might have played better in my patented “A Funny Thing to Say” construction. Live and learn, I guess.

STUPID:

I don’t do drugs.

WORDPLAY:

This is a joke about combining two things that people say into a single thing that people probably wouldn’t say. (Each sentence is supposed to be on a separate line, but Twitter’s formatting screwed me again.)

That concludes this episode of This Is Twittering: Meta-Commentary Digest.