Have you heard the one about the restaurant on the moon?
December 7, 2012 § 2 Comments
As I mentioned in my last post, a lot of people come to The Oldest Jokes in the World just looking for a simple joke, and I can only assume they leave disappointed by my convoluted intellectual wanderings. So in a facetious attempt to give the people what they want, I’m going to add an extra little post every Friday that is just a couple of jokes. I’ll check the recent stats for the blog and choose a joke topic people have been looking for, and I’ll comb the internet for the best existing joke on that topic and try to write my own as well. Then if you guys can come up with a better joke, you can shout it out in the comments.
Have you ever tried to write a stand-alone joke? Whenever I catch myself thinking all such jokes are facile, stupid, and easy, I just have to remember the day I spent trying to come up with a punchline to “Have you heard about the restaurant on the moon?” Someone at work had overheard the set-up, but the customer left before delivering the punchline, and a few of us spent the whole work day trying to come up with the funniest finish. The work was incredibly hard—I think the best we came up with was “I’m worried it is going to go out of business; in the past month, there has only been one night when it’s been full”—and gave me a newfound respect for stand-alone jokes.
It was actually more fun to try to write a bad joke than to hear one, so I’m inviting you all to play along in the coming months. On Monday, I’m going to launch a new series of theoretical musings on the difference between written jokes and spontaneous wit, but we’ll be back to the satisfying Q&A of set-up and punchline next Friday. In the meantime, please tell me in the comments: “Have you heard about the restaurant on the moon?”