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Inside Jokes by Matthew M. Hurley
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Aug 05, 2012

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Inside jokes are the pinnacle of pretension and signify an author that aspires to the lowest of the low in comedic quips. They are the type of joke that says that any person who doesn’t happen to be in a select group of a few people are not a part of the joke and wouldn’t “get it” anyway. What is this? What is this abstaining from the hard work of making a good joke? To make a joke with mass appeal and universality is one of the most challenging aspects of the medium of comedy. The onus of the efficacy of a joke is on the comedian and not who happens to understand an arbitrary set of limited known references. How many times has someone made a reference that only two people in the room get? They all smirk while everyone else squirms in the awkward waft of unknowing that follows. I can personally attest to the people who aspire to this type of joking and it never turns out well for them. In fact, it leads to a further marginalization of their inclusive group. Groups that aspire to buttress their own views and opinions behind a wall of esoteric allusions only further the superior-than-thou mentality that informs their jokes in the first place. The jokers come under the impression that no one else is allowed in on the joke they create, given that others would never “get it” and therefore they abstain from even trying to make the jokes accessible. Perhaps this is routed in personal experience when they were made to look foolish for trying to explicate their high-minded personal interests in mixed company. Perhaps they even took personal offense for the fact that their closely felt interests were not accepted, and were even met with derision (obviously, the less people involved in said interest or in-group the more personal it becomes). So it is quite plausible that they react by hiding behind this wall of obscurity which only those deemed worthy may enter, protecting them from the open court of majority opinion. And this would obviously shed light upon why they make such jokes but it is to faulty ends. It will only further the derision and disapproval that drove them away from including others on their jokes. Just listen to what Jay Rubin says about it:

bit ya! you fickers don’t make those jokes anymore! I'll get my payback on you batches! Then you’ll give me penky panic that I haven’t read enough literary pulp. Don’t make me get DD! He’ll tell you what’s up. I’ll throw cabbage at your faces! And then you’ll think Mark iz gawhjus! The Steve’s will come by and get you. Stephen M is wearing his blue IJ speedo. They all be going to penkfest and yell at Jus-tin for haitin’ on all the D. Mitch they’re reading and sign up for the J N-M booklist when he says Don’t Fucking Wonder because he’s been drinking and typing at 5 in the morning in Korea. And then Ian’ll turnip and write a bunch of Haiku’s that beet you across the face thyme after thyme. What music are you listening to while reading/reviewing this, eh? eh! Go write more interviews then. What, do I need to write a 100 word précis now? Or I’ll just come beat you over the head with Women and Men! Penis, bananas. And rockets coming out of penises in everyone’s books! I’m being conditioned by ya’ll and the dogs won’t shut up. No, wait that’s the cats, they’re talking to me again while naked Japanese women want to have sex with me. IFFER/ELAINE’s POSTING NAUGHTY PICS. I hope this makes BB’s reviewing hall of fame. And then we can have celebrity death matches with all our books. We can do it all night long! My books can beat up your books! I’ll just record this on the Big Audio Project anyway. Yeah, yeah this has nothing to do with the book! Flag it! Just don’t tie this to a chair and beat it with a hose! LGM. Karen reads soooo many fracking books! Oh well, we’ll just start up another group read anyway."
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message 73: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 05, 2012 07:48AM) (new)

Windy god talk. Come back with your shield or on it. Probably a tumor; it's the only thing I ask of my marines.

Manny Yes, of course, but are their conditions for experiencing humor in a just-in-time spreading activation network both necessary and sufficient?

message 71: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Ah, glad Jay Rubin was around to weigh in on this! The fact that I understood half those jokes makes me realize I spend lots of time on here. Not too much time, because there is no such thing as too much goodreads.
This needs to be in some sort of hall of fame.
Simply stunning sir.

message 70: by Stephen M (last edited Aug 05, 2012 03:32PM) (new) - added it

Stephen M Manny - you're completely right. Comedic timing is everything.

S.penky- There's never too much time spent on Goodreads.

Ha, I hope the humor came out in this at all and it's not super lame. Like the ridiculous rant of that first paragraph is supposed to be funny, I hope, probably not, ugh..... The people who are included in the joke haven't seem to see it yet! Float time!

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Stephen M Mariel, your Goodreads cred is so high that you can still speak GR without breaking a sweat. I was thinking of hyperlinking every joke to where they come from, back that'd take soooo long.

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Stephen M Eh? is the master at linking joke origins. Ha, I may have to enlist her help.

But some of those.... jeeze. I have no idea where LGM started.

message 67: by Jason (new)

Jason I can't believe I almost missed this! Hahaha, Stephen, this is awesome. Bit yay!

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Stephen M Ha, thanks Jason. I literally spent the past hour trying to find the origin of bit yay. Where was it? I really want to link every inside joke with their beginning. I'll need your guy's help though.

message 65: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M It was last week while you were drinking. That's all I remember.

message 64: by Jason (new)

Jason haha oh, bit yay is on my reivew of atlas shrugged of all fucking places. let me know if you need help with the others, i have a pretty good memory.

message 63: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M Oh yeah! That's right. I will definitely hit you up with some more.

message 62: by Jason (new)

Jason I'm scrolling through the comments now...LGM has no specific origin; it is a running gag, like the giant chicken that beats up Peter Griffin. That chicken has ALWAYS EXISTED.

(mostly, though, they are the work of karen, and here are some examples):

message 61: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M wow wow wee wow. you rounded those up quick!

message 60: by Jason (new)

Jason oh, honey, i stalk karen like nobody's bi'ness.

message 59: by Jason (new)

Jason naw, i just googled.

message 58: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M ah, google! That's brilliant. I might have to resort to that now.

message 57: by Jason (new)

Jason I might be able to find DD, too, if you need me to.

message 55: by Jason (new)

Jason to google "LGM" specific to goodreads, i use the following search criteria— "LGM"

message 54: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M I'm on a bit of a role now. Bit ya! So I got DD, thanks!

message 53: by Jason (new)

Jason Was I right about DD or did it originate someplace else? Had you already found that one?

message 51: by Paquita Maria (new)

Paquita Maria Sanchez I hate to nitpick, but you guys totally forgot to mention my all-time favorite Greg's mom joke:

message 50: by Jason (new)

Jason oh you're right. that was a few hours earlier. you got penky panic? I remember that one being in a margarita thread, I think.

message 48: by Stephen M (last edited Aug 05, 2012 05:03PM) (new) - added it

Stephen M haha! That's great Paquita. I'll probably use that as the link if no Goodreads recorded origin exists.

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Stephen M Psshh, I got penky panic a while back. Now I'm thinking about linking the four or so threads that Justin has appeared on.

message 46: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M Jason if you want to help look, start from the bottom and PM me the links!

message 45: by Jason (new)

Jason the first thread Justin appeared in was this:

message 44: by Jason (new)

Jason I went on a huge anti-Weeds rant once when someone tried to compare weeds to Breaking Bad. Any idea where I'd find THAT??

message 43: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M Great thread I was a part of that one! In a limited way.

Ugh.... I can't remember where your Weeds/Breaking Bad comparison is. Oh oh oh maybe on Jenn's photo of Walt?

message 42: by Jason (new)

Jason nope, that was the first place i checked. sorry to distract you, but now I'm not going to be able to sleep tonight...

message 41: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Ask Meredith, I think she was involved in that thread, no?

message 40: by Jason (new)

Jason So funny because it's Sparrow's reviews I'm sifting through now. I thought it was on the little houses one, but it's not there.

message 39: by Jason (new)

Jason It was a while back. But I don't know how far back exactly. It could get kind of tedious. I wish you could search the recent posts page.

message 37: by Jason (new)

Jason nope. that's not it. now it is my mission...

message 36: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M Ah, damn. That was what I was thinking of when you mentioned it. Then I really don't know which one it was.

message 35: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M woo! link?

message 34: by Jason (last edited Aug 05, 2012 05:54PM) (new)

Jason nope, i jumped the gun. i thought this was it, but it's not. why am I so obsessed with this?

message 33: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! Hahaha! I've lost my gr omnipresence and wouldn't be able to help you with all the links, but I do want to recognize Jason as my official usurper in linkage. The boy has surpassed the master in one season. I retire satisfied to have witnessed my own skills topped.

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message 31: by Stephen M (last edited Aug 05, 2012 05:57PM) (new) - added it

Stephen M Hahah nooooo Eh! You still be grand champion!

any help with the LGM links?

message 30: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! The origin of LGM?? Hmm...ask karen, but I think it was on a thread a very long time ago. I have every confidence in Jason!

message 29: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M Right on. I'll send her a message.

You are also directly referenced in this review. Any funny eh? jokes on any threads of yours?

message 28: by Jason (new)

Jason aw, sweet mother fucker. i finally found it. for real this time!

message 27: by Jason (new)

Jason and re:LGM, I gave him like 5 links! but noooooooo, he wants the original original. :D

message 26: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M AHHHH shit! That's right!

Man, the number of times you've ranted on this site. jeeze la weeze.

message 25: by Jason (new)

Jason no kidding. i am whiny bitch!

message 24: by Stephen M (new) - added it

Stephen M Jason wrote: "and re:LGM, I gave him like 5 links! but noooooooo, he wants the original original. :D"


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