This Dan O'Brien

Things That Will Never Not be Funny

If you work in and are surrounded by comedy every second of every day, you can sort of become fatigued by it. A sketch will start and, a few seconds in, you’ll know exactly where it’s going, and then you miss out on all of the fun and funny that comes from being surprised. It happens to almost everyone, (I think it’s why the ‘favorite comedy’ of a lot of famous comedians is always something weird or dark or obscure or meta; standard comedies are so familiar to them that they’ll only REALLY get excited for something that’s NEW and SURPRISING which, for a comedian, usually means WEIRD and INACCESSIBLE).

That said, there are a few simple things that, no matter what, will always be funny to me, and I’m really thankful for them, regardless of how dumb they are:

Fake Titular Moments: If I’m watching a movie and there’s a lull, I like to say a fake line of dialogue that involves the title, (it’s almost always “It truly was a [title of movie]” or “Now that’s what I call a [title of movie]!, {see previous tumblr post}). Every time I watch A New Hope and Luke and Han are getting their awards at the end, I can’t not do my Luke impression and say “It truly was a star war.” (See also “That’s no cop; it’s a ROBO cop!”)

Dogs with Sunglasses:Really anything with sunglasses. Sometimes I’ll put sunglasses on a banana and then ask “Oh who’s THIS cool banana,” alone in my apartment.

Real-Time Sound Effects When People Eat/Yawn:If you’ve ever eaten in front of me, chances are you’ve seen/heard me do a bunch of Homer Simpson-esque gulping/chomping sound effects to accompany your chewing, (and no, I’m not going to stop). Similarly, if a stranger is walking by mid-yawn, with their mouth open, I’ll pretend they’re an opera singer and I’ll sing some high note.

Pretending I’ve Switched Bodies with My Dog:Whenever we’re at the park, if I see a bunch of birds I’ll get aggressive and start chasing them going “Hey. HEY! Hey fuck you birds! Hey birds, fuck you!” While my dog reluctantly follows behind, like he’s worried I might get distracted and run away.

That’s all. What are yours?

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    Things that will never not be funny to me: really stupid puns cats not being able to do things songs that seem upbeat...
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    Reblogged, because I can’t adhere to your character limit. My faves are those perfectly timed moments that segue from...
  6. c08designs answered: A comeback that’s the same as the insult.
  7. hutchinson529 answered: Talking to my leftovers “Oh hey there pasta, glad to see you made it through the night. Yeeaah lets get things heated. You’re lookin’ saucy”
  8. daitoshi answered: When someone trips on air, looks super surprised and looks around for whatever tripped them.
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  11. funtimedeluxe answered: Fake advertisements for Mountain Dew - “Dew Or Dew Not - There Is No Thirst”, “It’s a far far better thing that I Dew now”
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    i have tiny sunglasses from this my little pony toy i bought, ‘cause, y’know, i’m just that cool. next time i have a...
  13. conductressofcoats said: for me it’s insulting little insects with the crudest swear words, the smaller the fly the harsher the insult
  14. ieateverythingicook answered: dogs standing on hamburgers
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  16. rjwpshit answered: For me it’s people getting hit out of nowhere, with an object thrown from off screen without any warning.
  17. cookiediesel answered: Foul-mouthed Nuns. Especially of the Irish stereotype.
  18. benkrug reblogged this from thisdanobrien and added:
    Incredible.
  19. docrobotnik reblogged this from thisdanobrien and added:
    “That truly was a star war.”
  20. boozairob reblogged this from thisdanobrien and added:
    I have got to try the opera yawn one
  21. thegreatestcatsby answered: Animals dressed up as people, overly explaining the wrong punchline to a joke, puns. Nonstop puns.