Ar ar humor: Generating jokes algorithmically with Wolfram Mathematica


Kathryn Cramer writes, "Jesse Friedman, age 14, has developed some code for getting Wolfram Language to tell a few jokes. Although most of WL's jokes are not funny, the generative language tools are an interesting toy." Read the rest

The American Bystander - new magazine created by old National Lampoon folks


This looks cool. The American Bystander Humor Magazine is going to be a "lavish print quarterly featuring comedy all-stars from SNL, The Simpsons, Monty Python & National Lampoon." It looks a lot like 1970s era National Lampoon, with a touch of Harvey Kurtzman's Humbug. They have almost made their Kickstarter goal.

Ethan Persoff (co-creator of the John Wilcock comic strip that premieres on Boing Boing) said, "The goal of the magazine is to bring back a national humor publication, along the lines of National Lampoon, Spy, etc. What I like about it is the project actually involves many of the original writers of that era. Apparently the idea for the Bystander is it was originally thought up by Brian McConnachie around the same time he contributed to National Lampoon Radio Hour (which, in turn became Saturday Night Live) and the idea for the magazine has been percolating since then, becoming a serious idea about two years ago. First issue also includes Terry Jones from Monty Python, Jack Handey (SNL's Deep Thoughts) tons of interesting work. They're running about seven pages of John Wilcock comics, too." Read the rest

The Welcome to Night Vale novel dances a tightrope between weird humor and real pathos

Welcome to Night Vale is the spookiest, funniest podcast on the net and now it's a book that manages the near impossible: balancing precisely on the single-molecule-thick line separating weird humor and real pathos.

Here's a device that drains food from your stomach, via a tube, to the toilet


"All I ask is that there's a way to take off the pounds without exercising, or changing what I eat, or how much of it I eat," says Stephen Colbert. "Other than that I am willing to do anything. Well, anything has finally arrived, and it's called Aspire Assist." Read the rest

Sheer variety of Oreos sells Pope Francis on capitalism


The Onion proves that it's still got it (and that you can distill the entire joke to a single headline if you have the right shooping skills): Pope Francis Reverses Position On Capitalism After Seeing Wide Variety Of American Oreos.

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Step Aside, Pops: a new Hark! A Vagrant! collection that delights and dazzles

Canadian historian turned webcomics god Kate Beaton is back with her second Hark! A Vagrant! collection: Step Aside, Pops. Never before has history been so bitterly funny.

Chloe LMAO: Who is she?

On Vine, less is more. This 16 year old Vine star's most popular clip, “Who Is She,” doesn't really contain much—but it's perfect.

Possibly drunk or high bear tries to scratch back on tree, misses repeatedly, is hilarious

We'll have what he's having.

Darren Dutton's weird comedy remix masterpiece: Badgers

A very funny pastoral pastiche, handmade from 100% recycled vintage sound clips.

Colbert: women should run the world

His hilarious, bathetic op-ed in Glamour is full of sneaky, countersunk gender ha-ha-only-serious humor: "Women havesmart, resourceful role models -- Marissa Mayer, Michelle Obama, Sacajawea, and the green M&M." Read the rest

Caveman Science Fiction

I missed this set of 2009 comics by Dresden Codak (previously) the first time round: Caveman Science Fiction. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!) Read the rest

12" pianist: the rest of it

"I think your genie is hard of hearing." "No kidding, you think I asked for a 12" pianist?" So the guy processes this. And he’s, like, “Does that mean..." Read the rest

WATCH: Jungle Boogie by Muppets' Electric Mayhem with Sam the Eagle


Not even straight-laced Sam the Eagle can resist the funky riffs of Kool & the Gang when laid down by The Electric Mayhem. Read the rest

Onion launches a spot-on parody of VICE TV

“Uncaged, Unaccountable, Fucked Up.” Better jot down that phone number for their Atrocity Tip Line.

Jones' Good-Ass BBQ and Foot Massage


Never gets old, even though these TV ad viral videos first came out in 2007-8, if I recall correctly.

I neither know nor care whether this is, or ever was, a real business. I choose to believe.

Huh, and they run a truck and storage firm, and they're also lawyers.

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Graffiti enthusiast won't take red for an answer


In the eternal struggle between graffiti enthusasts and wall owners, sometimes a playful conversation emerges, like this battle over the word RED vs. red paint. Read the rest

This is the best funny video on the entire internethole


This. Looping. Forever. Read the rest

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