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nary a lightbulb gag in the bunch?

 
 
Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 08:17 am
a lightbulb gag = a lightbulb magic that gags you?
in the bunch = in the bunch of jokes (The context below is cited from The Funniest Jokes in Reader Digesture)

Context:
From Argentina to the United States and nary a lightbulb gag in the bunch
 
sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 08:21 am
@oristarA,
gag=joke
lightbulb gag = a certain genre of jokes, that usually begins "How many [xyz's] does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" These jokes are usually used to send up or exploit stereotypes of some kind, often cultural.

Examples here:

http://www.eyrie.org/~thad/strange/lightbulbs.html
Ceili
 
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Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 09:12 am
@oristarA,
Bunch in this case is referring to the comedians.
This sentence means - this bunch of comedians from Argentina to the USA were so funny, they didn't have to resort to formula jokes.
contrex
 
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Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 02:48 pm
@Ceili,
" nary a" is archaic and means "not even one".

Q. How many Monty Python fans does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Twenty-six. One to change the bulb and twenty-five to recite the Dead Parrot Sketch.

How many Irishmen does it take?

Fifty. One to hold the bulb still and forty-nine to rotate the house.

Psychiatrists? One, but the bulb has to really want to change.
Francis
 
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Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 03:03 pm
@contrex,
How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb ?

- Two. One to change the bulb, and one to write about how it felt.
- Three. One to screw it in, and two to talk about the sexual implications.
- Four. One to change the bulb, and three to write about how the bulb is exploiting the socket.
- Three. One to change the bulb, and two to secretly wish they were the socket.
- Two. One to change the lightbulb, and one to kick the balls of any man who even tries to volunteer his help.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 07:24 pm
Nice gags
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 07:35 pm
How many white mice does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Two, but it is a really tight fit.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 10:06 pm
@Ceili,
It seems that lightbulb jokes are the formula jokes in US and UK etc.?
DrewDad
 
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Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 10:13 pm
@sozobe,
Q: How many translators does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: My hovercraft is full of eels.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sat 19 Sep, 2009 10:13 pm
@oristarA,
Yes.

Well, not the formula joke, but a type of formulaic joke.

Knock-knock jokes.

Yo Mama jokes.

etc.
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contrex
 
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Reply Sun 20 Sep, 2009 01:20 am
Quote:
a type of formulaic joke.


Mummy-Mummy* jokes:

Child: Mummy! Mummy! Why am I walking around in circles? Mummy: Shut up or I'll nail your other ear to the floor!

Child: Mummy! Mummy! Why are we walking so near the top of the mine-shaaaaaaaaaaaaft?

*American infants, I am reliably informed, call their mothers "Mommy" for some reason.
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