How to Make a Joke About Celebrity Gossip

If you're free Friday, April 25th (Which, depending on when you see this, might be today), I'll be participating in an event called "Ask Scott Meyer" (It's a good thing I was available.) on Twitter. It's hosted by GoComics, and starts at 1:30 PM Central time. #AskScottMeyer.

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Reader Comments (3)

I get all my celebrity news from Basic Instructions. I was vaguely aware that there is or was some musical group called "Coldplay". Now, by reading B.I., I know that their lead singer used to be married to Gwyneth Paltrow. Perhaps the news comes a bit late, but it's not like you need to know this stuff right now.

I assume that Katrina and the Waves is a real group also, although come to think of it, it could be a woman who sings while swimming in the ocean. I'll be happy to read anything about them (or her) that Scott cares to put in one of his strips.

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Way to avoid the pitfall, Marco, but I'm going to throw caution to the wind and date myself nonetheless. Katrina and the Waves had a hit song in 1985 titled, I'm Walking on Sunshine. So if Coldplay's next album sounds upbeat we'll know the cause. I personally wouldn't be surprised. Prior to marrying Gwynneth, Chris Martin was all yellow, but now he's been blue. *rimshot*

Replacing the Katrina and the Waves reference with one to Pharrell Williams' Happy song would have updated the joke so that the young folks could understand it too. That's the flip side of dating yourself with celebrity jokes: Celebrities aren't exactly original so you can always switch out references as necessary to keep your jokes current.

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

I hear John Lennon's going to marry a highly opinionated Japanese woman with no discernible talent. I trust this will have no effect on the musical style of the Fab Four?

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCount Otto Black

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