How to Handle a Failed Joke

I'm going to be away from the internet for about a week, so the next three comics will have the comments turned off. Everything will be back to normal four comics from now. Thanks for your patience, and as always, thank you for using my Amazon Affiliate links (USUKCanada).

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Reader Comments (27)

Man, that's happened to me so many times. Which DEFINITELY isn't funny. (Good one, Aidan.)

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

I didn't find this comic very funny.

It was, on the other hand, very true.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFull Metal Lion

You're going to be away from the internet for a WEEK? You poor bastard. I hope you'll at least still be able to entertain yourself by torturing Rick.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Hope you go to a nice holiday location!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Aid like a bosss

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFormule 1

what's outdated about o.henry?!?

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdavidtg

Oh, Henry...

That still beats my Zod reference. "He's the Chancellor Valorum of Superman and the Godzilla of Gobots!"

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Thompson

So that's why #OHenry is trending on Twitter.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Walters

I totally got that joke, which means I'm really dating myself.

Of course, no one else is going to date me...


February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjsc

O. Scott's fatal error lay in believing that gynoamericans have a sense of humor.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

A funny joke about a joke that isn't funny. Well played.
Regarding being away for a week, may I make a sugestion? Leave the comments on and unmoderated. Let's see where it goes. You may not need to moderate the comments, or at the most set up one of those things that you have to confirm you're a real person.
Anyway, enjoy the time off (I hope it is time off and not something bad).

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Voltron - awesome. But which one? Lion Force Voltron or Vehicle Voltron?

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Can't stop staring at the rooster in frame 2.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeerly Awake

"It's at least as funny as the joke mixing up Dumbledore and Gandalf." -- Yoda.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Dude, I laughed at EVERY panel. Out. Loud.

Love it.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Johnson

I didn't even know there WERE comments. I've been reading exclusively through RSS...

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoss Presser

I think the three-week gap between now and when you sent that tweet stomped right past the limit on comedic timing, but I also didn't think I'd ever understand that tweet, so kudos on the surprise ending.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

Loved the Voltron reference. Scott, you are the wind beneath my wings.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjimb

@Brad Of course Lion Force. Vehicle is terrible and everyone knows it.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@binstructions I have just found your twitter!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDanny

Well, I liked that joke... Applying snarky, internet-style absurdity to the literary canon is a comedy goldmine. But perhaps this is why not many people want to hear my Jane Eyre jokes.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFiercebadrabbit

Some of my best material is met by my wife's blankest states.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Kirkpatrick

You mean the solution isn't to just keep telling the failed joke over and over to more and more people until someone finally realizes how funny it is? Hmm -- come to think of it, I don't get many invitations any more...

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

we think YOU"RE funny.

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Fiercebadrabbit, I want to hear the Jane Eyre jokes.

I have a bad joke, it's about Thoreau.
Thoreau makes me want to throow up.

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeoriagrace

I actually liked the joke once I read the explanation that O. Henry writes surprise endings... I think it's the paradoxon that does it for me, having a surprise author make a sentence saying that there was no surprise, which made the end of the sentence surprising.

...ok, so I have tried to explain the joke. Boo me.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlerk

Well, I for one liked vehicle Voltron. And when I say "for one" I pretty much feel like the ONLY one on Earth who actually liked it.

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCR
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