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 (23)

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

Oh my, have we seen Future Rick before? I feel like I'd have remembered those shoulder pa- er, shoulder... forcefields?

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

In the cult of personality, I am an atheist.

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

That codpiece Scott is wearing on the first panel...

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQCN

It may be rather parochially British but I was quite taken a few years ago with Mitch Benn's pastiche "Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now". Mitch is sort of a British "Weird Al Yankovic".

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

This is totally irrelevant, but today's (25 Apr) "Moderately Confused" is about autocorrect changing the name Rick to Wreck, which, well, isn't really that much of a change hereabouts.

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAA

I hear Buddy Holly is getting married! It was love at first sight. That's so sweet.

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

With respect to Pharrell Williams / Katrina and the Waves.
Up until yesterday I wouldn't have "got" the Pharrell Williams reference. But damn! That IS a happy song.

How old is the successful author Scott Meyer anyway?

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

Lucky me because I only listen to Hardcore Norweigian Black Metal and it all sounds the same and the "in" band of they year is always full of totally unidentifiable guys in so called Corpse Paint that can't be told apart from each other. So any jokes about that genre will be timeless from the start. Only problem, I can't think of a single one...

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Andersson

@Bernie - I am dating myself - I have no idea who Pharrell Williams is. On a lighter note, a marginal redating could be done with "Happy Happy Joy Joy" made famous by Ren and Stimpy!

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

This post is a good demonstration of why you should subscribe to BI to get cartoons sooner.

The Martin/Paltrow divorce is pretty old news now. I guess it was current when the strip was written.

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRich

Rick got the best lines in this one. Is everything okay?

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHoney

Dear god is that a codpiece in panel 1?

Wait. Why am I looking down there?

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterejohn

Obviously, I have no idea who Cold Play, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katrina and the Waves, Chris Martin, or Pharrell Williams are. I've heard of that John Lennon fellow. I've led a sheltered life I guess. I do think Meyer's codpiece could end up being stylish some day, but what the hell is that thing Rick is wearing?

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

@Count Otto Black

I think The Simpsons have already done that.

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermayhemfunkster

Seems Future Rick has a few toggles.

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterK7

That's not fair. I was here, in CT, at 1:30 and I was unable to connect to you on Twitter.

Oh, Central Time ?

In that case, isn't it CDT?

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@mayhem

One! One Otto Black! Mwhahahahahah...

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

I like to take old jokes about Polish people and substitute the names of whichever politicians have been in the news for idiocy above and beyond the call of duty. Since more people today are aware of political idiocy than of the old steryotypes of Polish people, they work better that way.
There's never any shortage of idiots to fit perfectly into any old joke.

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

So is nothing funny to Omnipresent Man?

April 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTDK

I didn't notice the codpiece, but did spot Rik's claw hand. A Knifeketeer accident, perhaps?

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

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