Here's a test. How far can you go down the list and still genuinely laugh at this person's comedy?
1. Woody Allen
2. Steve Martin
3. John Candy
4. Ben Stiller
5. Adam Sandler
6. Ashton Kutcher
7. That guy from Saturday Night Live. Not that one, the other one.
9. Pauly Shore
10. Anything in trousers, honey.
11. Dane Cook
Man that was hard. I kept thinking "4 - Tom Hanks? No, he's really a 3. OK, 4." "What about Leno? 5? 4? 3? He can be pretty funny. But so annoying." I definitely believe that John Candy is at least a 2, but I don't have the heart to make any more changes.
The point is if you can make it to 6 or so, you have got a dynamite sense of humor. If you can make it past 8, you're demented.
The reason I ask is that Sarah and I were debating about the level of humor we should have in the blog here. As you surely noticed (like fudge you did), in the posting on Virginia ham, apropos of nothing there's a hobo joke. And it's not clear what the hobo would do or why. Well anyway, there were several jokes in there about rednecks, hillbillies, being so broke you can't afford Confederate flag memorabilia, and questionable hygiene practices at roadside food stands. And Sarah decided that this sort of thing was tasteless and insulting. Which of course it was.
However, the question arose. What is the internet for, if not to provide a forum for feckless wiseasses to denigrate the honest, hard-working people of America?