Jokes that get better with age

Many years ago my father used to respond to some of my wilder claims or flights of fancy by asking “if you’re so smart how come you’re not rich?”  This amused him but I didn’t find it very funny – and not just because it deflated my pretentions. I appreciate it more and more with age as I come to savour its assertion of crassness and good sense – particularly from the mouth of my father who was a true believer in the law of diminishing returns when it came to money. He thought it was very important up to the point where it became progressively less so and ultimately became of vanishing significance at about the level of money he had – which is to say a professor’s salary.

I also thought of Groucho’s comment that he wouldn’t belong to a club that would have him as a member as just a formulaic quip. The older I get the truer and funnier it seems.

And below the fold is a Monty Python sketch I’ve seen lots of times and always thought was amusing, but not outstandingly so. But then I came upon it yesterday and just laughed and laughed. How much of life is simply the piling up of instances in which desperate seriousness is asserted alongside endless repetitions of utter absurdity?

Probably what keeps us from tearing each other apart limb by limb. But funny nonetheless.

Enjoy . . .

What jokes have you found getting funnier with age . . .

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paul walter
paul walter
10 years ago

Now for some thing completely different.
Judean People’s Front versus the People’s Front of Judea.

rog
rog
10 years ago

In his one and a half man show John Cleese recycles many of his old jokes and age does not diminish them.

Don Arthur
Don Arthur
10 years ago

Are there jokes that get worse with age?

conrad
conrad
10 years ago

“Are there jokes that get worse with age?”

I would guess the majority of jokes get worse with age, or at least repetition. I can’t help wondering why some don’t.

Funnily enough, on this note, I recently watched a few episodes of the Young Ones, which I remember being funny when they first came out, and they were generally cringe-worthy to me now (although I still had a few laughs left). Alternatively, Yes Minister seems ageless.

Pedro
Pedro
10 years ago

I suspect that the Young Ones was funny for people of an age at an age. I sure liked it at the time. Stuff that is funny because it shocks you won’t last.

john
john
10 years ago

Stop knocking I can’t hear Min

john
john
10 years ago

JB Cairns
JB Cairns
10 years ago

I thought their best sketch was the dead parrot sketch.

The Aunty Jack Show in the mid 70s on the ABC, naturally, certainly approached Monty Python heights.
They did some radio on double jay just after that and were just as funny.

paul walter
paul walter
10 years ago

Yes, two points raised. The genesis of much we love with comedy esp Brit is the “Goon Show”, with its overt poking of the stark ridiculous, contradictory and paradoxical.
The other thing is the short shelf life. You split your guts at some thing new for a season or two but after a while familiarity breeds contempt. Southpark is a good example of some thing fresh going stale. At this stage am starting to get bored with the Bunker Rants also.

perplexed
perplexed
10 years ago

I’ve often found Clarke and Doyle at the end of the 7 pm ABC TV news very funny. Come to think of it, I don’t recall it being on last night. Was I mistaken or is this the latest instance of an ‘institution’ – a comedy interlude – getting quietly shafted?

john
john
10 years ago

Clark and Doyle were on

The front fell of

paul walter
paul walter
10 years ago

How could we forget Clarke and Doyle which reminds me of another really beaut thing from the eighties, The Gillies Report, where Clarke’s mendacious, straight faced bullshitter first appeared.
John’s excerpt says it all.

Mr. Eyesore
Mr. Eyesore
10 years ago

Rush Limbaugh was mentioned in the comments on the Kony article…

Q. What’s the difference between the Hindenburg and Rush Limbaugh?
A. One’s a big Nazi gasbag and the other’s a dirigible.

paul walter
paul walter
10 years ago

Mr.Eyesore, most excellent!

Nicholas Gruen
Nicholas Gruen
7 years ago

I should also mention the joke at the end of Woody Allen which I always thought was a just bit stupid. It ends “we need the eggs”.

Now I think it’s sublimely, tragically true.

john Walker
7 years ago
Reply to  Nicholas Gruen

Reminds me of a joke doing the rounds of the UK at the height of the mad cow epidemic:
Two cows are having a chat in the English countryside:

One cow says to the other: “Bert, aren’t you worried about this terrible new disease that everyone’s talking about?”

“Not at all,” answers Bert.

“Why not?”

“Because I’m a squirrel.”