comedy

THE THING WITH JOKES

If I need to explain this, maybe you are not old enough to be following the blog. ;) – image - vunzooke.com

If this needs to be explained to you, maybe you shouldn’t be here. – image – vunzooke.com

I’ll be honest and be the first to say that I will laugh at almost anything. I’m silly like that. And what’s worse, I’m the type of person who will milk a good joke until it’s dry and then I will put it to rest only to raise it from the dead a few weeks later. I’m not very picky either. I laugh at myself too.

I’ll take a good religious joke any day. Lately, I have particularly enjoyed jokes about our president and King Dalindyebo. I love demotivationals. I’m a sucker for the Zulu special my mother loves to tell. Sipho sees a snake in the garden and almost collapses in fear and shock. His boss says: “Don’t worry, Sipho. It’s only a snake.” Sipho screams: “No boss, ayisineki, iza ngqo.” I die every time.

Indeed it was. – image - funnymail.co.za

Indeed it was. – image – funnymail.co.za

I draw the line at HIV and rape jokes. It’s this little preference that makes me a hypocrite. What makes it okay for me to not want to hear jokes about topics dear to me when I laugh like I’m getting paid at things close to other people’s hearts? Nothing makes it okay. It’s just that…er…mh…you see…when you hear something funny, you don’t have a few seconds to dissect the content and decide if it would be appropriate to laugh, especially with those punchline that come out of nowhere. It’s human nature to immediately burst out in laughter when someone throws a good joke around, or is it? (*wonders what studies show.) And let’s be frank here, sometimes the bad jokes are killer.

Well… - image - funny-pictures.feedio.net

Well… – image – funny-pictures.feedio.net

Maybe one must try to remember the three ‘W’s’ before launching into comic banter; who, when and where. The thing with jokes is that they are only funny depending on 1. who you tell them to, 2. when you tell them and perhaps most importantly, 3. where you tell them. One certainly does not expect one’s preacher to break off into a ‘Little Johnny’ joke during the Sunday service. The president of a country can’t joke about poverty during a strike for jobs and writers for a popular men’s magazine should, most certainly, not joke about corrective rape on social networks.

… - image - epicdemotivational.com

… – image – epicdemotivational.com

To add a twist to things, I suppose I could add another ‘W’ nje for control. ‘W’ for ‘what’; what kind of impression do your jokes make about you? If you are trying to pick up a girl; making jokes about your ex, and women in general, is not the future. Telling vulgar jokes during a crucial board meeting might not be what your ‘Operation: Get That Promotion’ needs. However, telling explicit sex jokes with your partner might just be the tension-reliever your dull sex life needs. I hardly think that it’s okay to break the ice with a Muslim joke if you are looking for a job at a shop owned by people who have a sign which reads: “Closed for Mosque on Fridays between 12pm – 2pm”.

To play it safe, I think we should keep the four ‘W’s’ in our thoughts before we blurt out something that could cost us our friends, our reputations, jobs or worse, our friends and family.

ALSO READ – ARE YOU SPEWING HATE ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

COMEDY ON THE BLOG

Ladies and gentlemen, ma ‘outie’ nabo ‘cherrie’, let’s proceed with “less yada yada” from me and more of that from our comedy line-up on COMEDY ON THE BLOG!

Thick girls are indeed my weakness! Tumi Morake stands her ground in the stand-up comedy arena. Don’t excuse the pun. :) - image - mycitybynight.co.za

Thick girls are indeed my weakness! Tumi Morake stands her ground in the stand-up comedy arena. Don’t excuse the pun. 🙂 – image – mycitybynight.co.za

Tumi Morake

Enjoy a small dose of our first lady of South African comedy. Welcome on the blog, TUUUMIIIIIIII MORAAAKKEEE! PLAY CLIP

Trevor Noah is the wild child of local comedy which says a lot considering local comedians have shredded the definition of ‘crazy’ altogether! – image - joburg.org.za

Trevor Noah is the wild child of local comedy which says a lot considering local comedians have shredded the definition of ‘crazy’ altogether! – image – joburg.org.za

Trevor Noah

Our boy ‘packed his bags and hit the road’ but he’s still our boy! Prepare to roll over as Trevor offers a solution to the recession in America. Next on COMEDY ON THE BLOG, welcome ‘Not American’ TREVOR NOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLAY CLIP

I don’t know why Steve Harvey released this photo. Actually, I don’t get why he took the damn thing in the first place but, here it is for the whole world to see. :( - image - dalaughingbarrel.com

I don’t know why Steve Harvey released this photo. Actually, I don’t get why he took the damn thing in the first place but, here it is for the whole world to see. 😦 – image – dalaughingbarrel.com

Steve Harvey

I’m sure I speak for a lot of this blog’s followers when I say we love him more with his clothes on. To share his thoughts on O.J. Simpson, put your hands together for Mr STEEEEEEEEVE HARVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYY! PLAY CLIP

Seen here keeping his luxurious hair in check is pimp and hustler, Katt Williams. – image - ticketmaster.com

Seen here keeping his luxurious hair in check is pimp and hustler, Katt Williams. – image – ticketmaster.com

Katt Williams

As South Africans deal with worries concerning the true source of the meat labelled ‘beef’ at local supermarkets, it appears others have bigger problems. To tell us more, hola at your boy KATT WILLIAMS! I know you love him as much as I do! PLAY CLIP

When the fight for freedom raged on, freedom that South Africans celebrated just yesterday, Ndaba Mhlongo and Bhingo Mbonjeni were the comic relief of the day. They still are! – image - m.lockerz.com

When the fight for freedom raged on, freedom that South Africans celebrated just yesterday, Ndaba Mhlongo and Bhingo Mbonjeni were the comic relief of the day. They still are! – image – m.lockerz.com

Ndaba Mhlongo and Bhingo Mbonjeni

To those who do not speak the language, if I had to explain this one to you, well…er…mm…let’s just say it’s about two friends who owe a shopkeeper money…nah, never mind. At some point every home in every black township has gathered around to enjoy this movie. Our favourite scene from NYAKANYAKA!!! PLAY CLIP

Some comedians are great on their own but, when they pair up, they become explosive! Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are another crazy pair. – image - movies.livemall.co

Some comedians are great on their own but, when they pair up, they become explosive! Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are another crazy pair. – image – movies.livemall.co

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith

We go to the movies again. Let’s give some blog love to Martin Lawrence and Will Smith! PLAY CLIP

The ‘ngamla’ who speaks ‘tsotsi taal’. Meet ‘Pule’ who was born Nicholus Welsh. – image - iol.co.za

The ‘ngamla’ who speaks ‘tsotsi taal’. Meet ‘Pule’ who was born Nicholus Welsh. – image – iol.co.za

Nicholus ‘Pule’ Welsh

Audiences know him as Pule, a ‘s’khothane’ from Meadowlands and he has something to say about kwaito! PLAY CLIP

Loyiso Gola has his own current affairs television show where he never fails to find humour in the madness that is politics and life in South Africa. – image - jasapple.co.za

Loyiso Gola has his own current affairs television show where he never fails to find humour in the madness that is politics and life in South Africa. – image – jasapple.co.za

Loyiso Gola

Loyiso Gola wonders what would happen to ‘lobolo’ negotiations if people knew the price of horses! PLAY CLIP

Yes, I know Brenda Fassie features a lot in A Blog Like No Other but I really miss this ball of energy. Here, she’s on Senyaka’s back in a playful pose. Senyaka is a household name in South African comedy. – image - myspace.com

Yes, I know Brenda Fassie features a lot in A Blog Like No Other but I really miss this ball of energy. Here, she’s on Senyaka’s back in a playful pose. Senyaka is a household name in South African comedy. – image – myspace.com

Senyaka

I hate jokes about poo, really I do! However, this one is different. Senyaka gives a look at how real the fear of witchcraft is among Africans in general. Nang’u’SENYAKA!!! PLAY CLIP

I had to include Chris Rock in this COMEDY ON THE BLOG session. He is pictured arm-wrestling with the subject of many of his jokes, U.S. President Barack Obama. – image - globalgrind.com

I had to include Chris Rock in this COMEDY ON THE BLOG session. He is pictured arm-wrestling with the subject of many of his jokes, U.S. President Barack Obama. – image – globalgrind.com

Chris Rock

You want relationship advice? The blog brings you the love doctor, CHRIS ROCK! PLAY CLIP

Dinner with Whoopi Goldberg is on my ‘Bucket List’. – image - bvonlove.com

Dinner with Whoopi Goldberg is on my ‘Bucket List’. – image – bvonlove.com

Whoopi Goldberg

Today’s showstopper is our girl WHOOOOOOOPIIIIIII GOLDBERG! Have a lovely day y’all! PLAY CLIP

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