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April 07, 2005

If You Have To Explain A Joke...

It occurred to me that nobody except Sheila got my last photoshop joke. Which, by the way is the freakin' funniest thing i ever done. To paraphrase Betelgeuse: i've looked at it about a HUNDRED AND

Anyways, for you cultural illiterates, convicted hit-and-run driver Paula Abdul is driving, and that black dude is Ben Vereen. It's an obscure reference to this infamous 1992 incident: when

Entertainer Ben Vereen was critically injured when he was struck by a van while walking along the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, California. The driver, producer/composer David Foster, was not charged. Some hours earlier, Vereen had run into a tree while driving his own car. He blames that mishap for the later accident. He said, 'I had hit my head on the steering wheel but felt fine. Later that evening as I was walking in Malibu, I had [a] stroke as a result of that accident.' Vereen says he then stumbled into the roadway and was hit by the van.
Freaky. You don't remember that? Anyways, the rest of the joke is just my weird imagination. The old man is just some old man. And there's no particular reason why Marv Albert and Paige Davis would be double dating with Paula and Pee-Wee, except that it makes some absurd kind of sense to me.

Got it? Okay now go back and look at it and laugh dammit, LAUGH!

Posted by annika, Apr. 7, 2005 |
Rubric: photoshopaholic



I don't have many "rules" for why I won't date a guy - but if I have to say "That was a joke" more than three times on one date, the dude is toast.

Not that I'm the goddess of funny, but there's nothing bleaker than having to explain your own jokes.

I loved that thing you posted - I still laugh every time I look at it.

Posted by: red on Apr. 7, 2005

I got it too.

Is it me or does Paula always look like she's hammered? And I don't mean just drunk...

I'm talking 'three vicodins and wine cooler' hammered.

Posted by: Paul on Apr. 7, 2005

annie, lost address/bush country-email me

Posted by: mh on Apr. 7, 2005

I'm culturally illiterate?!?! *I'm* culturally illiterate?!?!?!? Hey, *I'm* not the one going around memorizing obscure trivia about some tap-dancer who hasn't done anything of note in years! You coulda stuck Steven King on Paula's bumper, and probably exactly the same number of people would've gotten the joke.

Now, if Someone Really Important had been hit by a car--someone like Joe Don Baker--and you had had them bouncing over the car and onto the PCH, then I would have been outraged at your lack of compassion and tasteless sense of humor.

As it is, it was really fucking funny all on its own, and it would still have been really fucking funny even without a stupid inside joke that only those who memorize People would get.

Posted by: Victor on Apr. 7, 2005

Victor, i'm starting to worry about you.

Oh, and Mitchell is not on DVD. What's up with that? Either that or Netflix doesn't carry it.

Posted by: annika on Apr. 7, 2005

Aw c'mon Vic, he was in "All that Jazz", a modern classic!! Well, his part wasn't very interesting, but there was a SHITLOAD of T & A!

Posted by: Casca on Apr. 7, 2005

That really brings back memories, Annie.

I was living in Malibu back in 1992 and our beach house was just down the hill from where this all occurred. The local gossip was that he dropped his coke vial out the window and was wandering on the highway looking for it when he was hit by David.

Lot of good jokes resulted, but the best was giving directions to our house. We'd tell folks, "Just go North on the PCH until you hit Ben Vereen, then take a left...".

Posted by: shelly on Apr. 7, 2005

Why are you worried, annika? That I thought your photoshop was funny w/o recognizing Ben Vereen?

Mitchell is, in fact, available on DVD, but you'll probably have to buy it. You might check Netflix to see if they have the MST3K version, or perhaps Blockbuster might have it. Or you could put it on your Amazon wishlist and cross your fingers around Christmas...

Posted by: Victor on Apr. 7, 2005

So, how did you get the rug to stay on Marv's head in an open convertible?

Posted by: shelly on Apr. 7, 2005

yes, it's a well made rug. Hal Fishman's guy did it.

Posted by: annie on Apr. 7, 2005

Ya know, I'm kinda surprised you didn't put Brittany in the middle of the road, there.

OTOH, you might've had to change the driver...perhaps some sassy little blonde blogger instead of Paula...

Posted by: Victor on Apr. 8, 2005