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Monday, January 19, 2015

Beer Is Not Very Funny

The Onion's Clickhole is the latest to try to wring a smile by poking fun at beer.  But even the Onion can't do it.  It's a quiz to find out if you're really a beer snob, but the answers are strained and boring:
  • I have a private mix of the song “Closing Time” by Semisonic where the line “Finish your whiskey or beer” is altered so that the word “whiskey” is bleeped out.
  • One time, I was pretty sure I heard a statue say “Miller High Life,” so I had to blow up the statue with a bomb.
  • Etc.
The one mildly amusing thing is that you must check every box to be called a snob--even all but one gets you "moderate" standing.  But beer's just not funny.  The key to comedy is surprise, and beer geekery is way still too obscure.  No one gets the in-jokes.  It's why celebrity comedy and observational comedy are always popular--you know the crowd is going to get it. 

We'll know beer has arrived when Stephen Colbert tells a gose joke and your father chuckles.


  1. No, this is funny. See the difference? It's funny because we've all been there and we recognize it.

    Or anyway, so I'm told.

  2. Beer may or may not be funny. The Onion most certainly is not.

  3. And Louis most definitely IS hilarious.