Mordant Humor and Other Pastimes

By popular request, today’s Friday Challenge is humor! Whaddya do for chuckles, CN? Any particular comedy getting you through? CN member Magnolia suggested this contest in a comment after Gorilla Poop wrote:

Humor got me through it. I remember when I emailed my cheater a Some-e-card the day he moved out that that said, “I’m sorry you mistook your cheating for polyamory.” I laughed and laughed but he “didn’t get it.”

Comedic dissonance and FWs don’t mix, GP. Snark on with your bad self.

So, CN, what lifts your spirits? Over here, Mr. CL shares a LOT of golden retriever videos.

 

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If you enjoy podcasts and Broadway show tunes, check out Randy Rainbow’s podcast (He just had Bernadette Peters on!) When I want creative cussing, I tune into “Jonathan Pie” railing about Boris Johnson “who looks like a boiled sweet in a Hoover bag.”

Aside from a steady barrage of Golden Retriever cuteness, Mr. CL also turned me on to Texas comedian Jerry Wayne Longmire, who rates pick-ups as Truck Astrology. (Also the send-ups of the men in his family doing small engine repair are pretty delightful too.)

But one of my absolute favorite comedic masterpieces, guaranteed to lift me out of any funk, is Billy Connolly telling the story of the time a poor, misbegotten terrorist tried to blow up the Glasgow airport. It did not go well. “What were ya thinking bringing terror to Glasgow? We don’t mind a bit of terror in Glasgow.”

(Alas it won’t let me share the video on other devices, but do check it out if you want a belly laugh.)

So, CN, what makes you laugh these days?

 

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ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
ArtistFormerlyKnownAsChump
9 months ago

My eternal go-to is Father Ted, a tv series about a couple of Irish Catholic priests on remote Craggy Island. It’s ludicrous and very surreal, like the time Father Ted explains perspective to his young and very dim second-in-command, with the aid of plastic toy cows. “Now these are small, but the ones out there are far away…”

Dontfeellikedancin
Dontfeellikedancin
9 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation!

Kara
Kara
9 months ago

Down with that sort of thing! Careful now.

UpAndOut
UpAndOut
9 months ago
Reply to  Kara

Derry Girls on Netflix is hilarious, from a Catholic perspective. I needed subtitles to help understand all the words. It revolves around teenagers in Northern Ireland. Sister George Michael spits out fantastic one liners.

All a Blur
All a Blur
9 months ago

That perspective thing is one of the funniest scenes in history!

Weedfree
Weedfree
9 months ago

“My lovely horse” a quality song

Claire
Claire
9 months ago

For me it’s Gavin & Stacey. An English lad and Welsh gal! The Christmas special is hilarious with Nessa giving her presents to the family…. A celebration chocolate wrapped in a small box. Always, always makes me belly laugh good and proper. Plus my own son (English) is partnered with a Welsh lovely! So we are that family 😁😂😂😂

billiejean
billiejean
9 months ago

2.5 months post d-day and ALL I can watch, still, is RuPaul’s Drag Race on repeat :)) Like 24/7

LovedAJackass
LovedAJackass
9 months ago
Reply to  billiejean

I was like that with Law & Order. Whatever gets you by in the early days!

billiejean
billiejean
9 months ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

Thank God for Ru, my sHero!
Some people say WWJD. I say What Would Ru Do? :))
Thank you ChumpLady- your book and your truth (and this community) has literally saved my life.
I am going to be OK <3
Can I get an Amen up in here?

Attie
Attie
9 months ago

FW had gone his latest screaming rant and then drove off around midnight. I was crying because I couldn’t take any more, but then I got on Youtube and went through an entire series of Mock the Week. I was crying laughing by the time I’d finished. Also, Would I Lie to You – I guess I really like Lee Mack!

Name Changer
Name Changer
9 months ago
Reply to  Attie

I think the relationship between him and David Mitchell and Rob Brydon is why it works. You see 20 something rappers relax in their company.

charmee
charmee
9 months ago

Personally, when I leaned over in Divorce mediation and said “Happy Anniversary” it was our 30th and we were at the table lawyered up. Biggest laughs since, Youtube, the episode where Everybody Loves Raymond’s, Ray Barone goes on a cruise with his mother and she is laying out the itinerary for them, “shuffleboard at 2:00, Bingo at 4:00″ at this point Ray interrupts her and says, I can’t make Bingo at 4:00” Marie asks why? Ray replies “I’m shooting myself at 3:00″. Then he volunteers for skeet, when the cruise director offers it, but his caveat is, ‘I want to be the skeet”. Hilarious. Anything Tracey Ullman she is brilliant. You cannot beat British humour.

Leedy
Leedy
9 months ago
Reply to  charmee

Yes, Tracey Ullman!

Sandyfeet
Sandyfeet
9 months ago
Reply to  charmee

I cry laugh in episode when Marie says she wants to be more than a trophy wife, her husband’s facial expressions when he says what contest in hell did I win! 😂

IcanseeTuesday
IcanseeTuesday
9 months ago

The first thing to make me reliably laugh out loud was the late Norm McDonald’s talk show which required the celebrity guest to read a joke off blue index cards. The jokes were similar to dad joke groaners, only more sophisticated.

In general, I took refuge in shallow sitcoms which did not have a married couple at their core. My ability to focus was limited for years.

bread&roses
bread&roses
9 months ago
Reply to  IcanseeTuesday

Same here, ICST, to your last paragraph. Sorry you struggled with that, but it’s been reassuring to learn this might be a more normal response than I realized at the time. I had zero ability to focus or be present, and it’s still not great three years later. Hard to say if it was the trauma from FW and moving and starting over midlife (and the accompanying depression and anxiety), the pandemic (and accompanying fear, uncertainty and isolation), or smartphones/technology… likely a combo of all three.

Juniper
Juniper
9 months ago
Reply to  bread&roses

Similar response here, bread&roses…

MichelleShocked
MichelleShocked
9 months ago

When DDay was still raw, Deadpool was released on DVD (2015). I went and picked it up on a weekend that my son was with FW, cuddled under a blanket in a cozy chair and watched. And laughed my ass off.

Now I watch comedy clips all the time. Most recently I laughed hard at an old John Mulaney clip (yes, I know he’s a FW shithead. But this is stupid funny and also shows what a mean ass he is). Still — if you need a laugh…): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw7Gryt-rcc

Stig
Stig
9 months ago

Only just discovered the Deadpools, but they are my kind of dark humour. I’ve always been snarky, but after the whole shit show with cheater it’s really kicked in, probably as a coping mechanism, and I find it hard to find others who can also find the humour in fucked up situations without being shocked. It’s mostly an acknowledgement of just how wild and crazy life can be, when you think it can’t get any more fucked up, it goes there, and the lengths FWs will go to do fuck-witty things. I’m trying to dial that cynicism down atm in my life, as I’ve met a new group of really kind genuine people. Sometimes it feels like their outlook is all a bit too pollyanna-ish, but at the same time I’d love to let down my guard enough to join the light side.

ChumpCat
ChumpCat
9 months ago

That is a hell of a coincidence Michelle, it was Deadpool for me too! The movie theater gave me brief respite from everything.

Kara
Kara
9 months ago

Letterkenny.

This silly (yet long running …12 seasons) show about a tiny rural town in Canada and the simple things its citizens encounter. The show’s creator, Jared Keeso (…side note…yum) grew up in a rural town in Canada and the town of Letterkenny is fictional but it’s based on where he’s from.

I’ve been showing it to my boyfriend recently and he loves it. Rewatching it is making me catch jokes I missed the first time.

Check it oot.

Chumped in Calgary
Chumped in Calgary
9 months ago
Reply to  Kara

“If you got a problem with Canada Gooses than you got a problem with me and I suggest you let that one marinate”

Kara
Kara
9 months ago

“If you’re accusing Canada gooses of stealing you’re accusing me of stealing and I suggest you let that one marinate!”

BTAW
BTAW
9 months ago
Reply to  Kara

YES!! The first episode made me laugh so hard I was coughing. Had to put on subtitles so I don’t miss anything. Lol. The Shoresy spin off was pretty good too.

All a Blur
All a Blur
9 months ago
Reply to  Kara

I love Letterkenny, but you have to be very wide awake to catch every word. Blistering word-play!

Kara
Kara
9 months ago
Reply to  All a Blur

We watched the spelling bee episode last night and I was dying that McMurray’s words were “incomprehensible” “inaudible” “indecipherable” during the montage.

Buying Myself Flowers
Buying Myself Flowers
9 months ago
Reply to  Kara

I’m from about 30 min from the actual town this is based off of us… and can tell you it is 100% accurate lol.

nothisfriend
nothisfriend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kara

How are ya now?

Kara
Kara
9 months ago
Reply to  nothisfriend

Good n you?

bread&roses
bread&roses
9 months ago
Reply to  Kara

Pitter patter let’s get at’er!

Also very funny and entertaining, and featuring an act set in Alberta that brought Letterkenny to mind: last weekend’s episode of This American Life about rats. It’s a good one!

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/801/must-be-rats-on-the-brain

thelongrun
thelongrun
9 months ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

I just checked and it’s showing all of November as unavailable. At least on my smartphone. I’m up way too late doing this!😂

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
9 months ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

No rooms available. Only Sunday night. Waaaaah! I have my event ticket already. Want a whack at the unicorn….

Ozziechump
Ozziechump
9 months ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

I just booked my room. I still need to purchase a conference ticket. How do I do that?

Katiedidn’t
Katiedidn’t
9 months ago
Reply to  Ozziechump

I need to know this as well.

Little Wing
Little Wing
9 months ago

Monty Python. I have the CD of their favorite tunes (“Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite irate.”) and I sing-along in the car during long road-trips.

Plus, the wit and wisdom of Homer Simpson. The Homer (AKA The FW) defense: “But Marge, I swear to you, I never thought you’d find out!”

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
9 months ago
Reply to  Little Wing

My forever-husband likes to sing this…he is Lutheran and Im Catholic so it is quite fitting

topshelf
topshelf
9 months ago
Reply to  Little Wing

“Every sperm is sacred” from The Meaning of Life is Monty Pythons best.

bread&roses
bread&roses
9 months ago

I think David Sedaris is one of the funniest and wittiest writers alive, and I love how he lets his audience into his world and brain. I got to see him read (it’s really a performance) soon after dday1, and it was a bright spot that made me feel human again. His diaries were one of the first things I was able to read — and enjoy — after I left FW for good about a year later… lots of snorts, cackles-out-loud and SMH.

The series Only Murders was a surprise, and it definitely tickled my funny bone. I wound up getting into it with my folks, when they were my only social scene during the pandemic (not funny). We all have very different tastes, and we all loved it! My dad almost bought me the infamous tie-dye sweatshirt they sell as merch… until he saw what it cost.

My little niece and nephew were (and continue to be) the best comic relief. Doesn’t hurt that they unabashedly adore me — at least for now! Good medicine, for sure.

And of course, Chump Lady and the UBT!!!

Chumpy VonChumpster
Chumpy VonChumpster
9 months ago
Reply to  bread&roses

I adore David Sedaris! His writing is brilliant. I’m going to see him read again in about a month. I’m like a groupie. Lol!

Marcus
Marcus
9 months ago

DS appeared in the UK on R4 reading his diaries quite a while back, and I really enjoyed it. I suppose he reminded me a bit of Alan Bennet, who I also like – if you enjoy one you might check out the other. (But I’m an engineer, and an arts graduate will be along in a bit to tell me they’re not similar at all!).

Chumpasaurus45
Chumpasaurus45
9 months ago

A few movies that come to mind are the The Big Sick, The BirdCage, My Cousin Vinny, School of Rock, they can just always make me laugh.
John Mulaney’s skit “ There’s a horse in the hospital” is just plain hilarious. ( yeah I know he’s a FW, not a huge shock there)
I have two huge volumes of The Farside, by Gary Larsen that I can literally belly laugh looking at the animal themed comics. Here are two of my favorites:
I couldn’t send the photos but I’ll describe them. The first is God with his long white beard standing on a cloud with a table in front of him creating the universe. He’s rolling out clay snakes after snakes and exclaims “ Boy, THESE are a cinch!”
The second one shows two big antlered deer standing upright side by side both looking down at one of the deer’s chest. One deer then exclaims “Bummer of a birthmark, Hal” and you see this massive drawing of a bullseye on the deer’s chest. Gary Larsen is a whacked and brilliant man, in equal measure, I love his mind.
I had somewhat of a humorous thing happen just last week with the ex FW. We share a beach house for the time being and will communicate infrequently with emails. I ignore them when they don’t warrant a response and he doesn’t like to be ignored. So my kids and I think he made up this one since it was never mentioned again and he changes the subject if my son asks for a follow up. He emailed me that the guy we have hired to watch the house reported that the last visit he found the back door unlocked and the TV left on. Well, a little background on that. FW in all his glory, put this huge TV, sound system, stadium type seating in the entertainment room a few years back now and NO ONE, not the techiest of tech friends nor relatives can get the TV to work, lol! We don’t even bother anymore because no one is even there but a couple of weeks a year since the divorce and it wouldn’t even pay to get cable at this point.
So my email response to the FW’s report of the break in was: “ I don’t know what shocks me more, that someone entered our house uninvited or that they got to the TV to work”. My kids and I laughed pretty hard over that, lol. It’s dark divorce humor I guess. But where would we be if we didn’t keep looking for the humor in our lives?!
Great Friday challenge here, CL! I’m going to collect the suggestions offered in my notes to start a humor file.
Good w/e to all of chumphood!
I’m helping my son move today to another spot in his city. Just moved him in there last April from another state.
I am the official mom mover company for some unbeknownst to me reason and have had countless moves with the three kids, dorms to dorms, apts to homes, states to states, sooo so many, we forget some of them when we attempt to list it.
My daughter has changed up the lyrics of ‘The Dancing Queen’ song to capture it:
🎶“ She’s the Moving Queen………moving me……………almost seventy!” 🎶🤣

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
9 months ago
Reply to  Chumpasaurus45

“NO ONE, not the techiest of tech friends nor relatives can get the TV to work”

When I married forever-husband, he installed a giant tv/media monster that has 3 remotes and it completely confounds me. My default is to just not watch TV. If anything ever happens to him, I will have to have the whole thing removed and start fresh with a simple tv and one remote.

Sandyfeet
Sandyfeet
9 months ago
Reply to  Unicornomore

My SIL has 4 remotes. Not fun after kids are in bed. Most of the time I just read but annoying if I want to catch something specific, I just have antenna, Prime and Netflix at my house

Buying Myself Flowers
Buying Myself Flowers
9 months ago

I’m getting good laughs from the irony in my life around FW. I remember we had a friend over for a game night with fw and fw won (a rare occurrence), and jokingly friend said “You cheated! Your husband is a cheater!” I sipped my tea and laughed. “Oh, I’m well aware…” Also, Chumpalooza is fw’s birthday weekend. Trying to decide if it’s worth the butt hurt I’ll have to deal with and the money spent to go, but I just laughed at the irony when I saw the dates.

bread&roses
bread&roses
9 months ago

You’re still with the cheater? Remember, you’re worth it. You have agency. Start to take back your power and do what you want, and see how right it feels. Chump Nation would love to see you there!

Little Wing
Little Wing
9 months ago

“Your husband is a cheater!” I sipped my tea and laughed. “Oh, I’m well aware…”

there is a story behind this, and I would love to know: does your FW realize that you know that he is a cheater? or does he think this refers to something else?

and when you say “butt hurt”, do you feel safe in your own home? (sorry if this question is upsetting to you, but many of us came from homes where DV happened, so I have learned to always ask)

Lotsa hugs and muchas smooches.

Unicornomore
Unicornomore
9 months ago

“I’m getting good laughs from the irony in my life”. I was feeling like I didnt fit into this thread until I read this. Because forever-husband created the unusable tv monster, I rarely watch TV. Most of my comedic release is within my head where I compare and contrast my life before to my life now and imagine what it would have been like to go through time and tell myself stuff when I needed it most.

Kara
Kara
9 months ago

It’s my birthday weekend too

topshelf
topshelf
9 months ago

Binge watching Schitt’s Creek and Jury Duty. Both are clever and hilarious.

Stig
Stig
9 months ago
Reply to  topshelf

Oh I love Schitt’s Creek, and I watched the whole series about 7 times in a row nonstop when I discovered it when the final season dropped. The characters are so great, and all have such great arcs, plus the humour is spot on. I sobbed a lot, particularly later in the show. Hoping to find the Patrick to my David one day if I’m lucky.

Sandyfeet
Sandyfeet
9 months ago
Reply to  Stig

It won’t let me post link. Funny meme son sent me after my lawyer sent FW lawyer Marriage Settlement Agreement proposal. Moira “sign the F🚒 contract”

Stig
Stig
9 months ago
Reply to  Sandyfeet

slaapppp

Conchobara
Conchobara
9 months ago
Reply to  Stig

Yes! I think Patrick & David are my all-time favorite love story. <3

Lizza Lee
Lizza Lee
9 months ago

For me it’s been awhile since the divorce. I watched The Try Guys on YouTube when they were still part of Buzzfeed. They were fun and funny. (It was long before the one guy was outed as a cheater.) Also, my kids turned me onto some anime that they enjoyed and we all watched it together. They used to enjoy watching me laugh. I think they were worried I’d be sad for the rest of my life?

Amiisfree
Amiisfree
9 months ago

Ok, hold on… RANDY RAINBOW HAS A PODCAST?!? (Excuse me, I need to call in sick for… how many episodes are there? All day, LOL!) Thank you, CL!

Seriously, it’s fun to hear all of your sources of humor, thanks! It took me a long time to be able to stomach comedy, and right at first I only liked very sarcastic and irreverent humor. I think it helped me process anger.

These days I have a broader palette, but I still love some good snark. I find that standup rarely lands well, though, and I think it’s because it’s mostly predicated on ranting about how stupid someone else is — which often includes leaning on antiquated stereotypes then using them to ridicule and mock. That parallels the objectified and devaluing way I observe cheaters thinking about people to justify harming them, so it sets my teeth on edge.

Lately, one go-to that always gets a laugh for me is Dinosaurs (streaming on Dizznie), an oddly prescient satire for its time!

Nut Cluster Free Zone
Nut Cluster Free Zone
9 months ago
Reply to  Amiisfree

Yes ! But skip the one with Dan Savage aka Mr. Monogamish. I used to listen to Dan’s podcast for the gender politics but got fed up with his take on cheating. I actually phoned in and left a message with the suggestion that maybe a woman was drinking to deal with her abusive, cheating husband and that the husband’s mistreatment of her caused her to hit the bottle. NOT the poor sausage was porking other women because his wife is an alcoholic. Needless to say, my message didn’t air at the end of one of his podcasts when he takes calls from listeners.

walkbymyself
walkbymyself
9 months ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

I adore Randy Rainbow. Will definitely check out the podcast.

Kim
Kim
9 months ago

So my ex is super conflict avoidant, but that makes him feel weak so he’s also a nasty passive aggressive. This way he can feel powerful but can play dumb and avoid owning his shitty attitude.

But he also has a phony nice guy image that he greatly values even though it fools nobody.

One day I’m cycling with my bf and I get a flat. It’s not far from ex’s house since we live a few miles apart. Ex and I are both runners and it always pissed him off that I was better, so he’d make shitty comments if I had a bad race, then accuse me of being sensitive.

So while my bf, who’s 10 years younger then ex (still 8 years older then me, bigger, and has most of his hair (as opposed to ex’s shitty toupee) is fixing my tire ex comes jogging by. He stops and offers to help, which is funny because he knows zero about bikes. It had nothing to do with wanting to help….he wanted me to introduce him so he could play the phony nice guy card.

Bf has never seen ex and doesn’t know who he is because ex is dead to me and is blocked from contacting me. I have zero reason to interact with him.

So bf responds with “we’ve got it but thanks”. Ex lingers for a few seconds because he so badly wants to be important and play the phony nice guy, but doesn’t have the balls to introduce himself. I ignore him and continue focusing on my bike.

He eventually slinks away and when he’s leaving he says “good race last night”. Bf and I had done a 5k and ex must have been there and knew I ran. I know ex well….that was his passive aggressive coward way of trying to force me to tell my bf all about him because bf would then ask how I knew thar guy.

Bf did mention the race and I just said that I didn’t know and that guy must have been there. Bf didn’t seem to care….I race a lot and am pretty good so a lot of people recognize me.

It made me laugh because ex is so desperate to matter and play phony nice guy but still too much of a coward to introduce himself, so he pulls a typical passive aggressive move to try to matter.

Didn’t work.

UnLeashed
UnLeashed
9 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Just for science, how many of these men were born in June/July? Mine too xD Not an ex runner though–quite the opposite: passive-aggressive gamer-lives-with-mom type.

Kim
Kim
9 months ago
Reply to  UnLeashed

My ex is a June baby!

He’s now an almost 68 year old baby….lol.

DrDr
DrDr
9 months ago
Reply to  Kim

We have the same EX!!! I feel your pain. 🙁

So my ex is super conflict avoidant, but that makes him feel weak so he’s also a nasty passive aggressive. This way he can feel powerful but can play dumb and avoid owning his shitty attitude.

CurlyChump
CurlyChump
9 months ago
Reply to  DrDr

Gee, mine too! So many, many, common themes amongst the crappy exes around here.

All a Blur
All a Blur
9 months ago

I just rewatched every episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I may be permanently scarred after watching Danny Devito emerge naked from inside a couch.

My ex wrote a piece of fiction long before D-Day that turned out to be based on her double life. I don’t find that funny. But you can bet that now I (I am also a writer) will be telling the chump tale. Which is horribly funny because it isn’t fiction at all, but I’m cracking myself up every day as my tale of horror and humour unfolds. Truly cathartic to take the bold, twitching lies of a cheater and focus on the desperate disconnect between who they believe themselves to be and what you see once the mask comes off.

AristocratiChump
AristocratiChump
9 months ago

The standup comedian Kevin Bridges – he is hysterical. (Potty mouth warning though). Chumplady you’d love him if you like Billy Connelly. Early days post divorce whilst working 4 jobs I’d find and watch every single free youtube clip of him available (couldn’t afford streaming). I’d be preparing stuff late in the evenings in my kitchen for a teaching class, watching him on my mini-ipad (no television), accompanied by my most beloved cat. Wouldn’t have survived without the two of them and Chumplady. Best of all, once finances were a little steadier I saved up for a ticket and managed to see him live last year when he was doing his standup show nearby! Amazing. Really enjoying all ChumpNations recommendations!

Goodfriend
Goodfriend
9 months ago

Sometimes it’s funny just reciting the list of lies Fraudster perpetuated. I’ve written about this here before. He claimed, on his Linked-In page no less, to have a MBA from Harvard, and to have won an international championship in his avocation. After D-Day, he upped it to two international championships, and after we separated, he switched his MBA listing on Linked-In from Harvard to Dartmouth. I confirmed, in writing with the registrars, that he never even attended, much less graduated. When I searched the list of championship winners, he’s not listed there either. I discovered from the director of a veteran’s medical association that he’d been claiming he was a veteran, and and an MD, specifically a radiologist, although the closest he’s come to either is requesting undeserved “service discounts” for non-existent military service, and getting X-Rays. And post-divorce, he was at Linked-In again, this time adding a phony degree as a rocket scientist!

He was a braggart, even sharing his “world championships” with people on the street, and spread lots of lies about me and why he left me–although my then-tween grandson is the one who actually kicked him out. It’s hilarious and validating to share the truth with people we know. And, to be honest, with perfect strangers, too.

TooManyTears
TooManyTears
9 months ago
Reply to  Goodfriend

Your ex truly sounds like a sociopath. Also, lying about being a veteran can get you in loads of trouble, it’s called Stolen Valor, and the military does not look kindly on it.
Glad you got away from that mess!
When ever I needed to zone out and laugh, I’d watch “Some like it Hot”. Zowie!

Stig
Stig
9 months ago
Reply to  TooManyTears

Oh I love that movie, everyone was hilarious, but Jack Lemon’s character really got into his role!

Goodfriend
Goodfriend
9 months ago
Reply to  Goodfriend

Looks like All A Blur and I were writing our responses at the same time. The parallels are amazing.

All a Blur
All a Blur
9 months ago
Reply to  Goodfriend

Your FW sounds intensely grandiose! It’s astounding. I mean, the hubris of pretending to such readily debunked stuff! How do they live that way?

Mine practiced melodramatization as her primary artform. She’s legitimately had some big accomplishments (believe me, I checked), so hers was a subtler lying practice.Take a grain of truth, then dress it up so it plays better. What I found most amazing was that she did it to my stories as well as hers when she told other people about something I’d done! I’d have to correct her so I didn’t appear to be a liar, too! Could be anything. If, say, I played left field for three games in middle school, that became three state championships I won as a pitcher with no-hitters.

There was one thing from my past I corrected her about privately and asked that she stopped saying it. I’ll give you one guess whether she stopped.

Motherchumper99
Motherchumper99
9 months ago

8 years past GtFO day…. What doesn’t make me laugh? Last year my daughter and her Bf, my fiancé and I saw Sebastian Manisculco live… laughed so hard we were crying. The bandaid in the pool from “Aren’t You Embarrassed?” is a gut buster. https://youtube.com/watch?v=Vt7_aLij6mc&feature=share7

UnLeashed
UnLeashed
9 months ago

Sebastian Is a really great stand-up. It helps that he has kids and is married and actually seems like decent man outside of the comedy.

Chumpasaurus45
Chumpasaurus45
9 months ago

Enjoyed the golden retriever clip of Mr CL’s, good stuff! Also checked out the Jonathan pie clip on Boris, lol. I’m always impressed by ppl that can get more words out of their mouth in a single minute than one of this auction moderators, rapid fire! British humor is the best.
I also love to watch Russell Brand clip too. He is a legit source of news for me now, which seems pretty bizarre but we live in bizarre times now. He delivers it with a really impressive mastery of verbiage and his hilariously comedic brilliant skills, he is pretty impressive to watch. He can report nuclear devastation and add elements of humor that actually add to the genuineness of the delivery. It’s pretty fascinating to watch him in action. He defini

Chumpasaurus45
Chumpasaurus45
9 months ago

He definitely makes me laugh was suppose to be the last sentence before it zapped me out.

Chumpy VonChumpster
Chumpy VonChumpster
9 months ago

I’m in a group message chat on Instagram with some old friends. They share the most hilarious memes they come across – anything from wholesome to completely twisted – and every night I’ll sit down to see what everyone shared and I know I am going to get a good laugh. It seems silly, but I am so thankful to these friends as their ridiculous memes, photos and videos they share makes me forget everything for a little while each day.

Josh
Josh
9 months ago

My ex and her soulmate give me enough comedy.

susie lee
susie lee
9 months ago

I went to my brothers house in TX not long after we had the legal separation in place. He and his wife introduced me to “Ladies of the Evening” It was a show featuring female stand up comedians. They were hilarious and of course much of it was focused on crappy men. I rolled with laughter. One joke in particular was “my ex told me he needed space, I told him if he needed space he can tie himself to a fucking missile and blast off”.

Then my brother told me that he knew how to put pieces of dead fish in our car that fw would never find. Of course he wouldn’t have, and I wouldn’t let him anyway, but it was funny, and he had a very dry sense of humor and was able to make funny stuff sound real.

UnLeashed
UnLeashed
9 months ago
Reply to  susie lee

This story reminded me of the time my MonsterinLaw and Ex FW, collectively left raw salmon in our trunk for over a week after a costco run
and tried to originally blame me for leaving an old milk bottle for our toddler in the car. [ which I was insane about- never would and never did, always brought them in and washed immediately]

MY FACE WHEN THEY FOUND IT o,o

How ex was holding his head out the window like a dog to drive

and how it was disgusting but somehow it wasn’t as disgusting as hearing I had the clap from my obgyn after what I thought was years of monogamy, silly me! Thanks for the laughs ex fw and fam! <3

MollyWobbles
MollyWobbles
9 months ago

I like to watch IG reels at the end of the day for a good laugh. My favorite is therxckstxr. He dubs voice overs to hilarious animal videos. I laugh until I cry.

lulutoo
lulutoo
9 months ago

Randy Rainbow’s Youtube videos are my favorites.

DrDr
DrDr
9 months ago

About a month ago a friend sent me this link and I could not stop laughing. I think what is so funny about this is the toddler level anger and how it leads to terrible consequences. Reminds me of FW. His rage was so big and he could not communicate or take ownership or take action, so his response was to crash all our lives. Like the people in this skit: https://youtu.be/-ZBwPmla8QQ
Another one I love: https://youtu.be/-ZBwPmla8QQ
And this one: https://youtu.be/8MFbYffT-ho
And one more: https://youtu.be/do6apybUh84

I love comedy and I currently need all the laughs I can get. The FW left about a year ago. Now my mom just passed away. The good thing is that when FW left, it gave me and my kids a year to just be with my mom. Turned out to be a huge blessing!

So, please share whatever you comedy you have. Keep the laughs coming!

Little Wing
Little Wing
9 months ago
Reply to  DrDr

JSYK: the first link and the second link are the same link.

but I appreciated the sharing a lot!

DrDr
DrDr
9 months ago
Reply to  Little Wing

Thanks Little Wing!
I hope they made you laugh.

Sandyfeet
Sandyfeet
9 months ago

Started dating at 18, married 36years when I filed at age 60. He was too much of a wimp to come get his crap after divorce and sent a moving van (so dumb). After his surfboards and artwork-I had bought were loaded, I added parts to his FJ cruiser, 11×14 of Mother Teresa, race wheels to a bike he know longer has, his bike that matched mine, Victorian desk he wanted with the secret compartment (I filled it with self addressed envelopes for my $200/month alimony (covers dog food). Tools with batteries that wouldn’t charge. They live in one bedroom apt. I laughed all day about him unloading all the 💩 I got rid of and how many dumpster trips it involved

Sandyfeet
Sandyfeet
9 months ago
Reply to  Sandyfeet

No not know

Sandyfeet
Sandyfeet
9 months ago
Reply to  Sandyfeet

Every month when check is due my neighbors ask if I’ve gotten check. Then they do fingers crossed 🤞🏼, hoping he’s dead. They know I own his life insurance policy. We laugh every time. Not sorry

Hell of a Chump
Hell of a Chump
9 months ago
Reply to  Sandyfeet

I love that kind of breezily macabre support. There was the time I was in a major workplace fracas after reporting harassment and suffering terribly because so few seemed to be on my side. At one point two of the perp’s flying monkeys were climbing a 20 ft ladder to mount a sign on a new work site over an asphalt parking lot. I was standing on the roof holding the ladder and staring down with a fixed expression and my assistant whispered in my ear, “Twenty-five to life, twenty-five to life. Don’t do it.” That was how she let me know where she stood. It was like a ten ton boulder was taken off my soul and I still laugh when I think of it.

Sandyfeet
Sandyfeet
9 months ago

That’s fabulous, I love it.

tallgrass
tallgrass
9 months ago
Reply to  Sandyfeet

Love this! What a wonderful way to show their love and respect for you!

Ugh@him
Ugh@him
9 months ago

Right before d-day I found the YT channel No Rolls Barred and had been meaning to show him (some of the same people do wrestling content we’d watched). It’s simply a rotating group of friends who meet up for tabletop games but something almost always goes wrong. There’s soooo many videos but if you watch anything the House Rules series is hilarious — 2 of the guys play classic games with special rules.. think Snakes and Ladders but everything’s a snake, or Candy Land but they have to guess the color they’ll flip over and if they get it wrong they take a shot, or my fav ‘Guess Who but with vibes only’ where you get gems like “does this person classify italian food as exotic?” and “when this person hears of a new device do they audibly say ‘What will they think of next?”. It’s so goofy and fun and I’m eternally thankful I kept forgetting to show him so it’s something that’s all mine lol

I also found the comedian Jeff Arcuri on Reddit and his crowd work is insane! His quick wit has left me in tears a few times.

Stig
Stig
9 months ago
Reply to  Ugh@him

Thanks for the recommend, that game channel sounds superb!

damnitfeelsbadtobeachumpster
damnitfeelsbadtobeachumpster
9 months ago

i streamed a lot of TV, an assortment, really, but watched the entire series of Schitt’s Creek a lot.

as for mordant humour, i started writing a crime novel then shifted the story over into a script for a TV series. it’s going well. i find gory murder and a strong female lead with PTSD as the storyline quite therapeutic! currently that’s where i’m channelling my divorce/post-divorce angst.

i don’t know what it says about me but i laugh out loud while writing some of these scenes! they’re fun!

TMI

Sandyfeet
Sandyfeet
9 months ago

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My son sent me this when I said my attorney sent FW attorney a Marriage settlement agreement .

Stig
Stig
9 months ago

Writing is so therapeutic, funny sometimes how the characters tell you what they’re gonna do next, or how they’ll react.

DrDr
DrDr
9 months ago

Good for you!!!
There is a terrific screenwriting course by Michael Jamin. Check it out if you are interested.

damnitfeelsbadtobeachumpster
damnitfeelsbadtobeachumpster
9 months ago
Reply to  DrDr

thx! i’m hooked into a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA. learning lots!

Skunkcabbage
Skunkcabbage
9 months ago

Randy Rainbow is a national treasure. For a quick dose of laughter I like Simon’s cat and Lucas the Spider. https://simonscat.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlzqEsZ7aUE&ab_channel=LucastheSpider

But laughing with my son is the best. He recently has been able to joke to me about his father. For example, the kid was in the last week of college (final’s week) and prepping to come home for the summer. I live very far away from where he is in school so he had arranged with a friend of his father’s to store his stuff until he returns in the fall. The guy lives just out of town, but had to pick up the stuff on that Tuesday, while my son still had to stay at the dorm until Sat. a.m. When he’s telling me this my mom mode kicks in and I’m worried about him trying to sleep on a bare mattress, no pillow, no blanket and get rest before he has to go do heavy brain lifting. He says to me, “Don’t worry Mom. Remember, I’ve been camping with Dad. I’m used to deprivation.” I was on the floor cry laughing. The kid is going to be all right.

susie lee
susie lee
9 months ago
Reply to  Skunkcabbage

Good one.

That reminded me of once when we were going to Florida with my son and his family, (When the grandchildren were young we took them to FL every year) my husband made the comment to me; why are you taking all this food and stuff, we can just go to the store when we get there. My son popped up and said, you have to understand that if my mom didn’t take all this stuff when we used to go camping/boating, we would starve because dad was a tightwad. I did loosen up after a couple trips, and husband and I would just take the basics and then go to the commissary for the weeks food the day after we got settled.

Hell of a Chump
Hell of a Chump
9 months ago

I’m so grateful for the links CL and everyone else are sharing. I was running out of fresh material. I’m a big fan of using humor for survival but not all gallows humor is created equal and some of it’s survival-at-others’-expense kind of humor. I’m thinking of stories of doctors caught cruelly mocking the patients they’re operating on or special ed teachers mocking disabled students. It’s like drunks bellowing with menacing laughter in bars. Just from the sound of it you can tell whatever they’re laughing at probably involves trampling on the weak and harmless.

My parents modeled humor as survival tactic/stress management but they were very particular about the type of humor. My father, a combat veteran, detested what he called “shooting fish in a barrel.” He also hated drunken “life of the party” grandstanding. He was the king of dry asides and some of his impersonations were the funniest I’ve ever seen but he was never performative about it, only spontaneous. If he felt under pressure to be entertaining, he’d go silent. If he caught me laughing at something cruel when I was a kid, he’d wince and shake his head. You punch up or you don’t punch at all.

What’s interesting is that his attitude was a lot like the better professional comics and comedy writers I met when I managed a media studio annex for a famous comedy club. I noticed that the most talented were rarely a barrel of laughs in real life or they’d have to know and trust someone before they’d relax enough to kid around. There was one writer for a late night talk show that I especially liked because he was very earnest about politics and social justice. It might have been hard to reconcile this shy, gormless, sincere guy with the Emmy-winning acid rants he wrote for the host but I guess that, to him, humor was a tool of nonviolent resistance and he was dead serious about it. Then there were the performers who were always “on” in real life– constantly quipping and cracking wise. Sometimes it seemed to come naturally from nervous energy but I noticed the ones who punched down and were aggressive about it were never all that funny on stage. I’m sure humor was a defense mechanism for the latter as well but, in order to promote actual survival (as in “life-affirmation”), humor– like everything else– needs a soul, even the blackest humor.

That said, I still bust a gut over the Charlie the Unicorn video my kids showed me years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsGYh8AacgY

Chumpadoodledoo
Chumpadoodledoo
9 months ago

My go to is Tony Baker on instagram at therxckstxr. He does the absolute BEST animal voice-overs.

Orlando
Orlando
9 months ago

The FW always hated comedians & comedies & I could never understand why. He also didn’t like it when I poked fun at him. If I did (trying to get him in a good mood) he would say something passive aggressive to ruin my fun mood. So for many years I didn’t watch anything humorous. I have to say I love anything British comedy now. They are hysterical! I also like women comedy shows/movies where they use humor & wit to survive. I’m younger, but I do like the Golden Girls! They are feisty grannies & I hope to be one of them someday!

CurlyChump
CurlyChump
9 months ago

The IG algorithm led me to the comedy troupe, Foil, Arms, and Hog. They’re an Irish trio. Tons of skits, lots of poking fun at int’l stereotypes (e.g. “How to Pass Canadian Immigration,” “French Exchange Student”) as well as Irish culture. It’s all done in good fun, and I wouldn’t say malicious. Hope they end up doing a tour in the states, would love to catch them live.

LifeIsGood
LifeIsGood
9 months ago

Schitt’s Creek! It brings me so much joy and can easily help me break a “funk” no matter what is going on that day.

ActaNonVerba
ActaNonVerba
9 months ago

My current favorite is this mashup between the immensely talented The Kiffness and a particularly vocal and emotive cat.
https://youtu.be/lwLLFbC1H0c
If you’re on TikTok you can also watch the many duets, trios, etc.

Sometimes I’m alone
Sometimes I’m not

Hello?
☺️😂🥰

UpAndOut
UpAndOut
9 months ago

David Sedaris. Beginning with Santaland Diaries in 1982, to present. Wonderful, humorous stories about his life in North Carolina, to France and England, and back again to the NC coast. I usually get CD’s for the car.
He was born in 1956, so same generation as me.

Jeanne
Jeanne
9 months ago

CBC’s ‘The Debaters’ made me laugh during some of the worst times. Absurd topics (e.g. doughnuts vs muffins; booth vs table). I still listen to it as a podcast on my walks and find myself smiling.

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
9 months ago

My humor today is that I am done linking up ducks and pleased to say FW is about to get two options – sign the separation agreement I am having drafted with no changes or prepare for me filing on grounds of infidelity. My patience has been rewarded, CN. The game is afoot!

I’m nauseated, terrified, and giddy all at once. I had to break down and take a half of an anti-anxiety tablet to calm down to talk to the attorney. But I was all business and no tears. I will likely be in the middle of a full on shit storm when I arrive at Chumpalooza in November. But OMG am I looking forward to plowing through the worst of it.

For serious laughter, I can’t help but watch old Robin Williams videos and the occasional Ron White. On Facebook, I like the humor of Pat McCurdy and Charlie Berens.

OHFFS
OHFFS
9 months ago

Oh, and btw, you are going to do great, MWE. Godspeed.

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
9 months ago
Reply to  OHFFS

Thank you. The only way out is through. Sometimes this month I burn this mirage to the ground. I’m all in.

OHFFS
OHFFS
9 months ago

I wish I could bear to watch Robin Williams. His death happened at a particularly hard time.
I was on a completely miserable vacation where FW was snarly over not being able to be with his whore, then my dog died of canine dementia shortly afterwards. It was also such a loss of unique talent that it was terribly sad. Somehow my mind associates him killing himself because he had dementia with the death of my dog. Maybe someday it won’t be a trigger.

Stig
Stig
9 months ago

Kudos to you MWE, I know it’s been a long time coming for you. Keep us up with the latest and take care.

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
9 months ago
Reply to  Stig

Thank you. And I’m so happy I will NOT file no fault unless he signs off on my generous agreement. Generous to me. lol

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
9 months ago
Reply to  Stig

Will do. Will keep the tin foil hat on my head about details but will definitely chime in to say when I’m about to puke from nerves.

20th Century Chump
20th Century Chump
9 months ago

You’ve got this! In all likelihood, you’ve done the hardest part already. Gray rock as much as you can to cut down the drama.

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
9 months ago

Hardest parts are still coming but I’m committed.

LovedAJackass
LovedAJackass
9 months ago

I watch reruns of “Psych.” The cat that gets to ride shotgun. Gus eating BBQ that he thinks is their friend Lassie. Great physical comedy. The “Last Night Gus” episode. Always funny. I also re-read Carl Hiassen novels. And read texts from my students that are often hilarious both accidentally and deliberately.

OHFFS
OHFFS
9 months ago

I like laughing at the antics of stupid, entitled, shallow people, so my guilty pleasure is the Real Housewives franchise. Humor that’s unintentional is just as funny as the intentional, if not more so. My late mother used to call them “those awful women you watch.”

I enjoy repeats of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Trailer Park Boys, and Crank Yankers. I can’t think of one comedy show currently running that’s consistently laugh out loud funny, but then I don’t actually watch many TV shows, so maybe there are a few. I mostly watch films, mainly classic films.

My favourite comedy films of all time are Some Like it Hot, The Full Monty, and of course, both Borat films.

MrWonderful’sEx
MrWonderful’sEx
9 months ago
Reply to  OHFFS

Ohhhh… The Full Monty. When she says that SHE wants to see him dance. 🥹 So lovely.

OHFFS
OHFFS
9 months ago

MWE, what stood out most to me was that it had a message about how devastating unemployment is for blue collar men, and it managed to explore such a depressing subject and be funny at the same time. There are hardly any movies that explore men’s feelings in an authentic way. In fact, just off the top of my head I can’t think of any.

Fave scene; when they’re in line at the employment office, and Hot Stuff comes on the radio, and they all bust a move.

Stig
Stig
9 months ago

Thank you for all your recommends. On IG atm I like TherapyJeff, he comes across as a very sincere and well informed practitioner with his questions to ask yourself and others that you are in relationship with and that continues, but there’s a running gag through his reels about his hatred for camping that obviously has a sordid history, his mother-son relationship advice will sometimes take a dark turn and his love of 90s band tshirts is always obvious. Tony Talks is just entirely random with ludicrous wigs and constant 4th wall breaking. Love Schitt’s Creek as mentioned previously, deadpool and I joined a few facebook groups based around snarky sarcastic humour and enjoy being a long-time reader while the young’uns toss the humour around. I need to get back to my writing, ‘there’s nowt as queer as folk’ as the old saying goes and the fuckery of human existence is a rich vein to tap.

OHFFS
OHFFS
9 months ago

I forgot one of my all time favourite parody videos. An oldie but a goodie.

https://youtu.be/s4DMpgbabKE

OHFFS
OHFFS
9 months ago

Here’s a video that shows cheaters getting caught, with amusing commentary.

https://youtu.be/eIIitLbO-tY

UnLeashed
UnLeashed
9 months ago
Reply to  OHFFS

Thank you for sharing. I’m a new fan now. Wow. Her editing is great!

Nut Cluster Free Zone
Nut Cluster Free Zone
9 months ago
Reply to  OHFFS

Thank for the link. This needs to be added to the Reference section at the top of this blog. Especially for younger chumps.

Little Wing
Little Wing
9 months ago

A huge “THANK YOU” to all of you who shared a name, or a link. My ribs are aching, and the cat has left the room, shaking his head while on his way out.

justme
justme
9 months ago

I saw the perfect thing last week on the back of what looked like a ’69 mini bus painted, I kid you not 4 different shades of purple. A bumper sticker stated, ” I like my cheaters like I like my coffee , ground up and in a freezer.” yea it is rather dark , but I laughed for some time afterward.

OHFFS
OHFFS
9 months ago
Reply to  justme

Justme, that’s funny af. I must get one of those bumper stickers.

UnLeashed
UnLeashed
9 months ago
Reply to  justme

Sounds like that legendary chump R U N N O F T.

(Oh Brother Where Art Thou)

I really think they just left and have been living in the van since and I’m jealous, mostly because I love purple.