Intelligent Humor

I enjoy listening to smart folks and being challenged by their ideas, observations, wisdom, etc. I also enjoy being around funny people because I enjoy laughing. I REALLY like hearing folks that are smart and funny at the same time. It’s a combination that I’ve rarely encountered, but I think that intelligent humor is a lot of fun. It’s a wierd experience to find yourself laughing out loud at something someone has said while simultaneously thinking, “Gee, that is really smart/ deep/ makes a lot of sense.”

Mitch Hedberg is one of my favorite comedians. His one liners got the audience to look at everyday things from a funny, yet perfectly intelligent, viewpoint. Here are some of his famous one liners.

  • I order the club sandwich all the time, but I’m not even a member, man. I don’t know how I get away with it.
  • I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn’t have one. So I got a cake.
  • When I was a boy, I laid in my twin-size bed, wondering where my brother was.
  • I bought myself a parrot; the parrot talked, but it did not say “I’m hungry,” so it died.
  • If I had nine of my fingers missing I wouldn’t type any slower.
  • I’m against picketing, but I don’t know how to show it.
  • A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap.
  • I’m gonna fix that last joke by taking out all the words and adding new ones.
  • When someone hands you a flyer, it’s like they’re saying here you throw this away.
  • An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.
  • If my kid couldn’t draw I’d make sure that my kitchen magnets didn’t work.
  • Every book is a children’s book if the kid can read!
  • I would imagine if you could understand Morse Code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy.
  • I like refried beans. That’s why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they’re just as good and we’re just wasting time. You don’t have to fry them again after all.
  • My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
  • I like to hold the microphone cord like this, I pinch it together, then I let it go, then you hear a whole bunch of jokes at once.
  • I think foosball is a combination of soccer and shish kabobs.
  • I used to be a hot-tar roofer. Yeah, I remember that… day.
  • This shirt is “dry-clean only,” which means it’s dirty.

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Clif Mims is a Christian, husband, father, teacher, cancer warrior, and fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Memphis Grizzlies.

3 thoughts on “Intelligent Humor”

  1. Mr.B. goes to his doctor to have his brain examined. After an encephalography, his doctor tells him: “Mr.B. on the left side of your brain, there is nothing right, and on the
    right side, there is nothing left.”

    More intelligent humor can be found in Askin Ozcan’s books:

    Wisdom In Smile – ISBN 142577153X (Xlibris)

    The Second Venice – ISBN 1598000888 (Outskirts Press)

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