Geek Speaking on Opening the Night with Mark Crilley
GEEK SPEAK: OPEN MIC NIGHT
Every so often I’ll come up with one of these dumb jokes. Usually I’ll turn to Mildly Sensational and start with “hey, listen to this…” That’s how this strip started. When we first got together Mildly Sensational would humor my terrible jokes with a genuine sounding laugh, but we’ve been together a long time. Now she lets me know I’ve left the arena of good humor and entered the wilds of cheap puns and terrible jokes by way of a mocking laugh and a derisive comment, “oh, ha ha hah. You are so witty.”
Really, I appreciate it. It helps to keep my sense of humor on the high road, and I’m not talking about the “green district” in Denver (see there I go, I need a mocking laugh and a derisive remark).
While this is, admittedly a terrible joke. I like it enough to wonder what else could be done with it. The cadence of the joke seemed to lend itself to a three panel comic with a set-up, set-up, punchline framework. I might use the setting of the comedy club whenever I come up with these gems. Open mic nights are usually well past my bedtime. This way I get an outlet for some of my worst (or maybe best, who knows) jokes and a good night’s sleep. Win/win.