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Jeanne Boyarsky
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I attended a live taping of "The Daily Show" today. (The Daily Show is a US cable tv comedy news show.) Most of it was funny to everyone. There was one joke where I was the only one who laughed though. The host then repeated the joke and got a bunch more laughs.

The gist of the joke was that the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle applies to Iran - things are only in bad shape because people are watching.

Which brings me to my question - what other examples have you seen of geek humor?


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There are a lot of programming jokes here.

You can't get much geekier than the steampunk adventures of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace. I liked this one so much, I bought the T-shirt (really).

Everyone knows XKCD I presume.

A lot of Aaron Diaz's one-shots are super geeky. Heisenburg even appears as a character in some of them.


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Did they edit you out?

http://www.hulu.com/watch/79059/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-mon-jun-22-2009


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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I attended a live taping of "The Daily Show" today. (The Daily Show is a US cable tv comedy news show.) Most of it was funny to everyone. There was one joke where I was the only one who laughed though. The host then repeated the joke and got a bunch more laughs.

The gist of the joke was that the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle applies to Iran - things are only in bad shape because people are watching.

Which brings me to my question - what other examples have you seen of geek humor?


Not relating to geek humor, but I am jealous you got to see the Daily Show live. I was in NYC a couple years ago and couldn't get tickets to the Daily Show or the Colbert Report. The shows were taping, just no tickets to be had.....


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paul wheaton wrote:Did they edit you out?

No. The studio is too big for the microphones to pick up one person laughing. It takes a lot of people laughing really loud to pick up the noise you hear on the show. If you watch the beginning, you do hear Heisenberg mentioned twice. The first time I laughed (which you can't hear on TV or Hulu.) The second time a lot of people laughed. (I think they were laughing at the name and not the joke though.)

While taping, they have the microphones about 6 feet above the audience heads. The studio is large and sound gets lost easily. We had to practice laughing/shouting a number of times before they started taping to make enough noise to hear the cheering at the start.

W. Joe Smith wrote:Not relating to geek humor, but I am jealous you got to see the Daily Show live. I was in NYC a couple years ago and couldn't get tickets to the Daily Show or the Colbert Report. The shows were taping, just no tickets to be had.....

I requested the tickets for the Daily Show in February (for June.) There's a small window between when the tickets go up and when they are gone. Sometimes more come up the last minute on Craiglist; sometimes not. I want to see a taping of the Colbert Report too at some point. Honestly, I 'm amazed so many tourists manage to get tickets to either show that correspond to their actual vacation. I live in NYC so I wasn't picky about which day I went.
 
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