Puppet Jam: Bad Jokes

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"Nice belt indeed!"

Bad Jokes is Homestar Runner's first Puppet Jam with They Might Be Giants.

Cast (in order of appearance): John "Flans" Flansburgh on guitar, John "Linnell" Linnell on accordion, Marty "Marty" Beller on skins, Puppet Homestar "Homeslice" Runner on vox

Date: Monday, May 24, 2004

Running Time: 1:14

Page Title: Puppet Jam: Bad Jokes

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1

Contents

[edit] Transcript

{Puppet Homestar appears. They Might Be Giants are behind him, John Flansburgh with a guitar and John Linnell with an accordion. Marty Beller is off screen on drums.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh! Uh! Uh! Uh!

{TMBG start to play rock music.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} I'm tellin' bad jokes now,
Really bad jokes now,
Tells a bad joke to me,
Girl!
Lady!
Why did something cross the road,
I don't know,
Make it up,
Bad jokes, come on,
I'm really great at tellin' bad jokes,
I'm tellin bad jokes now,
The ones you've heard a million times,
The kind of jokes that little kids tell ya,
Why was I stapled to the chicken?
I don't know man,
I wasn't stapled to any chicken!

FLANSBURGH: {yells} Nice belt!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Nice belt man!
Bad jokes,
Bad bad jokes,
Uh!

{They stop playing and singing.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Solid! That's pretty good, guys. Layin' it down back there.

BELLER: Nice belt!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: On the skins— {floor tom hit interrupts his train of thought} I— {floor tom hit}

BELLER: {whispers} Nice belt!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {whispers to himself} Nice belt...? {to Beller} ...Nice belt indeed!

[edit] DVD Transcript

Everything Else, Volume 1 contains a different version of this song.

{Puppet Homestar appears. They Might Be Giants are behind him, John Flansburgh with a guitar and John Linnell with an accordion. Marty Beller is off screen on drums.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh! Uh! Uh! Uh!

{TMBG start to play rock music.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} I'm tellin' bad jokes now,
Really bad jokes now,
Tells a bad joke to me,
Girl!
Lady!
Why did something cross the road,
I don't know,
Make it up,
Bad jokes, come on,
Some people walk into a bar...
Bad jokes!
Somethin' happens...
And all three of different ethnic backgrounds...
Maybe religious backgrounds...
It's gonna be funny...
But only to you!
Bad jokes!

JOHN FLANSBURGH: {in background} Bad jokes!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Bad jokes! Come on!
Knock knock!
Who's there?

JOHN FLANSBURGH: {in background} Who's there?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I dunno! Make it up!
A bad joke!
Gimme some spice!
Spice! Ow!

{Marty Beller plays a drum solo, and there is a short instrumental break.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, we tell a bad jokes now!
{in a falsetto voice} Really bad jokes now!
{back to normal voice} We always tellin' bad jokes!
{talking with the music} I told a good joke once...
I had the audience in the palm of my hand!
They was laughin'...
{The Johns start forced-laughing.} I can't remember the punch line...
But, you know, I killed 'em.
I got the game!
I'm really great at tellin' bad jokes,
I'm tellin' bad jokes now,
The ones you've heard a million times,
The kind of jokes that little kids tell ya,
Why was I stapled to the chicken?
I don't know man,
I wasn't stapled to any chicken!

FLANSBURGH: {yells} Nice belt!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Nice belt man!
Bad jokes,
Bad bad jokes,
Uh!

{They stop playing and singing.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Solid! That's pretty good, guys. Layin' it down back there.

BELLER: Nice belt!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: On the skins— {floor tom hit interrupts his train of thought} I— {floor tom hit}

BELLER: {whispers} Nice belt!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {whispers to himself} Nice belt...? {to Beller} ...Nice belt indeed!

[edit] Fun Facts

  • The "Bad Jokes" in the song reference the following jokes:
    • Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
      A: To get to the other side!
    • Q: Why did the {any animal} cross the road?
      A: Because it was stapled to the chicken!
    • Q: What did zero say to eight?
      A: "Nice belt."
  • The extra jokes referenced in the DVD version are vague.
    • "Some people walk into a bar..." references "bar jokes", which can range broadly.
    • "Somethin' happens... And all three of different ethnic backgrounds... Maybe religious backgrounds..." references a commonly used setup for an ethnic/religious joke, where each takes a different course of action.
    • "Knock knock... Who's there?" references knock-knock jokes, which can also range broadly.
  • This is the first puppet toon in which The Cheat does not appear.
  • This song seems to be loosely based on "Bad Jokes" by English comedian Lenny Henry, which has a similar structure and funky musical style.

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