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Darkly Funny

March 10, 2008 | 6 Comments

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WOW! Garrison read my joke on the joke show!!!! I really didn't believe it could ever get on the air. I sent it at 6:03 EST and he read it about 15 minutes later. I guess you've proven the "live broadcast" claim.

Here it is again:

I was depressed last night so I called Lifeline and got a call center in Pakistan.

I told them I was suicidal.

They got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.

As a real English Major (UNC-Chapel Hill Class of 1969), I can't WAIT to get my CD and find out what this degree might be good for (besides knowing NOT to end a sentence with a preposition...).

Richard T. R., Sr.
Washington, DC

Your joke was the talk of the dinner table after the show, Richard. Someone asked me which of all the jokes was my favorite and I said, "the suicide one" and they nodded and laughed. It's economical, it takes a couple nice twists, and it makes something dark into something funny, which is the beauty of comedy. You did well, mister.


I was shaving my legs in the shower when I heard this joke. I laughed so hard my foot slipped off of the wet interior ledge of the shower and I cut myself something awful; I almost needed a blood transfusion, but it was worth it!

"Oh, we've got bad jokes, we've got bad jokes..."

That was a good joke; I don't think we get enough laughs from that situation and I'm glad somebody's trying to change that.

This is a deeply, deeply offensive joke. It is racist, it prejudices an entire faith, and I am truly saddened not only that it was found fit to tell, but that the live audience and the above web commenters were so tickled. This "joke" perpetuates dangerous and divisive stereotypes in a world in which political, social, and cultural RECONCILIATION should be our foucs and priority.

A little near the knuckle for me but hey, maybe I'm just uptight. I find it a little bit tasteless and can imagine feeling a whole lot more offended if I lived in Pakistan but there you go. Otherwise, great show as always Garrison!

This was the best joke on the joke show. Second place goes to the transistor joke.

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