Every now and then you write a joke that never takes off. People don’t respond to it the way you hoped, maybe it’s too weird, or maybe it’s just not a joke that you can pull off. That’s been the case with this recent joke of mine, about Occupy Wall Street. Every time I try to do political material it never goes over. This is probably because I don’t pay attention to politics and social issues as much as I should, because I find them boring. There, I said it. But it’s not just politics, sometimes I try to write a joke about music, or books, or even comedy itself! Things that I actually do understand, but to the point that the idea behind the joke becomes completely unrelatable.
Anyways, I’ve decided that it’s a shame to let these bigger ideas go to waste. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely capable of forming an opinion and arguing for it. It’s called bullshitting, and it’s more or less what I went to college for. You probably did too if you were a student of the liberal arts…or business…or ever went to high school or middle school and had to pretend you knew what the Cold War was all about.
From now on, I’m going to take the jokes that don’t go over well, but that I really believe in still, and turn them into essays. Hopefully the humor will still be there, we’ll see. The main goal of these essays will be to find the right medium for all of my joke ideas.
That all being said, if a joke is transformed into an essay, it means that people weren’t laughing. And that, dear readers, is how I would like to introduce my upcoming series of essays that will be appropriately titled,”Failed Premises”.
I hope you enjoy!