Category Archives: Humor-Sites

UK comedy guide seeks paid contributors

Do you have opinions about comedy? Can you organize them and write them down? Can you spell the word humor with two U’s (but not in a row)? Then you might win 75 British pounds (£75, roughly US$150) as a … Continue reading

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Site update: Humor about Japan / Japanese language

I’ve started expanding this site beyond the blog. To start off, I’ve added some fun with Japanese language and culture: animated GIF images quizzes, some of which are based on song parodies, and puns. You can now see a link … Continue reading

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2007 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winners

It’s time for the results of San Jose State University English Department’s annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (sjsu.edu/depts/english/2007.htm). [EDIT (6/6/10): dead link] According to the official site, the contest is a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening … Continue reading

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MySpace and Just for Laughs / Juste pour Rire Festival

MySpace is celebrating the first anniversary of its comedians’ section and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Just for Laughs/Juste pour Rire Montreal comedy festival (July 12-22, 2007) by showing live video from the festival. MySpace already has short clips from … Continue reading

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‘The New Yorker’ weekly cartoon-caption contest

The New Yorker magazine is known for its cartoons (site) as much as for its articles. You can join the party by submitting a caption for other cartoons in their contest. If you’re a U.S. resident, 18 years old or … Continue reading

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Humor might save your life

Humor can help us deal with difficult situations; laughter can make us feel better. But can they help with disease, as American Norman Cousins (more) believed about his own heart disease? A modest study in Trondheim, Norway, shows there may … Continue reading

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The Four Essential Travel Phrases

The Four Essential Travel Phrases Web site is an amusing site that translates the following questions into hundreds of languages and dialects. 1) Where is my room? 2) Where is the beach? 3) Where is the bar? 4) Don’t touch … Continue reading

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Comedy veteran Bill Dana aids humor archive

Bill Dana (IMDb entry), probably best known for his José Jiménez character on The Steve Allen Show and elsewhere in the 1950s and 1960s and more recently for a recurring role on The Golden Girls in the early 1990s, has … Continue reading

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BBC show studying British humor / humour

The UK’s Open University (home page, distance learning) will go around Britain with a “joke booth” to solicit jokes and humorous stories from the public for academic analysis. Then British comedian Lenny Henry will host a BBC One program about … Continue reading

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2006 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winners

Every year the English department of San Jose State University in California, USA, hosts a contest for delightfully bad opening sentences to possible novels. To fully appreciate their “special qualities,” you have to read the entries slowly and think about … Continue reading

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