History Main / BrickJoke

24th Jun '16 9:55:52 PM Ebrbfureh
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Named after an [[http://www.madfigs.com/parables/brick.php old joke]], which seems at first blush to be a pair of unrelated jokes. At the end of the first joke, a brick is tossed away, leaving the confused listener without a punchline. At the end of the second joke, the brick returns [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee and the listener falls on the floor laughing]]. For bonus points, the teller can tell an actual unrelated joke in between. Sometimes, the Brick Joke structure -- introducing a seemingly irrelevant feature only to return to it much later, after the audience has largely forgotten about it -- can be used for drama as well as comedy; only in drama, it's known as the ChekhovsGun.

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Named after an [[http://www.madfigs.com/parables/brick.php old joke]], which seems at first blush to be a pair of unrelated jokes. At the end of the first joke, a brick is tossed away, leaving the confused listener without a punchline. At the end of the second joke, the brick returns [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee and the listener falls on the floor laughing]]. For bonus points, the teller can tell an actual unrelated joke in between. Sometimes, the Brick Joke structure -- introducing structure--introducing a seemingly irrelevant feature only to return to it much later, after the audience has largely forgotten about it -- can it--can be used for drama as well as comedy; only in drama, it's known as the ChekhovsGun.



* A woman with a dog and a man with a cigar are sitting across from each other on a train. The woman complains about the cigar smoke, the man complains about the yapping dog. The woman, in fury, rips the cigar out of the man's mouth and throws it out the window. The man then grabs the woman's dog and throws it out the window. Both sit in silence. Finally the man says "I am so sorry, I lost my temper. I shouldn't have done that." The woman, also sorry, says she was unladylike in the first place. Then they both look agasp out the window, for running along the side of the train was the woman's dog - and guess what it had in its mouth? THE BRICK!

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* A woman with a dog and a man with a cigar are sitting across from each other on a train. The woman complains about the cigar smoke, the man complains about the yapping dog. The woman, in fury, rips the cigar out of the man's mouth and throws it out the window. The man then grabs the woman's dog and throws it out the window. Both sit in silence. Finally the man says "I am so sorry, I lost my temper. I shouldn't have done that." The woman, also sorry, says she was unladylike in the first place. Then they both look agasp out the window, for running along the side of the train was the woman's dog - and dog--and guess what it had in its mouth? THE BRICK!
22nd Jun '16 10:07:42 PM Litleonids
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Episode 22 of ''Anime/Osomatsu-san'' has one that starts in the 4th episode. Todomatsu witnesses Dayon helping Iyami practice his iconic "Sheeeh!", by lifting a lid off the ground to reveal a yellow turd of varying sizes for Iyami to react to. Fast forward to the 22nd episode where Dayon drops down into the arena to reveal a giant pink turd to Iyami, similarly to how he did in the 4th episode. SOMEHOW, this causes Iyami to drop the Final Sheeeh, which completely destroys the Earth.

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* Episode 22 of ''Anime/Osomatsu-san'' has one that starts in the 4th episode. Todomatsu witnesses Dayon helping Iyami practice his iconic "Sheeeh!", by lifting a lid off the ground to reveal a yellow turd of varying sizes for Iyami to react to. Fast forward to the 22nd episode where Dayon drops down into the arena to reveal a giant pink turd to Iyami, similarly to how he did in the 4th episode. SOMEHOW, this causes Iyami to drop the Final Sheeeh, which completely destroys the Earth.
22nd Jun '16 10:06:41 PM Litleonids
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Episode 22 of ''Anime/Osomatsu-San'' has one that starts in the 4th episode. Todomatsu witnesses Dayon helping Iyami practice his iconic "Sheeeh!", by lifting a lid off the ground to reveal a yellow turd of varying sizes for Iyami to react to. Fast forward to the 22nd episode where Dayon drops down into the arena to reveal a giant pink turd to Iyami, similarly to how he did in the 4th episode. SOMEHOW, this causes Iyami to drop the Final Sheeeh, which completely destroys the Earth.

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Episode 22 of ''Anime/Osomatsu-San'' ''Anime/Osomatsu-san'' has one that starts in the 4th episode. Todomatsu witnesses Dayon helping Iyami practice his iconic "Sheeeh!", by lifting a lid off the ground to reveal a yellow turd of varying sizes for Iyami to react to. Fast forward to the 22nd episode where Dayon drops down into the arena to reveal a giant pink turd to Iyami, similarly to how he did in the 4th episode. SOMEHOW, this causes Iyami to drop the Final Sheeeh, which completely destroys the Earth.
22nd Jun '16 10:05:03 PM Litleonids
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Episode 22 of ''Anime/Osomatsu-San'' has one that starts in the 4th episode. Todomatsu witnesses Dayon helping Iyami practice his iconic "Sheeeh!", by lifting a lid off the ground to reveal a yellow turd of varying sizes for Iyami to react to. Fast forward to the 22nd episode where Dayon drops down into the arena to reveal a giant pink turd to Iyami, similarly to how he did in the 4th episode. SOMEHOW, this causes Iyami to drop the Final Sheeeh, which completely destroys the Earth.
23rd May '16 8:46:57 PM Anddrix
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* In one issue of Batman, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is in Arkham Asylum, seen talking to his therapist in a bit involving a literal Brick Joke.

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* In one issue of Batman, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is in Arkham Asylum, seen talking to his therapist in a bit involving a literal Brick Joke.
23rd May '16 1:45:39 PM TinyTedDanson
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* While Creator/EddieIzzard often employs this at least once per show, in one instance he notably ends up expanding on content from his ''Circle'' tour in ''Force Majeure'', prompting a series of punchlines triggered by content from ''eleven years ago.'' [[spoiler:Specifically, an instance of ordering penne at a canteen prompts [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] to reappear, again leading him to try and escalate things into a fight over trying to order it.]]
19th May '16 12:10:37 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** However, when he told the joke during a 2005 TV special entitled ''The Ron White Show'', the bar was located in Texas.

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** However, when he told the joke during a 2005 TV special entitled ''The Ron White Show'', the bar was located in Texas.[[note]]The bar story is a made-up anecdote, but "Tater Salad" ''was'' a real nickname of his; he picked it up during his time in the Navy.[[/note]]
7th May '16 2:11:40 AM sotnosen95
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* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieinRocknRoyals'': Early on, Erika sarcastically tells Princess Aubrey and Princess Genevieve there are centaurs at Camp Pop. When she learns about the bet and tells them there's something important they must know, one of them asks if Camp Pop really has centaurs.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieinRocknRoyals'': ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInRocknRoyals'': Early on, Erika sarcastically tells Princess Aubrey and Princess Genevieve there are centaurs at Camp Pop. When she learns about the bet and tells them there's something important they must know, one of them asks if Camp Pop really has centaurs.


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* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'':
** At the start of the film, Hammy says he buried some nuts in the woods and runs off to find them. At the end of the film, he finds them... and there were apparently enough to fill ''the whole log.''
** Another one involving Hammy comes back twice. RJ tempts Hammy into helping him by showing him a cookie, only to throw it away and say it's "junk", much to Hammy's disappointment. During the big heist later on, Hammy finds the cookie on the roof, and RJ has to put him back on track. Even later, [[spoiler:Hammy enters CaffeineBulletTime]], and he uses this opportunity to finally get his cookie.
** When he pitches the idea of suburbia to the forest animals, RJ exclaims that humans have "food out the wazoo," to which Verne responds that he "doesn't know what a wazoo is or what kind of food comes out of it." Later, as they're eating out of the garbage cans, Verne [[{{Squick}} very nearly eats a diaper]][[invoked]], which RJ warns him "''[[UnusualEuphemism does]]'' [[UnusualEuphemism come out of a wazoo]]."
27th Apr '16 10:50:00 PM DanielCase
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* Creator/JohnMulaney makes extensive use of these in his routines.
23rd Apr '16 11:16:03 AM Kartoonkid95
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* ''WesternAnimations/BojackHorseman'': In season two, Wendy tells a two part joke regarding a bag of mulch. Eventually it makes sense.

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* ''WesternAnimations/BojackHorseman'': In season two, Wendy tells ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' has a two part joke regarding scene where a bag of mulch. Eventually it makes sense.minstrel gets drunk on wine and sleeps away under a banquet table. Later, while the three good fairies are putting the castle to sleep, the minstrel wakes up from his stupor, only to be put back to sleep by Merryweather.
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