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->'''Ozzy''': These filmmakers are just ''[bleep]'' boobs!
->'''Kelly''': What do you mean, Dad?
->'''Ozzy''': Well, they're usin' the same ''[bleep]'' jokes they did in the last Austin Powers movie.
-->-- ''AustinPowers in Goldmember''

Basically a situation or joke played earlier in the story reoccurs and a character [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall,]] to say "Didn't we use this joke already?"

Sister-trope to OhNoNotAgain, in which a character [[LampshadeHanging comments in-universe]] on an action or event that is repeated in the story.

A SelfReferentialHumor trope. Compare NoReprisePlease, OhNoNotAgain, NoFourthWall, LampshadeHanging, GenreSavvy, RunningGag, FleetingDemographicRule.

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* In ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', during the second round of scenes done in manga style, one of the characters wonders why they are doing more manga scenes again.
* There's a couple of instances of this on ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. For example, Nozomu brings up the topic of ignoring distressing things around you. Chiri says something to the effect of the show already doing this joke. Nozomu quips, "Ignoring that."
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* In the 1973 album ''The Watergate Comedy Hour,'' Fannie Flagg is a White House telephone operator who tells a friend she's talking to about Attorney General John Mitchell that if what he's about to do to his wife the President is about to do to the Democratic Party she'd be a lot happier. In a later sketch, "The Break-In" the Watergate burglars enter a dark room where they take a number count and come up one too many. They run into the busboy, JosŤ who tells them that it's where he and his girl Carmalita meet every night, saying "What I'm about to do to Carmalita I think you're going to do to the Democratic Party." The head of the Watergate burglars cracks "We've already done that joke!"
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''AustinPowers in Goldmember'' features a rehash of a joke from the second movie consisting of a hurricane of CurseCutShort scenes. On the third cut, it swaps to Ozzy Osbourne complaining about the filmmakers reusing the joke.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''[[NurseryCrime The Fourth Bear]]'', Inspector Jack Spratt is given a piece of evidence, a manila envelope with "Important" written on the front, and quips, "[[ShapedLikeItself This could be important]]." When he shows it to Officer Mary Mary, she makes the same quip, but Jack informs her that he already made that joke, and she apologizes.
* ''{{Animorphs}}'': "If a seagull eats fried chicken, is that like cannibalism or something?" "Haven't we had this conversation before?"
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In episode 2 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', an announcer says, "And now for something completely the same: a man with three buttocks," and gets a phone call pointing out that they did that already.
** Prior to that, the "Man With Three Buttocks" skit begins over again and stopped suddenly:
-->'''Interviewer''': Didn't we just do this already?
-->'''Arthur Frampton:''' Yes.
-->'''Interviewer:''' Why didn't you say so?
-->'''Frampton:''' I thought it was the continental version.
** Taking the concept UpToEleven; one episode has two sketches ending with a cop attempting to arrest someone for impersonating an Italian film director. The last sketch of the episode ("The Argument Clinic") ends with a cop attempting to arrest a character for violating the "Strange Sketch" act. Then another cop arrives to arrest the whole show for, among other charges, "simply ending every bleedin' sketch by just having a policeman come in and... wait a minute..."
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
-->'''Cat''': So, what is it?
-->'''Lister''': Oh, someone punch him out!
* A WaynesWorld sketch on ''SaturdayNightLive'':
-->''WintersBone! [[HehHehYouSaidX This joke]] has been done three times.''
* The ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode "The Gang Recycles Their Trash" has this as the meta-joke. The gang starts rehashing jokes and situations from previous episodes, causing Dee to repeatedly say, "Didn't we do this already?" They eventually latch on to re-inventing an old idea by literally recycling people's garbage.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Dr. Cox makes fun of JD by calling him random girls' names. In one episode, JD tells Cox he already one before, but Cox says [[BlatantLies he doesn't care.]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The short-lived sketch show ''Star Terk'' (sic) would have, OnceAnEpisode, a gag where Captain Kirk would be asked an innocent-seeming question and answer "Uhura's bottom". In the last episode, Uhura deliberately provokes this at the start of the show. Later on, when Kirk is asked the usual question, he replies that they've already done that joke.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', the Joker tells Batman, "There were these two guys in a lunatic asylum... Oh hell, you've heard that one before, haven't you?" (He is, of course, referring to the joke he told at the end of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', and that isn't the only reference to the story in the game.)
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''BobAndGeorge'' does this a lot with several of its jokes. The comic repeatedly lampshades it and even manages to [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000614 go meta]]. The author admits in his notes he loves using this trope.
-->'''Dave Anez:''' So, in the end, it was a joke about reusing jokes about reusing jokes. Very [[{{postmodernism}} postmodern]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In episode 33 of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', the "L'Oreal, because I'm worth it!" joke is reused, and Bakura says "I think we did that joke already."
* In ''SuperMarioBrosZ'', an 'Over 9000' joke was made twice, and the perpetrating character was called out on it.
** The perpetrating character then tries to justify it by citing the [[FleetingDemographicRule 18-month gap]] between the two uses of the joke.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic created many memes that he uses at certain situations, nowadays when one of these situations come up, he lampshades how everyone knows what's coming, and how predictable it is. He has even flipped through several of his [[RunningGag Running Gags]] in rapid succession, searching for the one that applies to the current moment.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'''s episode 5, "Everybody Hates Gilda", uses the song "Oh Yeah Yeah" by Marzipan for a montage. Episode 12, "Out With the Old Characters", starts to use the same song for a similar montage, but it gets abruptly cut off:
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Wait, hang on. I just remembered we already did that.\\
'''Subtitle:''' [[NoteFromEd Editor's note. See episode 5.]]
* In Machinima/RedVsBlue, Sarge first builds a robot (Lopez), then turns Simmons into a cyborg, then uses Simmons' leftover parts to save Grif after he's hit by the tank, then builds two robot bodies for Church and Tex (who are "ghosts") to inhabit. Unfortunately, by the time Tucker is half-blown up by a rocket, Sarge can't build Tucker a new body because, as Donut explains, they're out of parts because they overused that joke.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of FamilyGuy:
-->'''Stewie:''' I'm not going to no Jewish school! Sitting around all day with a bunch of short, hairy guys. I'll feel like I'm on the forest moon of Endor.
-->'''Chris:''' Didn't you make that joke the other day?
* On ''TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns plans to seal all of Springfield in a dome, until Lenny mentions that it's been done (specifically in TheMovie).
** Also from TheSimpsons, episode "Saddlesore Galactica":
-->'''Marge:''' Hmmm. Should the Simpsons get a horse?
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' Excuse me, I believe this family already had a horse, and the expense forced Homer to work at the Kwik-E-Mart, with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious consequences]].
-->'''Homer:''' [pause] Anybody care what this guy thinks?
-->'''Crowd:''' No!
** Later in the same episode, Marge starts filling out a racing form. Lisa suggests that Marge might be developing a gambling problem, a nod to Marge getting hooked on slot machines in "$pringfield; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling". Cue Comic Book Guy: "Hey! I'm watching you."
** Similarly, during Apu's wedding Bart wistfully watches the trained elephant and wishes that he had one as a pet. Lisa reminds him that this already happened.
* In an episode of ''PhineasAndFerb'', they build a rollercoaster. Except this time, it's [[MusicalEpisode A MUSICAL]]! The trope title is practically quoted verbatim.
* In the ''TinyToonAdventures'' parody of "Kon Tiki", this trope was utilized when the raft started to sink for a a ''second'' time.
-->'''Plucky Duck''': It can't be! We did that gag already!
-->'''Sweetie Pie''': What?! You're going to bring up redundancy ''now''?!
** In the ''How I spent My Vacation'' movie, a RunningGag has various amusing things happening to Plucky's tongue. By the last one, he acknowledges it as "Tongue joke number twelve".
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has used this at least twice:
** The episode "Canceled" begins identically to the first episode, "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe", until the boys start commenting that the experience is eerily familiar.
** "200" begins with some unenthusiastic namecalling between Cartman and Kyle, only for it to be pointed out that this routine has been done to death. Even better, the ''exact same dialogue'' about it being done to death happened in an earlier episode.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "Duckula Meets Frankenstoat" cracks a spoonerism, "a block of flats" for "a flock of bats," which gets repeated twice and duly noted by the cast.
-->'''DM:''' What's that noise?
-->'''Penfold:''' It sounds like a block of flats.
-->'''DM:''' "Block of flats"?
-->'''Penfold:''' Er, a flock of bats.
-->'''DM:''' Your imagination's running away again, Penfold.
-->'''Penfold:''' So's that joke. It's the second time around.
-->(''Later, after confronting Duckula'')
-->'''Duckula:''' You will be surrounded by a swarming b-b-block of flats! He He He!
-->'''DM:''' We've done that one.
-->'''Penfold:''' Twice.
-->'''Duckula:''' (''disappointed'') Curses, foiled again.
* In an old {{MGM}} cartoon featuring the slow-witted wolf voiced by DawsButler, the wolf is bitten in the ass by a dog. He goes behind a screen to change clothes, draping his ruined pants, with the dog still attached, over the side. A subsequent mishap has the wolf changing clothes again, and the first pair of pants, with dog still attached, are still draped over the screen. As the wolf walks away, he nonchalantly pats the dog on the rump, drawling, "OK, son, break it up...joke's over, hear?"
* A few times in ''RockyAndBullwinkle'', they would recycle jokes. Usually Rocky would observe, "They liked it once, they'll love it twice!"
* The ''LooneyTunes'' short "The Wise Quacking Duck" has one of these gags.
-->'''Daffy:''' Oh no! Not twice in the same picture!
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