->''"They're not all funny, but they're in a row."''
-->-- '''Creator/LarryTheCableGuy'''

Don't worry if you missed the joke... a new one will be along any moment.

A style of comedic presentation where a mass of jokes come at the audience in rapid succession in the hope that at least a few of them stick. If the audience doesn't find Joke A all that funny, Joke B is following right on its heels, and if Joke B doesn't cut it, Joke C is right behind that one. Films and TV shows that use this technique are sometimes little more than a string of rapid-fire jokes tied very loosely together through some sort of ultra-thin plotline that no one can be bothered to care about anyway. In other cases, the show will move from one plot to the next almost as fast as the jokes. In short, it's the comedic version of MoreDakka.

This is actually a standard comedy strategy (it's commonly referred to in production circles as the "shotgun method"). It's easier to ''keep'' the audience laughing than to ''get'' the audience laughing. So stand-up comedians will come on stage and immediately ask for a big round of applause for the master of ceremonies, or the previous comedian. Once the audience starts responding, comedians will use their best material to really get the ball rolling. Then they'll throw in odds and sods with enough good jokes to keep things going.

In some cases, this technique can backfire, especially if the rapid-fire comedy interferes with an otherwise dramatic, sad or angsty moment; complaints also can come when the barrage of gags didn't start out as funny and hasn't really become any better by the end of it.

This technique is an easy way to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar]], since the censors don't have enough time to notice the obscene joke among the dozens of other gags.

This is a subtrope of the RuleOfFunny. It's almost guaranteed that the jokes will include a good number of [[ManateeGag bizarre non-sequiturs]]. HurricaneOfPuns, HurricaneOfEuphemisms and BreathlessNonSequitur are all subtropes of Rapid Fire Comedy. It may happen to you if you ArchiveBinge a comedy Webcomic.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* ''Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike'' ads for Old Spice, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE This one]], for instance.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* {{Yonkoma}} comedy mangas in general. They usually have 1 joke every 4 frames at minimum.
* Manga/BoboboboBobobo is notorious for the extremely high density of jokes. It isn't just a AffectionateParody of Shounen, it's a WorldOfHam taken UpToEleven, using a twisted Manzai humor with many non-sequiturs. Irritatingly, the pacing of the show is just as slow as the most-drawn out filler arcs of "real" shounen anime.
%%%* ''PuniPuniPoemi''
%%%* ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.
%%%* ''{{Fireball}}''
%%%* ''KodomoNoOmocha''
%%%* Funimation's GagDub of ''KeroroGunsou'' is like this at times.
* ''PaniPoniDash'' is an endless stream of [[FunnyBackgroundEvent weird background events]] and [[RuleOfFunny silliness.]]
* ''AxisPowersHetalia'', though usually slower paced, falls under this trope sometimes. Especially in the beginning of the first episode when everyone is talking at once. You would have to watch it several times to get all the jokes.
* ''Teekyuu'' specializes in these. Each episode is only two minutes long, including the opening theme, so a lot of the humor goes on at breakneck speeds.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The last few ''ComicBook/OrientMen'' comics turned into this: a pageful of panels filled mostly with Polish popculture references or {{pun}}s on a single subject.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'', does not have a page without a joke. This includes the table of contents, which inevitably will feature a fake article mixed in with all the real ones. Even with full-page ads, you still have to at least look because there's probably a 50-50 shot that it will actually be yet another MAD parody.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' is the gold-standard by which all other such works of this sort are judged. This was in many ways when the team Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker perfected the technique.
* Most of the Wayans Brothers' more wacky movies are like this, especially the ''Film/ScaryMovie'' series (at least the first two and the fifth; one of the Z's of ZAZ, David Zucker, handled the other two), ''Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Sippin' Yo Juice in da Hood'' and ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''.
* This trope was standard operating procedure for the MarxBrothers, especially in their earlier (pre-''Film/ANightAtTheOpera'') films. Thus, and a surprise to many people, this trope is Older Than ''Film/{{Airplane}}''.
* And then there's ''Film/BrainDonors'', produced by David and Jerry Zucker as a {{Homage}} of ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera''. The jokes are as fast and unrelenting as anything from the ZAZ repertoire, peppered with the KarmicTrickster antics of the MarxBrothers.
%%%* ''Film/TheNakedGun'' series (see ''PoliceSquad!'' below) [[RuleOfThree Written by Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker]].
* ''Film/TheRadiolandMurders'' -- even better on second viewing, because some of it is delivered in such an offhand way.
* Creator/MelBrooks is quite fond of this comedic technique; his genre parodies tend to consist of non-stop gags.
%%%* ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' [[RuleOfThree Written by Zucker/Abrams/Zucker.]]
* ''Film/HotShots'' pretends to be a straight action movie at first, but it steadily slides into ''Airplane!'' territory. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Written and directed by]] Creator/JimAbrahams.
%%%* Most of Woody Allen's pre-Annie Hall output consisted of this.
* ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' generally runs on the RuleOfFunny, but reaches true rapid-fire status during the press conference sequence. All four Beatles take turns offering [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], punny or just plain absurd answers to reporters' questions. TruthInTelevision, as they really did tend to be inveterate smartasses, and that scene was completely ad-libbed.
* ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' combines really quick comedy with a really, really fast-paced plot.
%%%* ''Film/ScottPilgrim''
* While the show itself has a fair number of gags (in both senses of the term), [[AudienceParticipation a live and boisterous audience]] turns ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' into a breathless torrent of wisecracks.
* In-movie example: Andrew tries doing this in ''Film/BicentennialMan'', but he doesn't understand that humor is about delivery and so he simply recites a bunch of jokes one after the other without transitioning or even pausing between words and sentences.
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[[folder:Literature]]
%%%* Some of OscarWilde's work.
%%%* David Wong in ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' and in his columns
* It's difficult to find an entire page in any Literature/{{Discworld}} novel that doesn't have ''some'' sort of joke or snark, and that's counting the cover and title page.
%%%* The ''CompleteWorldKnowledge'' trilogy
%%%* Columnist Creator/DaveBarry tends towards this.
%%%* Some of the ''...For Dummies'' books.
* The Jetlag Travel Guides by Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch and Santo Cilauro: tourist guides to non-existant countries such as Molvania and Phaic Tan. These manage to fit in one or two jokes per paragraph, which including photo captions (and even photos themselves) usually results in at least six jokes every page.
* Just about every GordonKorman book ever, but especially "I Want to Go Home".
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
%%%* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''
* ''Series/Laugh-In'' lived on this trope.
* ''Series/PoliceSquad'' attempted to replicate the ''Airplane!'' feel on television, and for the most part succeeded. Made by [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker]]
%%%* ''The Andy Milonakis Show''
* Most every element of ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'' is either a satire, farce, or sight gag. Every premise, every line, every gesture and facial expression, every relationship, every setting, nearly every character except maybe [[StraightMan Tammy]], and most of the decor in every room (Principal Blackman's face is in every other shot at the school). Even a lot of the props are used for witty comebacks.
%%%* ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''
* Series/HappyEndings uses this often-usually with 'pile ons'-the characters will go around and all mock one of them in turn, or through BreathlessNonSequiters, or humorous asides in non-humorous statements.
* The stated intention of ''TheFastShow''. Some of the sketches were little more than "CatchPhrase and out". It worked.
* ''Series/MostExtremeEliminationChallenge'' is a proponent of this trope. Between the AmusingInjuries happening on screen, the running commentary, and the nonsensical dubbing, it doesn't let up until you hit a commercial break. ''MXC'' actually has one up on other contenders; they do two jokes at once. The action is pure slapstick goodness, and the commentary is about equally funny. It's hard to catch everything.
* ''MXC'' has spawned an Americanized show called ''Wipeout'' that follows the premise of ''MXC'' with new footage filmed specifically for it.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': It's camouflaged, but attention to the background events and {{subtext}} makes it become ''extremely'' dense. Try to summarize a typical episode of the half-hour show and you'll see.
* Earlier episodes of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' (mostly season two, though some fans would argue that the first half of season three held on) operated this way: smart, dense, dadaistic, and somewhat prone to ContinuityLockout, with a ''minimum'' of three separate plots per episode. The episode "Succession" perhaps served as the series' CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' was built this way. Most of the jokes will sail right over the heads of 90% of the audience -- but the 10% that ''do'' get the joke will be reeling with laughter from its sheer obscurity. They make up for this disparity by firing off a ''lot'' (perhaps around ''700 per episode'') of obscure jokes, in the hope that the viewer will be one of the 10% that ''this'' joke was designed for. As one of the makers once said, "The ''right'' people will get it."
** Kevin Murphy went on record of saying that his strategy was always to keep firing out jokes, because then enough will hit. This carries on to Rifftrax, where the riffs that are just Kevin and Bill have a far higher jokes-per-minute ratio than when Mike is there.
* ''Series/GoodNewsWeek''. Both in Paul's monologues and in the games in general.
* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'': Happens more and more as the show goes into its fourth season. Notable example being the episode ''iGet Pranky''.
* Exaggerated and lampshaded in ''Series/{{Community}}'', when Pierce prepares jokes in advance for viewing the SoBadItsGood movie, [=KickPuncher 2=]
--> '''Pierce''': Change! Time to change the channel! This guy'll be begging for change soon, he keeps making movies this terrible! We should change to something good, this movie stinks! We should change his diaper. That's change we can believe in!
-->'''Abed''': [Hits pause] Okay, it's obvious something strange is happening here.
-->'''Pierce''': What are you talking about? I'm making jokes during a movie.
-->'''Troy''': Yeah, but you're doing it with the speed and determination of the incomparable RobinWilliams.
* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' often got into this; understandable, since Creator/RobinWilliams was the star. WordOfGod is that the scriptwriters would often simply write "[[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny Robin does something funny]]" for him to improvise something on the spot.
* ''Series/ChildrensHospital'' has only an 11 minute running time, so it does its best to pack in as many jokes as possible.
%% * ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'', [[DeadpanSnarker especially with Max.]]
%% * ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''
%% * ''Series/MockTheWeek''
%% * ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''. So so much.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic loves this; his songs consist almost entirely of jokes and silliness. ''White and Nerdy'' is probably the most extreme example. There's also the numerous effects of the virus in ''Virus Alert''.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/TheGoonShow''. On at least one occasion they manage to keep a wild stream of jokes going until the first musical interlude (some seven or more minutes in) without even getting in-character let alone allowing any kind of plot to develop.
* ''Radio/HelloCheeky'' tried to fit as many jokes into a half-hour as possible, with one or two musical interludes every episode. However, since the musical interludes were performed by the regular cast and written humorously, the jokes never actually stopped.
-->'''Man:''' Waiter! This steak's off!
-->'''Waiter:''' I'll get its hat and coat, sir.
-->'''Man:''' Fetch me the manager!
-->'''Waiter:''' I shouldn't bother, sir, he tastes worse than the steak.
* ''Radio/ItsThatManAgain (ITMA)'' is probably the originator of this style of humour as far as BBC Radio is concerned. It was wildly popular in its day (1939-49) although to modern ears most of the jokes are incomprehensible (a fact that was lampshaded in a 1970s ''[[TheBurkissWay Burkiss Way]]'' sketch).
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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Legendary comedian/actor BobHope was known for this style of comedy, which purportedly burned through writers at an alarming rate.
* Creator/RobinWilliams was the Master of Rapid Fire Comedy, especially considering that he often improvised large portions of his act.
* One of the highlights of Creator/DonRickles' stand ups was to go around the room, trying to "insult" a lot of people in the audience as he possibly can.
* Comedian Tim Vine is a former holder of the Guinness World Record for most jokes told in an hour, currently held by perennial StarSearch winner GeechyGuy..
* Despite his trademark slow, deadpan delivery, Steven Wright's stand-up comedy is all about this trope. Virtually every sentence out of his mouth is a punchline.
* Ben Elton's stand-up act throughout the Eighties was based on this, {{motor mouth}}ing the gags at twice normal speed. He later lamented the fact that he used up so much good material so quickly.
* Quite a few Creator/GeorgeCarlin routines, but "Modern Man" wins the prize for jokes/second ratio.
* Listening to Creator/DennisMiller is the standup equivalent of ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3k]]''.
* Jimmy Carr, while he does slow down when he does audience interaction segments, none of his "regular" jokes last more than 15 seconds. The jokes are essentially those lame gags found in Christmas Crackers spiced up a bit and delivered in such a deadpan style that they become funny again.
* Ken Dodd, teller of quick jokes, has stated several times that he's always after a joke rate of "7 TPM", or seven titters per minute. He once won the Guinness' World Record for this, with 7.14 jokes per minute for three or so hours.
* BoBurnham's songs, especially his raps.
* Creator/MitchHedberg, oh so much.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''MagicTheGathering'''s Unglued and Unhinged expansions, every card has several in-jokes squeezed onto it. They even put jokes in the legal text on the packaging.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Some people -- those who have only seen it performed, or only seen the movie version -- wonder why Oscar Wilde's ''TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' is so famous. The thing is, the jokes are so rapid-fire that by the time you've had time to get one, ''five more'' have rocketed past your head. It's so bewildering that it absolutely kills SuspensionOfDisbelief. The only way to understand and enjoy a performance of the play is to have read the script enough times to have memorized half the jokes in advance.
* OlderThanSteam: Shakespeare's comedies are exactly the opposite of ''Earnest'' -- many of the jokes go unnoticed, due to language, culture, and context differences, until you actually see them performed (body language is usually more helpful than any amount of English classes).
* Shakespeare is made howlingly funnier for most viewers without a special affinity to archaic language in the Reduced Shakespeare Company's ''The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)''.
* The audience participation of ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'' has in some parts developed so many extensive routines that the audience talks more than the actors.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
%%%* This trope is common in games in which Josh Mandel was involved:
%%%** ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon''
%%%** ''Freddy Pharkas, Frontier Pharmacist''
%%%** ''SpaceQuest VI''
* ''KidIcarusUprising'' features running banter between the main character, his dark palette-swapped rival, and several deities (friend and foe alike) pretty much ''constantly'' throughout the course of the game.
* ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' lives on this trope. [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Considering the setting, though, this really is to be expected.]]
* Many of [[TelltaleGames Telltale's]] games are like this. A good example is the miscellaneous items in Stinky's in the second season of ''VideoGame/SamAndMax''. Not only does every item have its own humorous description, but for the first three episodes, the description changes each episode.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* This trope is comparatively rare in shorter works like webcomics and newspaper comics, but ''Webcomic/VGCats'' stands out as an example--it often doesn't even have a punchline in the proper sense, ending the strip when it's out of jokes on the subject.
* ''Webcomic/{{Bug Martini}}'' uses this format all the time. The most common format for the comic is one panel of set-up and [[RuleOfThree three more panels]], each with a mini joke within them. "[[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/pizza-delivery/ Pizza Delivery]]" is a good example of the comic's style, and it even has ''four'' mini jokes in it!
* A number of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comics, such as [[http://xkcd.com/730/ this one]] or [[http://xkcd.com/482/ these]] [[http://xkcd.com/485/ two]], present large panoramas built around a common theme saturated with jokes for this apparent purpose.
* The further {{Hiimdaisy}} goes, the more jokes in a single issue there are. Case in point: LittleKuriboh's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY8ZnAqUdgU voiceover of Let's Destroy Shagohod]] (Franchise/MetalGear spoilers alert).
* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'', like ''VGCats'', uses a longer form, punchline-less system. On an average strip, every single panel with have a joke in each word-bubble, a joke in the background, a VisualPun and a joke in the title.
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[[folder:Web Original]]

* LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} is a master of this due to his [[TalkativeLoon stream-of-consciousness commentary]].
* Both of purpleeyeswtf's abridgements, ''CodeMent'' and ''NonePiece'', make amazing use of this trope. Purpleyes' amazing comedic timing doesn't exactly hurt.
** There's also [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged]], which is an [[SerialEscalation abridged version of an abridged version of the series]], going through everything before the Namek arc in only 2 minutes and crashing headfirst into this trope at mach speed.
** Now with Episode 2! [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESDAXKC2418&list=UUsvazPPlhZlch0-Z3wPByeg]]
* ''WebVideo/NullmetalAlchemist'' successfully mimicks purpleeyeswtf's style of rapid surreal humour.
* ''WebVideo/TheTimeGuys'' uses this often. In Episode II, for example, almost every other line is a joke.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' in general but especially ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad''.
%%%* Chester A. Bum of ''WebVideo/BumReviews''
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''. There's enough comedy in one five-minute segment to fill a good-size movie, particularly given that [[MotorMouth Yahtzee apparently doesn't need to breathe]].
%%%* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''.
%%%* The 'LetsPlay/MarikPlaysBloodlines' LetsPlay series.
* ''LoadingReadyRun'' has two [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/archive/bonus/date/desc?search=comedy+ so+ fast rapidfire]] series.
-->"Comedy so fast The Flash once said, 'Even though I am technically faster than Superman, I too agree that this comedy is quicker than what you typically see.'"
* ''WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms''; Each video is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin five seconds long]]. And usually hilarious.
* AMVHell is a series of fan videos with a style of humor curiously similar to Robot Chicken (in spite of being created before Robot Chicken aired). Anime clips, no more than a minute long, are set to music or audio from a different source for comedic effect. It also lasts for more than an hour.
* ''WebVideo/PoniesTheAnthology'' is essentially FanFic/AMVHell meets ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.''
* All of {{Seanbaby}}'s writings are a cluster of connected jokes.
* ''AskANinja'': Particularly the Omni- episodes, in which the Ninja answers several questions in rapid succession.
* It's unsurprising that WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} is this, given that it's essentially {{MST}}[[MST3K 3K]] for LetsPlay (and bad video game content in general).
* Creator/{{Nigahiga}} takes MoreDakka and applies it to this trope.
* ''WebAnimation/{{asdfmovie}}'' mixes this with SurrealHumour to hilarious effect.
* Watch any Vine video compilation. If the currently playing seven second clip doesn't do it for you, odds are the next one will.
* Youtube Poop is very, ''very'' prone to falling into this.
* The guys from WebOriginal/MyWayEntertainment go into this...''especially'' Randy Hayes.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%%* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
%%%* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', to a lesser extent, since it has more story and fewer {{Non Sequitur}}s.
%%%* Any cartoon produced by JayWard, especially ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''.
* Creator/TexAvery pioneered this in animation, starting with his work on ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and then took it further at Creator/{{MGM}}. At Creator/WarnerBros the torch was carried by his acolyte Bob Clampett.
* The Creator/TexAvery-inspired Creator/StevenSpielberg-produced cartoon shows ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', and, to an even greater extent, ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'' takes this to an extreme: pauses the voice actors put between jokes are ''digitally removed''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''; made of Rapid-Fire Comedy and ADHD. Emphasis on "hyperactivity".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': A combination of this and obscure references ensures that you'll still be catching new jokes on your fourth, fifth, etc. time watching any given episode. Especially in later seasons.
%%%* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''
%%%* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': With its constant use of running gags and basic jokes, the episodes tend to string them together. In fact, as the seasons went on, the show used this trope more frequently.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Back when Steven Hillenburg was in charge. Modern episodes have considerably less jokes per episode.
%%%* ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' can sneak up on you like this.
--> '''Mr. Burns:''' It's as big as a football field and weighs as much as the state of New Hampshire. I only flew it once at an altitude of six feet for a distance of four feet. Then we discovered that rain makes it catch fire. Then the Fuhrer fired me.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''. There are many scenes where literally every line of dialogue is a punchline.
%%%* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', which strings together everything from parody to slapstick to obscure intellectual stuff aimed at the PeripheryDemographic.
%%%* AardmanAnimations.
%%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''
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