- A Celebrity Deathmatch between Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman starts like this:
"You're lookin' a little slow tonight, Dennis."
"That's cuz your momma kept me up all night!"
- In one episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, Kirk has to try snapping Spock out of the influence of mind-altering spores by making him angry:
Kirk: "What can you expect from a simpering, devil-eared freak whose father was a computer and his mother an encyclopedia."
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Samaritan Snare, Captain Picard tells the story of how he came to need an artificial heart, by unwisely insulting a group of Nausicans. His recounting of the events included one of these directed at the most fearsome of his opponents—though, Picard being Picard, it's couched in the classiest terms possible:
: I stood toe-to-toe with the worst of the three, and told him what I thought of him, his pals, his planet, and I possibly made some passing reference to his questionable parentage
- One of the most offensive Klingon insults is "Hab SoSlI' Quch!", which translates to "Your mother has a smooth forehead!"
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
- In "The Way of the Warrior", Klingons attempt to insult Odo in Klingon, and Garak replies with "Actually, I'm not sure Constable Odo has a mother."
- This exchange in "The Siege"
Bashir: Quark, leave it!
Quark: I can't leave it, it's all that I have. My personal mementos, my family album...
Bashir: It's full of gold-pressed latinum, and you know it.
Quark: ...Who told you?
Bashir: Your mother did, the day you were born.
Quark: NEVER-MAKE-FUN-OF-A-FERENGI'S-MOTHER. Rule of Acquisition Number 31!
- In the EU, the full rule is "Never make fun of a Ferengi's mother - insult something he cares about instead." That said, Quark does care about his mother more than most Ferengi.
- Star Trek: Enterprise pulled this in the Mirror Universe episode. During an interrogation of a Tholian, Hoshi interprets one of his defiant remarks as "something about your maternal ancestor".
- House has a (deliberately) cringe inducing moment when Chase attempted a Yo mamma joke. It was horrific.
- Youtubage! (Probably not brain safe. Horrific is right.)
- Used subtly (well, as subtle as a your mom joke can be used) in later episode.
Foreman:How many of those have you had today?
House: I don't know. Is "your mother" a number?
- MTV had an entire show based around this trope, appropriately titled Yo Momma and hosted by Wilmer Valderrama (yes, THAT Wilmer Valderrama).
- In years before that, they would include ad bumpers of New Yorkers trash-talking each other in various settings (usually at one of NYC's famous public basketball courts).
Angel: "Another minute, and I would have given them everything. The ring, the scroll, your mom... how is your mom, anyways?
- From Glee:
Hey ankle grabber! I had sex with your mother. No, seriously.
I cleaned your pool, and then I had sex with her on your bed. Nice Star Wars sheets.
- Summer Heights High
Kearin: All you FOBS have man boobs!
Jonah: Yeah, well ya mum has man boobs!
- In an episode of The IT Crowd, Moss has been bullied and Roy attempts to help him stand up for himself by roleplaying:
Roy: Nice glasses!
Moss: Not as nice as your mum's glasses!
Roy: Still a little bit complimentary, but it's getting better.
- In Supernatural's 6.07 "Family Matters", Christian Campbell catches Dean snooping around Samuel's office. As Dean comes up with a weak excuse about needing to call someone in privacy:
Christian: Ah. Samuel's locked office. Pretty private. Who you calling?
Dean: Your wife. Let her know I'm not gonna make it over tonight.
- When Dean and Crowley meet for the first time since the former was sent to Purgatory with Castiel, we get this exchange: "Where's your angel?" "Ask your mother."
- In "Time Is On My Side" Dean is torturing a demon with holy water.
Dean: I'M GONNA ASK YOU ONE LAST TIME! WHO HOLDS MY CONTRACT?
Demon: Your mother. Yeah, she showed it to me right before I bent her over.
- A constant theme in The Mary Whitehouse Experience's History Today sketches.
- The E4 Voiceover Man got a great one during an advert for School Of Comedy.
Peter Dickson: Yeah? Well, your mum didn't seem to mind!
- 30 Rock: "What's the difference between your mum and a washing machine? When I dump my load in a washing machine, it doesn't follow me around for a week afterwards!"
- Followed by Jack's rather surprising one when he asks Lemon to go to a fancy royal birthday celebration with him.
Liz Lemon: Okay I'll do it, but I won't like it.
Jack Donaghy: That's what your mom said last night. Booyah.
- Sean Connery in the Celebrity Jeopardy sketches on Saturday Night Live would repeatedly throw these at host Alex Trebek:
This is the sound a doggy makes. Sean Connery:
That is incorrect. Sean Connery:
Well that's the sound your mother made last night! Trebek:
...We would have accepted "bow wow" or "ruff". Sean Connery:
Ah, rough! Just the way your mother likes it, Trebek!
It's been a long time Trebek. Trebek:
Not long enough. Sean Connery:
That's not what your mother said last night!
(hand is stuck in a pickle jar) But I want a pickle. Trebek:
But we can't keep playing unless you let go of the pickle. Sean Connery:
That's what your mother said last night!
- Also played with in the "Mother joke of the day" on the Talk Show parody I'm Chillin.
- Jeopardy itself had a category called "Your Momma!" on 12/16/2010, which brought laughter the first time a contestant picked it. The exact wording didn't help...
Contestant: Alex, I'll take "Your Momma!" for $400.
- From How I Met Your Mother, when the gang is helping Barney's mother move:
Barney: Whoa, Ted, that thing you're packing is way too big to fit in that box.
Ted: Yeah, that's what your mom said.
Barney: How dare you!
Barney's Mom: (walking in) Oh, dear, I thought I told you, that's just not going to fit in there.
- In the Married... with Children episode "Bearly Men", Al is about to fight with a street gang:
- Bud and Kelly will often insult each other with barbs along the lines of "Eat Mom's cooking/Smell Dad's shoes". And have no problems saying it in front of their parents.
- A recurring sketch on In Living Color! had a Game Show called "The Dirty Dozens," in which the host would supply the first part of the insult, and the contestants would ring in to finish it. For example:
: (deadpan) "Yo mama so hairy..."
("T-Dogg" buzzes in) Host
: T-Dogg "T-Dogg"
: Yo mama so hairy, Bigfoot
be takin' pictures of her.
- Subverted when some of the categories don't lend themselves well to the joke: i.e. "Yo' momma so good at math ..."
- Later in the series they made "spinoff" versions such as Wheel of Dozens and Family Dozens.
- On a related note to the above, one time on the game show Cram, a contestant had to recall lines from a book literally called Snaps: A Book of Insults. Graham Elwood would start the insult and the contestant had to finish it, just like in the above skit. To her credit, she recalled seven of them successfully without missing, only stopped by the clock.
- The dirty dozens are Serious Business for Mo and Marcus of Smart Guy, who treat it like a martial art, even bowing before and after a match. Hilarity Ensues when they attempt to instruct Marcus' little brother TJ, the titular smart guy as a method of countering a bully who is mocking his ear size after his attempt at ignoring the bully failed outright. Although it was initially successful, it ended up backfiring on him when one of TJ's "Yo Momma" jokes (well, technically "Yo daddy", but still), "Hey, yo dad's so ugly that he ended up arrested for mooning", turned out not only to be very much true, but was also the bully's Berserk Button, as apparently he has to become the man of his household to fill in the void of the father's jailtime, the stress relating to it and craving for attention as a result acting as the very reason why he often has to bully others.
- Doctor Who:
- In "The Vampires of Venice", Rory, attempting to draw the Monster of the Week away from Amy, tells it "The only thing I've seen uglier than you is your mum!" The monster's reaction cues an Oh, Crap look.
- Kind of subverted in "The Girl in the Fireplace". When the Doctor (who is probably drunk) confronts the clockwork robots, he says "You're Mr Thick Thickity Thick-Face from Thick Town, Thickainia... and so's your dad."
- "The Runaway Bride": Donna and the Doctor are stuck in the middle of nowhere, and are trying to take a cab back to the church. Eventually they realize neither of them has any money. The cabbie dumps them out and all we hear is Donna scream, "And that goes double for your mother!"
- Phyllis uses this to get one over on Gene in Life On Mars.
Gene: Serves you right for staying up all night rutting with that new fella of yours. D'you let his guide dog watch?
Phyllis: His guide dog's giving your mam one. From behind. (Sam smirks)
Gene(to Sam): Whatever 'appened to all the classy birds?
- In the Stargate SG-1 fifth season episode "Fail Safe", O'Neill and Jackson recount how a particular negotiation with the Asgard went south:
O'Neill: ...And after that, I kind of lost my temper.
Hammond: What exactly does that mean?
Jackson: Let's just say Jack made a reference to Freyr's mother.
- In The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon gets in on the Yo Mama action several times, it's used against him as well.
- When attempting to trash talk before a bowling match
"You bowl like your mother, unless she's a competent bowler, in which case you bowl nothing like her."
- Trash talking before a Robot Wars style battle
"Also, I'm given to understand that your mother is overweight. Now of course if that is a result of a glandular condition and not sloth and gluttony, I withdraw that comment."
- In S6 E20, Sheldon took the Yo Mama jokes to a new level (for him), saying he banged Raj's mom. This from an asexual virgin.
- When the guys fought for a ring from the production of The Lord of the Rings, they tried to get Sheldon down by talking about his mom's sex life. He seemed to be taking it reasonably well, so the guys stepped up and reminded him that his mee-maw had sex to have his mother, but not only that. They bet she also liked it.
- On one episode of the 60s Batman TV series, a villain (possibly Shame) taunted Batman with, "Your mother wears army boots!" To which Batman responded, "Why yes, she does... and she finds them quite comfortable!"
- Fresh Prince Of Belair: Phillip Banks had an excellent response to this, in a scene that is Papa Wolf, Crowning Moment of Awesome, and Crowning Moment of Funny in one shot.
- Golden Girls had this a few times in an episode. Made funnier by how in a second scene it was Sophia, Dorothy's mom, about to say the line.
Dorothy: Now are there any questions?
Kid: Yes, Ms. Zbornak, what does Joe have to say about all this?
Dorthy: Joe who?
Kid: Joe Mama!
- One episode of Castle: Detectives Ryan and Esposito, two extremely close friends, are captured by the Big Bad. Ryan is tortured for information while Esposito is Forced to Watch. Esposito says he can't stand it anymore, and tells the Big Bad: "Listen to me. You're too late. The cops already know everything about... me and your mom." Then he starts cracking up.
- In El Chavo del ocho, whenever Dona Florinda slaps Don Ramón for something she thinks he did or tried to do, she usually tells him to do it to his grandmother. If El Chavo is around, he usually asks Don Ramón something about said grandmother. Feeling offended by the question, Don Ramón hits El Chavo and usually comments something about his grandmother as the sole reason he won't hit Chavo a second time. Example:
Doña Florinda: Next time go act like a clown with your grandmother!
Chavo: Don Ramón, your granny likes the circus?
Don Ramón: TOMA! (hits Chavo) And I won't hit you twice only because my granny was a trapeeze artist...
- Dona Florinda's attitude is somewhat justified by the fact she and Don Ramón's grandmother are acquaintances and don't get along.
- In Home Improvement, Tim Taylor often utilized this trope on his "Tool Time" co-host, Al Boarland. In the episode where Tim dreamt about an alien encounter and then during a show about roofing (while speculating that Al may be an alien):
Tim Taylor: Your mother is so large, she might end up being your mothership. (Al Boarland then proceeds to attempt to chase and presumably attempt to beat up Tim for that remark as Tim leaves the set, the only thing stopping Al being the harness that's keeping him on the "roof.")
Tim Taylor: Your mother is so large, she has her own zip code.
- Tim has a point, though. Insulting as he is, Al's mother, although never actually seen, really is that large. This was most emphasized during her funeral. Not only was the casket sizable, but at the end of the episode, his momma was so heavy it took at least eight pall bearers to carry her casket out.
- Averted in Welcome Back, Kotter, when Kotter contrasts the Dozens with the "modern" (1970s) style of insult-duelling starting with the beginning of a classic "Your momma..."
Barbarino: Hey, say whatever you want about my dad or myself, but you don't talk about my mother! That woman's holy.
- M*A*S*H - Winchester is angry with Hawkeye and B.J. and stops talking. The two try to goad him out of his silence, saying to him "Your mother wears very expensive combat boots!" and very nearly getting him to crack with "Your parents voted for Roosevelt. Four times!"
- WKRP in Cincinnati - Herb reluctantly buys a painting at a charity sale to score points with the boss - Bailey likes it and says so, and he gives it to her. Later he hears it may be worth a fortune and tells her he wants it back, saying "I meant 'It's yours' like a figure of speech, like 'I love you' or 'So's your mother!'" When she won't give it back he tells her "I'm very disappointed in you." She looks conciliatory and says "Herb? [flatly:] So's your mother."
- In an episode of Dark Angel, when Alec confronts a gang of steelheads who are monopolizing the steroid black market he's trying to break into, a British steelhead named Eddie asks what he needs five hundred dollars for.
Alec (in British accent): Actually, I need it for a ride on your mum.
- CSI: The owner of a brothel that is a crime scene gets annoyed when Nick won't speed up the search to let him reopen the rooms and comes out with the unusual gem "Your mother sleep with Azerbaijani!"
- Played with in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 showing of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians", when Santa greets a Martian family, and the Bots start quipping, "And so's my dad. And so's your dad! And so's your mom! And your sister swims out to troop ships!"
- Community: Used in a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Stormtrooper: Who are you?
Pierce: Your mother's lover. [shoots]
- Jeff also fires one off at Shirley when she and Annie are interrogating him over a backfired prank that's caused nothing but trouble. While Shirley is naturally less-than-impressed, unfortunately for Jeff it backfires on him when Annie takes it as a good excuse to slam his head into the study room table.
- The Unit: When Bob knocks out a guard at SERE school.
Bob Brown: Tell your mom I'll drop by around 8.
- The X-Files had the father variant thanks to Mulder and The Stupendous Yappi, a psychic so phony that not even Mulder believed in his abilities (though he might have had some faint Psychic Powers).
Yappi: [to Mulder] Skeptics like you make me sick.
Mulder: Mister Yappi, read this thought. [Yappi stares at him, then suddenly leans back as if he was hit and raises his eyebrow]
Yappi: So's your old man!
- Stephen Fry demonstrates one on QI:
"Your mama’s so fat, she could usefully have a calorie-controlled diet and regular exercise."
- Horatio Hornblower, "The Even Chance": During the Inquisition scene when Simpson questions and tortures Horatio, he insults his mother by saying she earns her living on her back. Horatio is absolutely infuriated and tries to fight; however, the evil, villainous Jack is stronger and beats him up frightfully.
- The sitcom Ladies Man had an episode where Alfred Molina's character was learning to fight with someone else. One stage of the fight is "And now we have the ritual insulting of each other's mother" or something to that effect, and then they start attempting it.
- From Whose Line Is It Anyway?, one session of Hollywood Director had Colin "ordering" his "actors" to redo the scene in Yo Momma jokes.
- A sketch on You Can't Do That on Television has the mother walk into the living room, to her child's embarrassment, wearing combat boots. She claims it's (literally) to stamp out cockroaches on the floor.
- A quite adorable example from a talkshow on Swedish Television hosted by stand-up comedian Robin Paulsson. The show had pre-recorded sketches starring Paulsson where the humor often rested on him getting things horribly wrong and then digging himself deeper. The relevant example had Paulsson rap-battling in an alley and never once managing to get a boast right or an insult in, in fact just being awkward. In a last-ditch attempt he resorted to the ever-effective Yo Mama strategy. After some rhymes along the lines of "your mom's always kind and helpful", Paulsson looked over his shoulder to find that his homies had left the scene.
- Defied in Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Detective Peralta gets into a Volleying Insults match with the obnoxious Fire Marshall Boone. During it, Boone makes a comment that leaves a perfect opening for a Your Mom joke — but before Peralta can take advantage of it, Boone immediately points out that his mother happens to be dead, "so let's tread lightly on the response."
Peralta: That's not fair!
- In ''Veep, Mike and Jonah have this exchange after Mike buys an used car:
Jonah: Nice wheels Mike; is it new?
Mike: Not quite. Like your mother, it's been previously loved and paid for by a couple of guys.
- In Big Fat Quiz of the '00s this was the answer Noel Fielding and Richard Ayoade gave to a question. They then proceed to make cracks about Jimmy Carr's mother.