I shall perform the aforementioned vice Until Hell freezes over, then I'll do it on ice.
—Al Duvall, Labias and Genitalmen
"It was shocking, outrageous, insulting... And I loved every minute of it!"
I was over the line... Joey:
Over the line? You're so far past the line, you can't even see the line! The line is a dot to you!
so offensive... that it's not really offensive anymore!"
: I crossed the line there, didn't I? Noel
: You told the line to go fuck itself. Then got its mom pregnant. Then aborted the resulting baby.
At first it was funny, then it just got sad, and then it was funny again...
I like to think that I'm a patient, tolerant woman and there's no line you could cross to make me stop loving you. But last night you didn't just cross that line, you threw up on it!
Y'know, Jason, there's a fine line between parody and basically wearing a sign that says, "please lynch me". Jason:
And it's our job to spread our posterior cheeks and empty our bowels upon that line - in a literary sense, of course. Now, we need a dance number. How's this for a song - "God Wants More Animal Testing"?
The plain working truth is that it is not only good for people to be shocked occasionally, but absolutely necessary to the progress of society that they should be shocked pretty often.
—George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
— Karl Marx
I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.
I may disapprove of a movie for going too far, and yet have a sneaky regard for a movie that goes much, much farther than merely too far.
: There is a line in the sand, right, and... you can't even see the line in the sand! You're actually out of sand, like, into tropical tundra regions.
In Into the Woods
, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby
. (later) Tina Fey:
"I put da pills in da people! Da people did not want da pills in them!" Poheler:
No, Tina, hey. Thatís not right. (beat)
Itís more like, "I got da pills in da bathrobe and I put 'em in da people boopity bop hoopity hop hop."
—72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
In 1979 a sixteen year old kid named James Dallas Egbert III disappeared into the Michigan State University steam tunnels. His folks hired bonehead P.I. William Dear to investigate, who blabbed his theory to the press that James got lost in the tunnels while roleplaying
... He eventually turned himself in after fleeing to New Orleans and failing to kill himself again with cyanide (good save vs. poison, this kid), and blew his own head off a year later (could have used more hit points, though).
: Yeah. Weaponized AIDS. Casablanca
had letters of transit and a Czech resistance leaderís work against the Nazis, Barb Wire
has ďretinal lensesĒ and weapon AIDS. Chris
: And not only that, but itís AIDS that kills you in twelve hours and is codenamed, wait for it, ďRed Ribbon
.Ē I genuinely hate this, but itís so f**king dumb that I almost love it.
(In response to a Q&A session from a man who survived the Virginia Tech shootings)
I HAVE A COUPLE QUESTIONS FOR YOU BUT, SINCE YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH, I WAS NICE AND INCLUDED THE ANSWERS TOO.
Q: WHAT'S VIRGINIA TECH'S FAVORITE WAY OF CONSUMING ALCOHOL?
Q: WHAT DOES ANTARCTICA AND VIRGINIA TECH HAVE IN COMMON?
A: THEY'RE BOTH -32
(Later, after the list of victims was posted.)