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Quotes: Overly Long Gag

Chico: I can't think of the finish.\\Groucho: That's strange, and I can't think of anything else.

Perry White: Oh, I suppose you expect me to pry into your life to try and find out what's bothering you and then relate it to some obscure event in the life of Elvis Presley. Well I—I'm just not gonna do that.
Lois Lane: Why not?
Perry: Well, for one thing, any connection I made would probably be vague and not particularly useful. And for another, if I did that, it would seem like I cared more about telling my story than helping you with your problem.
Lois and Clark, "The Foundling"

Ellis: My buddy Keith went camping out on top a building once. He was shooting crows but the police were too busy tear gassing him to ask what he was doing up there. He screamed for an entire year every time he opened his eyes. Oh man... at first it was funny... then it got sad... but then it got funny again.

"If only they understood that when a running joke runs long enough, it becomes funny again."

"'Ooh, this routine's gone on a bit long. I expect he'll stop doing it and talk about something else.' No, I won't do that."
Stewart Lee's Carpet Remnants Tour

"I hope you like one joke because that is all this movie has to offer. The joke being repeated is how [[Woody Allen Woody (Allen) stares blankly in the distance instead of looking someone in the face and he also trips over things. Iím sorry I donít have much to dissect and analyze but that is the long and the short of it. We have Woody Allen stumbling around for two hours. You know, one of the things I admired most about Allen prior is his sense of timing for a movie. I said before he was probably hard wired by his experience as a stand up to get in and out with the material as fast as possible. Most of his movies hover around 90 minutes as a result (with some comedies barely at 80 minutes) and I am very grateful. There is usually no fat on his movies and they move at a very brisk pace. Real life Woody Allen must have suffered a brain injury because he thought this movie had so much material, he couldnít possible trim this from 112 minutes. Just for some perspective, Crimes and Misdemeanors, a philosophical musing about morality and justice in the universe is about 100 minutes. This movie about Woody bumping into chairs is 12 minutes longer than that...we have to sit through nearly two hours of this unlikable asshat as he makes everyoneís lives miserable through unfunny physical comedy? Oh joy! No no, please Woody, I want the three hour extended edition please."
Miles Antwiler on Hollywood Ending (2002)

    Self-Demonstrating Examples 

Have you ever tried the experiment of saying some plain word,
such as "dog," thirty times? By the thirtieth time it has
become a word like "snark" or "pobble." It does not become tame,
it becomes wild, by repetition. In the end a dog walks about
as startling and undecipherable as Leviathan or Croquemitaine.
It may be that this explains the repetitions in Nature, it may be
for this reason that there are so many million leaves and pebbles.
Perhaps they are not repeated so that they may grow familiar.
Perhaps they are repeated only in the hope that they may at last
grow unfamiliar. Perhaps a man is not startled at the first cat he sees,
but jumps into the air with surprise at the seventy-ninth cat.
—G. K. Chesteron, Alarms and Discursions

Ash: Another secret [to being funny] is taking something funny and stretching it for way too long. Like: you make a joke, right? Then you just keep on going with it. The joke was probably funny about a minute ago, but you just keep going! You go on for so long that it goes all the way around the spectrum of comedy, until it is funny again!
Misty: Then you stop?
Ash: F*ck no! You just keep going! The longer the joke, the funnier it'll finally be when it ends! Trust me, by the time you end the joke, people will forget why it was funny in the first place. But they'll still be laughing!
Misty: And people fall for this?
Ash: Wh- fall for it?! It's brilliant!


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