Quotes: Running Gag

Look, I'm not proud of what I did — but I needed an easy recurring joke to cover my getaway and there were no flumphs available, OK?
Haley Starshine, The Order of the Stick, #680

Good grief, it's a running gag!
Kermit the Frog, The Muppet Movie

Garfield, let me out! I don't like running gags!

Bullwinkle: Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!
Rocky: AGAIN?!

Grover: Hello there!
Mr. Johnson: Oh no, it's YOU!

Straw Hat Crew: STOP DOING THAT!
Crocus: What's wrong, haven't you ever heard of a running gag?
One Piece, Episode 62, The First Obstacle? Giant Whale Laboon Appears


I hate jelly babies but at the time it was such a joke. And a joke that worked, you work it to death and finally you grow to hate it.

There’s a line of critique against Monty Python’s musical Spamalot — really just Eric Idle’s musical — that amounts to the accusation that a troupe whose comedy was once about transgression and surprise now amounts to nothing more than delivering lines that the entire audience has memorized and calling it comedy.

At the risk of sounding like Victor Meldrew (I can think of worse role models!) ‘I don’t believe it!’ The episode was cruising along harmlessly enough and I was actually congratulating the writers (in my head of course) for avoiding the trap of having Tom Paris turn up and crack that hilarious gag about Harry falling for the wrong woman again. I should have known better than to dish out credit before an episode is over.
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Ashes to Ashes"

Yep, that about does it for this series. RIP, Enterprise. When all you have left is juvenile gags about the science officer's tits, you've reached the end of the road...It would almost be funny, if it weren't so sad.

You know, I really think they should have gone farther with this whole Freudian slip angle. In fact, I just got a boffo idea for an episode! Enterprise should have had an entire hour of nothing but Freudian slips!

Archer: Lie back and spread your thighs—I mean, let's get back to the Enterprise!

Trip: What you need is a hot beef injection—I mean, what this ship needs is a plasma injector!

Reed: I'm gonna stick my cock in your mouth—I mean, I'm gonna stick my cock in your ass!
The Agony Booth on Star Trek: Enterprise, "A Night in Sickbay"

The very first actual scene, the one that plays over the credits, is Anderson dancing around and flopping out of her top on a strip club stage... One of the most vocal patrons calls her 'babe' and she severely injures him by throwing her shoe at his forehead. I can only guess all the paying, theater-going viewers of this film, seeing everything they had paid to see, left right after the credits.
Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on Barb Wire

I hope you like one joke because that is all this movie has to offer. The joke being repeated is how Woody (Allen) stares blankly in the distance instead of looking someone in the face and he also trips over things. I’m sorry I don’t 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 couldn’t 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 everyone’s 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)