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A gag that goes excessively far and beyond a tolerable length. The concept is that something happens repeatedly, to the point of boredom. Then it keeps going, to the point where it, in theory, actually becomes funny again. Essentially, the sheer length of the gag becomes the gag. This is very difficult to pull off well - there has to be the sense that the characters are themselves helpless to end the gag, and as exasperated as the audience.

Most uses of Broken Record might end up becoming this.

It's sort of like Crosses the Line Twice, only boring instead of offensive.

Compare Overly Long Name. Not to be confused with Overused Running Gag. May invoke the Repeat Cut. May be invoked by Rhyming List.

Contrast with Rapid-Fire Comedy, which is built on multiple jokes and gags with very short span and little or no setup.


Not to be confused with Overly long gag

The serious version is Leave the Camera Running (or Ending Fatigue, if the prolongated section is the closure). An overly long gag with a lot of tension built up as an actual story is a "Shaggy Dog" Story. When Incredibly Long Note is played for laughs, it might reach this.

If the gag itself isn't overly long, but the distance between the setup and the payoff is, it's an Overly Preprepared Gag or Brick Joke.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Expected in Azumanga Daioh as it's based on a manga that makes great use of Beat Panels, but the anime shows an amazing talent to not only use a lot of them, but also make them actually extremely long, to the point that they start to become even more funnier once they are way beyond the point where the jokes should have become overdone. Osaka and Tomo produce most of them, but also Chiyo and Sakaki have a number of their own.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • The chronological last episode of the anime's first season has a very extensive (almost three and a half minutes!) scene featuring nothing but Yuki quietly reading as the sound of people from other classrooms shouting Japanese pop-culture references fills the background.
    • Season 2 takes this further with eight episodes, each titled simply Endless Eight. These episodes are a "Groundhog Day" Loop where the characters are trapped in an endless summer. In the novel, we see only one iteration: the last. In the adaptation, however, they break from the source material by putting in one episode where they don't discover the loop, making it seem like a simple summer-y Slice of Life episode Haruhi style to viewers not familiar with the original, and not one, but six where they do realize the loop but do not escape. And then one more where they do escape, making a round eight episodes. Despite the Internet Backdraft and unauthorized professional apologies (among Seiyuu and a dissenting and fired director) that resulted, the arc is distinguished as a rare overly long gag that spans multiple HOURS. Unfortunately the arc was so poorly received that it ended up being the Franchise Killer.
  • Lucky Star:
    • "By the way, which end is the head of a chocolate cornet?"
    • staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaare.
    • Hiyori and Konata try one of these in the manga, and Konata (naturally) takes it too far, prompting Hiyori to tell her, "You can stop saying that now."
    • The trope is actually parodied and lampshaded between a conversation of Miyuki and Tsukasa on the very first episode, going for about 40 seconds before it cuts to Kagami, crying, thinking in her thoughts for the conversation to end with a punchline.
  • One episode of Bleach contained a scene of Yoruichi eating bowl after bowl of food. For almost two whole minutes. During which time the camera is still, and nothing else happens. The actual scene doesn't go as long as this video does, but it certainly feels like it. Made even more ridiculous because the scene in the manga occupies all of a page.
  • Potemayo does this in episode 4, with the titular moeblob getting a cold and repeatedly blowing her nose faster and faster until she eventually runs out of tissues.
  • One episode of Cromartie High School takes this and runs it into the ground, with Hayashida trying to remember the name of a song he heard Mechazawa humming. Most of the episode is the students humming while trying to remember the name of the song.
  • In the Dragon Ball GT special, Goku's spirit does it when seeing Goku Jr., saying that the kid must be his "great-great-great-great...Oh, you know what!"
  • Hayate the Combat Butler has an overly long gag made of...overly long gags at the end of episode 16. Five minutes of random characters not actually doing anything for about a minute each, or Klaus doing something boring.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia has the repeated "Wok-fu on the Beach" scene, which has been used in so many different ways and always ends up being interrupted by some out-of-the-box figure, from a Singing Grandpa Rome to Santa Claus Finland.
  • Episode 101 of Inazuma Eleven has Saginuma's ridiculously long letter to Inazuma Japan, which consists mostly of Endou's unintelligible fast-forwarded chipmunk voice and that alone lasts for more than 20 seconds, while the whole scene takes almost a minute.
  • Jungle de Ikou!, when Mii rhetorically ask why an American plane is flying above them at that moment, except she adds the specs for the plane mid-sentence. (That is, she lists the plane's size, weight, crew capacity, and so on in the middle of the question).
  • A filler episode in One Piece prior to the Impel Down Arc had Franky shaking his speedo-clad manly bits in the center of the screen for what seemed like several minutes. "Right! Left! Right! Left! Right! Left! Right! Left! Right! Left! Right! Left!"
    • Long before that, there were the multiple dramatic cuts between the crew and Crocus, for every single statement he made. Eventually the others yell at him to knock it off ("What? Can't you appreciate a good running gag?")
    • Also in the anime is Amazon Lily's inhabitants' individual reaction shots to getting hit with a reverse-Bridge drop. All twenty-plus of them.
    • There was one in Sanji's fight with Mr. 2 Bon Kurei, who has the power to copy anyone's appearance. Bon Kurei performs his Mane Mane Montage, which is supposed to turn his face in a montage of the weirdest faces he's seen. When he finishes, his face remains UNCHANGED except for his nose, which is now Usopp's (long) nose. There was then an awkward moment of silence that was like, twenty seconds; shortening that was one of the few good things that 4Kids, the company whose purpose is to Bowdlerise anime, did to One Piece.
  • Episode 18 of Naruto: Shippuden has one when Guy spends over a minute trying to get his team to join their hands in a circle for a cheer.
  • Akumetsu chapter 22 contains 2.5 pages with panels containing some variation of "we cannot show you the lyrics here".
  • At the end of one episode of Legendz, one of the minor characters is seen putting on his clothes again. Then, as he's got one arm in a jacket sleeve, the secretary comes in behind him and tells him he's fired. They stand there while the full opening instrumental of the ending theme plays, him occasionally blinking, expressions unchanging, and arm still in sleeve. Not a single word from him, no further words from her. It just keeps going through to the credits.
    • To apologize (and for laughs), they give you a stinger that has a more-proper reaction from him.
  • One episode of Nichijou had a scene where Yukko is hit on the head by her teacher. This is then shown over and over again, from different angles and with different background colours for almost a minute straight. The funniest part about it is the noise she makes, and hearing it over and over again.
  • Episode 5 of Haiyore! Nyarko-san W opens with Nyarko and Cuuko playing cards while Mahiro's mother uses an alien vacuum cleaner (basically, an excuse to have repeated cries of "Cyclone!" "Joker!"), until it gets on Mahiro's nerves and he sucks the cards up in the vacuum. The gag is repeated at the start of Episode 9, with Mahiro even lampshading the déjà vu, but it quickly gets interrupted by Hasta. There are two points to the gag, however; one, both episodes in question focus on Cuuko's Clingy Jealous Girl cousin Cuune, and two, it sets up a subversion of Chekhov's Gun at the end of the latter episode where Mahiro and Nyarko both remark that, with all the attention it got, they expected the vacuum to be more relevant to the plot.

  • Martin Ljung's "Fingal Olsson" monologue, in which he's trying to explain what makes a joke funny by telling the same joke over and over, varying the punchline slightly each time. The joke is less than hilarious to begin with, but after about seven repetitions...
  • Bill Hicks would generally try to keep to his schedule, but when he was doing a joke about an object of his ire—and especially if the crowd was enjoying it—he would milk it for all it was worth.
  • Jim Gaffigan's Hot Pockets routine—at some point the joke becomes the fact that he's still talking about Hot Pockets. He has similarly extensive bits about ketchup and bacon, and he lampshades it continually with these little sotto-voiced asides designed to mimic an audience member's reaction to the fact that he's gotten twenty minutes of material out of bacon.
  • Dane Cook lampshades his whole style in Vicious Circle when he finally comments, "This has gone way too far, Way too long," about his depiction of what would happen if people really went in a B-line.
  • Tim Vine has a fairly famous routine in which he tries to catch a pen behind his ear. It goes on for far, far too long, going through several cycles, but the audience are still laughing.
    • But in the end he does finally catch the pen, to thunderous applause. It's never clear whether he was just faking his previous failures, or alternatively whether his eventual success was just a fluke.
    • He then proceeds to do it again with a hockey stick. Mercifully this time he also wears a comically-large fake ear and it only takes him a couple of goes.
  • Stewart Lee, the 41st greatest standup comedian, is a fan of this trope. Making a half-hour routine based entirely around Tom O'Connor, a cruise ship, his mum, and a sardine funny is an achievement.
    • A shorter but very effective example: [1]
  • During his bit where he tells about how he was thrown out of a bar, Ron White pretends to recite a message sent in Morse Code. In his own words, "this part takes awhile". He then explains what the message was and says, "But those of you who know Morse Code already knew that."
  • John Mulaney has a bit where he describes going to a diner with his friend, and his friend rigs the jukebox to play Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat?" over and over and over with one case of "It's Not Unusual" being thrown into the mix. Hilarity ensues.
  • Eddie Izzard - for instance, when he mentions offhandedly that Engelbert Humperdinck is dead (no he isn't) (he is) (he's not) (shake) (nod) (shake) (nod)...
  • Kristen Schaal is a horse!
  • Brian Regan does a bit about sending an overly formal and ridiculously long response to a misfired "Yo yo, we clubbin' tonight?" text message ("To whom it may concern..."). He reads out the whole thing very slowly while miming texting.
  • Patton Oswalt often combines this with Genius Bonus for bits that are hilarious partly because he keeps going further and further out; i.e. his bit about insane chefs.
  • Steve Martin tries repeatedly to do a bit about stereo equipment. It's hilarious.
  • George Carlin was fond of these, especially later in his career. Probably his best example is Coast To Coast Emergency from Life is Worth Losing.
  • Subverted by Daniel Tosh after his bit about Tourette's.
    Daniel: I think two examples is enough; next joke.
    • The also plays it straight, very frequently:
    Daniel: Do you like how I start jokes with mass appeal and continue 'til only six people have a clue what I'm talking about?
  • The classic Who's on First? routine works solely because of this.
  • David Letterman does this often. And sometimes it is done to him.
  • Adam Sandler is fond of this in his comedy CDs, perhaps most noticeable in the sketch satirizing Carrie: "NOOOOOO! They're all gonna laugh at you!"
  • Margaret Cho does these as well. One that particularly comes to mind is the 'Asian chicken salad' bit where she goes on for several minutes miming a displeased samurai.
    • "So I was on the ship, with 800 lesbians. We can't get off. So much drama. 'Were you looking at her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her or her? WELL, WERE YOU?!' We all got on the same cycle."
  • The "Start-up Sound" practical joke from Prangstgrup.
  • Making 'The Aristocrats' as overly long as it is overly, offensively obscene is a competition between comedians. This is Gilbert Gottfried's version of it.
  • Hugh Fink does a routine where he demonstrates his (quite impressive) skills on the violin. He claims that audiences get nervous when they see him bring it out, and theorizes that people find classical music intimidating because they can never tell when the songs are ending. He then demonstrates by playing a song that "ends" about ten times before he actually stops.
    • The "Urban Spaceman" number by Monty Python note  follows a similar model - the tambourine player keeps breaking off her dance when she thinks the song is over, only for him to launch into the next verse. When he finally ends the song abruptly and walks off, she keeps dancing until he comes back and drags her off stage.
  • In the TV series Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution, Davies and Mark Steel reminisce about an act which appeared on the UK alternative comedy circuit around the time they were starting out in the mid-80s. It consisted of a man with a block of ice and a power saw, who would simply come on and start carving the ice - not into anything in particular, just attacking it with a saw. It got a laugh at the start, then about 40 seconds in, and then a minute or so in...and then he'd just keep going until he got booed off.
  • German sketch example: Nikolausi If you can watch it without a growing urge to maim the author, congrats for your steel nerves.
    • Same author, same vein: Der Softbiss (Quick'n'dirty Translation: Various brands of crispbread are presented, all with the characteristic "scronch" bite sound. The last a softbite. Yeah, now you know why Germany lost the war.)
  • The vast majority of the humour found in "The Purple Joke". Naturally the teller of the joke can drag it out for as long as he or she likes.
  • Noel Fielding likes these. The best one is when he pretends to be a bluebottle for most of his five-minute skit, with absolutely no build-up or explanation. He does lampshade it though - "I've got three hours of this". It goes on for so long that it's funny, then goes through boring back to funny, back to boring, and then gets even funnier.
  • Paul F Tompkins has a comedy bit in which he has a conversation with a migrant worker. He then calls out how the migrant worker’s accent is all over the place and suggests that they end the bit. The migrant worker admits that the bit should have stopped a long time ago, but will just keep going until all of the audience’s goodwill has evaporated. Even then, he continues on a long-winded tangent lamenting the bit's length.
  • Dutch comedian Toon Hermans had a sketch where he would ask his band leader to fetch a tennis racket and balls from his car. He would then proceed to wait 5 (literal) minutes for him to return, being mostly quiet or making small banter with the audience.
  • Mitch Benn is the 37th Beatle ends with "The Long Medley", Mitch's parody of the Medley from Abbey Road. Yep, all of it. The "Golden Slumbers" pastiche acknowledges this was possibly a mistake "'Cos I've run out of things to say/And we're still only halfway/Through the long medley", followed by a version of "Carry That Weight" which goes "Boy, I think I'm flogging this joke, flogging this joke to death now".
  • Jon Dore tells a joke that starts with "I think it's okay in a relationship when I let myself go, but I don't think it's okay when she lets herself go..." and then forgets the punchline. After beating himself up for it for a few minutes, he says not to worry, he did this joke on stage recently and he always uses a tape recorder to record his shows, so he pulls it out and cues up the tape to the right spot. Tape!Jon starts telling the same joke... and forgets the punchline in the exact same spot. But not to worry, because Tape!Jon also has a recording of him doing the joke. Tape!Tape!Jon starts telling the joke, and actually remembers the whole thing... but it's cut off only a few words into the punchline because Original!Jon recorded over it with music.
  • Norman Lovett used to start his standup act by coming on stage and just standing there. The audience would wait for him to do something. Then there'd be a bit of nervous laughter. Then it would die down. Then Norman would continue to stand there. Then one person would laugh and Norman would turn to them in surprise, making everyone laugh. Then he'd continue to just stand there. In his memoir, Robert Llewellyn recalls that the first time he met Norman, he was asked to time this.
    At seven minutes twenty seconds, after a huge wave of laughter, Norman said "What?" and got a standing ovation.

    Comic Books 
  • In Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC, the "Deja Vu Kid" demonstrates his powers for several panels.
    Deja Vu Kid: I am a Deja Vu Kid! I have the power to make events repeat themselves.
  • Preacher:
  • It's rare because in comics, it doesn't quite work: the reader can control the speed of the story and skip whatever he or she isn't interested in looking at. A Family Guy comic book attempted a print version of one of its long gags by having Chris challenge the reader to a staring contest, followed by three pages of the same panel of Chris, repeated nine times a page. Fortunately people could just skip to the end.
  • Cable & Deadpool has a page in which alternate universe Mister Sinister is waiting outside a bathroom door while Deadpool, who's needed to use the bathroom for something like three days, pees for about 9 panels. He finally emerges, at which point Mister Sinister tells him to wash his hands and he goes back into the bathroom.
  • Cerebus has also been known to pee for entire pages.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man has Spidey picturing Jean Grey naked (after she thanked him for not picturing her naked) for two pages, with the telepathic Jean reading his mind. At first she reacts with boredom, then annoyance that he's still thinking about her, then amusement that he still hasn't stopped thinking about her naked, then shock at an apparently vivid fantasy he's having, then anger etc...all while Spider-Man keeps saying "Okay, I'm done now. No, now..."
  • In Invincible, Mark had a conversation with a comic book shop owner discussing the habit of overusing identical Beat Panels in comics (and providing meta-commentary on the author's own use of this). This involved page-long pauses where the same panel was repeated again and again.
  • Lampshaded in MAD's parody of Moonlighting by requesting readers to reread certain panels 10 or 12 times over before continuing to read the parody.
  • "Slow Burn" by Gotlib and André Franquin. Consists of...I didn't count...about 50 panels of two cats going through all positions of the Cat Kamasutra. A subversion follows: After the tomcat has buzzed off, the she-cat bitterly complains that men have no endurance. Exeunt left, carrying a vibrator.
  • Idées Noires: One gag has a man escaping from Backwards Rock (which is apparently some sort of prison). As he runs away he is zapped away. Then the gag starts over again for three pages, with always the same four panels. Man climbs down, makes an Up Yours! to the guards, runs away, gets zapped away. Finally this gag ends, with Franquin writing a note below the page: "Isn't that great! Just when I have a wonderful idea for a new long running comic book series my publisher refuses to do it!!
  • And yet another Gotlib: "No Japonais". (Easily found on the Net.) A samurai tries to do a Noh show, but is constantly interrupted by other participants. (Mind the language gags.) Hilarity Ensues as the participants get weirder and weirder until two stepdancing Martians try to soothe the poor dude (who is one sword short of a seppuku) in Wingdinglish.
  • The member roster of the Legion of Super-Heroes just calls to be parodied by using this trope. The end of the Legion of Superfluous Heroes’ roll call was, after counting about hundred made-up superheroes: "Yelling Lass?" "HEEEEERE!" with the effect that the name lister got so shocked he forgot every name, tried to begin the whole roster anew and was mauled by his annoyed colleagues.

    Fan Works 
  • Crow, Servo and Joel's description of Swift's Cold-Blooded Torture in the MST treatment of Tom Swift and His War Tank. Justified in that it lasts as long as it takes for Mr Damon and Ned to realize that Tom Swift, inventor extraordinaire and tank engineer, may have possibly been kidnapped by the German spies they know full well are prowling around Shopton.
  • Calvin describing the maze he's set up in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series. Lampshaded:
    "... You may want to be taking notes."
  • The PONIES The Anthology II skit "Fallin' in Love" features the same clip done six times with different music before Monty Python tells them to "get on with it."
  • In The Unexpected Love Life of Dusk Shine, Dusk and Fluttershy go on a picnic together. This leads to 21 pages of awkward silence, represented by "..." repeated over 700 times, which continues for two hours after the two had finished eating.
  • In the Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic England's Amazing Cookbook, it's a RUNNING gag.
    "Being stuck in a hospital is soooo boring. I mean, very boring. Very, very, very, very...(cheese)...very, very, very, very (3+ screens of scrolling later)...very, very, very, boring."
  • When "Harry" gets hold of a Time-Turner in Thinking In Little Green Boxes, he spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and spun and the reader has to scroll past several pages of "and spun" to get on with the story.
  • In Powers of Invisibility, after Adrien tells Nino that he's Chat Noir, he starts dropping what should be fairly obvious hints at Ladybug's secret identity. Thanks to the glamour that protects Miraculous holders identities, (probably), Nino keeps missing the point until Adrien tell him straight out:
    Nino: Why didn’t you just tell her (Alya) at the same time? Would have been so much more convenient.
    Adrien: (exchanging a glance with Juleka) Oh, Marinette wanted to be the one to tell her.
    Nino: Marinette knows too? Aw, come on, man. Why am I the last one?
    Adrien: Well, I had to ask Ladybug before I told anyone else.
    Nino: Yeah, I get that. But I’m better bros with you than Marinette.
    Adrien: (blinks, then looks at Juleka, who shrugs, before looking back at Nino) I had to ask Ladybug.
    Nino: Yeah, dude, you said. And then you told Marinette before telling me.
    Adrien: No, I told Ladybug.
    Nino: Dude, I heard you the first time. Ladybug, then Marinette, then me.
    Adrien: No, Nino- (facepalms, then turns to Juleka) I apologize for every conversation you’ve ever had with me.
    Juleka: Apology accepted.
    Nino: What am I missing here?
    Adrien: I didn’t tell Marinette my identity after telling Ladybug my identity.
    Nino: Wait, you told her first? That’s messed up.
    Adrien: Oh my- I didn’t tell her after, because Marinette found out when Ladybug did.
    Nino: (blinks, then narrows his eyes) Like… a joint reveal?
    Adrien: Nino, Marinette is Ladybug.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Disney film The Three Caballeros has an incredibly long note, with the other characters trying everything they can think of to stop it.
  • Near the beginning of Megamind, a bit of witty banter between Metroman and Megamind eventually degenerates into them throwing tortured metaphors at each other.
  • Flushed Away gave us over one minute of Roddy landing crotch-first on various objects. And just when you think the gag is over...he gets hit with one more object.
  • The LEGO Movie has the scene where Emmet first meets Wyldstyle, and ends up Distracted by the Sexy: "I'm going to have to report yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..." Also, there's an off-screen variation of the trope when Emmet falls through an abyss during the five minutes his friends are out saving the world.
  • In Big Hero 6, Baymax becomes curious when he sees tape, and inflates his arm to the point of popping three holes in it, to which he very slowly plugs the holes one by one.
  • The back and forth between Oh and Captain Smek in Home, with Oh pleading that he won't screw up again and Smek arguing there's a chance that he might.
  • Zootopia has the entire scene at the Department of Mammal Vehicles. All the employees there are sloths who do everything very slowly, from stapling papers to typing to laughing at one of Nick's jokes.
  • In Over the Hedge, RJ the raccoon's description of the traps surrounding the suburban house. This sequence goes on for at least 30 seconds, which in cartoon time is forever.
    RJ: There are traps here, here, here, here...and here. And some here, here, here...and all over this area here.
  • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story: Stubbs the clown's resignation. The Nostalgia Critic went through bursts of "SHUT UP!" halfway through (and for once, he wasn't extending the gag really was that long.).
  • In The Emperor's New Groove, Yzma pretends to be a relative of Pacha. Just like the Dragon Ball example above, Pacha's son Teepo follows Yzma around the house, saying that Yzma couldn't possibly be his aunt, but she could be his "great great great great great...(and he goes on)"
    Yzma: All right! Are you through?
    Tipo: ...great-great-aunt.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Airplane!:
    "I just want to tell you both, good luck. We're all counting on you."
  • Forrest Gump: The Long List of shrimp recipes and each Imagine Spot for Lieutenant Dan and Bubba's ancestors.
  • This IBM sales-meeting film, featuring Rowlf, includes a typewriter falling down a flight of stairs for 33 seconds (from 1:42) as Rowlf looks on in horror.
  • Hot Rod:
    • The scene where Rod locks Kevin out of the house. Rod falling down an impossibly tall hill probably counts too, as does Jonathan shouting "wait babe! wait babe! wait! BAAAAAAAAABBBBEEEEE...Wait!"
    • "Cool beans."
  • Spaceballs opens with a huge spaceship that scrolls into view and keeps on scrolling for 90 seconds (parodying the opening shot of the Star Destroyer in Star Wars). At least three times something that resembles a tail section comes into view, and the background music segues into the next piece, only to false-start and cut right back to stalling. The orchestra is clearly getting increasingly frustrated with the endless length of the craft. As it finishes, the camera pans to the rear of the ship, which has a bumper sticker saying WE BRAKE FOR NOBODY. Mel Brooks actually said in the commentary that he would've let that sequence go on for hours if the studio had let him. Lampshaded later in the movie, as President Skroob is seen running onto the ship's bridge. "The ship is too big! If I walk, the movie will be over!"
  • Also, the notorious "baked beans" scene in Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks was asked to cut down the number of farts, but he realized the length of the gag would enable people to get over their initial shocked reaction and start laughing.
  • Austin Powers made good use of this trope:
    • Dr. Evil's neverending maniacal laughter, which continues through two full cycles of funny, then not funny, then funny again.
    • "Evacuation compl....Evacuation com..."
    • The "Sshh!" gag. Dr. Evil just will not let his son say anything! Followed by "Zip it!"
    • Austin himself, after dispatching a villain, will sometimes react by letting loose a series of Bond One Liners until another character tells him to knock it off.
    Austin: [After a villain is decapitated] Not the time to lose one's head
    Vanessa: Indeed.
    Austin: That's not the way to get ahead in life.
    Vanessa: No.
    Austin: It's a shame he wasn't more headstrong.
    Vanessa: ....
    Austin: He'll never be the head of a major corporation.
    Vanessa: Okay, that'll do.
    Austin: Okay.
  • Team America: World Police
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: "Janet! Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky!" (Bullwinkle!)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
    • When showing the Vogon Constructor Fleet around Earth, the camera jumps back with every "beat" of the music. When this effect is put into play, it usually only happens about three times. In the movie, it happens a grand total of 55 times.
    • Another one happens when the microphone the Vogon will use to read poetry to the hostage Arthur and Ford is being brought out. It comes out of the ceiling, and ends up falling all the way down the ship to the bottom.
  • This occurs a number of times in Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, such as the dramatic camera movements and sounds before a fight.
    "Choooseeeen!..." "I'm coming!..."
  • In a deleted scene from Borat, Borat explores an American supermarket:
    Borat: What is this?
    Employee: That's cheese.
    Borat: And what is this?
    Employee: That's cheese.
    [repeat ad nauseum and back again]
  • The multiple police car pileups in The Blues Brothers. The ones in the sequel go on for so long they cross the line three times.
  • Marx Brothers:
    • Chico Marx's endless piano solo in Animal Crackers.
      Chico: I can't think of the finish.
      Groucho: That's strange, and I can't think of anything else.
      Chico: I think I went past it.
      Groucho: The next time you come around, jump off.
    • Harpo's harp solos in many of the films. Though not meant as a joke, they seem funny just because you don't expect to see his utter Cloud Cuckoolander characters sitting down and playing an incredibly beautiful harp solo.
  • In Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Steve Martin's character is making another character "some of my famous Java" by continuously shaking coffee grounds from a bag into a saucepan. This goes on for forty-five seconds of him shaking coffee out of the packet. Thirty seconds in, even Martin's character is looking glazed and he actually sighs with boredom, and shakes the last few grounds out of the packet...and then more coffee keeps coming out, and he goes back to shaking it again, then the packet nearly runs out again, and once again he shakes out the last few grounds...and then more coffee keeps slooshing out of the packet, and he goes back to regularly shaking it. By the time he's finished, the audience has long since been bored to death, and resurrection, and rebirth.
  • The 1986 movie ¡Three Amigos! used this trope in its theme song, where one note is held for an uncomfortably long period of time.
  • In Spy Hard's opening theme, "Weird Al" Yankovic holds a note so long his head explodes.
  • Japanese comedy Tampopo features a fist-fight scene that lasts... well, nobody really knows, because they always fast forward through it.
  • Being John Malkovich'': When John Malkovich goes into his own head, he enters a world where everyone has his face and says nothing but "Malkovich."
  • John Goodman's incessant primal screaming in Raising Arizona is both this and a Running Gag.
  • Tropic Thunder: the cast's reaction to the director having been blown up by a land mine.
  • In The Producers, Carmen Ghia receiving the protagonists: "yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss?"
  • There are a few of these in The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, but they are all used quite well. One of the better examples is Dr. Fleming's maniacal laughter scene, which somehow gets funnier and funnier as the scene plays out. The sequel, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, has the "Slowly!" gag.
  • The Party:
    • The film starts with this. One actor, playing the part of the trumpeter for a charge, goes on...and on...and on. The funny part of it is that the other actors keep SHOOTING at him to make him stop, but he keeps going on...and on...and on...
    • Later, he's in a bathroom, and accidentally drops a painting in a toilet tank. He grabs a piece of toilet paper to dry it, and the roll spins and keeps spinning...and spinning...and spinning. He just stands there watching as the entire roll of paper spools on the floor.
  • In one scene of Cannibal! The Musical, there's a relatively short example: Alferd Packer and his party enter a store and all six of them greet the shopkeeper individually with a "Howdy!". The shopkeeper responds in kind each time, and they cut between the shopkeeper and the party member every time this happens. Later on there's a much longer overly long gag in the form of an extensive Not Quite Dead sequence.
  • When Dragon Amilyn (played by Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Peewee Herman) is staked in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he writhes around on the floor lamenting his fate, dying...and Buffy eventually gets sick of it and just leaves. At the end of the credits, he's still going.
  • The John Carpenter classic They Live has the infamous alleyway fight scene, the rare instance where this trope overlaps with a Moment of Awesome. Nearly six uninterrupted minutes of Roddy Piper and Keith David beating the shit out of each other, and you think it's done after David puts Piper down for the second time...the third... the fourth...the fifth...
  • At least a third of the jokes in Monty Python and the Holy Grail could be considered these. (Lancelot's charge, the Knights of the Round Table song, the entire ending sequence). The miracle is that they remain funny even though you're expecting them.
    • "Make sure the Prince doesn't leave this room until I come and get him."
  • Meaning of Life: The part where Gaston the waiter leads the camera a very, very long way to the house where he grew up, turning around every few steps to beckon and say something encouraging.
  • The Jerk:
    • "I know we've only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days."
    • Navin leaving his girlfriend and picking up random objects, claiming that he's only taking this one thing... and also this other thing...
  • Tom Hanks' 30-second laugh in The Money Pit.
  • In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, during the climactic montage, Jay and Bob are about to beat up one of their internet detractors. The man shushes them, as he is on a call. Jay and Bob end up standing there for about two minutes while the man nods and Uh-Huhs, before they start choking him with the phone cord and punching him. The commentary said that originally the scene was much shorter, but the longer it went the funnier everyone found it, so they kept lengthening it until it reached its present length.
  • Clue: The Multiple Ending Summations are built on this. But the one with the bullet-counting just rides it into the ground and lets the ground have the last laugh.
    Guests: Get on with it!
    Wadsworth: I'm getting there! I'm getting there!
  • The death of Kinney, the unfortunate executive near the beginning of Paul Verhoeven's science fiction action film RoboCop (1987) was very much along these lines. After being instructed to challenge a prototype police robot as part of a demonstration, Kinney finds himself riddled with bullets by the malfunctioning machine; and it just doesn't stop. The studios lobbied Verhoeven to shorten the sequence, with the odd result that the R-rated cut seems more brutal than the cartoonishly exaggerated unrated edition.
  • Wild Wild West:
    • Loveless and West toss about half a dozen jokes back in forth in a single conversation about Jim being black and Loveless being in a wheelchair with no legs.
      Loveless: I knew him [General McGrath] years ago, but I haven't seen him in a coon's age.
      West: I can see where it'd be difficult for a man of your stature to keep track of even half the people you know.
    • Develops into a Brick Joke at the very end of the film.
      Loveless: How did we arrive in this dark situation?
      West: I have no idea Dr. Loveless, I'm just as stumped as you are.
  • The gentleman's club scene in Mystery Team can be like this.
  • The car crash in Rob Schneider's The Animal. Well, it made ME laugh.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Ferris's teacher, played by Ben Stein, taking role. "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?"
  • The second stinger of The Avengers featured the heroes silently eating lunch at a shawarma restaurant, exhausted from the effort to save the world. It lasts about a minute, with nothing happening.
  • Kamen Rider Fourze × OOO: Movie Wars MEGAMAX: At the final act of the film, the eponymous riders (Gentaro and Eiji, respectively), rendezvous with Shotaro and Philip, a.k.a. Kamen Rider Double. When Shotaro realizes he and Gentaro are Not So Different, well...
    Shotaro: You're a good kid after all!
    Gentaro: Yessir!
    Shotaro: Right on!
    Gentaro: Yessir!
    Shotaro: Right on!
    Gentaro: YESSIR!
    Shotaro: RIGHT ON!
    Gentaro: YESSIR!
    Shotaro: RIGHT ON!
    Gentaro: YESSIR!
    Shotaro: RIGHT O—!
    Eiji: Uh, can you tell us about the guy who took the medals?
  • CJ 7 has a scene where the alien shits on the boy's face like a machine gun for over a minute.
  • Batman: The Movie (1966): "Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!"
  • The second Night at the Museum film has a few, but easily the most irritating is the climactic trade-off between Larry and Kah-Mun-Rah. For at least three minutes, Larry insists that Kah-Mun-Rah hand over Jebediah first, while Kah-Mun-Rah insists that Larry hand over the tablet and the combination first. Eventually it just degenerates into an extended "do not cross this line" segment before the audience is finally put out of their misery when Al Capone arrives with the combination and Kah-Mun-Rah just snatches the tablet out of Larry's hands.
  • The sex scene in The Naked Gun 2 1/2. Not only does it go on far longer than most people would find funny, but much of the humor is derived from the fact that it's parodying Ghost, making it incredibly dated.
  • A Black Comedy version in Schindler's List, of all movies. Big Bad Amon Goeth deems that a Jewish munitions worker has been deliberately making hinges too slowly, and has the man dragged outside to kneel and be shot. Goeth aims his pistol and pulls the trigger... and nothing happens. He tries again, nothing. He tries again, nothing. He checks the gun, nothing's jammed. He asks for one of his men's guns, pulls the trigger... still nothing happens. He spends the next half minute futilely trying to get the gun to fire, nothing happening every time. Finally he smacks the worker with the gun and leaves in a huff, throwing both guns away.
  • In They Came Together, Joel goes to a bar to drown his sorrows after finding his girlfriend cheating on him:
    Joel: Give me another one; make it a double.
    Bartender: You look like you had a bad day.
    Joel: Heh, tell me about it.
    Bartender: Well you came in here looking like crap, and you haven't said very much.
    Joel: You can say that again.
    Bartender: Well you came in here looking like crap, and you haven't said very much.
    Joel: Heh, tell me about it.
    Bartender: Well you came in here looking like crap, and you haven't said very much.
    Joel: You can say that again.
    [etc., until finally someone in the Framing Device interrupts and tells him to get on with the rest of the story]
  • Crank has the very last scene, where Chevilos is freefalling thousands of feet through the air to his death. It takes a few minutes, enough for him to even leave a heartfelt goodbye to his girlfriend.
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special has the cooking show scene where a four-armed chef goes "Stir, whip, stir, whip, whip, whip, stir! Stir, whip, stir, whip..." Then she adds a "BEAT!" Like everything else in the film, it's agonizing.
    • There's another segment where Lumpy watches an instructional video on how to assemble a computer. And we get to see the entire thing. The video goes on for so long and in such painstaking detail that you could probably actually use the instructions in the video to assemble such a device, if one actually existed.
  • In Home Alone 2 the McAllister family at the airport, passing Kevin's luggage one after another, each one saying "Give this to Kevin." When the last kid in line finds Kevin's not next to him, he passes the luggage back, and each and every one of them says "Kevin's not here."
  • Space Cop does this twice, due to RedLetterMedia's love of Anti-Humor.
    • Space Cop spends about a minute of screen time punching in the combination to unlock his refrigerator.
    • Space Cop's commander (played by Patton Oswalt) struggles awkwardly to end their video conference for quite a long time while Space Cop just stares blankly at him.

  • Snow Crash:
    • The novel features a multi-page office memo of what remains of the United States government that admits the government doesn't have the budget to stock toilet paper in the bathrooms, warns employees against wiping their asses with low-denomination bills, and recommends the creation of a toilet paper fund.
  • Cryptonomicon:
    • A page is dedicated to Randy Waterhouse thinking about his love of breakfast cereal and the creation of a spoon that would repeatably create the perfect bite, where the cereal is introduced to the milk at the very last moment. It humorously establishes how he sees the world.
    • Von Hacklheber's organisational chart of the German High Command.
  • Lampshaded in the second book of The Malloreon where Silk continues to make complaints about having porridge for breakfast and enjoying any breakfast that isn't porridge...until Polgara suggests his incessant repetitiveness could be a sign of limited intelligence.
  • Discworld
  • John Hodgman's lists:
  • There's a story by the brothers Grimm which goes like this: Hans goes to his girlfriend Gretel. Gretel gives Hans something. Hans goes home, transporting X in a way you shouldn't. His mother tells him how he should've done it better. Hans promises to do better next time. Next day, he visits Gretel again, this time he gets an Y and does with it as he should've done with X. Rinse and repeat.
  • In a parody book called The Dragon With The Girl Tattoo, Kaal interrupts Vagner's story to correct him on the pluralisation of the word "sheep". This leads to three and a half pages of argument on the subject.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, there's a character whose entire existence is this, given that each of his incarnations is killed by the same man, unknowingly.
  • In A Series of Unfortunate Events book The Reptile Room, Lemony Snicket warns the reader that you should "never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever..." [repeat until it fills up the entire page and creates a Wall of Text] "...fiddle around with electric devices. ''Never. Unless you happen to be Violet Baudelaire."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Inspector Rex with its goddamn ham rolls! (At least in the Austrian seasons)
  • [adult swim]'s 80's sitcom spoof Too Many Cooks has a long series of slight variations on the same theme song, as well as a full twenty seconds of Miranda spinning in place to effect her superhero transformation.
  • From The Hollywood Squares: You fool!
  • Whether Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, and Extras are using this or a lot of Leave the Camera Running is up to the individual troper.
  • Taxi. What does a yellow light mean? A classic of the genre.
  • The UK's new emergency number, as introduced by The IT Crowd: 0118 999 881 999 119 7253.
    • Denholm seemed particularly fond of these in the first series ("Are you sure?! Are you sure?! Are you sure?! Are you sure?! Are you sure?! Are you sure?!").
      • And briefly in the second series, where he spends half a minute during the middle of his Video Will doing nothing but eating an apple.
      • Denholm's son does this as his second ever action on the show with his sudden slapfight with the priest. You can hear the audience laughter go up and down three times as they realise he's still going.
      • They did it in the very first episode, with the first line.
    Denholm: Hope it doesn't embarrass you, Jen, but I find it the best thing to do with the new employee is to size them up with a long, hard stare.
    • Roy gets his Establishing Character Moment in his first appearance when he ignores ringing telephone. He eats a muffin, licks his fingers, licks his other hand's fingers, then reaches for...the coffee cup right behind the phone and drinks. Only after that he answers the phone.
    • The second Fake-Out Make-Out in "Are We Not Men", which involves Moss kissing Roy as cover from what must be at least two dozen police cars that are swooping past them.
  • iCarly: The code to unlock the Bensons' front door. It's longer than the new UK Emergency Phone number from The IT Crowd.
    • Also in "iChristmas" when Sam is in juvie and Carly is trying to prove that she knows her, Sam keeps asking Carly unusual questions that she ends up knowing the answers to.
    • And there was also Sam whaling on the dinosaur Zeebo with a boom mike.
  • Monk:
    • Whenever the protagonist has to fill out a form or write his name on a blackboard, go ahead and make yourself a sandwich. Due to his perfectionism, he HAS to make certain none of letters are slanted or runs lines, so he takes a nearly 30 seconds to write down a single letter.
    • There's a memorable example of this trope in "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan," where Monk is trying to say a simple sentence but is continuously interrupted by the sound of a jackhammer every time he opens his mouth. It's a fairly standard gag, but it goes on for a good five minutes.
    • This happens in a LOT of Monk episodes. You can almost see where the episode ran short and they decided to waste some time. The length of it usually makes it cringe-worthy.
  • Scrubs has one of JD's fantasies run a particularly long time when Turk and Carla are discussing how good a father he'd make. JD happens to be nearby, hears the conversation and his mind launches into a fantasy in which Turk accidentally leaves his son at a pumpkin patch, having mistaken him for a pumpkin, and brings the pumpkin home to Carla, who pardons him for it (his son, meanwhile, is found by another couple in the pumpkin patch). She states that the pumpkin is "kinda cute" and there is a montage of them raising the pumpkin as their own child, covering common parental issues like bathing, the child being injured at a softball game (yes, the pumpkin plays sports), and college, ending with the two holding the pumpkin "21 years later", with the pumpkin wearing a graduation cap and a diploma resting on it, stating how proud of the pumpkin they are for qualifying as a valedictorian. Suddenly, they drop the pumpkin accidentally and while crying over the smashed remains they hear a startled cry of "Mom? Dad?!". They look up to see their real son, fully grown (and looking exactly like Turk), staring at them in disbelief and joy from across the street. He starts to cross the street toward his long-lost parents...only to be run over by a bus. Carla faints, Turk cries out in despair, and JD finally snaps out of his daydream to look up at Turk.
    Turk: Dude, you okay? You were gone for an awfully long time.
    JD: You're going to be a horrible father!
    Doctor: Dear God, when do they ever say ribs?
    Dr. Cox: Never. They never say ribs.
  • The third season of the British version of The Apprentice had a hilarious real life example, utterly unintended. It comes a bit later in this scene, after the simply bad demo.
  • The "Sex" episode of Brasseye contains a notable overly long "End of part one" ident after the Peter Stringfellow interview 11 minutes in.
  • One episode of Pee-wee's Playhouse had Pee-wee give a dog a bowl of food. They focus on the dog eating his food for a full minute with no dialog and no reactions. Just a Leave the Camera Running close-up shot of a dog eating from a bowl.
  • MST3K:
    • Some host skits use this trope:
      • The Creeping Terror music skit
      • Crow-as-Screaming-Skull skit.
      • Tom's nearly three-minute hysterical laughing/crying jag in one of the host segments for The Violent Years.
      • More than four minutes are spent after The Undead watching Professor Bobo make a sandwich.
      • One episode has Tom doing a walk-a-thon for "Helping Children Through Research and Development," which is actually an acronym for "Hi Everyone, Let's Pitch In 'N Get Cracking Here In Louisiana Doing Right, Eh? Now Then, Hateful Rich Overbearing Ugly Guys Hurt Royally Everytime Someone Eats A Radish, Carrot, Hors-d'ouvres, And Never Does Dishes. Eventually Victor Eats Lunch Over Peoria Mit Ein Nauesburger Tod." This is repeated in its entirety several times.
      • A Joke by Ingmar Bergman from "The Sword and the Dragon" takes four minutes to tell a simple joke by imitating an Ingmar Bergman film.
      • In a host segment for The Dead Talk Back, Crow, dressed as Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead, does an interminably long guitar solo. He doesn't even stop right away when it's time to go back to the movie. He also continues through the remaining host segments and the closing credits.
      • In Teenage Crimewave, the credits are repeatedly cut short by scenes of Frank getting sprayed with the Mace Mousse.
      • Daddy-O had the button that starts the credits break, so it kept going back to the Mads doing various things until Dr. F finally fixes the button.
      • Dr. F slapping Frank throughout the credits of The Beast of Yucca Flats.
    • Sometimes the gang make extended riffs, often to cover up for long periods of silence in the film:
      • Tom and Crow laughing creepily and Italianly over the credits to Devil Fish.
      • Tom's extended "20 Year Plan" speech in "Manos" The Hands of Fate, to cover up one of the film's many extended driving sequences. This gag, at a whopping minute and ten seconds, is the longest continuous riff in the show's ten-year history.
      • While watching the film Laserblast, towards the end, an upbeat melody is playing on the radio of the car, prompting Servo to sing The South's Gonna Do It Again by the Charlie Daniels Band. Mike then asks Servo what exactly the South will do again, a question that Servo answers, but over the next few riffs, shows frustration at Mike's question. The trio continue to riff normally, but either Servo would bring up The subject again, or Mike would continue to ask about the South for the next five minutes. It ends with Servo angrily shouting at Mike "Oh look, just lay off! You'll see! When the South does rise again, I'll be laughing! Me! Me!!!"
  • Examples from Top Gear:
    • "Can I just spell this out? It's a D, o, p, p, e, l...k, u, p, p...l,u,n,g. S, g, e, t. R. I, e. B. ...E." (German for "double clutch gear")
    • When Jay Leno did the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, he had to listen to Jeremy reading out a list of previous cars he owns. At least four times he stops, the audience laughs...and then it turns out he was just pausing for breath. Eventually he genuinely does stop listing them, and just says "Yeah, that's page one...there's a page two and three as well..."
    • When Top Gear covered Clarkson and Hammond's participation in the filming of a car chase sequence in the film The Sweeney, Clarkson insisted that the movie's dialogue should acknowledge the fact that in order to turn off traction control in the Jaguar used by some Fake Serbian baddies, a button must be pressed and held in for ten seconds. Their cut of the car chase sequence paused to include an uninterrupted shot of this action taking place.
  • The Colbert Report:
    • When the show came back from the 2007/8 writers' strike, the excited Studio Audience gave Stephen a spontaneous standing ovation at the top of the first show which lasted for a minute and a half and resisted all attempts to stop it. It only ended when Stephen got up from his desk and physically forced the first row of the audience to sit down.
    • There's also the Pringles gag, where he went through dozens of flavors that were not recalled before finally reaching the two that were. And, in a sense, the entire show is this, since it's an endless satire of sensationalistic conservative talk shows.
    • For the 2012 US Election special, The Colbert Report opened with a full, excruciating minute of a cartoon elephant punching a cartoon donkey. At the end of which the donkey pulled a gun and shot the elephant.
  • One episode of the second season of I'm Alan Partridge, in which Alan spots Dan from across a car park and shouts, in a vain attempt to attract his attention: "DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN!"...etc.
  • The Britcom Black Books had an Overly Long Gag in the episode "The Grapes of Wrath", in which Manny pretends a Shiatsu neck massager with a pair of robot breasts, but completely fails to capture Bernard's attention, resulting in a whole minute of variations on "Look, Bernard. Bernard, look. Bernard. Look, Bernard, look. Look. Bernard, look. Look. Look. Look, Bernard, Bernard, look. Bernard. Bernard, look..." Which just makes the punchline even funnier when Bernard finally snaps and asks him what he's doing: "I'm a prostitute robot from the future!"
    • When Manny has a new door lock installed, the installation guy tells him an infeasibly long code to unlock it, during which Manny becomes distracted by a Subbueto player in his hair.
  • On The Whitest Kids U' Know, there's the portrayal of the Devil in the "Opus" routine.
    "What, you think the Devil lives in some sort of condo down in Florida? Yeah-huh. See, see, the thing about people like you is that you think that the Devil lives in some sort of houseboat, just drinkin' daiquiris, and listenin' to Jimmy Buffet. People like you think that the Devil lives in some sort of abandoned railroad car, just travelin' from state to state, eatin' sardines out of a can, and tellin' stories to strangers, and pettin' his scraggly little dog that he has. See, people like you think that the Devil lives in some sort of magical hot air balloon kingdom, where he just zooms around on a Segway scooter, and watches soap operas, and does Sudoku! People like you think that the Devil lives in some sort of rundown laundry detergent factory, where he just eats candy canes out of a box that he has, and he just writes short stories, and twirls his hair! You see, people like you think that the Devil is some sort of stowaway on Paul Simon's tour bus, just travelin' across America, and eatin' Teddy Grahams, and when people fall asleep, spittin' them in their ears! See, people like you, think that the Devil lives on some jewel-encrusted surfboard, just floatin' in the middle of a wave pool, just readin' romance novels, and thinkin' about boys! People like you think that the Devil lives on a Hollywood movie studio set that's made to look like a World War II fighter jet, and he just lounges around all day, gettin' baked, and callin' his friends, and hangin' up on 'em! People like y—"
  • A frequent gag on Father Ted has Mrs. Doyle the housekeeper asking someone if they want tea and if they say no, going into a repetition of "Ah, go on. Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on..." until they either give in or Ted sends her away.
    • A variation of this, in the episode when Fr. Jack was sent to an elderly priests' home and Ted received a replacement for him, had her produce a card with "Will you have a cup of tea?" on it, followed by what seemed like fifty with "Ah go on" written on them. (There was loud music which made it impossible to hear.)
    • Also frequently seen in Dougal's attempts to understand things.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
    • The "It's the Arts" sketch about the unknown German baroque composer Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dangle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-eine-nurnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mit-zweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-raucher von Hautkopft of Ulm. The skit primarily focuses on an interview with his last surviving relative, Karl Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dangle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-eine-nurnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mit-zweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-raucher von Hautkopft of Ulm, who recalls that the first time he met Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dangle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-eine-nurnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mit-zweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-raucher von Hautkopft of Ulm was when he was with his wife, Serah Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dangle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-eine-nurnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mit-zweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-raucher von Hautkopft of Ulm. However, Karl Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dangle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-eine-nurnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mit-zweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-raucher von Hautkopft of Ulm dies of old age before the interviewer can finish asking a question made very, very, very long simply by repetition of this Overly Long Name.
    • Also consider the sketch about the phenomenon of Déjà vu, that strange feeling we sometimes get that we've lived through something before. Consider the sketch about the phenomenon of Déjà vu, that strange feeling we sometimes get that we've lived through something before. Also consider...
    • Number one. The Larch. The Larch. And now...Number one. The Larch. The Larch. (repeat throughout episode, enough times that people cheer when they finally get to another tree.)
    • The curtains going up before the Vocational Guidance Counselor sketch.
    • The Hungarian phrasebook sketch, which spends over half a minute following a policeman running across town after hearing a fistfight break out.
    • Also consider the sketch about the phenomenon of Déjà vu, that strange feeling we sometimes get that we've lived through something before. Consider the sketch about the phenomenon of Déjà vu, that strange feeling we sometimes get that we've lived through something before. Also consider...
    • The Election Night sketch with a Very Silly Candidate that Crosses the Line Twice into funny:
      Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrella Stand Jasper Wednesday * pops mouth twice* Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable * horse whinny* Arthur Norman Michael * squeaker* Featherstone Smith * blows whistle* Northgot Edwards Harris * fires pistol, then whoops* Mason * train sounds* Frampton Jones Fruitbat * laughs* * squeaker* Gilbert * sings* "We'll Keep a Welcome in the-" * shoots thrice* Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkin * squeaker* Tiger-drawers Pratt Thompson * sings* "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" Darcy Carter * horn* Pussycat * sings* "Don't Sleep In The Subway" Barton Mainwaring * hoot and whoop* Smith
    • One sketch has man giving an epic diatribe about vacationing. In the album version, a man is forced to listen to him and is driven insane. In the printed version, other text is layered over it to cover it up. "Yes, I quite agree, I mean what's the point of being treated like sheep? What's the point of going abroad if you're just another tourist carted around in buses surrounded by sweaty mindless oafs from Kettering and Coventry in their cloth caps and their cardigans and their transistor radios and their Sunday Mirrors, complaining about the tea - "Oh they don't make it properly here, do they, not like at home" - and stopping at Majorcan bodegas selling fish and chips and Watney's Red Barrel and calamares and two veg and sitting in their cotton frocks squirting Timothy White's suncream all over their puffy raw swollen purulent flesh 'cos they "overdid it on the first day" and being herded into endless Hotel Miramars and Bellvueses and Continentales with their modern international luxury roomettes and draught Red Barrel and swimming pools full of fat German businessmen pretending they're acrobats forming pyramids and frightening the children and barging into queues and if you're not at your table spot on seven you miss the bowl of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, the first item on the menu of International Cuisine, and every Thursday night the hotel has a bloody cabaret in the bar, featuring a tiny emaciated dago with nine-inch hips and some bloated fat tart with her hair brylcreemed down and a big arse presenting Flamenco for Foreigners and then some adenoidal typists from Birmingham with flabby white legs and diarrhoea trying to pick up hairy bandy-legged wop waiters called Manuel and once a week there's an excursion to the local Roman Remains to buy cherryade and melted ice cream and bleeding Watney's Red Barrel and one evening you visit the so called typical restaurant with local colour and atmosphere and you sit next to a party from Rhyl who keep singing "Torremolinos, Torremolinos" and complaining about the food - "It's so greasy isn't it?" - and you get cornered by some drunken greengrocer from Luton with an Instamatic camera and Dr. Scholl sandals and last Tuesday's Daily Express and he drones on and on about how Mr. Smith should be running this country and how many languages Enoch Powell can speak and then he throws up over the Cuba Libres and sending tinted postcards of places they don't realise they haven't even visited to "All at number 22, weather wonderful, our room is marked with an 'X'. Food very greasy but we've found a charming little local place hidden away in the back streets where they serve Watney's Red Barrel and cheese and onion crisps and the accordionist plays "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner" and spending four days on the tarmac at Luton airport on a five-day package tour with nothing to eat but dried BEA-type sandwiches and you can't even get a drink of Watney's Red Barrel because you're still in England and the bloody bar closes every time you're thirsty and there's nowhere to sleep and the kids are crying and vomiting and breaking the plastic ash-trays and they keep telling you it'll only be another hour although your plane is still in Iceland and has to take some Swedes to Yugoslavia before it can load you up at 3 a.m. in the bloody morning and you sit on the tarmac till six because of "unforeseen difficulties", i.e. the permanent strike of Air Traffic Control in Paris - and nobody can go to the lavatory until you take off at 8, and when you get to Malaga airport everybody's swallowing Enterovioform and queuing for the toilets and queuing for the armed customs officers and queuing for the bloody bus that isn't there to take you to the hotel that hasn't yet been finished and when you finally get to the half-built Algerian ruin called the Hotel del Sol by paying half your holiday money to a licensed bandit in a taxi you find there's no water in the pool, there's no water in the taps, there's no water in the bog and there's only a bleeding lizard in the bidet and half the rooms are double booked and you can't sleep anyway because of the permanent twenty-four-hour drilling of the foundations of the hotel next door - and you're plagues by appalling apprentice chemists from Ealing pretending to be hippies, and middle-class stockbrokers' wives busily buying identical holiday villas in suburban development plots just like Esher, in case the Labour government gets in again, and fat American matrons with sloppy buttocks and Hawaiian-patterned ski pants looking for any mulatto male who can keep it up long enough when they finally let it all flop out and the Spanish Tourist Board promises you that the raging cholera epidemic is merely a case of mild Spanish tummy, like the previous outbreak of Spanish tummy in 1660 which killed half London and decimated Europe - and meanwhile the bloody Guardia are busy arresting sixteen-year-olds for kissing in the streets and shooting anyone under nineteen who doesn't like Franco and then on the last day in the airport lounge everyone's comparing sunburns, drinking Nasty Spumante, buying cartons of duty free "cigarillos" and using up their last pesetas on horrid dolls in Spanish National costume and awful straw donkeys and bullfight posters with your name on "Ordoney, El Cordobes and Brian Pules of Norwich" and 3-D pictures of the Pope and Kennedy and Franco, and everybody's talking about coming again next year and you swear you never will although there you are tumbling bleary-eyed out of a tourist-tight antique Iberian airplane..."
    • Also consider the sketch about the phenomenon of Déjà vu, that strange feeling we sometimes get that we've lived through something before.
    • And subverted with The Man Who Contradicts People, which starts with a TV presenter interviewing a man who contradicts whatever is being said to him, when suddenly John Cleese interrupts it with a bored "and on and on".
  • Lying somewhere between Overly Long Gag and Leave the Camera Running: a sketch from an old Finnish sketch show (starring the Finnish actor/comedian legend Pertti "Spede" Pasanen) features a customer and a salesman in a hardware store. The customer asks for a certain product and the salesman picks it up from the shelf: the joke lies in that the salesman goes to the shelf, picks up the item and brings it to the customer veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery sloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowly, easily taking a few minutes with the camera patiently watching the "action". And then this is repeated. Several times.
    • This trope is also subverted in that same sketch: at one point, the customer asks for 206 tacks. After finding the box of tacks, the salesman starts picking tacks from the box and placing them on the counter, one by one. However, after five tacks he gives up, picks up a handful of tacks and slams them on the counter. "Two hundred and six."
    • Tim Conway and Harvey Korman did a similar skit set in (naturally) a fast-food restaurant. "Lemme just put a 'rush' on that order..R...U...."
  • One sketch on MADtv was nothing more than two people engaged in a Mexican Standoff and yelling at each other, "Drop the gun!" "No YOU drop the gun!" "I said drop the gun!" "No YOU drop the gun!" etc.
  • This happens with Saturday Night Live sketches quite a bit.
  • Speaking of Andy Kaufman, who obviously loved this trope, he showed up on The Midnight Special in the 1970s to sing this.
  • Done in QI with the following example of Alan's buzzer.
    • Courtesy of Dudley Moore, as mentioned below under Music.
  • In The Middleman, High Aldwin orders to release a special forces agent by executive decree twenty-four, five, seventeen, eight, ninety-three, fifty-five, two, thirty-nine,..
  • There's an episode of Night Court in which our intrepid characters must clear all their cases by a specific time, or any remaining defendants will be set free. Their very last defendant is a slooooooooooooooow taaaaaaalkerrrrrrrr.
  • Wonder Showzen's entire first season finale, entitled "Patience", was an overly long gag to test the viewer's patience. The first act is extremely slow, and the second act is the entire first act in reverse. The third act is extremely fast.
  • During one round of "Is This Is The Answer, What Is The Question?" in Mock the Week, the answer is "63 years". Milton Jones immediately answers, "Is it how long can I keep this up?" and begins clapping. He keeps this up for a good 20-30 seconds, with the audience laughing for the entire duration, until he finally asks Dara O'Briain to press hiss buzzer so he can stop. Sadly the scene was cut, but it was later shown in a highlights episode.
  • Done as a sketch entitled 'The Long Big Punch Up' in 90s Britcom The Fast Show. This sketch occurs several times throughout the series, each time in a different location.
    • Also used in a Fast Show sketch where Unlucky Alf sees a hole in the ground in the distance, and remarks that he's probably going to fall into it. He does, but only after spending a full minute walking towards it.
    • Also in a sketch involving a behind the scenes look at a stop motion animator. "I move it just a little bit, and then I take a picture. And then I move it...just a...tiny bit..."
  • It's not a gag, but remember the first time you saw The Wire? And the theme song went into its second verse? And then the instrumental bridge started? Then again it's quite possibly designed to weed out impatient people, because it's really not the right show for them...
  • The White Hole discussion in Red Dwarf. One of the best examples because the characters are aware of it and desperately try to break free of it, with no luck.
    Cat: So what is it?
    • "Everybody's Dead, Dave." "What, everybody?" "Yes, Dave. Everybody's dead, Dave." "Chen? Peterson?" "Yes, Dave. Everybody's dead, Dave." "What, even Shelby?" "Yes, Shelby! Everybody's dead, Dave!"
    • The "Captain reset" gag of Pete just avoids this.
    • Rimmer's salute. In the two-parter Pete he is repeatedly called up to the captain's office, and every time the salute is quite a bit longer and more complicated than last time. In the commentary, you find out it's just his way of being polite. People don't see it his way.
    • "FISH! Today's fish is trout a la creme, enjoy your meal. FISH! Today's fish is trout a la creme, enjoy your meal. FISH!" etc.
    • Rimmer's recounting of his favourite Risk victory probably counts as this.
  • Little Britain:
    • "Margaret? Margaret?".
    • "Anybody? No? Dust. Anybody? No? Dust."
  • My Name Is Earl episode "Inside Probe, Part 2". After seeing an interview with Darnell cut short by a commercial break just as he was about to say something important, Joy asks Darnell what he was about to say as the latter bites on a massive sandwich. Darnell starts chewing, does so for a very long time, the show itself goes into a commercial break, and when it returns, Darnell is still chewing, as Joy grows impatient. Darnell finally swallows and says he doesn't remember, then bites on his sandwich again.
  • America's Next Top Model had one when Cycle 11 contestant Nikeysha was eliminated...and proceeded to talk continuously over the credits.
    • American Idol did something similar in season 5, with Kellie Pickler talking and talking straight through her elimination, until the show cut out, not even giving the show a chance to show her sing-out.
  • In Twin Peaks, Dell Mibbler's one scene in the final episode is full of this due to his incredibly slow walking. First he walks very slowly across the room and back to get Audrey a glass of water. A moment later, he has to lead Pete and Andrew across a long hall, which means they also have to walk at his pace.
  • Stargate-verse:
    • Not nearly as drastic as some of these, but in the episode "Frozen" of Stargate SG-1 where the main characters are on some Arctic base meeting the scientists there. As Fraiser and Sam are introduced to them, there's a quite long conversation going on that consists of hand-shaking and "Doctor. Doctor. Doctor. Major. Doctor. Doctor. Major. Doctor..." before finally Jack just tells them to shut up.
    • This also happens in Stargate Atlantis in the episode "Be All My Sins Remembered", where Sam, Sheppard, Ellis, and Caldwell all greet each other. It goes like this.
      Caldwell: Colonel.
      Ellis: Colonel.
      Caldwell: [to Sam] Colonel.
      Sam: Colonels.
      Ellis: [to Sheppard] Colonel.
      Sheppard: Colonels.
      Rodney: What, seriously?
  • BBC's animal dubbing show, Walk on the Wild Side, features a segment with a Prairie Dog. Every single one of these segments features it shouting "ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN! ALAN!", before it realizes the other Prairie Dog it's shouting at is not Alan.
  • The Australian sketch show Double Take kept coming back to a waiter describing the restaurant's special, over at least half a dozen sketches. By the end, the customers, bored out of their minds, just order it. He then reveals that they're actually fresh out of it, and starts on a new one which is thankfully cut off by the end of the episode.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • In the series 1 finale, "Come On", the protagonist is attempting to perform a rain dance to induce precipitation (long story). Trope is somewhat subverted in that one of the other characters actually commentates on its slump into overly longness. "Funny... still funny... still funny... still funny... [check watch]... and now it's sad."
    • In the season 2 finale, Ted and Robin are discussing whether they can finally tell people (that they've broken up). Barney overhears and asks "Tell people what?" They assure him that they'll tell him and the others later, and he says that's fine but a second later starts asking "Tell people what? Tell people what?" ad nauseum. He eventually ends up hijacking the microphone so he can broadcast it to the whole room, only stopping when someone asks him to mention a car whose lights were left on. Then he resumes asking "Tell people what?" finishing after the opening credits.
    • Speaking of Barney, at the end of Season Two he says "Legen- Wait for it! -" and the episode ends. Then the next season begins and he says "-Dary!" before commenting that it feels like he was saying something really long for some reason. In real life, that punchline came several months after the joke started.
    • In "Glitter", Barney tells Tedd that he has to cut his high school best friend Punchy loose, and then proceeds to quote Catchphrases from 19 reality shows, i.e. "You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye!"
    • The trope is defied in the Season 4 episode "Mosbius Designs": Barney, wanting to avoid an uncomfortable discussion, claims being in love with someone, but saying "wait for it" after every word. Marshall eventually interrupts and says, "I know that you're in love with Robin!".
    • The ducky tie that Barney has to wear for a whole year.
  • The Almost Live! sketch series "Mind Your Manners with Billy Quan" features, as a Signature Move, Billy performing an overly long jumping kick attack.
    Billy: HaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA...!!
  • Cult 90s sketch show The State had a few of these. One classic example is The Bearded Men of Space Station 11.
  • Married... with Children: "And now, Jefferson will recite the minutes from last week's meeting." "8:00...8:01...8:02..."
  • In the middle of all the epic events in part 2 of Lost's season 1 finale comes Hurley's flashback to getting on the plane. Everyone else's was brief and to the point. His is the longest in the entire episode...and all it shows is the tons of mishaps he got into going to the airport.
  • Harry Hill's TV Burp has the "Cataracts" sketch when characters on Emmerdale repeated the word "Cataracts" which Harry Hill extended by getting everyone in ITV's studio repeating the word. He then did a similar sketch about "Ear Cataracts" later in the series.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine uses this far too frequently to count, although it never stops being funny.
  • The Day Today had a classic example featuring a dull pool security guard slowly explaining how relatively successful his career has been. "1981: No one died. 1982: No one died. 1983: No one died. etc."
    • A Running Gag throughout the series involves the show's animated programme idents, all of which run on that one bit too long...
  • Victorious: "Please run in front of a bus." "Quite obnoxious of you to say!" "Really?" "Sure was." "Thaaaaaanks!" "Up your nose I see boogers." "Very clever." "Wish you'd thought of that?" "X marks the spot I'd like to punch." "Your...finger smells weird!" And so on and so forth.
    • And at the beginning and closing credits of Freak the Freak Out, Trina keeps taking pictures of herself with a remote controlled camera, the first instance she continues even when her father walks in. He even does some poses too while trying to speak to her.
    • "A, K, 4, 5, 5, H, J, 1, 4, 7, 7, H, Y, 7, F, L, 4...(later) 6, Q, L, 4, K, 3, 2, A, M, T, Y...(later) K, L, 5, 4, 9, B, D, 6."
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? does these on occasion. Sometimes the writers even get in on it; during one Dating Game skit Ryan was supposed to be the "Witch who entices the beast to her magic sleeping stool so she can find his true love to break the spell to turn him into a prince". The usual suggestions are things like "Angry Neighbor" or "The cast of South Park".
    Ryan: I'm just giving everyone a minute to read the novel that is my suggestion.
    • A Running Gag from the show was during the Scenes From A Hat game, Colin would start a joke and just keep it going until Ryan dragged him offstage. Possibly enforced by Drew in this case, since he wouldn't buzz Colin out until Ryan took Colin by the arm.
    • In one commonly-played game, three players will act out some scene, except two of them can only say two or three different phrases. Naturally, the third character soon gets extremely frustrated with the others after they've said the same thing a dozen or more times.
    • Any time a player pointedly ignores the host's buzzing multiple times, (s)he's generally in the midst of one of these.
    • Foreign Film Dub was a game where two players acted out a scene in a foreign language (usually just gibberish that sounds like the suggested language) with two other players making translations offscreen. Sometimes Ryan, if he's feeling particularly verbose that night, will make a translation that would go on for the better part of a minute.
  • ChuckleVision, that mulleted, mustachoid staple of any modern British childhood, is often prone to this. Screenwipe provides an example of when a two wheeled caravan acts like a seesaw. A large number of the gags involves Barry issuing Paul an order, Paul messing it up in a way that creates more work for Barry to clear up, which Paul then messes up again, which Barry then clears up, then Paul messes up then Barry clears up.
  • From an episode of The Young Ones: "What did you call me?!" "Codpiece Face!" "What did you call me?!" "Codpiece Face!" "What did you call me?!" Etc.
  • In an episode of As Time Goes By, Stephen mentions to Lionel that he's given up reading newspapers on Sundays. He then says that he's thinking about giving them up on Saturdays as well, if not cut them out altogether, working his way back through the week. "Starting with Friday. Then Thursday. Then Wednesday. And onto Tuesday. Then Monday. And of course Sunday would be alright because I've cracked that already. Of course, I could do the whole thing the other way round and give them up on Monday to start with. Then Tuesday..." Lionel's attempts to tell him that he gets the gist of it are ignored.
  • In what is probably one of the most famous scenes from Kenan & Kel, Kenan examines his friend during a lawsuit brought about him almost choking on a screw in a can of tuna. Kel ends up breaking down, confessing loudly to his friend that he dropped the screw in the tuna, over and over and over, while stumbling about the courtroom.
  • Mr. Show is notorious for two of these.
    • "The Story of Everest" is a long sketch from the 4th season of the show in which a man comes home to tell his parents that he has completed a trek to the top of Mount Everest. Mistaking the tea service behind him for a stool, he sits down, knocking several shelves of thimbles all over the ground. The thimbles are reset, and he attempts to tell the story again, but continues knocking over the thimbles. Over, and Over, and Over. In the DVD commentary, the cast recalls how arduous it was to reset the thimbles each time, which the live audience had to sit through.
    • Another involves two friends exiting a bar and awkwardly saying goodbye to each other. They part, and only minutes later, they cross paths again, and awkwardly say goodbye. Minutes later, they meet again, and awkwardly say goodbye again. This happens over, and over, and over, and over, until finally one of the friends dies in a car accident. The following scene is of everyone mourning at his funeral. A young woman says "I never got to say goodbye.", and the man's friend replies, "I did. A lot actually."
  • The League of Gentlemen: "Hello Dave!"
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, Lois sends the boys out so she can enjoy the hot tub she's been nagging Hal about for days. When they come back early, she ducks under the water to hide. Before heading back out, Hal stands around FOR HALF A MINUTE reading a film review. HALF A MINUTE.
  • An episode of Supernatural calls for Dean to scream after a cat jumps out at him. The director told Jensen Ackles to ham it up and scream as loud and as long as he could. Although the version in the actual episode isn't too excessive, there is a take on the blooper reel for season 4 that combines this trope with Chewing the Scenery for ultimate hilarity (see 20 seconds in here).
  • Lampshaded in the Community episode Contemporary American Poultry, when Troy uses the name of his new monkey once too often:
    Troy: "He released Annie's Boobs! Annie's Boobs could be anywhere! Annie's Boobs could be on the side of the road —"
    Shirley: [Fed-up] "We get it! The monkey's name is 'Annie's Boobs'."
    • The Dean does one for real in the season four premiere, stretching out the word "to" as he leads a crowd of students through the school tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the "the Hunger Deans!
  • The Tonight Show:
    • In a late 80s/early 90s episode, Johnny Carson introduces guest (then-governor) Bill Clinton with a two-minute introduction. What's better, after his first question to Bill, he pulls out an hourglass.
    • Jimmy Fallon set up one of these. He calls out a friend of his who claimed that Jimmy would never host The Tonight Show that he's due $100. Cue Robert De Niro walking on stage and slapping a $100 on the desk. Now enter a small cavalcade of celebrities each passing the bucks. And then, just to end the gag on a funny note, Stephen Colbert enters, dumps $100 worth of pennies all over, then takes a selfie with him and finally declares, "Welcome to 11:30...bitch!"
  • Distracting Disambiguation and this trope make up about 90% of the jokes on Reno 911!. Most of the gags get cut down so they aren't too horrible, but some of the deleted scenes last for an eternity. Twenty minutes of clarifying exactly what is going on is a long, long time.
  • Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza: One word. Duststorm.
  • At the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Mr. Lordi (the persona of the lead singer of Finnish metal band Lordi, who infamously won in 2006) got the honour to present the results of the Finnish vote. He then proceeded to drag it out by declaring each of the top 3 performers "the hottest, cutest, prettiest, ______"; see for yourself!
  • On The Carol Burnett Show, Tim Conway's old-man-shuffling routine got really old really fast.
  • In one episode of the educational show Behind The Scenes, Penn & Teller draw a line. A very long line. Past the paper. On the floor. Out the door. Onto the door. And so on!
  • In one episode of The Honeymooners, Ralph Kramden is so paranoid about a rent increase that he tries to defy it for all he is worth, insisting that the landlord is only bluffing. Ultimately, he receives an eviction notice. He then allows himself and Alice to be put out in the street, still thinking that the landlord is bluffing. It takes a snowfall right then for Ralph to finally crack and come to his senses. But then he stalls for an incredibly long amount of time to come up with a reason to accept the rent increase that he finds good.
    Ralph: I want you to understand something, Alice. It's not because I want to do it. It's not because I'm afraid of the cold or that I'm hungry. Or that I'm embarrassed by being out here. Don't think it is that, Alice, 'cause it isn't! You wanna know what it is? I'll tell you what it is! (pause) And you know what it is as well... I know... what it is! You know what it is! I'll tell you what it is! (another pause) Oh, I'll tell you what it is! (one more, very long pause) YOU KNOW THAT I KNOW HOW EASY YOU GET VIRUS! (goes inside apartment building)
  • The Goodies: The sound of Bill walking up the stairs in "Change of Life". It goes on so long that Tim and Graeme fall asleep in the middle of it.
  • Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell: After commenting on Tony Abbott's repetitive, stuttering speech pattern, Shaun cuts to Alan Parsons, who argues that what you say is more important than how long it takes to say it - which takes him over two minutes to get out, thanks to him imitating Abbott's speech. "Mr. Parsons, thanks for our time."
  • The Mario Bros. sketches on You're Skitting Me invariably become an Argument of Contradictions that go on and on and on and on and on and...
  • Appears twice in an episode of Woodley. Frank is caught trying to smuggle several puppies into a hospital under his clothes, to cheer up his grandfather, and is forced to remove all eleven of them, one at a time. Later, the same Doctor catches Frank wearing stolen surgical gloves again, and forces him to hand them over. He proceeds to take off several dozen pairs, one at a time, over a couple of scenes. This time it's done to distract the doctor from the party in his grandfather's ward.
  • The tenth season of The Big Bang Theory ends with one. While Amy's away at Princeton, Sheldon hires a female assistant who seemingly has a crush on him. Finally, they're alone in his office and she kisses him without his consent. He responds by saying he has something to do and walking out the door. We then see him walk out of the building, get into a taxi, ride to the airport, book a flight, take that flight, land in New Jersey, take another taxi to Princeton, walk into the building where Amy is staying, walk up to her room, give his signature knock, and propose to her.

  • "Supa Scoopa And Mighty Scoop" by Kyuss. After the final short riff is played, there's silence. But after a short pause, it's played again. And again. And again...and again. 9 times in total. And the pauses between them keep growing longer, so that you just can't expect that last one riff if you haven't heard the song before (as if you would expect it to be repeated 9 times anyhow...).
  • They Might Be Giants:
    • The outro for "Hearing Aid" is several bars of slowly fading noise and music.
    • The outro for "Spy" is a long series of comically discordant saxophone noises and guitar chords, which tends to get extended even further in live performances.
    • There's also the "Dial-a-Drum-Solo" audience participation bit from the New Live Version of "She's Actual Size".
    • Live performances of "Older" tend to drag out the Stop and Go pause in the line "And time... is still marching on" by having the band perform skits and such.
  • Shut Up And Explode
  • The end of this piano piece by Dudley Moore. It gets to the point where even Moore himself (apparently) can't conceal his frustration from the audience.
  • The outer movements of Erik Satie's piano suite Embryons desséchés spend way too long a time banging out the final chords. And that's nothing compared to a full performance of Satie's Vexations, a short and ugly little theme which has a note at the end saying to repeat 840 times.
    • Actually, the big kicker with Vexations is that every chord in that theme has a tritone in it, meaning that it goes from 'short and ugly' to 'really, really weird'. And given that if one (or rather, a group of pianists) does all 840 repetitions it can take upwards of nineteen hours, we can imagine how hard everything is. To give a better perspective on how bizarre Vexations is, every pianist that's attempted all 840 repetitions by themselves had to stop about five, six hours in because they were hallucinating.
  • The outro to "Yig Snake Daddy" by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets.
  • Many a Playground Song is like this:
  • One has to mention "Rocket Morton" by Nurse with Wound...
  • There's a 72-minute version of Haddaway's "What is Love". Play it with company, and see how long it takes your friends to realize something is amiss.
  • The ending to Counting Crows' "Hanginaround" goes way, way, way, way, too long.
  • Flipper's "Brainwash" - not only are the only lyrics just a long bout of inarticulate stammering followed by "Nevermind, forget it, you wouldn't understand anyway", but it's a 30 second song being looped over and over again for almost seven minutes. To top it off, the vinyl version ended in a lock groove, repeating the "you wouldn't understand anyway" part until the listener got up and manually turned it off.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Hardware Store" has a 30-second non-stop listing of all the items said hardware store sells.
    • "Albuquerque" and "Trapped in the Drive-Thru". The ENTIRETY of both of them.
      • When performed live, Weird Al will extend Albuquerque's donut shop section even further than he does in the studio, to the point of listing donuts you've probably never even heard of.
    • Lampshaded or subverted perhaps in "Generic Blues": During the guitar solo, Al pleads, "Make it talk, son, make it talk!" Cue a seemingly endless jam on two notes (a tri-tone apart, giving it a siren-type quality), but Al cuts it short: "Okay, now, make it shut up!"
  • "99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of-"* smack*
  • Flanders and Swann abused this trope horribly every time Swann gets to sing in a foreign language. In "In The Desert" it probably goes on too long but it's more than made up for by "Kokoraki" in which Flanders (audibly) grows more and more impatient with the length of the song and when it finally ends (Swann remonstrating that he was forced to omit eight verses) remarks that Swann "can sing the rest of it * Swann sets in for another few verses* SOME OTHER TIME * Swann ignores him and carries on* " (spoiler for the sake of the comedy. You really should listen to their original stage shows).
  • The extended drum sequence at the end of The Stone Roses' "I Am The Resurrection" from The Stone Roses
  • Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Four minutes of song, and roughly 13 minutes of solos.
  • Devo is on record with causing audience members to try and stop them from playing in their basement days. The first known performance of the song "Jocko Homo" occurred when they were hired to open for Sun Ra at a private venue (they got in by pretending to be a Bad Company cover band). They baffled and annoyed them with original songs, culminating in a (reportedly) thirty-minute version of "Jocko Homo". A heavily trimmed recording of this appears on DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years. At some point while they are endlessly chanting "Are we not men?" an audience member grabs the microphone and calls them "A bunch of assholes" (other people have apparently also been throwing beer cans). At the end, the band jams on "I Need A Chick" while the promoters come to unplug them.
  • MC Chris has elements of this in a lot of the skits on his albums, but none more so than in "Happy Hunting", when a gameshow host lists the names of a huge group of Bounty Hunters. By the end of it he's calling out names like, "The Lamp", "Curtains", and "El Table".
  • The last line of the song "Joseph's Coat/The Coat of Many Colors" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. What makes it particularly funny is that the coat is pretty succinctly described earlier in the song as "red and yellow and green and brown and blue," which gives you a pretty good impression of what it looks like as well as being mercifully short. But later the singers describe the coat more thoroughly as "red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and cream and crimson and silver and rose and azure and lemon and russet and gray and purple and white and pink and orange and BLUE!"
  • Arlo Guthrie's "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree". It's over 18 minutes long, is supposed to be about a diner owned by a woman named Alice, but is primarily occupied by a story about going to jail for littering. Watch part one here and part two here.
    • The sequel, "The Alice's Restaurant Multi-Colored Rainbow Roach Affair", clocks in at just over half an hour.
    • Arlo Guthrie re-recorded "Alice's Restaurant" to mark its 30th anniversary. Though this version moves at a considerably quicker tempo than the original, its length stretches beyond the original by a few minutes due to a hilarious extra section where Arlo speculates about the role of "Alice's Restaurant" in the Watergate scandal.
  • Paul and Storm use this in their song "Shake Machine (Parts 1&2)". The entirety of part 2 (one minute and twenty-eight seconds) is the closing saxophone cadenza. In their commentary on the track, they describe this as pulling a Steve Martin, referencing the aforementioned scene in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.
    • "Opening Band" concludes with a final "Hello." that's drawn out for 22 seconds during which you can hear the "audience" coughing and fidgeting.
  • Ivan Cutler's I'm Happy. (I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy, I'm happy ....)
    • Likewise, one of Chumbawamba's earliest recordings was an intentionally terrible song called "I'm Thick," released under the faux band name of 'Skin Disease.' The lyrics consisted of the title, repeated dozens of times.
  • Phil Spector had one of his girl groups, the Crystals, record a single called "(Let's Dance) The Screw" - not intended for release, but intended solely for the ears of Phil's former business partner, who left Philles Records in a huff. Side one is an extremely bland twist number that drags on for five minutes, its lyrics consisting of little more than the title; side two is more of the same, except at half the tempo.
  • Graham Chapman of Monty Python...he likes traffic lights. He likes traffic lights. He likes traffic lights. He likes traffic lights.
    • Monty Python's unreleased "Hastily Cobbled Together For A Fast Buck" LP ended one side with an Eric Idle solo piece called 'Laughing At The Unfortunate,' which climaxed in a grating loop of Eric laughing.
  • The Beatles inserted a short groove containing unintelligible gibberish right at the edge of the side-two label on original UK pressings of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." For listeners whose turntables did not shut off automatically, this loop would continue endlessly until the needle was lifted from the record.
    • Numerous other bands later mimicked this technique. The Who ended The Who Sell Out with a looping plug for their label, Track Records; Pink Floyd inserted an endlessly dripping tap at the end of 'Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast' (on Atom Heart Mother); and the final burst of feedback on side four of Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music continues into the run-out groove so that it can repeat infinitely.
  • The band Blasting Trout Overbite once did a college open mic performance where they closed a short set by endeavoring to play The Champs' "Tequila" for as long as possible before being kicked off stage, ending up playing it for an estimated 10 minutes. The song was specifically chosen because it's fairly repetitive to begin with, so it would take a while for the audience to notice that something was amiss.
  • From the Leo Kottke album My Father's Face, the track called "Doorbell"
  • On Oasis' third album Be Here Now, the tune called "It's Getting Better, Man". The outro plays this trope straight. In fact, at least half of Be Here Now plays this trope pretty well.
  • The uncut music video for Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker" begins with two men in a car (who are obviously meant to be parodies of gang members) trying to woo two women standing on a street corner, and using every conceivable sex joke (and every variation of "fuck") they can think of. This goes on for a solid three minutes, then (just as it seems it might continue indefinitely), their car gets rear-ended and pushed forwards by a stretch limousine that keeps going...and going...and going for the next forty seconds. Only after this does the video start properly.
  • "(Let's Talk) Physical" is a remix of The Revolting Cocks' "(Let's Get) Physical" that consists of a seven minute loop of a snare hit and Chris Connelly yelling "TALK!". It's meant as a parody of repetitive "extended" remixes of songs.
  • Slowed down Sci-Fi Classics. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme song clocks in at about 26 and a half minutes.
  • There are some children's / folk songs out there which consist of several connected verses, which tell a story that returns to the beginning after a while and starts again with the first verse.
    • Like a German song that has Liese (the woman) asking her "dear Heinrich" what she should do in case the pot has a hole. He gives her some advice. Then she asks about that advice, and so on. The English equivalent is "There's A Hole In The Bucket".
  • Melvins manage to do this with silence: The track "Pure Digital Silence" has a band member adopting a ludicrous Fake Brit accent to announce "And now, for your listening pleasure, a few moments of pure. digital. silence", followed by about a minute and a half of exactly that. Since it's near the end of Prick, an album full of frequently cacophonous studio experiments, it might have also been intended as a breather.
    • "Pick It N' Flick It" from the same album may also be an example, as it's essentially a minute and a half Big Rock Ending without an actual song attached to it.
  • "The Boring Song" by Status Quid (one of the many aliases of parody band The Hee Bee Gee Bees). Oh not again, please not again...
  • I'm so fresh you can suck my nuts!
  • A few Das Racist songs are made of this trope.
  • "John & Yoko" from John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Wedding Album is basically them two calling each other's names for half an hour straight to a Heartbeat Soundtrack.
  • The skit "You Play Too Much" on the Method Man album "Tical 2000: Judgment Day" has Chris Rock introducing the rapper as a guest for a New Year's Eve party. Instead of introducing him by name, however, Rock spends about a minute rattling off a Long List of nicknames, which grow more and more absurd as the list goes on (name-dropping Mr. Hankey, Mike Tyson ["Kid Dynamite"], and actress Marla Gibbs, among others). Eventually, Meth gets fed up and takes Rock's microphone away, telling him to skip the long introduction and "just say 'Meth'" next time.

  • In the second episode of Jemjammer the party gets ambushed by bandits. Cacophony has to rouse everyone from their sleep to fight back, and Jylliana spends a good five minutes waking up and gathering up her stuff. It almost lasts into the fight itself!

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Chris Jericho promo number 170: armbar!
  • Possibly unintentional (but probably not): during a short WCW "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan match, play-by-play commentator Tony Schiavone claimed that Hacksaw was "a very intelligent man." Color commentator Bobby Heenan proceeded to laugh uncontrollably. For the entire three-minute match. When Schiavone brings up Duggan's college football career near the end, Heenan yells "COLLEGE!" and starts laughing even harder.
  • The WHAT? chants. Can also be considered a 10-year-long running gag considering it's still very much alive today.
  • My name is John Laurinaitis, Executive Vice-President of Talent Relations and General Manager of Raw and Smackdown.
  • One episode of Raw had Daniel Bryan doing his signature "YES!" shout for a good minute or so after deciding his submission move would now known as the "YES!" Lock rather than the LeBell Lock.
    • A similar gag was done on an episode of SmackDown where it went to commercial with Daniel Bryan and AJ Lee doing dueling "YES!" chants. The comes back from commercial with them still at it, and a tired-sounding Michael Cole says, "They've been doing this the entire break."
  • In case you want to boo something, Paul Heyman would like you to boo this: his client, Brock Lesnar, conquered the Streak!

    Puppet Shows 

  • The Goon Show used this trope repeatedly. No, the camera is not required. Several episodes used this, presented as a minute or more of dead silence "For the safety of the performers", footsteps, or Minie Banister's ramblings...
  • The very first episode of Hancock's Half Hour began with a character hitting the keys on a typewriter very slowly, until after a while Hancock interrupts and suggests that it would be quicker if he took off the boxing gloves.
  • Australian radio presenter Graeme Gilbert once suffered a ridiculously long series of prank callers, all giving the same nonsense answer ("India!") to his phone-in quiz questions.
  • Radio show and podcast Comedy Bang Bang features an overly long Renaissance-style musical introduction to the game "Would You Rather," with host Scott Aukerman admonishing any guests who try to speak over it to "shut the fuck up."
  • In one episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, during a dispute over the rules of Mornington Crescent, chairman Jack Dee decides to go and look them up. So we hear him leaving the studio, going down a corridor, opening a creaky door, thumping a book on a table, leafing through it, putting it back on the shelf, going back through the creaky door, up the corridor again, back to the studio (cue audience applause, suggesting he did actually leave for the sake of this) and announcing "It doesn't say."

    Tabletop Games 
  • Shadowrun
    • A published adventure for 3rd edition has a character who greets the party and advises them that "while on the premises it would be unwise to use any...", then lists everything offensive the party possess. Given how characters in this game tend to be the speech frequently fulfills this trope.
    • Another adventure had the reading of the president's last will and testament. Given that the president was a millennia-old dragon, even though it's hilarious, it's almost impossible to read all in one sitting just from raw length.
  • This article by Mark Rosewater, lead designer of Magic: The Gathering. In fact, he spells it out.

  • Charley's Aunt "from Brazil, where the nuts come from."
  • Yasmina Reza's play "art" has one character launch into a four-page monologue describing/complaining about the logistics of his wedding plans. It's difficult to imagine how it's not meant to be funny.
  • The televised version of the 2010 Broadway version of The Pee-wee Show had Pee-wee shout "Nooooooo...!" for over 30 seconds, which is a long time onstage and on TV.
    • The infamous "balloon trick," which goes on for a whopping one minute forty-seven seconds. Over a minute of that is taken up by Pee-wee letting air out of the balloon.
  • William Shakespeare:
    • Older Than Steam: in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Gratiano's repeated ironic echoes of Shylock at the climax of the court scene are this.
    • In A Midsummer-Night's Dream, Bottom is a weaver who also leads an amateur theatre troupe. Something of a Large Ham, he takes the role of Pyramus in a play performed before the prince of Athens. In performances you can expect him to really drag out his death scene:
      Pyramus: [stabs himself] Thus die I, thus, thus, thus. Now am I dead, Now am I fled; My soul is in the sky; Tongue, lose they light! Moon, take thy flight!
      [exit Moonshine [leaving Pyramus alone on the stage]]
      Now die, die, die, die, die, die.
    • When Pyramus's lover re-enters to find him dead, one of the audience comments "I hope she will be brief". (Yes, Shakespeare also did riffing.)
  • Fellowship! The Musical had a great example: Boromir, defending the hobbits, gets shot with an arrow, falls, gets back up, stumbles off stage, gets shot with a couple more arrows, stumbles back on stage...repeat several more times. The last time he stumbles off stage, different arrow-hitting-flesh sounds (getting increasingly ridiculous) are played for over a minute, before he stumbles back on stage one final time, looking like a pincushion.
  • Cyber-Dive Connection: As part of their mission in the digital world, the characters each have to pick a genre of video game and try to win it - fighting, puzzle, rhythm, Dating Sim, etc. ... and Kai chooses a fishing game. So, after some of the others' more action-oriented mini-scenes, Kai walks out with a fishing rod, and sits at the front of the stage, and waits... and waits... and waits... ... ... and waits... and then catches a fish and walks off.
  • Gilbert and Sullivan loved this trope. Every one of their patter songs, especially 'It really doesn't matter', which lampshades this trope: the lyrics continually state that the song isn't important and could really afford to end here... but it doesn't. The prize, however, goes to the TV performance of 'Never Mind the Why and Wherefore', in which several sections are encored, and the song continues for fifteen (or more (!)) minutes, even though the characters are clearly exhausted a and they actually exit several times... only to play it true to the theatrical tradition of returning to the stage for a reprise as long as the audience applauds and the music continues.
  • The Broadway adaptation of Peter and the Starcatchers uses this when one of the characters cuts his hand off by slamming a treasure chest on it. He then spends the next few minutes saying "Oh my God!" Funnier than it sounds.
  • In Urinetown, Officer Barrel tells Officer Lockstock, out of nowhere, that he is in love with him, in the middle of a song. The orchestra then vamps the same measure over and over again for anywhere from ten seconds to infinity depending on the production until Lockstock responds with a very awkward "I see." and running away. Barrel is then immediately murdered by the rebellion.

    Theme Parks 
  • The beginning of Universal's Horror Make-Up Show has one of the hosts coming on stage "dying" from being impaled in the heart. Their "death" goes on for a while, with them dying a slow death as they constantly scream to the point of sounding bored and spend a large portion of time specifically asking one person in the audience for help.

    Video Games 
  • The Neverhood:
    • Klaymen can pick a fruit from a tree and eat it, and will consequently burp. Eating a second fruit will cause Klaymen to burp a little longer. After eating a third fruit, Klaymen will burp again... for a full minute.
    • An absurdly long corridor.
    • Something like 45-screens worth of walls covered with dense text. It's actually readable if you click on it — the history of the game's universe starting with its creation.
  • This happens in Act III of Portal 2 as you enter Wheatley's death trap at the very end of Chapter 8.
    GLaDOS: Well, this is the part where he kills us!
    Wheatley: Hello! This is the part where I kill you!
    On-screen text: Chapter 9: The Part Where He Kills You
    (First-time players receive the achievement for completing Chapter 8, which is called... "The Part Where He Kills You")
    • The track that plays during this sequence is listed in the OST as (you guessed it) The Part Where He Kills You.
      • Ironically enough, the method of escaping the trap is so easy and the time window you get is so large, it rarely actually kills you (unless you're getting yourself killed on purpose).
  • Dasher Inoba's ending in Ehrgeiz consists of Inoba ordering and eating bowls of noodles. Repeatedly. The video goes on forever - the only time it stops is if the player gets bored and skips it.
  • The factory password from EarthBound is to wait...for 3 minutes. While mildly amusing when you first hear of it, it's rather annoying if you don't take the time to make a sandwich. Thankfully, you don't have to do anything at the three minute mark.
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge:
    • You have to get a bucket from three pirates. One way to get it is to say "please", which doesn't work right away. It will eventually.
    • Trying to answer Herman Toothrot's Ice-Cream Koan, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, what color is the tree?" I bet you didn't know Pink Floyd was a color.
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • At one point Cloud's group infiltrates Shinra HQ, and is given the option of either barging in via the main entrance, or climbing the emergency stairs all the way up to the 67th floor. All the way! Hilarious dialogue ensues during the stair-climbing, such as:
    • An NPC in Shinra HQ, if you talk to them, gives you somewhere around 6 pages of ellipses.
  • Pokémon:
    • Hoenn games:
      • A random trainer hints that the reason the bike shop gave you a freebie is because the bike is plastered with the bike shop's name.
        Cyclist: It says 'RYDEL RYDEL RYDEL RYDEL RYDEL RYDEL RYDEL RYDEL RYDEL...(etc., etc., for about six boxes)...RYDEL RYDEL RYDEL'... The name's everywhere! You should ride it all over the place- it's good advertising!
      • You can only get a Porygon by trading it for Game Corner coins, and it costs 9999 of them. You can only buy coins 50 at a time, which means you have to buy the coins 200 times.
      • In order to get into Regice's room, you have to wait. The length of time is just enough time to completely translate the message.
    • Sinnoh games:
      • Approaching this is Flint's dialog after defeat, he uses about 8 boxes of Ellipsis. This was removed in Platinum.
      • West of Celestic Town, there is an Ace Trainer who, if you talk to him, says "I'm strong!" a bunch of times to himself before noticing you, then gives you the TM77, which contains Psych Up.
    • The medal guy in Black 2 and White 2 who appears in most Pokemon Centers. If you talk to him for the first time in a while after doing things to qualify for a lot of different Medals since the last visit, he'll give you medal after medal after medal, and you wonder just how many medals you're going to get. It is varies between area, but it's arduous.
  • Metal Gear:
    • At one point in Metal Gear Solid 3, Naked Snake has to climb a ladder. A very, very tall ladder. Partway up, the game's theme song starts playing, and at maximum climbing speed, it has time to finish before you reach the top.
    • At the end of Metal Gear Solid 4, fighting through seemingly-endless corridors of Scarabs, and then suffering from early-onset-RSI destroying your Triangle button as Snake slooooowly crawls through the many, many microwave-emitting Corridors of DOOM.
    • Metal Gear Solid 2 pits Raiden against a whole squad of knock-off Metal Gear RAYs for the penultimate boss battle. As part of the game's infamous ending, it's no surprise that there's no indication as to how many you have to fight (apart from an estimate by Snake). The following scene is a real "overly long gag" (a minute-long chokehold) on European Extreme.
    • Metal Gear 2 makes you climb 30 floors of stairs. Fun!
  • Used in the ending of Mega Man 9. Twice as funny when you realize they're making fun of Wily's outrageous Villain Decay.
  • In Mega Man 10, the final stage of the game takes place in the top of the Wily's fortress. A very, very tall elevator. The pan up the elevator to the top of the fortress takes roughly 15 seconds.
  • In Tekken 3, one of the secret unlockable characters is Gon (the little dinosaur from the manga of the same name by Masashi Tanaka). If you beat arcade mode with Gon, you get an ending cinematic in which he runs through a jungle, eats some fish in mid-air, and jumps on whales. The FMV repeats over and over again until you skip it.
  • Kefka in Final Fantasy VI seems to think one his jokes are much funnier than they really are. Case in point: when he flees from you three times in a row, every time you ask him to wait. He responds each time by saying, "Wait he says. Do I look like a waiter?" By the third time the comment is nothing but enraging. But then, he IS clinically insane, so maybe it makes sense.
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door:
    • In one scene, an NPC loses his fiancee's engagement ring. After an "insensitive" comment, she insists that he apologize by saying "I love you" 100 times. Yes, you have to click through every single one of them. (The speech bubbles are even numbered starting with the 11th one.)
    • The method of finding a certain Bob-omb general, which you have to do once to continue through the game, and have to do AGAIN for a sidequest. And that doesn't include that you have to go to almost every town to find out that he was headed for where you started during both the story and the side quest.
    • The 'quest' that Luigi goes on, which includes some of his partners loathing him, sending Mario and his partner to sleep when he tells them about it, and being so popular that it gets made into a book.
  • Super Paper Mario:
    • First one involves breaking a priceless vase and being forced to pay for it, all 1,000,000 rubees of it. The initial way of earning them involves jumping up and down under a block while avoiding the "motivation spark" till you are able to pay another prisoner (100 rubees) enough for the code to unlock the running in a wheel like a hamster (which though faster still takes a while), earning rubees depending how long you run. There IS a series of sidequests to earn the million in one go, but you need about 10,000 rubees to buy the initial clue. Which still involves holding down the right button for 5 minutes while you watch Mario run on a wheel. And there's no indication on how much you've earned until you stop, so if you didn't make enough... back on you go. P.S., it's 41262816.
    • Second involves getting a password to pass some guardian in the desert. The person giving you the password warns you to get a pen and paper, because it's going to be long. About 30 words long. Hope you don't mess up. You have to spell out "please", and that is after fighting your way to a dead end and having to turn around and fight you way back then use the first password. Then, just to increase the level's length, after you get past several very large and powerful monsters with a lot of health to reach...the place that a second password is needed used. So once you reach the village again you have to spell out "please" three times.
    • Third involves the Sammer Guy world. In order to get the world's MacGuffin, they tell you you'll need to fight all 100 Sammer guys (which is required for 100% Completion) first. Most players by now will assume that they'll pull the rug under you and not make you fight all 100. They just choose to wait until the 20th fight to do it...
    • "Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...Um...A girl fell from the sky!"
  • Continuing the list of Mario games on here, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story has one in the back surgery scene. You drill into Bowser's back, and wait. Really wait. At least the game is nice enough to let you know it will take a while, more specifically, it tells you to go take a tea break. It won't do anything for about five minutes. Though if you spoke to some NPCs beforehand, they tell you a method to speed up the process.
  • Mr. Resetti of Animal Crossing fame can get into this, with his rambling reprimands for trying to outwit the auto-save system. Or it can just be a huge annoyance. They were aiming for the second one. He also rambles on and on if he appears as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Considering that most assist trophies last a few seconds, and he seems to last over 2 minutes, it's just hilarious.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, King Zora takes 30 seconds to move out of the way—lurching himself sideways an inch at a time, apparently because he's too fat to stand up—so Link can reach Jabu-Jabu.
  • Final Fantasy IV does this when Tellah attacks Edward. Tellah simply whacks Edward with his staff. And misses. A lot. At least the battle stop after a few turns.
  • In Full Throttle you can access a hidden mini-game by simply telling the person playing it in-game "Let me show you how to do that" enough times that he agrees "Only if it'll shut you up".
  • Psychonauts:
    • Vernon Tripe's rambling stories.
    • Boyd and his theories...
    • This interview with Tim Schafer, the game's creative designer. Specifically, his response to the first question.
  • Loom's unending temple corridor in the very beginning.
  • Noober, the annoying villager in the first Baldur's Gate who follows you around asking endless questions. And Neeber, the one in the second. Who incidentally the game allowed you to kill without penalty, even if you were a paladin.
  • Fallout 3: While escorting Sticky, his rambling, implausible yet not particularly inventive story will repeat over and over, with little variation. You can always skip through by fast traveling if you'd been to the destination before; otherwise, you don't have to imagine what your character is going through for the trip, you get to experience it yourself.
  • The Doom mod "Mock 2: The Speed of Stupid" has a level named "Mining Fecality". It consists of a long, U-turn corridor with a button visible right next to where you start, blocked by a grate. You travel down it and hit the button. Only for another button to appear where you just were. You go back to press THAT button...and another one opens up right at the end. You make it to the turning point in the hallway to find out it's gotten even longer. You press the button finally, only for yet another goddamn button to appear back at the start. Luckily, this one ends the level. Watch it here at its full length, regular speed glory
  • The leaked unreleased game Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors was supposed to accomplish this with the "Desert Bus" sequence. It is a real time drive between Tucson and Las Vegas, with the idea being that someone would eventually wonder when it's supposed to end (and at the do it again in the opposite direction...forever; screw up and crash and you get towed back to Tucson...also in real time). The dull-yet-unending nature of this 'game' eventually lead to a charity effort conducted online called "Desert Bus for Hope"note .
  • In the final piece of story DLC for Mass Effect 3, upping the tempo at Shepard's party will lead to EDI asking Joker to dance with her. When Shepard offers to dance with her instead, Joker stands up and laughs for thirty seconds straight.
  • Borderlands 2 has several, generally involving Claptrap:
    • After defeating Boom-Bewm, you have to use a giant cannon to blow up a gate. Claptrap will ramble on for about a full minute how you can't shoot the gate until he moves out of the way. He never actually moves.
    • At the end of the game as you're going to face the final boss, he finally gets the giant door to Hero's Pass open, only to realize that there's a stairway behind it. He begins to lament that Handsome Jack knew his greatest weakness... and then proceeds to list all of his other weaknesses, which include things like "being looked at funny" and "being turned down by women".
    • A random psycho in Thousand Cuts will scream at you to shoot him in the face. His name is Face McShooty. Three guesses what the associated quest, achievement, description of both, and task is, and the first two don't count.
  • The demo for The Stanley Parable gives you an opportunity to make your own with the button that makes a voice say "Eight."
  • When Conker's Bad Fur Day was remade as Conker: Live & Reloaded, two scenes were extended to turn them into these (the electric chair scene and Berri's shooting).
  • Year 2 of Grim Fandango has Carla's rambling story about her terrible childhood, which will go on for several minutes until she finally breaks down crying if you don't have Manny interrupt to ask for the metal detector he's trying to get.
  • In Undertale, if you try to use the Instant Noodles healing item in battle, it'll actually take you through all the steps needed to prepare instant noodles in reality. The end result is that it's a full minute between when you select the noodles and when you actually heal from them. And they only heal 4hp. Averted during certain boss fights, where using the Instant Noodles produces the message "They're better dry" and heals you for 90hp.
  • The timing of Dialogue Trees in Persona 4 result in some scenes getting prolonged as the player wants it to. This includes Kanji chasing Yosuke in the park in a circle, and the boys getting pelted by an unlimited number of buckets when they step into the inn's hotsprings, and the girls are there.
  • One of the power moons in Super Mario Odyssey needs you to capture a coin coffer so you can feed a specific plant coins. 500 coins, to be exact, so you'd better prepare to stand there and shoot coins at the plant for a few minutes while it slowly grows.
  • Ultimate Custom Night: Getting killed by the Mr. Hippo animatronic will be followed by Hippo going into a unskippable, ridiculously-long, rambling monologue.
  • BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm has a sidequest where you get a part-time job working laundry duty at the Battle Arena. Naturally, this involves waiting for six minutes in real time while a load of underwear finishes its cycle. Let’s hope you brought something to read… or some actual laundry to do.

    Visual Novels 
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
    • Damon Gant bursts out into manic laughter when you out him as trying to frame Ema Skye for murder. And prove he killed a prosecutor. And a detective. Even better is his stare, which he does quite often. It lasts for so long, one would think their game had frozen if it wasn't for his occasional blinking.
    • Trials and Tribulations has Furio Tigre's scream of rage when you first meet him at the park: [GWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA] [AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA] (for about seven boxes of text) [AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA] [AR!]

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "flashback", Strong Bad decides to commemorate his 100th email by saying "email" 100 times in a row. And does it. His computer provides him with a virtual glass of water afterwards.
    • In "for kids", Strong Bad's reaction to Homsar's kids' show becomes this:
    • In the email "boring (really)", Strong Bad gets an email from a viewer complaining of boredom, and asking how exciting day-to-day life in Free Country USA really was. He and several other characters manage (by speaking and moving very slowly) to make a twenty-five-second conversation last four minutes - which, SB insists, makes for an extremely exciting day.
    • In "portrait", The Cheat is seen gnawing a wooden sculpture of Strong Bad— or at least trying to.
      Strong Bad: You're just really going to town there, aren't ya?
    • "The Baloneyman" has Homestar failing to get the implications of Bubs saying one of the sandwiches he sells is "Shaped like there's a bite taken out of it."
    • In "A Decemberween Mackerel", Marzipan explains to Homestar why they're slogging through the snow with a hot dish of bean sprouts: "At Decemberween time, it's our duty as people with more than one DVR to help those much, much, much, much, way very, very, very much, really smelly, a lot much less fortunate than us."
  • Yahtzee's short answer as to whether or not Spore could live up to creator Will Wright's legacy was "No." His long answer was a Big "NO!" which lasted a full sixteen seconds. There's a second, slightly shorter Big "NO!" near the end of the review, too.
    • And it's only shorter because the credits cut him off.
  • Episode 21 of Retarded Animal Babies features, after the credits, a very long phone call from Puppy's insanely drunk (or drugged out) cousin.
  • "Chaaaaaaarrliiiiiiiie....Chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeee...We're on a bridge, Chaaaaarrrrlliiiiieeeeeee..."
  • The flash game, Steamshovel Harry. Watch out for that gravity.
  • The Demented Cartoon Movie! has the many attempts of the characters to go to Mars and find out what's behind the Zeeky Words causing explosions without blowing up or crashing. Lampshaded by the guy in the green chair: "Damn it, this scene is taking freaking forever."
  • The Cyanide & Happiness animated short "Speed Racist", where the aforementioned Speed Racist suffers a crash and spends a full two and a half minutes in a monologue of screaming pain about the fire and the irony of his racism....from off panel.
  • The Half-Life mod Elevator: Source is one big overly long gag filled with some nice surprises.
  • In the sixth episode of the Pony Dot MOV series, it takes Discord about a full minute to rip off Rainbow Dash's wings.
  • In the Team Service Announcement Class Balance, the entire BLU team is nothing but Snipers, all muttering the same phrase as they blindly fire repetitively.
    Snipers: "It's like Christmas morning." *BANG* "It's like Christmas morning." *BANG* "It's like Christmas morning." *BANG*... "It's like Christmas morning." *BANG*
    • Cooperative Engineering features the Engineers giving each other thumbs up, then their teammates giving thumbs ups, then their enemies, then characters not even from TF2, then "Sniper Jesus"...
  • The Most Popular Girls in School loves this trope. Listing all the instances would be an Overly Long Gag in itself.
  • In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, the conversation about Salamanders' everything being connected to fire starts as a random distraction and goes on for several minutes, to the point that the Emperor has to call for it to end.
  • GoAnimate:
    • A typical "X Gets Grounded" video will usually have at least one of these, even if it's just the parent characters saying the number of years (number by number) that the grounded person is grounded for. Other notable examples of this include "OHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHOH!", "nononononononononono", or other such exclamations of that sort, or the parents listing the amounts of punishments the person being grounded is getting.
    • Additionally, "X Gets In Dead Meat (And Gets Grounded)" videos, which involve characters at school getting behavior cards, often have dozens of characters getting their cards and explaining which one they have before the character in the video's title receives their bad behavior card. Videos of this kind can last as much as ten minutes, if not longer.
  • Manel Muzas from Cálico Electrónico can spend hours laughing at a joke he told. It's shown by way of a Time-Compression Montage — which still can be pretty long itself.

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  • [adult swim] had a series of interstitial shorts about Captain Linger, a traditional Flying Brick superhero who would save the day at the start of every cartoon, then spend the rest of the cartoon awkwardly hanging around in the aftermath, trying to make small talk or something.
    Captain Linger, Captain Linger
    The day he saves may be his own!
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In "One Plus One Equals Ed", Ed spends all night opening and closing Eddy's fridge door, trying to figure out how the little light works. This is accompanied by a shot of the exterior of Eddy's house while we see the light coming on and going out while Ed says "Hello, light... Hello, light... Hello, light..."
    • Edd waxing philosophical about the key Eddy found in "Key to My Ed".
    • Ed climbing up a heap of fake snow and sliding back down in "From Here to Ed". "Slide on the soap! Slide on the soap!"
  • In Silly Symphonies "Peculiar Penguins", the female penguin gets bloated and deflates three times after eating a fish.
  • Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane seems to love this trope like nobody else.
    • The first and most famous use is Peter Griffin spraining his knee after winning the golden beer ticket, then clutching it and gasping in pain for a good 25 seconds or so. In the commentary track of Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story DVD, MacFarlane said that he rather enjoys making gags run just a little bit longer than they should. The show has often been accused of using it as a crutch.
    • Lois does a variation of this herself in "FOX-y Lady", only she bumps her breast on the mailbox instead of spraining her knee.
    • The infamous chicken fights are frequently accused of being nothing more than Overly Long Gags, although there's usually a good wealth of film references in each. And it's almost got to the point where the bird's re-appearance in ridiculous places is itself part of the joke, and the ideas played with (like when they realise they can't remember why they're fighting , go for a meal to make up...and start a fight of equally excessive length over who pays the bill) which might make it a combination of overly long gag and Running Gag.
    • "Everything I say is a lie! Except for that. And that. And that. And that. And that. And that. And that."
    • It was lampshaded in "I Dream of Jesus" when Peter is singing "Surfin' Bird", over and over, and Stewie comments, "Oh, I just love repetition!" Later in the same episode, in what may have been a jab at how the fans perceive these jokes, Stewie slowly pulls out a revolver and puts its barrel in his mouth as Peter continues singing the song ad nauseum.
    • Subverted in "Saving Private Brian" when the Vaudeville Guys, who were just beginning to wear out their welcome, are shot to death by Stewie just as they are beginning their performance. They did return later, Vern as a ghost and Johnny playing his piano in Hell.
    • Many of Family Guy's overly long gags employ dialogue with lots of empty, although realistic, filler words, averting the Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic trope (and at the same time demonstrating why the trope exists in the first place). For example, in Season 5's "Whistle While Your Wife Works", Brian's airhead girlfriend Jillian calls his cell phone, and the next 30 seconds are just Brian giving her basic instructions on how to use a DVD player:
      Brian: [picks up phone] Hey. Yeah. Uh-huh... uh-huh... uh, y— you got to hit, uh, "DVD" and then "Menu" and then "Select." Yeah. Yeah, the— the DVD needs to be face up when you put it in. Uh-huh... you should be able to see the words Mr. 3000. Yeah. Still nothing? Is it plugged in? Okay, so plug it in. Okay. Y— you got it? Is— okay, alright. No— no problem, alright. A— love you, too, Jillybean. Okay.
    • In one episode Stewie speculates at length about Brian's novel, his voice continually growing higher. Later in the episode he does it again, for even longer. He tries it again in a later episode that season, but barely begins before Brian punches him silent, thus rendering it a case of Overly Long Rule of Three.
      • Then in another episode, Stewie is composing a song to impress Susie Swanson, and Brian turns the tables.
    • Bruce, the polite effeminate guy, is essentially a person made out of this trope. Every time he shows up he just rambles on, quietly and politely, about whatever happens to be on his mind at the time, usually only tangentially related to whatever the subject is that he's currently discussing with the rest of the characters that are with him at the time during the show.
    • Played with in one episode. Peter is singing a song, and at the end, it seems that he's going to hold the last note for a long time. Then it cuts to commercial. When it gets back to the show, it's revealed that he's been holding the note for the entire commercial break, and proceeds to hold it even longer afterwards.
    • "Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy. Ooh piece of candy." It's done twice.
    • And Then There's Maude! Peter is actually annoyed by this overly long gag.
    • Conway Twitty in "The Juice is Loose": they put the ENTIRE SONG in the episode! It is also one of the lowest rated episodes in the series. Makes one wonder why this joke hasn't been used since.
      • Done again with another song! When homeschooling the kids in "Foreign Affairs", and talking about "The gayest music video ever", the show proceeds to play the entirety of Mick Jagger and David Bowie's "Dancing in the Street".
      • Lampshaded in "Peter, Chris, & Brian," where Peter watches a tape of himself as a teenager. At the end of the tape, teenage Peter holds up a boombox and plays a Conway Twitty song. Adult Peter says, "This is annoying! I don't want to sit through this!"
    • In "Jungle Love", after watching Bewitched, Stewie leaves the theater, rides a cab, stands in line at the airport, flies on a plane, arrives at LAX, hails another cab, arrives at Will Ferrell's house, and punches him in the face.
    • "Lois. Lois. Lois. Lois. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Ma. Ma. Ma. Ma. Ma. Ma. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama." That one happens to be Truth in Television - ask any parent with a toddler-aged kid.
      Lois: (angrily) WHAT?!!
      Stewie: (smiling sheepishly) Hi.
    • The scene where the house that Brian and Stewie have been working on all episode explodes. It's just 30 seconds of the house exploding from different angles. And a few times from the same angle.
    • Peter's "Guiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiltyyyyyyyyyyyyy!" from "Family Gay".
    • The cutaway gag with the British gentlemen's club when three gentlemen do nothing but read newspapers and clear their throats in different tone for like a minute.
    • The scene in "Something, Something, Something Dark Side" where Peter cuts open the don-don. "I thought they smelt bad - " he exhales seven or eight times - "On the outside!"
    • Also in SSSDS, Peter shooting the floor of the cave about eight times before realising they're in a giant space slug.
    • The P.S. in Stewie's letter to Brian when he's heading to England in "Road to Europe".
    • The Phony Guy. Just like the raccoon gag in "To Love and Die in Dixie" - he only appears four or five times in one season 3 episode, "The Kiss Seen Around the World" - except it stopped being funny after his second appearance. You could say his being brought back just to be killed off in "Something Something Something Darkside" was some sort of Karmic Death.
    • In "Stew-Roids" Stewie repeatedly steps in front of Brian as he tries to go down the stairs, making an "oop" noise. He does this 12 times before stopping.
    • In the season 2 episode "If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'" during the interrogation scene in "Gumbel 2 Gumbel" when Bryant Gumbel continuously mumble "Mmm Hmm" at the arrested criminal for about 20 seconds. It ends when the criminal asks Greg, "What the hell is wrong with him?"
    • The scene from "Quagmire's Dad" where Brian pukes for at least a solid 30 seconds.
    • Speaking of puke, there was also the "Ipecac contest" in "8 Simple Rules for Buying My Teenage Daughter" with Peter, Chris, Stewie and Brian repeatedly puking for about a minute.
    • "Oh, yeah, Drew. I wanna say hi to Lois, Brian, Chris, Stewie, Meg, Joe, Bonnie, Quagmire, Cleveland, Mort, Seamus, Adam West, Dr. Hartman, Bruce, Carter, Babs, Tom Tucker, Angela, Opie, Carl, Herbert, Jillian, Consuela, Giant Chicken, Greased-Up Deaf Guy!" "...Okay. Sure they're happy to hear that."
    • Another moment from the Star Wars "It's a Trap!" where Luke nods to Lando, who nods to R2, who nods to Leia, who nods to C-3P0, who nods to Jabba, who nods back to 3P0, who nods to Leia, who nods to R2, who nods to Lando, who nods to Luke, who nods to a baseball player, who nods to Luke, who nods to Lando, who nods to R2, who nods to Leia, who nods to 3P0, who nods to the Sarlacc, who nods to Lando, who nods to Han, who nods to Leia, who nods to Luke, who nods to the guy playing a tuba that has punctuates each nod with a dramatic note, who nods to Luke, who nods to Lando, who nods to a clip of Ted Knight in Caddyshack asking "Well? We're waiting!". This joke is repeated a minute or two later (although this time mercifully lasting no longer than fifteen seconds, as opposed to the one minute-long original).
    • Carter destroying a bus bench with a bulldozer. The scene eats up almost 2 whole minutes of episode time.
    • "Want to pick me up? Want to pick me up? Want to pick me up? Want to pick me up? Want to pick me up?"
    • "Friends of Peter G." has Peter growing increasingly frustrated for waiting for the movie to start as the film shows several companies involved in making the movie, going on for at least 40 seconds.
      • And in the same episode, while trying to fool Joe into believing they are in a proper Alcoholics Anonymous class when they really get drunk the whole time, they sing almost the entire Mr. Booze song from Robin And The Seven Hoods. Slightly lampshaded at the end with Brian droning out the lyrics.
    • A gag in "Ready, Willing and Disabled" has Joe Swanson crying in the bar because he failed to capture a criminal that tried to steal donation money. He cries for 2-4 minutes as Peter, Quagmire, and Cleveland slowly and awkwardly leave the bar (with Peter then slowly coming back in through a window to get his beer). Seth MacFarlane lampshades the gag in the DVD commentary by mentioning that the animators overseas hated drawing scenes that dragged out in a slow speed.
      • This has actually become a major criticism of the show in recent years for gags that involve pretty much nothing happening being used specifically to keep the animation budget down.
    • "Ratings Guy" has a cutaway gag when Peter was doing public radio spending nearly 30 seconds eating biscuits from the word of his sponsor.
    • "Peter Problems" has Peter trying to get a beached whale back into the ocean with a forklift, only for him to impale it and try to get the dead whale off. By the time he's finished, the whale is a horrific bloody mess with its innards exposed. The length of the scene makes what is already probably the most graphic moment in the show even harder to stomach.
    • In "Long John Peter", Peter spends about 60 seconds getting rid of a dead bullfrog.
    • In "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" there is a skit involving the Ghost of Christmas Past visiting Scrooge, only for Scrooge saying he has to use the bathroom first. We hear him urinating in it for about a whole minute, to the point that the Ghost of Christmas Present shows up and is surprised that the Past Ghost hasn't even started yet.
    • Taken to an extreme in "Roasted Guy" where there's a cutaway gag about a full minute and a half in length, in which a wolf joins a pack and one of the members tells him to cluck instead of howl at the full moon and he embarrasses himself in the process, leading to the wolf's life spiraling down into transvestism and prostitution and him ultimately shooting the pack to death. The end reveals that the skit was a film Peter was directing and the wolf was Quagmire after Peter drugged him.
    • The first part of the Star Wars parody also has Brian and Peter trying to bring a couch into the Millenium Falcon before they escape the Death Star, to lampshade Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy.
    • In "Con Heiress", Brian and Stewie try to scam an elderly woman with an extremely long name. Margaret Woolworth Carrington von Schumacher Chanel Astor Livingston Compte de Saint-Exupery Mountbatten Windsor Armani Roosevelt Von Trap wykenhamp Hearst Montgomery Rothschild Johnson & Johnson Twillsworth Dolce Gabana Von Zweiger II Montgomery de La Roche Geico Vanderbilt Lannister van Burean Butterworth How I Met Your Mother Wrigley Louise-Dreyfus Ludwig Morgan Stanley Dumont Lamborghini Forbes higbee Winthrop Chanel Remy Martin Fitzwilliam Kennedy Motel Six Fairchild Brook Pritzker Davenport von Stolen Monty Python Ellisworth Aston Martin Haverbrook Ziff Launder Hilton Du Pont Kinkaid Winslow Coors Oviatt Marlborough Pembroke Huffington Bush Mellon Sinclair Mellencamp Starbucks van Dyke III Montgomery Marriott Barrington Chadsworth Big League Chew Chesterfield Kensington Boothbishop Longbottom Nottingham Meisterberg Burgermeister Tudor Hapsburg Rockefeller Onassis. This name is repeated three times through the episode.
    • An overly long Take That! towards Bradley Cooper occurs in the episode "Brian Writes a Bestseller". Brian has a conversation with Renée Zellweger in which he describes what he's looking for in a lead actor for a film he's interested in:
      Brian: How's Bradley?
      Renée: Really great. He's really found his niche, you know? He's really got the cheap, forgettable lead thing down, which is great.
      Brian: That's fantastic, 'cause I might bankroll this comedy, and we need somebody who's not that funny and not that good looking, and that you forget about the second you leave the theater.
      Renée: I think Bradley would be perfect for that!
      Brian: Are you sure? Because we really need somebody who constantly seems like they're about to be big, but keeps not actually being big.
      Renée: Well, he'd really want to see the script, but I mean, that's what Bradley does.
      Brian: I don't know; we really need somebody who has not been the best thing in anything he's ever been in, ever. I mean, the kind of guy who can get overshadowed by Zach Galifianakis or Ed Helms.
      Renée: Well, of course, I can't speak for Bradley, but I really think he'd want to be considered for this.
      Brian: Yeah, the thing is, for this role, we need a guy who has all the characteristics that you would describe as handsome, but who is not actually handsome himself.
      Renée: Well, again, only Brad can speak for Brad, but this seems right for him.
      Brian: Yeah, I think he'd be right, too. The problem is, we'd like to find an actor who has been given a lot of chances to shine, but who has never actually shined. Not one single time.
      Renée: Well, I think he'd be— I got to get back to my dinner here— but I think he'd be perfect! And I really hope you keep Bradley Cooper in mind.
    • If you actually read every single example for Family Guy, this could pretty much count as one too since you've probably spent 3 to 4 minutes on it.
  • MacFarlane frequently uses this trope in American Dad! as well. He even lampshades it in "Phantom of the Telethon," when Stan delivers a joke written by Steve and his friends.
    Stan: Some acts are too hot. Some acts are too cold. This act is just riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
    Barry (backstage): Joke-killer! He's a joke-killer!
    • "TUNGEE!!!" "Mistah and lady!"
    • Referenced again when Francine's mother tells her that a wife should always laugh at her husband's bad jokes, in a way that seems like a Take That! at this kind of humor.
    Màma: You know how many times Bàba tell the "Pull my finger" joke? Four times a week, every week, and we been married fifty years! And it never funny. Not once. It got a little funny about ten years ago because it hadn't been funny for so long, but that was only for like two days.
  • MacFarlane has a pretty big influence on Seth Green's Robot Chicken—the show could be described as "Family Guy if they took out the bits about plot"—so to no surprise, to say the least, some clips are longer and tedious than others. This really comes into play in the second season. Thing is, these clips are never seen again, and are thus funny.
  • Some of the lazier episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants use this trope excessively, often to the point that an episode will actually become this trope. Examples include: "Slide Whistle Stooges", "Blackjack", "Funny Pants", "A Day Without Tears", "Face Freeze!", and "Grandpappy the Pirate".
    • While this is true, many older episodes had slightly more brief examples of this, such as the line "Have you finished those errands yet?" being repeated in part or in whole over twenty times in "Squid's Day Off", and SpongeBob screaming no less than 25 times in a row in "Graveyard Shift".
      • He goes on to laugh repeatedly when Squidward says he was joking.
    • From "The Algae's Always Greener":
    SpongeBob: "A customer ordered a medium soda, and I gave him a large! I GAVE HIM A LARGE! I've soiled the good Krusty Krab name! Soiled it, soiled it, soiled it, soiled it! Soiled it, soiled it, soiled it, soiled it! Soiled it..."
    Plankton: (poking SpongeBob) "Where's the off button on this thing?"
    • "Someday the Krabby Patty formula will be mine! Even if I have to come back tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day...."
    • "Ugh" is just full of these:
      • Squog slipping on Gary's slime.
      • SpongeGar taking a good 30-45 seconds realizing that he can use Squog's stick to get two marshmallow-like plants out of their fire, cutting between SpongeGar's face, the stick and the fire (as well as a barbershop quartet) progressively faster until it near-reaches Epileptic Flashing Lights territory.
      • The sequence where SpongeGar, Patar and Squog are roasting various plants (and krabs.)
      • And this isn't even mentioning the second half of the SpongeBob part of the episode, the majority of it having them trying to steal the fire from eachother in various ways.
    • SpongeBob repeatedly interrupting the doctor trying to remove Squidward's bandages in "The Two Faces of Squidward."
    • The episode "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful" has almost no gags- other than "Squidward ends up next to litter, and is sentenced to Community Service whether it's his or not." SpongeBob gets CS once, Squilliam gets it once, and Squidward gets it 8 times... (He almost got it 9, even!)
    • "All That Glitters", where SpongeBob cries to...everything in Bikini Bottom about his broken spatula. "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-HHAUUUUUUUUUH!"
    • Similarly, "SpongeBob You're Fired" has SpongeBob crying for about a full minute after Mr. Krabs fires him. As this happens, the tears affect customers in the background.
      • This episode also has the scene where SpongeBob continually attempts to cling to Patrick's rock, to no avail.
    • Zooming in on the patty in "Krusty Krab Training Video" The narrator imitates a fanfare throughout, stopping to catch his breath partway.
      • And another lampshade on this: as the "How to make a Krabby Patty" part of the video it was intro-ing was about to begin it was cut off by the EPISODE ENDING.
    • SpongeBob going over the activities he and Patrick have planned for the rainy day in "Pineapple Fever". Mostly, he repeats activities he's already stated.
    • SpongeBob ringing Mrs. Puff's doorbell for about 30 straight seconds in "Pet or Pests", without any dialogue. This continues even after Mrs. Puff opens it.
    • SpongeBob and Squidward clearing their throats in "Choir Boys", which happens multiple times.
    • "The Camping Episode" has this, and probably would have gone longer if Squidward hadn't stopped SpongeBob:
    SpongeBob: Patrick's right Squidward, sea bears are no laughing matter. Why one time I met this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy's cousin-
    Squidward: YOU'RE RIGHT!
    • Also, the "Campfire Song" Song. Squidward doesn't bother to stop them, he just sits there with an annoyed look on his face.
    • The sea bear attack also. "That was an oval! It has to be a circle!"
    • And from "Whatever Happened to SpongeBob?": "Idiot boy, idiot boy, idiot boy, idiot boy..."
    • Another example in "Dear Vikings".
      Viking: This is Olaf. And this is Olaf. This is Olaf. Olaf, Olaf, Olaf, and um...
      Other Viking: Olaf.
      Squidward: So, lemme guess. Your name must be...
      Viking: That's right, Gordon!
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • In the episode "How To Be Funny", the titular cat explains the fine points of comedy and admits repetition of a stupid Visual Pun like being handed lightbulbs after yelling "Lights!" can get funnier with time.
    • In another episode, Jon puts leftovers in the refrigerator that turns into a monster which is referred to throughout the entire episode, many times, as "the monster that lives behind the mayonnaise next to the ketchup to the left of the cole slaw" (which is also the name of the episode). They play this for all its worth; a policeman goes into the house to get rid of the monster, but comes back without having seen it, and then says, "Oh, did you say 'to the left of the cole slaw?" This is even lampshaded at the end by Garfield (who is narrating) when he said, "and the monster grabbed the brave cat and dragged him to its lair behind the mayonnaise, next to... ah, you know all this already."
    • One recurring gag in U.S. Acres is that whenever Orson sorts his books, he always has to put one in particular - Deja Vu, the Sensation of Experiencing Something You Have Experienced Before - away about five times in a row. This gag was eventually lampshaded when after the third copy he stopped, looked down, and started going through the stack of books...all of which turned out to be Deja Vu.
    • In the U.S. Acres episode "Bad Time Story", Bo, Lanolin, Roy, and Wade take turns fighting over who reads a "Chicken Little" like story. At one point, Wade reads a Long List of all twenty seven people who are off to see the king, including Eggy Leggy (Sheldon), Wormy Squirmy, Catty Fatty (Garfield), Beaver Cleaver, and Puppy Wuppy (Odie)!
  • In the Sealab 2021 episode "Vacation", the suggestion that Quinn is in his room with a prostitute twice prompts a segue into a ridiculously long chain of characters going "Uh-oh!" The Rule of Three comes into play at the end of the episode, as Quinn interrupts the beginning of a third such chain.
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "A Whale of a Bad Time", Scrooge McDuck is informed that a shipment of ice cream (in which he'd concealed half his fortune) has been eaten by a sea monster, which causes him to go berserk and spend about a minute jumping around the room repeatedly yelling "A sea monster ate my ice cream!!" before his nephews can subdue him.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • When Billy thinks clowns "want to become the dominant species" and then proceeds to spend nearly half a minute straight yelling that they'll "Destroy us all!". In the made for TV movie "Wrath of the Spider Queen", he is cut off half-way before starting another such joke. This also happens again in "Detention X" though he is cut off just before he begins.
    • In the episode where they visit a retirement home for elderly monsters, Billy is reluctant when he finds he has to go through a portal to Another Dimension to get there. Grim and Billy get into an argument loaded with rhymes on the word "dimension" that goes on for long enough that Mandy gets sick of it and pushes them both through the portal before leaping in after them.
    • In "Here There Be Dwarves" Billy announces he's going to have a picnic. Grim stops him, saying "You remember what happened last time?", and it shows Billy, Mandy, and Grim having a picnic when a Sasquatch jumps out of the bushes and runs off with Billy. Billy then runs into Mandy, his mom, and his dad in rapid succession, who all repeat what Grim said and it shows the same flashback each time, with the exception of Billy's dad's side of the story showing that he was disguised as the Sasquatch.
    • The episode "The Secret Snake Club" is loaded with these including 25 seconds of Billy dancing with chickens in an Imagine Spot.
    • At the end of "Five o'Clock Shadows", Grim is aghast to see Mandy and her shadow both grumpy (previously, Mandy's shadow was annoyingly cheerful) and Billy having not just one shadow, but many, many, MANY shadows (Billy and his dumber shadow having opened a portal to release all of the Billy shadows), and this exchange happens, in a spoof of The Shining:
      Mandy: Well, Grim, it looks like you'll have to take us all home.
      Mandy's shadow: And we'll play together...
      Mandy: ...forever...
      Mandy's shadow: ...and ever...
      Mandy: ...and ever...
      Mandy's shadow: ...and ever.
      Billy's many, many shadows: And ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever...
      Billy: (jumping in the air) AND EVER!!!
      Billy's shadows: YAY!
    • The ending of "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred"; when Grim is forced to spend a day with Fred Fredburger because he won a contest that only he entered, the two of them go on a saucer ride and it launches Fred to the arctic. When the board of directors hear what happened, they beat Grim with wooden clubs and tell him he's fired. They all leave, until one of them comes back with a flamethrower and sprays Grim with green fire for several seconds, then they all dump coffee on him.
  • South Park:
    • In "Cancelled", this trope is spelled out. Kyle is asked to activate the satellite dish in Cartman's rectum, and each time he approaches, Cartman farts and laughs. Everyone agrees it is no longer funny, and Cartman does it again, prompting the others to laugh and Chef to proclaim it funny once more.
    • The Imagination Song
    • Kyle's Mom Is A Bitch also qualifies, combined with Refuge in Audacity:
      Cartman: "...She's a bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch! Bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch, she's a stupid bitch! Kyle's mom's a bitch and she's just a dirty bitch!"
    • The main plot of "Jared Has Aides" consists entirely of people confusing the word "aides" with "AIDS", to the point where the titular Jared starts flogging a literal dead horse.
    • Then there's Terrence and Phillip vs. Steven Abootman in "Canada On Strike".
      "I'm not your friend, buddy!"
      "I'm not your buddy, guy!"
      "I'm not your guy, friend!"
    • "Now that's what I call a sticky situation!"
    • The entire "B-Plot" of "Red Sleigh Down" consists of Jimmy taking forever to sing "The 12 Days of Christmas" to the town because of how bad his stutter is. Gets a slight Lampshade Hanging from Mr. Garrison when he quietly mutters "Oh no..." as Jimmy finally gets to the second verse.
  • Drawn Together is also no stranger to the overly long gag.
    • In the first episode, Captain Hero wishes for a hot black woman to appear, at which moment Foxxy Love walks through the door. He then wishes for a 12-year-old girl and a donkey to appear, and proceeds to wait...and wait, and wait, and wait...
    • In the first season finale, the housemates stage a sit-in in an attempt to deliberately make the show boring so that the producer will be forced to give them some perks. And true to their word, the sit-in consists of them doing nothing but sitting there and blinking for well over a minute.
    • In "Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree", Spanky Ham draws a fart out for 60 seconds.
    • In "Alzheimer's That Ends Well", The senior citizens make a call to Boba Fett with a rotary dial phone. As long as it sounds.
      • The third season had this as a stinger during the credits, featuring a clip from the episode looped or altered somewhat. Though there's always a climax.
    • In "Breakfast Food Killer", while the characters onscreen are completely motionless, there is an offstage dialogue of Wooldoor talking to someone outside the audition room for a good 1 or 2 minutes about nonsense.
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast: The "Fire Ant" episode, as originally aired, contained a ten-minute-long sequence consisting entirely of Space Ghost following an ant to its house to kill its family. No action, almost no dialogue, just Space Ghost following an ant.
  • 12 oz. Mouse would sometimes have two Overly Long Gags running concurrently. In episode 5, Fitz and Skillet have an extended shoot-out with an offscreen assailant while Peanut tries to rob the Diner. In episode 11, Shark spends half the episode trying to get his car started, while Rectangular Businessman spends the other half trying to decide which one of many identical harmonicas to buy. By the end of the episode, neither has succeeded.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • The credits sequence of the episode "It's About Time!" consists of Mr. Fletcher saying/humming "Fossils! Dun dun dun!", in an imitation of the end of a museum tour tape he listened to earlier in the episode, repeatedly for about half a minute.
    • "I, Brobot" has a several-seconds-long clip of Candace running screaming to the basement and hiding in the panic room.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Fans of the show commonly refer to this trope as a "rake scene", after the scene in "Cape Feare" in which Sideshow Bob spends the best part of a minute stepping on rakes. Given the origin of this scene, the probable circumstances that determine exactly how overly long an overly long gag could probably be described as "how much time needs filling?"
    • The scene from "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds", where Homer tries to eat chips which are repeatedly stolen from his hands by the greyhound puppies. This happens eight times, and the first four are recognisably the same footage as the second four, except for Homer saying "This time," before the last one.
    • In "Pranksta Rap", Milhouse tosses a frisbee six total times, picks it up each time, until he finally says, "This is no fun without Bart. He used to watch me while I did this."
    • In "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson", when Cletus Spuckler introduces his 26 children to Marge and Homer.
    • From "Last Exit to Springfield": "DENTAL PLAN!" "Lisa needs braces!" "DENTAL PLAN!" "Lisa needs braces!" "DENTAL PLAN!" "Lisa needs braces!"
    • In "Brother from Another Series", Sideshow Bob and Bart fall off a dam, screaming the entire way, and have to stop to take in a breath, before they continue to scream.
    • The episode "Dancin' Homer" has this with Bleeding Gums Murphy singing the American National Anthem at the start of a baseball game. He starts singing at 7:30. He finishes singing at 7:56. And by the time he is finished, Lisa is the only one who is still genuinely paying attention.
    • In the episode "Crook and Ladder", Homer takes sleeping pills that may cause mood swings. The next gag is at least 30 seconds worth of Homer saying "Mood Swings!" in different tones.
    • "Sleeping with the Enemy" has an episode where Ralph Wiggum tries to play "Duck Duck Goose" at a party, or rather "Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck..." (etc.)
      • Come on, if it weren't for the creators of TV Tropes, Ralph Wiggum's Duck Duck Duck etc. gag would be the Trope Namer.
    • "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge" has Homer listing all the jobs he's had to Marge whilst sitting in bed. Marge goes into their en suite and comes back in with him still talking.
    • On several occasions, a character will fall over, then be trampled by several members of a marching band. And an elephant.
    • "The Sweetest Apu." Homer's reaction is almost the longest gag in the whole show. Which is saying something.
    • Rainier Wolfcastle's bratwurst commercial, a parody of Oscar Mayer's. "Mein Bratwurst has a first name, it's F - R - I - T - Z! Mein Bratwurst has a second name, it's S - C - H - N - A - C - K - E - N - P - F - E - F - F - E - R - H - A - U - S - E - N..."
    • Homer's comically long long-distance phone dial in "In Marge We Trust".
    • "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere" had Ned Flanders singing the final line of "Joseph's Coat/The Coat of Many Colors" (see above) while watering his flower boxes. It actually manages to make what is already an Overly-Long Gag even longer by a) having Flanders momentarily stop singing while he moved from one window to the next and then carrying on where he left off, and b) instead of finishing with a final "-and BLUE!", he loops back to "-and red and yellow and..." and carries on.
    • In "Gone Maggie Gone", Lisa opens a secret passage behind an organ. We see several contraptions combining to unlock this passage. It is implied there were more. Even Lisa gets bored waiting.
    • "In the Name of the Grandfather" brings us Grampa smashing the Simpsons hot tub. The family flops about for about thirty seconds, pausing twice.
  • Taken to its logical extreme by Futurama; "Everybody Loves Hypnotoad", a special episode included on the Bender's Big Score DVD, takes the gag and runs with it for twenty-two minutes, the entire length of the episode. There are some other gags included ("Guests of Everybody Loves Hypnotoad stay at the famous Cragmont Human Cage!"), and, indeed, the whole point is that, in order not to miss these shorter gags, the viewer has to sit through the entire episode. Some of them are so short that they can easily be missed by fast-forwarding through them.
    • Into The Wild Green Yonder gives us Leela's attempts to protect a leech, which keeps attacking her; she reflexively crushes it, then regrets it, then it comes back to life and attacks her again.
    • Actually subverted in "Bender Gets Made", the one where Bender joined the Robot Mafia. After seeing that the Robot Mafia are going to be attacking the Planet Express Ship, Bender does an extended Spit Take that, just as it looks like it is going to become an overly long gag, cuts to commercial.
  • Adventure Time: "A Glitch is a Glitch" has a "1 second later" time card that held on screen for a good minute (incredibly long especially on a show that is only 11 minutes long), boosting the absurdity.
  • Dexter's Laboratory used this quite a bit, usually centering around endlessly repeated shots of Dexter typing on a keyboard, tightening a screw, pulling the same lever, etc. One commercial lampshaded this by asking after about thirty seconds of the screw-tightening, "Isn't he going to overtighten that thing some day?"
    • In one episode starring Mandark, every sound made was similar to his signature laugh. For the entire episode.
      • Ha ha ha! Ha-ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha! Ha-ha ha ha ha!
      • Chew chew chew! Chew-chew chew chew chew! Chew chew chew! Chew-chew chew chew chew!
      • Boo-Hoo hoo! Boo-Hoo hoo hoo hoo! Boo-hoo hoo! Boo-hoo hoo hoo!
    • Youtube video makers particularly enjoy making videos of particular scenes, like Dexter eating corn for ten minutes or drinking milk for ten minutes.
    • "The Continuum of Cartoon Fools" opens with about half a minute of Dexter making faces and funny noises while apparently timing a storyboard, and ends with Dexter spending about a minute lamenting the fact that he's locked himself out of his secret laboratory in his efforts to keep Dee-Dee out.
    • Season 3 Episode 9's A Third Dad Cartoon. It is just three whole minutes of Dexter and Dee Dee's dad preparing to hit a golf ball. Before he can even prepare to hit the ball, he has to test the air, put on his gloves, kiss his lucky golf ball, cut some of the grass around the tee, test out which golf club he should use, and get into position. Then he spends another whole minute just cracking his neck, scuffing his shoes against the grass, stretching his arms out, and shaking his hips. When he finally takes a swing at it, a storm suddenly hits them. Thunder, lightning and rain, out of nowhere. He and his kids pack up and he says "Oh well, guess we'll have to try again next week." Throughout this entire sequence, there are no changes in camera angle, and no dialogue between Dad and his kids, and no music. Just three minutes of Dad getting ready to hit a golf ball.
    • From "Sdrawkcab:" "For-ward! Reverse! For-ward! Reverse! For-ward! Reverse! For-ward! Reverse!"
  • Lampshaded in an episode of Freakazoid! ("Virtual Freak"), where Freakazoid and the Lobe take an overly long time to fall from the top of a mall.
    • The Emergency Broadcast System.
    • The premise of the episode "Relax-o-Vision" was a running gag that quickly grew old. This was eventually subverted at the end, when Freakazoid beats up the suit who came up with the idea in the first place.
    • A perfect example is the Hand-man segment in the first episode, noted as such on the DVD commentary.
    • Another episode has Fanboy surprise Freakazoid, who has just downed a smoothie. Freakazoid proceeds to spit out more papaya juice than could possibly fit in his whole body in sync with fifteen different dramatic BGM chords. In what may be the most awesome Spit Take ever, this goes on for a solid twenty seconds.
  • One episode of The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police features two tiny space invaders attempting to off the duo. At one point the aliens get the jump on them, clinging to their faces, leaving them to run around their office screaming for 15 seconds straight. (Complete with a brief pause to catch their breaths.)
    "This seems like a good opportunity to scream and stumble about in an overt display of blind terror."
  • This is Invader Zim's bread and butter. Take for example, this quote from "Tak: The Hideous New Girl", in which Tak has just started to explain her evil plan to Zim, starting with "Part 1" - crippling his base's functions.
    "Part 2 is —"
    "NOOO! My beautiful base!"
    "Part 2 is —"
    "NOOO! My beautiful base!"
    "Part 2 —"
    "NOOOO! My base!"
    "Part 2 —"
    "Part —"
    "Okay, I'm — "
    "Okay, I'm going now."
    "But you didn't tell me what your plan was."
    • Similarly:
    "I am-"
    "Who are you!"
    "I am-"
    Who are you!"
    "I am-"
    "Who are you!"
    • Also similarly, from "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy"
    "A hunter-destroyer — "
    "What is it?!"
    "A hunter-destroyer — "
    "What is it?!"
    • And yet again similarly:
    • A scene from "Megadoomer" showed Zim in the titular battle mech behind a smiling woman in her car at a stoplight shouting "Hey, move it! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! ..." and then finally "You invoke my wrath?!" and as the light turns green and she moves, "Victory for Ziiim!"
    • There was also the opening to "Backseat Drivers From Beyond the Stars", where Invader Zim was on screen with the Tallest, shouting "My tallest! Hey! My tallest! My taaaalleeest!" for three hours straight (actually a minute on-screen).
    Tallest Red: I was curious to see when you'd shut up on your own. But it's been three hours now, Zim. THREE HOURS!!!
    • Jhonen Vasquez himself said in the commentary that he would have made that entire gag last the entire episode if he could get away with it.
    • When GIR asked Zim if he was going to make biscuits for 45 seconds
    • "I'm gonna sing the Doom Song now!" GIR probably deserves a special prize for that, seeing as it apparently lasted six months for Zim.
    • The Zim writers apparently love this trope. In fact, "Zim Eats Waffles" is essentially an episode-long Overly-Long Gag. And it's hilarious.
      • Every shot panning from the computer to Dib and back again constitutes as they were all painfully long.
    • There's also that scream in "Battle of the Planets" from the guy on the hill, with Mars balanced on top of his soda can.
    Guy: "Oh no! Oh no! Ooooohhh nooo! Oooooooh noooo! Oh no! Oh no! Oooohh no!! Oooh..."
  • Dr. Rockso's constant repetition of "I do cocaine!" in Metalocalypse. It was mildly funny at first, then it became annoying. But by season two, the fact that he simply would not stop saying it made it inexplicably hilarious.
    • This was actually lampshaded as a OLG. "...Yes. You've told us. Repeatedly. Please stop."
    • There's also the DVD Easter Egg scene of Nathan Explosion reading from Hamlet. Very, very badly. For twenty minutes. And then there's a second Overly Long Gag in the credits...
      • Many of the DVD extras consist of Overly Long Gags, though not usually as long as the Hamlet one. There is an 8 minute feature of Pickles sitting in his underwear on a bed babbling incoherently while on drugs, and another that's about five minutes of the Bishop guy tuning his guitar and trying to play simple chords while grunting to himself. Some of these are more successful than others.
      • Another 12-minute "deleted episode" sketch features all 5 members of the band sitting drunk in a darkened room trying to name all the "great metal bands" ("metal" being a catch-all term for "brutal") they can think of. It begins with your standards (Black Sabbath, Metallica), then grows increasingly esoteric (Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Redbone), to just plain absurd (Hanson, ABBA).
    • Stops copies me. Stops copies me.
    • Knubbler's 30 second long scream.
  • In Home Movies, Jason keeps trying to add overly long jokes about barbarians acting barbaric to a movie script. Melissa refuses to transcribe them past a point, saying, "That's where I think the joke ends!"
    • "Can I axe you a question?"
  • In one episode of Duckman, he and Cornfed become plumbers, and give their company an Overly Long Name in order to be first in the phone book.
    Hans: I am Hans, may I help you gentlemen?
    Eric Duckman: You betcha Heintz, we're from AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-1 Plumbing.
    Hans: You're from AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-1 Plumbing?
    Cornfed Pig: Yes, we're from AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-1 Plumbing.
    Lady Calowina Worthington-Ford: Ah, are these the men from AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-1 Plumbing?
    Hans: Yes, they say they're from AAAAAAAAAAAAAA ...
    Eric Duckman: All right! C'mon, we don't even have a plot yet.
  • Clone High called this a "wacky stack", and tried to avoid it.
  • The Danger Mouse episode, Quark Quark features a robot named Grovel...who does...every single time his name is mentioned!
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force does this in the episode "Super Birthday Snake," when Frylock is arguing back and forth with his zombified friends about whether or not he killed them. A good quarter of the episode's length is nothing but variations on "No I didn't!" "Yes you did!", starting out with Frylock's anguished declarations and the others' zombie-like droning and gradually shifting to both just speaking in an annoyed but regular tone. It's not funny until Carl bursts out with "You so frickin' did!" Then it's hilarious.
  • Chowder does this a lot. For example:
    • This exchange from "Schnitzel Makes a Deposit":
      Old Lady: Would you care for a free lollipop?
      Chowder: Would I?!
      Old Lady: Would you?
      Chowder: Would I?!
      Old Lady: Would you?
      Chowder: Would I?!
      Old Lady: Would you?
      Chowder: Would I what?
      Old Lady: Care for a free lollipop?
      Chowder: Would I?!
      Schniztel: Radda radda!
      Chowder: Yes I would, thank you.
    • Also, the title of the 'Big Ball' episode (which doubles as the name of the game featured in it), Mung always refers to the name of the sport in full: Field Tournament Style Up and Down On the Ground Manja Flanja Blanja Banja Ishka Bibble Babble Flabble Doma Roma Floma Boma Jingle Jangle Every Angle Bricka Bracka Flacka Stacka Two Ton Rerun Free for All Big Ball. It is fast-forwarded once, but only once, and said fast forward is also ridiculously long.
    • Chowder's very, very long Spit Take upon hearing Panini declare herself Chowder's girlfriend. The spit-take lasts all day. And all night. It shows you Chowder going about his day (helping Mung in the kitchen, sitting down at the table to eat dinner, in the bathroom holding a toothbrush, and finally in bed), just spewing a seemingly-infinite amount of juice. Even the Sun gets into it the next morning!
  • The View Askewniverse cartoon Clerks:
    "Caitlyn has a kissing booth? Like, for charity?"
    * leaves and comes back*
    "And there's no booth."
    * leaves and comes back*
    "And it's more than just kissing."
    * leaves and comes back*
    * leaves*
    * beat*
    * comes back*
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends tended to use this trope pretty often, probably to make the episodes fill 25 minutes:
    • From the Pilot Movie "House of Bloo's", Bloo meets Coco: "Coco?" "Yes." "Coco?" "Yes." "Coco?" "Yes." "Coco?" "Yes..."
    • The extended version of the scene of Bloo being massaged by the sound-operated cactus in "Store Wars", which plays over the credits. There was also the shot of him making weird noises repeatedly to make them dance.
    • The scene from "Squeeze the Day" where a bored Bloo amuses himself by making fun of the way the TV news weatherman talks. "It's hooooot in Tooopeeeeeekaaaaaa..."
    • Wilt repeatedly shouting "NO!" for thirty seconds straight at the end of "Where There's a Wilt, There's a Way".
  • Animaniacs:
    • The Who's on Stage? skit, an homage to the infamous Who's on First? skit.
    • The Wakkorotti concerts also might count as this. Ha ha, two minutes of burping!
    • Yakko sang all the words in the English language. However, he was only seen singing words beginning with A, F (briefly), L, and Z.
    • An in-universe example would be the Warners' "early" solo cartoon, "Flies in the Ointment", which concerned the siblings getting flypaper stuck on their butts.
      Daffy Duck: "It was an okay cartoon for a short, but this thing went on for eight hours. Eight. hours.
    • The German Friendship song. This one actually hangs a lampshade when the German chef gets tired half way through the song and tries to bring it to an end to no avail.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Duck! Rabbit, Duck! Bugs puts up a new season sign whenever Daffy mentions he is another animal. This goes on for the entirety of the film. Eventually...
      Elmer: Oh, Mister Game Warden, I hope you can help me. I've been told I can shoot wabbits and goats and pigeons and mongooses and dirty skunks and ducks. Could you tell me what season it weawwy is?
      The "Game Warden" (actually Bugs in a Game Warden suit): Why soitainly, my boy, (whips out a baseball) it's baseball season!
    • Elmer then goes insane and shoots the baseball repeatedly.
      • Which is nothing to compare with Daffy completely and utterly losing it.
        Daffy: Shoot me again! I enjoy it! I love the smell of burnt feathers, and gunpowder, and cordite! I'm an elk! Shoot me, go on! It's elk season! I'm a fiddler crab! Why don't you shoot me? It's fiddler crab season!
    • "Porky Pig's Feat" has a memorable moment when the Manager of the Broken Arms Hotel, driven into a state of fury by Daffy's antics, attempts to break down the door to his and Porky's room. The rug gets pulled out from under him, and he goes tumbling down the stairs. The next 30 seconds are spent watching him fall down step after step, going "Ee! Ah! Oh! Ah!" until he crashes at the bottom. The second time around, he fakes it.
    • At the end of the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Falling Hare", Bugs is in a crashing airplane, which continues to fall out of the sky for over a minute (time enough for a half-dozen reaction gags from Bugs), before running out of gas and stopping two feet above the ground.
    • "To Beep Or Not To Beep": The boulder on the catapult, before The Reveal that it wasn't an ACME Product.
    • "Lickety-Splat" The needle-nosed dart bombs.
    • Robin Hood Daffy: "Yoiks! And away!" (THUD!)
    • Hopalong Casualty: A great Ken Harris animated scene where the Coyote swallows earthquake pills.
  • Back at the Barnyard has an episode where the animals think the farm is about to be sold because they've overheard that "Buyers are coming" that day. After turning away several "Buyers", one person shows up looking for "The Beyer family reunion." He then explains that his surname is Beyer, the family reunion is being held there because the farmer's wife's maiden name is Beyer, all the other people who showed up earlier were named Beyer, etc. His explanation goes on for nearly a full minute.
  • On The Critic, Jay once showed a scene from the Director's cut of JFK. It was just Jim Garrison saying "Back, and to the left" over and over.
    • Franklin thinks an owl is Wilson: "Whooo." "My wife, Eleanor." "Whooo." "My wife, Eleanor." "Whooo." "My wife, Eleanor." And so on for 15 seconds.
  • Titan Maximum. In the pilot episode of all places, during the 50-second long falling death of Spud.
  • A Tex Tinstar segment of The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show featured the Wrong Brothers sleeping, and Tex riding up to them...and the Wrong Brothers sleeping...and Tex riding up to them...and the Wrong Brothers sleeping...
  • In The Venture Bros. episode "Every Which Way But Zeus", Brock and Col. Gathers have a discussion of a stripper's breasts, which they describe as "mournful tits". They go on discussing how "sad" her breasts were in every way imaginable for about a minute.
    • Look into THE NOZZLE...THE NOZZLE is not look away from THE NOZZLE...
  • "Bare Face Bear", a Yogi Bear short, did this. A dog is going after a criminal in a bear suit, who dives into the hole of a tree. He keeps barking at it until his owner (the sheriff) pops out and glares at him. He keeps barking for a good 2 minutes.
  • Total Drama World Tour: "Al! Buddy! Al! Don't leave me hanging! Al! Al? Al? Al! Al! Al! Al!"
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Lolly Poopdeck's painfully drawn out delivery of the punchline of a joke in "Day Without Laughter".
  • In one Baseball Episode of a Popeye cartoon, Bluto decides to pitch his slow ball to Popeye. However, it's a very slow ball. At first, Wimpy (the umpire) asks Popeye if he would like to go home and come back later (he declines); while waiting for the ball, Popeye calls his mother, Bluto flirts with a female spectator, and Wimpy, naturally, goes to the hamburger stand. After about two minutes of this, the ball is about to reach the plate, and Popeye finally hits it.
    • This gag is also used in a Woody Woodpecker cartoon (with Woody, Buzz Buzzard and Inspector Willoughby replacing Popeye, Bluto and Wimpy, respectively).
  • In Tom and Jerry Blast Off To Mars the Martian King falls down a ridiculously-long flight of stairs. After a few bounces it cuts to some of the guards playing cards. Then back to the king, still on his way down. Then to a couple of the guards flirting. Then back to the king. Then to the guards getting married. Then back to the king. Then to the guards holding several small children. Then he finally hits the ground.
    Martian King: I Meant to Do That.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkie Pie's dialogue occasionally delves into this trope.
      Pinkie Pie: Are you excited? Because I'm excited! I've never been so excited! Well, except for the time I saw you walking into town, and I went gasp!, but I mean really, who could top that?
    • In "Over a Barrel", we have Chief Thunderhooves' rant about his tribe's sacred stampeding trail: "My father stampeded upon these grounds. And his father before him...and his father before him...and his father before him...and his father before him..." Meanwhile, the other tribe members are shown trying to stay awake, and Little Strong Heart eventually has to shut the chief up.
    • Near the end of "A Friend in Deed", Pinkie tries to chase Cranky Doodle Donkey down and tell him that she's "really really really really really really really really [etc.]" sorry for ruining his scrapbook.
    • In Equestria Games, Spike attempts to make up words for the Cloudsdale anthem since he's never heard it before. A number of them involve super-fast flying, trees, and wishing the song would just end already. Naturally, the song is comically long.
    • In "The Parent Map," Sunburst's mother Stellar Flare enchanted the gate at the entrance of the town to announce "Welcome to Sire's Hollow!" whenever it's opened. Starlight repeatedly closes and opens the gate to demonstrate to her how annoying it is.
      Gate recording: Welcome to Sire's Hollow! Welcome to Sire's Hollow! Welcome to Sire's Hollow! Welcome to Sire's Hollow!
      Stellar Flare: Okay, it's annoying, I get it.
  • Samurai Jack brings us the Scotsman's epic 20-second string of Scottish insults: What do ya think o'that, Mr. pajama wearin', basket face, slipper wieldin', clype-dreep bachle, gether uppin' blate-maw bleatherin' gomeril, jessie oaf lookin' stoner, nyaff plookie shan milk drinkin', soy face shilpit lil-mooth, snivelin' worm-eyed hotten-blaugh, vile-stoochie cally-breek tattie?!
  • From King of the Hill. "Dusty old bones, full of green dust!"
  • One episode of Planet Sheen does this twice in a row: First, when Sheen, Mr. Nesmith, and Doppy are trying to rescue Aseefa, Doppy loses his grip on the tower, and they fall. And fall. And continue to fall. Eventually they hit the ground, with Sheen and Nesmith on top of Doppy. When they try to talk to Doppy to check if he's okay, Doppy keeps interupting them by making a grinding, whirring noise.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • A gnome pukes rainbows on a loop for the entirety of the first episode's closing credits.
    • "Fight Fighters" has Rumble McSkirmish unleash his "Super Power Ninja Turbo Neo Ultra Hyper Mega Multi Alpha Meta Extra Uber Prefix Combo" upon Dipper.
    • Stan ends up falling down the bottomless pit for all of the closing credits of "Bottomless Pit!".
    • "Carpet Diem" has Soos scalding himself in his "break room": "OW! Wait wait...OW! Wait wait...OW! Wait wait...OW! That actually felt good that time. OW! Wait wait..."
  • Rick's rambling monologue at the end of the pilot episode of Rick and Morty. Watch it in its full glory here.
    The world is full of idiots who don't understand what's important, and they'll tear us apart, Morty. But if ya stick with me, I'm gonna accomplish great things, Morty, and you're gonna be part of 'em, and together we're gonna run around, Morty. We're gonna... do all kinds of wonderful things, Morty. Just you and me, Morty. The outside world is our enemy, Morty... we're the only.... friends we've got, Morty! It's just Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty and their adventures, Morty.. RICK AND MORTY FOREVER AND FOREVER A HUNDRED YEARS Rick and Morty.. some...things.. Me and Rick and Morty runnin' around and... Rick and Morty time... a- all day long forever.. all a - a hundred days Rick and Morty! forever a hundred times.... OVER and over Rick and Morty... adventures dot com.. w w w dot at Rick and Morty dot com w..w..w... Rick and Morty adventures.. ah- hundred years..... every minute Rick and Morty dot com.... w w w a hundred times... Rick and Morty dot com...
  • Regular Show had a scene in "Every Meat Burrito" where the whole climax is just one overly long gag: Barry (the episode's villain) keeps making long screams when Mordecai repeatedly punches him. It's a spoof of this scene from the Turkish film Karateci Kız, which gained notoriety as the "Worst Death Scene Ever".
  • In the 6teen episode "Fish and Make Up", Caitlin bursts in the loathsome washrooms with a Potty Emergency...and then uses the bathroom and sighs in relief for twelve seconds some additional seconds when it seems like she's finished.
    Caitlin: Sorry. Kind of an emergency.
  • Wander over Yonder: In "The Hole... Lotta Nothin'", there's a long stretch where Wander stands around on a barren planet with his finger stuck in a black hole, with nothing to do but wait for Sylvia to come back with help.
  • In the My Life as a Teenage Robot episode "Victim of Fashion", the characters Brit and Tiff laugh over their next evil scheme... for 30 seconds straight. With the camera focused on the two characters for the entire duration.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • The climax of "Teed Off" has nearly every character in the cartoon (and Rocko, who wasn't in the episode until this point) screaming as Heffer crashes his flying lawnmower into the groundskeeper's secret base.
    • In "Road Rash" Rocko and Heffer stop and ask for directions to Phlegm Rock from a country bumpkin, who gets side-tracked telling a rambling story about his friend Ferb ("His real name was Frank, but everyone called him Ferb. Ain't that crazy?"). Rocko and Heffer eventually get bored and drive off, and it cuts to hours later when the guy finally finishes his story.
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "Child Fearing" parodies this when the girls watch some children's programming. A cartoon dinosaur named Blarney sings a song about animals and how he'd behave if were one of them... then he just starts mentioning pretty much anything that seemingly comes to his mind.
    Blarney: If I were a bunny, I'd...HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! HOP!!! If I we're a rhino, I'd... STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! STOMP!!! If I were a fish, I would SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! SCREAM!!! Okay, lads and lassies. Now, let's all join in! If I were a log, I'd ROLL!!! ROLL!!! ROLL!!! If I were a ball, I'd BOUNCE!!! BOUNCE!!! BOUNCE!!! If I were a rake, I'd RAKE!!! RAKE!!! RAKE!!! If I were a hammer, I'd BANG!!! BANG!!! BANG!!! If I were a candle I'd-
    Mojo Jojo: ENOUGH!!!!!

  • The Department of Redundancy Department.
  • Every trope with an entry on Major Alex Louis Armstrong has THIS TROPE HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN THE ARMSTRONG LINE FOR GENERATIONS in it. Every. Single. One.
  • The Grappling-Hook Pistol page contains an entry about Batman in every entry.
  • Egregious use of the word "egregious". See Author Vocabulary Calendar for a really egregious example (that's three sips in a single line, BTW).
  • The page for Loads and Loads of Loading.
  • The article on Strike Witches used to mention the fact that they weren't wearing any pants more or less every entry, until the Genre Shift of the show itself prompted deletion.
  • The Filler example on the page for American Idol used to be duplicated on the page, including such trope entries as "More Filler" and "Engaging Chevrons, just to break up the monotony of the Filler", to mock Idol's constant usage of it.
  • On the page for Seattle, "Filmed in Vancouver."
  • The entry for Monty Python on this very page used to be so much, much longer, having been reduced to a shameless parroting of favorite lines from various sketches or the movies.
  • The page for Rozen Maiden has every trope example ending in desu to demonstrate Suiseiseki...and /b/'s constant Memetic Mutation of it.
  • Several profanity tropes overuse their respective curses; This Is for Emphasis, Bitch! uses the word "Bitch" after every sentence and header (Bitch), Cluster F-Bomb is covered in profanity (though not as much as it should), and Symbol Swearing has, well, symbol swearing in every sentence and header.
  • The article about Candle Jack, where sentences don't complete. Remember what was said about 'losing' its entertainment value? Seriously, it gets really old really fa
  • Remember kids: On the How Not to Write an Example page, always be sure to add an entry saying how one should always duplicate examples in case someone missed it.
  • The pages describing the Final Fantasy games use increasingly ludicrous adjectives to describe the popularity of the series with each numerically subsequent game.
  • The Better Than It Sounds entries of The Legend of Zelda consist of two parts: The actual description of the game and a convoluted explanation of where the game falls in the Continuity Snarl that is its timeline.
  • Canada, Eh? has every sentence ending in "eh", eh?
  • No real life examples, please.
  • Many, many examples of Memetic Mutation.
  • The beautiful useful notes: Brazil page has a beautiful example of this with the beautiful word, "beautiful".
  • The entry for the Flash Gordon movie (which had a soundtrack by Queen) would like to remind you that the movie had a soundtrack done by Queen.
  • The entry for the Doctor Who serial (of Rassilon) The Five Doctors (of Rassilon) made sure (until clarity [of Rassilon] became compromised) that every trope (of Rassilon) was a Trope of Rassilon. Now the tradition (of Rassilon) and gag (of Rassilon) has been moved to the article (of Rassilon).
  • The jokes about zombies in the comments section of this Mushroom Go page. The jokes start about halfway down the page and keep going.
  • In the (now deleted) Headscratchers page describing "School", someone asked "Why do kids hate school? Can anyone give me some legit responses." After someone gave a bunch of responses... someone else responded to every single point, often repeating "Learn to box". This prompted somebody else to respond to every "Learn to box" comment with "You get expelled for that."
  • The intros for Characters pages for Mahou Sensei Negima!, when read in sequence, walk the reader through a no-frills meal, starting with a not-too-unusual "get a sandwich, this may take a while" gag, and continuing through three more courses (another sandwich, an enchilada, and desert), beverage, intermission snack, and toothpick.
  • Zendaya has gone from the name of a singer to a tired joke that has shown up in every Marvel affiliated WMG page, as well as random pages unconnected to Marvel at all. This is most often done by suggesting that a character will be played by her (Especially if the character is a man).

    Real Life 
  • A letter written by a Union soldier serving under General McClellan during The American Civil War described the daily routine at the D.C. garrison as one long string of drills. (The entire letter was read aloud during part one of Ken Burns' PBS documentary The Civil War.)
  • A Japanese rock band asked Tom Green of all people to sit in on drums for them one night. The result was, simply, Tom playing the drums. And playing. And playing. And playing. Long after the song had ended.
  • When Flava Flav his 50th birthday, at the party celebrated with the longest "Yeeeaah, boyyyyy" in history.
  • For numerous long gag made into names in real life, check this index.
  • YouTube:
    • A video can (and has, in the case of some YouTube Poopers) be removed for using an overly long gag. According to their "Community Guidelines", "It's not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive content, including comments and private messages." However, it's not as if this actually stops people from uploading ungodly numbers of "character X does momentary action Y repeatedly for 10 minutes while Yakety Sax plays in the background" videos. So it's sort of used and averted at the same time. Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged owner LittleKuriboh has had his account terminated nine times, the last of which being on February 26 2012, and it has been restored eight times.
    • Comment sections can have overly long gags where posters keep trying to one up each other or just follow along.
    • "the nutshack theme but every nutshack is replaced with the entire reading of the bee movie script". A large series of these types of these nesting videos, which EmperorLemon calls "But-edits", has become a meme in YouTube culture, taking this trope Up to Eleven. As EmpLemon himself describes it:
      "You take The Nutshack theme, but replace each "Nutshack" with Smash Mouth's "All Star", and replace each "All Star" with the Cyberchase theme, then replace every other syllable with the entirety of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and every time the Monolith appears, BonziBuddy reads the entire Bee Movie script, but every time he says "bee" it's replaced with the entire Paul Blart movie, and every time someone says "Paul Blart", it's replaced with John Cena's intro. Now, as you can see, we started off with a simple 60 second long intro, but after just a few operations, we now have something longer than the entire age of the observable universe."
  • The John Isner vs Nicolas Mahut tennis match at Wimbledon 2010 got like this at times. The bloke doing the writeup for the Guardian certainly thought so.
    "Isner and Mahut are dying a thousand deaths out there on Court 18 and yet nobody cares, because they're watching the football."
  • A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Annals of Improbable Research: Chicken Chicken Chicken.
  • Knock knock. Who's There? Banana. Banana who? Banana. Banana who? Banana. BANANA WHO! After at least 10-50 more times... Orange, Orange who? Orange ya glad I didn't say banana!
  • The full chemical name of Titin. Which has 189,819 letters. Seriously. Here's the full name pronounced. Note that the video lasts three and a half hours.
  • A perfect example on this clip of X-Factor.
  • Famous writer Mark Twain would on occasion go on tours where he would tell stories and run routines that were known to be hilariously funny. On the night of one such performance, Mark Twain stepped on the stage and proceed to stare at the audience for several minutes without saying a word. The confused audience stared back for a VERY long time, until finally they started to chuckle slightly. This was followed by some light laughter, and before long the whole audience was inexplicably in stitches. This led into a very successful (and more typical) performance by Mark Twain for the rest of the evening.
    • According to Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett once did the same thing for about fifteen-twenty minutes.
  • The Owl Channel is a website that broadcasts a live feed of the nest of two barn owls, Roy and Dale. As of the time of this entry, the male barn owl has brought the female 87 rabbits over the course of about two months. Eighty seven. For those not familiar with barn owls, that is ridiculous.
  • Originally to filibuster in Congress, politicians needed to talk nonstop to delay the voting on a bill. This led to such things as reading Shakespeare and reciting a list of recipes to the rest of the Senate for hours on end.
  • For many years, the San Diego Zoo posted one throughout the park that also functioned as an anti-Loophole Abuse PSA:
    PLEASE DO NOT annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, worry, badger, harry, harass, heckle, persecute, irk, bullyrag, vex, disquiet, grate, beset, bother, tease, nettle, tantalize, or ruffle the animals.
  • Receptionists, secretaries, guards, or anyone else working by the outside door of a building hear "Wow, it's hot out there!" and "Whew, it's cold out there!", tens of times a day, matching the season. This is a social convention that's fine for the occasional hearing, but gets old. Saying "I know, I work by the DOOR!" is bad form, unfortunately.
  • This was an actual ad run by an actual major-party nomination campaign for President of the United States. There's actually two separate examples in the same ad.
  • Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List, a ten-page document in the style of a scientific paper consisting of the title sentence over and over again, complete with flow chart and scatter-plot graph. It was originally created by a pair of computer scientists as a response to spam mail from a rather disreputable "journal". Naturally, they accepted it for publication, pending their usual $150 fee.
  • Dream Land 64 except the intro keeps looping and gradually speeds up.
  • In rugby union, after normal time has expired, play continues until the ball goes dead or someone scores. Unless it's a penalty, in which case the penalty is awarded and play continues. However, the law to allow penalties to kick the ball out of touch and the resulting lineout to proceed had yet to be implemented in the Northern Hemisphere for the 2017 Six Nations. This resulted in the situation where France, trailing 13-18 to Wales after a relatively dull 79 minutes in the last round of the Six Nations, first got a scrum near the Wales try line in the 79th minute, and after that kept opting for the 5 metre scrum whenever they got a penalty in an attempt to score a try, while Wales, desperately trying to prevent France from scoring, kept conceding penalties, most of which were during the scrum, resulting in repeated reset scrums. The scrum was reset so many times that one Welsh prop that got yellow carded early on in added time and suspended for 10 minutes as a result was able to come back and continue. Finally, at 99:55, 19 minutes and 55 seconds into added time, France finally scored a try, drawing level. The clock was stopped there for the conversion attempt, which was not usually done. France converted the try and won 20-18.

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