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"Two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff... *ba-dum-tssshhh!*"
— Bad joke
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"So, why are colds bad criminals? Because they’re easy to catch." (Drum fill) "And what happens when you witness a ship wreck? You let it sink in." (Drum fill) "And why should you never eat a clock? Because it’s too time consuming." (Drum fill) "Hey, I want a job cleaning mirrors. It’s something I can really see myself doing!" (Drum fill).

That's it! Enough with the Self-Demonstrating Article! Stop that nonsense already!

Bob tried to make a joke, but it didn't turn out as good as he hoped. Maybe he shoehorned a reference in too awkwardly (shoe goes on, shoe goes off), or he has bad comedic... timing, or he just wasn't able to tell what was supposed to be a snappy joke in a snappy manner, so the wording he used ends up taking up way too much space for something that really wasn't worthwhile to anyone who was reading it in the first place. Or maybe he relied on a Stock Shtick that everyone's heard a million times.

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For those who are not drummers, the "ba-dum-tssshhh" you think of when someone says rimshot is not a rimshot. A real rimshot is when you hit the edge of the drum and the head at the same time. The "ba-dum-tssshhh" is called a "sting".

In case you're wondering if you really do get that sound from two drums and a cymbal falling off a cliff, someone's already tried it. It works!

You can also get a rimshot on demand here.

Compare Fanfare, Drum Roll, Please, Dramatic Timpani, Laugh Track

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     Live Action TV 
  • Friends
    • In "The One With Barry and Mindy's Wedding", when it's revealed that Barry told everyone Rachel ran away from the wedding because she was insane with syphilis, Ross gets up on stage and explains it's not true. He gets a rimshot and glares at the drummer. He then says that Rachel not marrying Barry "worked out pretty well for me", and after a pause glances at the drummer, who shrugs.
    • In "The One Where Pheobe Runs", Joey asks Chandler and Ross for advice on "repelling women". Ross says that one thing Chandler did in college was follow up everything he said by going "ba-dum-dum, tshh!"
      Chandler: Yeah, Monica doesn't like that either. Maybe I should stop.

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    Web Animation 
  • How It Should Have Ended: Loki has escaped from the Time Variance Authority and told everyone in the Villain Pub about the problem with variants. Thanos shows up and says "Finding out how other variants of you succeeded where you failed could totally make someone... snap"

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama: Played with. Dr. Zoidberg starts his speech with a "Ladies and Germs" introduction, which is followed by a drum fill. He protests that it wasn't a joke, as there is a germ among the audience. Then he says "Now I'm not saying Professor Farnsworth is old, but if you consider his age, he's likely to die soon." Then he protests that that was a joke, and the drummer failed to make the drum fill!


Alternative Title(s): Ba Dum Tish

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