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Comedy: October 06, 2021 Issue [#11014]

 This week: Meme Madness
  Edited by: Lornda
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3. Letter from the Editor
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About This Newsletter

"Memes just show that people are engaged about something. A meme is just a little inside joke for a group of people that care about a certain thing."
~ Anthony Fantano - American Music Critic

"Some people only recognize me for that - ain't you the meme guy?"
~ Nick Young - Former American Professional Basketball Player

"I have a great sense of humor, I mean even when my meme came out I reposted it. I didn't care. I was laughing, too!"
~ Skai Jackson - American Actress

*Camera* Memes are another form of entertainment to make us laugh and have become a worldwide phenomenon.

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         Memes blasted on to the internet scene in 1976 and to this day, there are billions of them for our entertainment. Unfortunately, sixty percent of them are political. I say we band together and change that number to be seventy-five percent cat memes. The one posted above makes me laugh every time I read it. I’m sure we have our favorite memes. Cats, right?

         If you do not know what a meme is, you’ve been missing out on some laughs. The dictionary meaning from Collins Dictionary describes it as an image or video that is spread widely on the internet, often altered by internet users for humorous effect. The word meme comes from the book, ‘The Selfish Gene’ written by, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins where he coined the word meme . He used the word meme to describe an idea, behavior, or style that rapidly spreads from person to person in a culture. Fast forward to now, and memes are a worldwide phenomenon. Search for anything — even memes for the kitchen sink will pop-up.

         There have been popular memes over the years like Success Kid, Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka called, Condescending Wonka, and of course, memes that have their own universe, cats. (You can find some of the above memes here: "Image Album) Since we’re on the topic of cats, a few years ago, I hosted a Comedy activity, and one of the tasks was to caption a photo in the style of a meme to make me laugh. The results were hilarious. The image I posted back then became a meme, and l had no idea the cat was famous. The cat’s name was Tombili from Istanbul, and people came from all over to snap selfies with him because he was always sat propped up on the sidewalk. He became so famous that when he passed away they made a statue of him for the sidewalk he always lounged on.

         Even though we have our own sense of humor, memes are another avenue to make us laugh. You can even write your own memes to make the whole world laugh. Search for a meme generator and as fast as you can say, ‘I love cat memes’, you’ll have one to share with everyone.

         I’ll leave you with the winners from the comedy activity and a meme challenge for you!

*Camera* This is the photo of Tombili from Istanbul and the caption winners. Keep in mind these were written in 2017:

Presidential candidate contemplating his 2020 campaign platform.
By: Prosperous Snowwoman

And so I said, "For a little catnip I'll let you see my . . . "
By: HuntersMoon

Trump Wins: America's Fat Cats are on Easy Street.
By: Mitchopolis

*ChessKnightB* Meme Challenge*ChessKnightB*

Give it try! There's new Trinkets involved. *Smirk*

Write a Caption Challenge  (E)
Closed ~ Test your comedy skills and write a caption to create a funny meme.
#2259573 by Lornda

*Bullet* Reference: Tombili the sidewalk lounging cat:

A sig for the best genre in the world--Comedy!

Editor's Picks

*Computer* Stories and poems about the Internet!

Patently Obvious  [E]
An attempted meeting with a twist.
by Teargen

 No Internet  [E]
Can anyone survive 4 days without going online?
by Dragyn

Letter of Complaint  [E]
The Treachery of Internet Shopping
by PiriPica

 The Puppeteer  [13+]
An internet instigator draws purposeful reactions. (Flash Fiction)
by Hyperiongate

 The Scrabble Game  [E]
Four days without the Internet
by Bryce Kenn

The Blue Screen of Death  [13+]
One careless move & the world suddenly gets much smaller (with creative use of footnotes)
by GeminiGem💎

 Internet dating  [18+]
The perils of internet dating, that is.
by Northwood

Average Joe  [18+]
When reality meets fantasy . . . 3rd place in Quotation Inspiration Contest
by Blueyez

Autocorrect  [18+]
The frustration of using new technology - 1st place Humorous Poetry Contest September 2018
by Robert Edward Baker

 Internet Ted  [13+]
A cautionary tale of internet dating: What could be worse than a madman?
by anastasia beyverhausen

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Ask & Answer

*Questiong* What do you think of Memes? Do you have any favorites?

Be sure to give a meme a try with this challenge:

*Thought2* Feedback from my last newsletter, "Pen a Parody for Fun : What’s your favorite parody movie, song, or poem? Have you tried to write a parody?

Elfin Dragon - contest hunting : "One of my favorite parodies is a movie called, "Love at First Bite". It stars George Hamilton as Dracula. And my other favorite parody is one you've already listed, "Young Frankenstein."

I've seen "Love at First Bite." It's a funny one, too!

Maryann : *Candy4**Candy2* "I loved this newsletter! *Candy4**Candy2*
I'll have to read a few of those parody links which you listed. I had fun in the past, attempting to write parodies. Gosh, you did it now! You made me remember that I was trying to organize my portfolio! LOL. I found one of the parodies which I was looking for - "Story Prompt: Rewrite a fairy tale. It wasn't easy to find, as I had to fight zombies along the way "A Good Zombie Fright, "'My Bad' Zombie Poems, but I finally found it under all the rubble. Thanks for the fun and the memories, Lornda!" *Delight*

Lol! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. *Bigsmile* I know I've read some of your bad Zombie poems — they're hilarious. *Laugh* Have fun organizing your portfolio, and thanks for the comments!

Quick-Quill : "I watched the 3 pigs — thank you for sharing. I laughed out loud. I posted on my FB writer's page."

Lol! The three pig video was so funny. We have Elfin Dragon - contest hunting to thank for sending in the link for that one. *Bigsmile*

Kenzie : "I'm soooo glad you wrote about parody. In today's divisive climate, people sometimes don't get parody. Perhaps if they were exposed to it more often, that would help."

You got it! Thanks for the comments. *Bigsmile*

*Tower* Comments from the Newsfeed. Thanks for all of your answers to the newsletter question. You all listed many of my favorites, and I now have a new ones to watch. *Wink*

FlyingDuckManGenesis : "Wreck-It Ralph (2012). That movie is essentially a love letter to classic video games, the way Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was to classic cartoon characters, or the Toy Story movies were to toys. The Fix-it Felix Jr. video game was essentially a mix of Donkey Kong, Rampage, and Wrecking Crew., and Wreck-it Ralph was essentially a human version of Donkey Kong."

Andy~NaNo'ing : "Favourite parody movie is definitely Spaceballs, though any of Mel Brooks films are great.

Favorite parody song is probably Amish Paradise by Weird Al.

I don't really have a favourite parody poem, only because I've only ever read about five or six. Though I do quite like "A Modern Curse" and "Maniac President's Song)."

Steven Dreading Xmas : "My favourite parody movie is probably The Kentucky Fried Movie. But Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Hot Shots (and Part Deux), Top Secret and Shaun Of The Dead are also really good.

My favourite parody song is tough because 'Weird Al' Yankovic has written so many classics. 'Fat', 'Amish Paradise', 'Smells Like Nirvana', 'White & Nerdy', et al. - so many great ones! So I'm going to go with 'Oedipus Rex' by Ton Lehrer, a parody of film soundtrack songs of the late 50s, early 60s.

And have I written parodies? Had 2 parody versions of 'A Visit From St. Nicholas' published in different places. A parody of 'Deck The Halls' published. Am currently writing a Cthulhu musical, and each song is a parody of a famous song. So, a couple, yeah."

TheCaptain : "The best parody is always going to be Galaxy Quest and nothing you say will change my mind."

Bilal Latif : "Airplane! is hilarious to this day."

Elisa, Snowman Stik : "I've written several holiday song parodies. Maybe one day I'll write some more." *Pointright* "Holiday Jingles 18+: How 'bout some different songs this holiday season?

Dave : "Check out this parody of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvXxakytq_M

and I have written a few myself, including: "Randolph, the Redneck Ringer ASR: a little parody "

Cym Wayne : "Blazing Saddles"

Adherennium : "Has to be 'Monty Python's Holy Grail'. I have written a parody of 'The Walrus and the Carpenter'. Mine is called 'The Small Bore and the Harbinger', and is, (I feel), almost as silly as the original."

TheBusmanPoet : "I've only written one. Not very good at writing funny poetry. The only one I've written is called "The Beauty That I Behold-The Comedy Side" which is a spoof on the same title of the serious poem "The Beauty I behold."

Mikel Bardsdale : "I like humour, but not for its own sake. Also, I've read ‘humourous works' here that kept making fun of fat people. I included my sadness in my review of them anyway. Don't presume I must be fat. I'm not even fleshy enough. Some offend others heavily on TV, radio and social media with their reckless humour."

JCosmos : "Hope to finish Middlemarch - part of my goal this year to conquer the George Elliot novels. they are great but too damn long for modern readers."

Anna Marie Carlson : "I'm not sure what a parody is; I will have to look it up." And... "I am going to attempt to write a parody. Here it goes: You may look at me and think, Man, is she overweight. I wonder, are they jealous because I'm overweight. Maybe, but I say that it's because I have a lot of love to go around."

keyisfake : I like vampire parody. What we do in the Shadows is a good one.
I never wrote one."

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