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Friday, July 12, 2024

Humor: Humorist resorts to meta humor in a desperate scramble for an idea


I have officially run out of ideas

Hi, I have literally no ideas left. Which is why I’m posting this article to Facebook in order to solicit article ideas. Please email the above email address for inquiries and suggestions. I will gladly take your ideas. And by take I mean they’re my ideas now. Finders keepers!

Now you might be complaining and saying, “You talentless hack, get your own ideas.” Well, guess what!!! Writing articles is hard work. I’m pounding and click-clacking away at this keyboard, typing whatever first word comes to my mind. You think I plan these things out? No way! I’m just doing this to put it on a resume.

I have no idea what’s gonna be next. Maybe I’ll keep going with the whole “I am posting this article you’re reading to Facebook,” or perhaps I’ll run with the whole indignant thing where I pretend I’m some sort of crazed writer without talent or time to write these articles. Either way it’s all just make believe!

That’s the best part about writing articles: I can pretend that I’m pretending to be crazy, when in reality I’m actually crazy. Hah, that’s actually a joke! Not a confession. I promise I am sound of mind. Wait no, I’m crazy!

You see what happens when I’m forced to meet these deadlines…I just start churning out terrible jokes. That’s what I thought meta humor was for — when you can’t think of anything funny so you make a joke about whatever it is you’re doing. I thought it’d work here, but I guess not.

Isn’t that last sentence just sort of meta self-deprecating humor? WHEN DO THE JOKES STOP?

Maybe humor about the act of writing and posting articles is just easy, but not really that funny. Sorry if you read this far, it’s just that I ran out of ideas.


Written by: Aaron Levins  — adlevins@ucdavis.edu

(This article is humor and/or satire, and its content is purely fictional. The story and the names of “sources” are fictionalized.)



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