My father likes to say that the key to successful humor is “repetition, repetition, repetition.” He believes that jokes get funnier the more you hear them, and that repeated punch lines breed familiarity which breeds laughter. And as much as it pains me to admit it, my father is right. In this case. It’s why Who’s On First is still side-splittingly hilarious even after my first grade teacher made us diagram the field, it’s why Talladega Nights quotes will never fail to make my mother dissolve in to laughter, and it’s why watching Monty Python’s Holy Grail is about 300% better with friends who shout out all the lines.
So, when I make a joke I like to commit. It’s one thing to have a funny one-liner. It’s another thing to build a joke, through layers and repetition and possibly through the continual annoyance of your computer science professor.
Which brings us to turtles.