undercutting jokes


I recently read a newspaper article which quoted a baseball player making a joke.  The journalist wrote it as such: “‘[the joke],’ he quipped.”  This made me realize something: any quoted bit of humor, no matter how witty or hilarious, can be nullified by calling it a quip.

Example bit of humor: “My girlfriend looks a little like Charlize Theron…and a lot like Patrick Ewing.”  ~Zach Galifianakis

Now watch:

“My girlfriend looks a little like Charlize Theron…and a lot like Patrick Ewing,” Galifianakis quipped.

See?  Less funny.

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