I am a firm believer in the theory that some jokes simply require repetition, that they’re not only funnier that way but that they may not be funny at all without it.  The best running gag will always go past the point of being funny, then come back around, as with the many names of David Ryder on the ‘Space Mutiny’ episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.  At the point where they hit us with “Bob Johnson”, I though we couldn’t get any funnier, but we built and built until the perfect synthesis of absurdity hit us in the form of “Blast Hardcheese”, leading to today’s pseudonymous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) seriously wants to know, are we not doing phrasing anymore, asking: What’s your favorite pop culture running gag?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    To paraphrase Joe Piscopo in 1984’s Johnny Dangerously:

    “Don’t ask me for my favorite running gag. My mother asked me for my favorite running gag once… ONCE.”

  2. Robbie Warnock on

    Beast Wars, Rattrap’s “We’re all gonna die…”
    In the early seasons of the current Transformers: Robots in Disguise: Bumblebee’s attempt to replace “Transform and Roll Out!” with his own battle cry.

  3. The almost constant insistence that the medical problems on “House” is Lupus, eventually showing that House stashes drugs in a Lupus book because it is NEVER Lupus.

    And of course, “Hi-Keeba!”

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