Punchline to this joke about a comedians convention?

I can’t remember the punchline to this joke about a guy attending a comedians convention with a comedian friend of his.

Various people get up to make speeches and every so often members of the audience would shout out random numbers. Every time someone shouted a number the whole audience would laugh. The guy asks his mate what was going on and his friend explained that, since everyone in the audience was a comedian, they all knew all the heckles and jokes so they number them all to save time and just shout out the number.

After a few drinks the guy gets into the groove and starts shouting out random numbers himself, even though he doesn’t know what they mean, and everyone laughs. At first, everything goes well but then he shouts out one number and there is a stunned silence and they are asked to leave.

Outside he asks his comedian mate what it was he said that so offended everyone.

… and this is where I can’t remember the punchline, but I remember it was quite funny. Anyone remember it?

Couple of variations on endings here: http://www.cybersalt.org/cleanlaugh/archive/6/625.htm

The version I heard takes place in a prison, but that’s not terribly important. But I think you’ve blown the gag (at least in the version I know) with the part about being offended and asked to leave.

The guy tries shouting out a number, and no one laughs. He looks at his friend and says, “What’s happened?”

“Well, some people just don’t know how to tell a joke.”

But maybe you heard a variation on my version.

Aah that’s it - “You just don’t know how to tell a joke”

Thanks, been bothering me all week that.

They give him another chance, so he calls out another number. This time they all burst out laughing and can hardly stop. “What’s so funny?” he asks. His friend says “we hadn’t heard that one before”.

And since I’m on a roll…


:crickets chirping:


Heard it years ago. But thanks for the link, where I found this great cat picture.

Cats drinking from sinks…check. Cats lying in sinks…check. Cats drinking from toilets…check. But THIS…this is something new.

LOL!!! I’ve heard that one before, but never got it till now!

So, what is the number of the joke about all the jokes having numbers? I wonder if we can construct a comedic version of Russel’s Paradox, here.

looks it up 771.

What’s the next step in paradox construction? :smiley:

  1. 14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679

::: Uproarious laughter, people snorting drinks out their nose, falling on florr etc:::

Buddy: “Why was that so funny”
Comedian: “It’s a new version of the aristocrats joke that we havn’t heard bofore.”

No, see, you can’t have the joke about all jokes having numbers, until all jokes have numbers. So the number for the number joke would have to be assigned before the joke existed.

Come to think of it, though, the comedic Russel’s paradox would have to be about the joke concerning all jokes which do not concern themselves.

If we’re assigning a unique number to each joke, aren’t we really working towards a comedic version of Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem?

You must be joking! :smiley:

You guys left out an important part of the joke (whether comedians, convicts, etc.) Why were the jokes assigned numbers? 'Cause everybody had heard them all so many times before that, to save time, instead of telling the whole joke, they numbered the jokes and then just called out the numbers.

“My god, what I’d do for another rib.”

Yeah, an unexpected pi in the face never gets old