Jokes In Musicals That...Just Don't Work?

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Posted: 5/19/19 at 9:09pm

I'm curious if there are any musical theater "jokes" (song wise or book wise) that didn't age well, have soured, or are currently just awful and don't land. 

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Posted: 5/19/19 at 9:10pm

i"m sorry to everyone if I seem to be bombarding the boards recently, I just love Broadway like all of you and love sparking interesting (in my opinion at least) discussions. 

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Posted: 5/19/19 at 11:12pm
Might be controversial but in Tootsie: “I’m a man in love! Pass me my bra!” Fell sooooo flat it sounds like a joke that would be made on Disney channel or by a third grade boy. For a show that had some great one-liners there were a couple that just made me roll my eyes.
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Posted: 5/20/19 at 12:23am
Does anyone remember when Mean Girls first opened? I wonder if the line Regina’s mom says about the “Japanese closet organizing” landed as well as it did after Netflix released Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up series.
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Posted: 5/20/19 at 12:43am

alex814 said: "Does anyone remember when Mean Girls first opened? I wonder if the line Regina’s mom says about the “Japanese closet organizing” landed as well as it did after Netflix released Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up series."

I didn’t find a single joke in that show to be funny.

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 1:11am

Sometimes, there are jokes that don't work outside of the era of the show. In Mame and Bye Bye Birdie, for example, most 2019 audiences aren't going to laugh at jokes about Peter Lawford, Alice Toklas, Sammy Kaye, and Amos & Andy.

There were some insidery jokes in It's Only A Play that I'm sure went over the general public's head.

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 1:33am
Showing the dismembered body of veruca salt
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Posted: 5/20/19 at 2:08am

Call_me_jorge said: "Showing the dismembered body of veruca salt"

LOL

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 3:20am

Call_me_jorge said: "Showing the dismembered body of veruca salt"

DEAR GOD THAT IMAGE IS SEARED INTO MY MEMORY

 

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 3:52am

Dear Evan Hansen - "Love the outfit, Connor! Very school shooter-chic.

Just...no. There has been way too much gun violence in this country as of late, for that joke to be funny anymore. I saw the show on tour a couple weeks ago, and the theatre was filled with nervous laughter, as if they weren't sure whether they were supposed to laugh.

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 7:51am

TotallyEffed said: "alex814 said: "Does anyone remember when Mean Girls first opened? I wonder if the line Regina’s mom says about the “Japanese closet organizing” landed as well as it did after Netflix released Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up series."

I didn’t find a single joke in that show to be funny.
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You didn’t find the line about the ‘woke’ seniors who did an essay on intersectional veganism or whatever it is funny? The mean girls script is very witty. Highly underrated musical. 

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I have seen n2n 10+ times and I’m always puzzled why people don’t often laugh at the “my husband’s waiting in the car” line. 

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 9:25am
Christine's whole character in BMC...
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Posted: 5/20/19 at 9:43am
Jorge, that’s exactly what I was going to say. No one laughed, everything got really quiet. It was the worst-landing joke I’ve ever seen on Broadway and I’ve been seeing shows for 25 years straight.
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Jokes In Musicals That...Just Don't Work?#14
Posted: 5/20/19 at 9:58am

BroadwayRox3588 said: "Dear Evan Hansen- "Love the outfit, Connor! Very school shooter-chic.

Just...no. There has been way too much gun violence in this country as of late, for that joke to be funny anymore. I saw the show on tour a couple weeks ago, and the theatre was filled with nervous laughter, as if they weren't sure whether they were supposed to laugh.
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This was the first thing that popped to mind for me. They really do need to change that line. I'm fine with a show pushing the envelope, but that's too far. Not only is it in poor taste, it derails the show for a scene or two.

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 9:58am
GRAZIELLA: I and Velma ain't kid stuff, neither. Are we, Vel?
VELMA: No thank you-oo, ooblee-oo
GRAZIELLA: And you can punctuate it?
VELMA: Ooo!

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 10:01am

Call_me_jorge said: "Showing the dismembered body of veruca salt"

Oh God, Jorge, I forgot about that monstrosity of a "joke"

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Jokes In Musicals That...Just Don't Work?#17
Posted: 5/20/19 at 10:13am
The entire book of Beetlejuice.
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Posted: 5/20/19 at 11:05am

qolbinau said: "TotallyEffed said: "alex814 said: "Does anyone remember when Mean Girls first opened? I wonder if the line Regina’s mom says about the “Japanese closet organizing” landed as well as it did after Netflix released Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up series."

I didn’t find a single joke in that show to be funny.
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You didn’t find the line about the ?woke’ seniors who did an essay on intersectional veganism or whatever it is funny? The mean girls script is very witty. Highly underrated musical.

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I have seen n2n 10+ times and I’m always puzzled why people don’t often laugh at the “my husband’s waiting in the car” line.
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I thought this was fun - the graveyard of jokes from TOOTSIE the musical over the years as it came headed to Broadway:

https://www.facebook.com/TootsieMusical/videos/2338323089561006/

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 12:55pm

qolbinau said:

I have seen n2n 10+ times and I’m always puzzled why people don’t often laugh at the “my husband’s waiting in the car” line."

I still don’t get that joke, actually. Is it a joke?

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 12:59pm

TotallyEffed said: "qolbinau said:

I have seen n2n 10+ times and I’m always puzzled why people don’t often laugh at the “my husband’s waiting in the car” line."

I still don’t get that joke, actually. Is it a joke?
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Yes, it is. At least how Ripley/Marin played it. They said it like they were a wife in an older movie who has an affair. The joke is she thinks Dr Madden is hitting on her so she pretends to be a movie heroine saying "Dr, we couldn't possibly make love right now! My husband is right outside! We could be caught it's so dangerous!" 

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 1:17pm
But the joke doesn’t make sense to me that way because the doctor said he was sure it’s the MEDICINE’S fault she’s not having a desire for sex, not her marriage.
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Posted: 5/20/19 at 2:04pm

Charlie's line in Kinky Boots, "I've never been good at anything, accept maybe snogging" always landed with a thud the 8 times I saw it. I don't think it translates to American audiences. 

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 2:50pm

TotallyEffed said: "But the joke doesn’t make sense to me that way because the doctor said he was sure it’s the MEDICINE’S fault she’s not having a desire for sex, not her marriage."

It does. She thinks the doctor is bringing up her sex drive because he's coming on to her. I'm not saying it's a clear baffo-socko laugh riot of a joke, but it's a joke.

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 2:54pm

Yeah part of the joke is that she takes his line to be hitting on her, when he clearly wasn't. But to be fair I don't blame anyone that doesn't seem to get it because audiences just don't seem to really get it, either. I'm surprised they didn't think about adjusting that line in previews. 

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Posted: 5/20/19 at 2:59pm

Maybe I'm humor warped but I thought the line "I'm a man in love! Hand me my bra!" was very funny. My problem with Tootsie was that it buried the story lead by exchanging all of America with a single Broadway house.