Who will be next?

No doubt the staff of L’Osservatore has this as their hermeneutic. Biretta tip to an old friend DW….    o{]:¬)

From Stuff White People Like:

Before you begin hanging around with white people, you should know that all white humor comes from three sources: The Simpsons, Monty Python, and The Onion.

After L’Osservatore sang its paean to The Simpsons, will these two be next?


I must add that something is missing.

The Far Side.

Perhaps others?

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  1. The Cobbler says:

    I should hope Calvin and Hobbes. However, it might be a little _too_ self-conscious and disturbing to most people to have their comics critiquing art and pop culture directly rather than through mere satirical references to the same.

  2. Tim Ferguson says:

    Black Adder

  3. Art says:

    Wayne & Schuster

  4. Massachusetts Catholic says:

    Mystery Science Theater 3000. My spouse grew up in Golden Valley and loves it.

  5. LOL! All good ideas. I thought of Calvin and Hobbes. Brilliant.

    But MST! Black Adder!

  6. romanrevert says:

    Seinfeld. Gotta have Seinfeld in there.

  7. catholicmidwest says:

    Don’t forget Weird Al singing White and Nerdy. It’s on Youtube.

  8. markomalley says:

    Clearly Dilbert is missing. Would be especially appropriate to a bureaucracy.

  9. Brian Day says:

    For the occasional quote, my favorite source is The Princess Bride.

    It’s been too long out of circulation, but back in the day, Bloom County was a great source.

  10. Legisperitus says:

    The Marx Brothers, certainly.

  11. edwardo3 says:

    Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges and The Little Rascals are imperative.

  12. edwardo3 says:

    W.C. Fields, Mae West and Jimmy Durante should be counted in that list as well.

  13. Dr. Eric says:

    D’oh! Please delete that, I thought it meant anything that white people like, not where they get their humor.


  14. An American Mother says:

    Mark Twain.
    Ambrose Bierce.

  15. An American Mother says:

    Dr. Eric, any guitar solos by Spike Jones and his City Slickers would count . . . .

  16. The Egyptian says:

    It’s just me but Day by Day by Chris Muir
    Plus I have been in love with the Calvin and Hobbs strip all of my life, it really resonated with a hyper active, ADD type like me
    I’ll add the cartoon Zits

  17. TonyLayne says:

    Charles Schulz, anyone? Peanuts has been retired as a strip since Schulz passed away lo these twenty years, yet you can still find occasional references. And while Star Trek wasn’t a comedy, strictly speaking, William Shatner’s Capt. Kirk has been a rich source of humor ….

  18. muckemdanno says:

    Leslie Nielsen!!!

    “… and stop calling Me Shirley!”

  19. Subvet says:

    Heavy metal music and any movie made by the Coen brothers (especially “Fargo” and “Raising Arizona”).

    Ain’t nothing but white folk liking those!

  20. Subvet says:

    Scratch the heavy metal, I forgot we were talking strictly about humor. The Coen brothers stay.

  21. I second the Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes.

    Muckemdanno: I knew a man named Shirley. He was the grandfather-in-law of my sister, and he would break your hand in a handshake if you gave him any grief about his name. Truth is stranger than fiction.

  22. stpetric says:

    Those sound like pretty good sources to me! But then, I *am* quite white.

  23. JohnE says:

    Office Space

  24. Nora says:

    Dagwood …but I am old…

  25. gloriainexcelsis says:

    Red Skelton, Steve Allen, Jackie Gleason, Family Circus, Maxine (biting), Bill Cosby – yes, I said, Bill Cosby

  26. KAS says:

    “It’s just me but Day by Day by Chris Muir

    Nope Egyptian, not just you. Hands down “Day by Day” is my favorite comic.

  27. The Nanny, Married with Children, Grounded for Life.

  28. Clinton says:

    Caddyshack. Spongebob. National Lampoon/P. J. O’Rourke.
    Calvin and Hobbes, as others have already mentioned, is brilliant. I do so miss it.

  29. Andy Lucy says:

    Bloom County was a biggie in developing my sense of humor, and yes, I still have my Bill and Opus t-shirt, in addition to Black Adder, and… well… Monty Python.

  30. Andy F. says:

    Aw, C’mon Father, can’t a guy be snarky once in a while?

  31. The Office. It doesn’t get much funnier — or whiter — than that.

  32. Spinal Tap. “All the way up to eleven!”

  33. TNCath says:

    The Andy Griffith Show and The Beverly Hillbillies.

  34. Kerry says:

    “Calvin, I don’t think this game has rules. You’re just making them us as you go along”. “Hobbes, she’s stumbled into the perimeter of wisdom! Run!!!”
    Long Live Calvinball.

  35. pseudomodo says:

    I would like to nominate B.C. by Johnny Hart.

    My favorite strip: A guy in a restaurant asks the waiter, “How much is a dozen clams?” The waiter replies, “Twelve.”

  36. MargaretHC says:

    I second (or third?) The Princess Bride.

  37. Jayna says:

    Yeah, Python just about covers most of my humor. I’d say MST3K, but I’ve yet to see an episode where there wasn’t a Python reference. And the same thing with The Daily Show and Colbert Report, they’re like a televised version of The Onion. Maybe Scrubs for the younger folk. And perhaps Big Bang Theory as a new addition. I find myself quoting Sheldon more often than may be necessary.

  38. Emilio III says:


    Catholic League president Bill Donohue will appear this Sunday, January 10th, on “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special” on Fox (airs 8:30 pm ET).

  39. Hans says:

    There are a lot of good suggestions (especially Mr. Clemens [America’s native criminal class is who?]), but I have to second TNCath on The Andy Griffith Show. It is especially true for Sheriff Andy’s humor — quiet, gentle, yet sometimes very cutting. You didn’t always realize he’d made a joke at first, but wait! And when there was an edge to it, he was the ‘Mack the Knife’ of humor. He’s very much under-appreciated for his humor.

    I have a familial obligation to mention Dick Van Dyke; his father and my grandfather worked together, and my oldest uncle was in school with him.

  40. Vetdoctor says:

    What’s all this talk about tight rumors? Rumors should be kept quiet.
    What’s that? You said white humor?
    Never mind.

    SNL of course.
    (add Sun City too)

  41. accat88 says:

    Here in the south, all the white male (attempts) at humor seem to be guided by (read: parroted from) Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, and Bill Engvall. Sometimes this is funny. Most of the time it is not. And of course, some mention should go to Dave Barry, however small his following is–I can thank him for the heavy sarcasm with which I wrote from about 7th grade onward.

  42. greg the beachcomber says:

    Since Stuff White People Like is a humor site itself, and the entry was meant as a joke by being overly general, I’d say they nailed it. They’ve got Python for us oldsters, The Onion for the internet set and The Simpsons for everyone else. I suspect a huge number of people are very familiar with at least two of the three.

    Now, if the comment was “all comic strips are based on,” the answer would be Calvin and Hobbes, with an honorable mention to The Far Side, but I’m being overly general, too.

    (BTW, does anyone else harbor the secret fantasy that Bill Watterson has been privately drawing C&H all these years, and one day will spring YEARS of new strips on us?)

  43. GoZagsGo says:

    Someone beat me to it, but I second The Colbert Report! … and yes Greg I do harbor that hope :D

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