Thursday, May 15, 2008

Make Me Laugh, Clown!

James O. Born
Humor. It’s important to me. I like to read it, see it, hear and find it in unusual places. I even tried to put the often crude humor of cops into my books. My friends provide a lot of humor, that’s one of the reasons they’re my friends. We share a certain way of looking at things that make us laugh.

I have a few examples today to help you realize that men never outgrow a juvenile sense of humor. I’m not saying the contributors are juvenile or immature. I’m just saying that I am.

First and two of my favorites come from blogger, writer and all around good guy Paul Guyot.

It should be noted that Mr. Guyot’s entry in the Blue Religion anthology, What a Wonderful World, about a St. Louis cop, has been universally pointed out as excellent and I concur.

When it comes to photos, Mr. Guyot is like a ninja. The best I could find is from David Montgomery's excellent blog Crime Ficion Dossier.
From left to right: Tess Gerritsen, Lee Child (tall guy in back), Paul Guyot, David Montgomery (with the mellon-sized head) and I don't know the pretty woman on the far right. (Don't tell Barry Eisler I said that becuase he can break my arms).

Hoping to remain slightly more anonymous is a woman I work with, named Lisa, who has a classic cop sense of humor. Unfortunately much of what she sends me is not appropriate for human viewing. She got me with this one last week. Under the guise of an “officer safety” announcement, I clicked on the PowerPoint slide and got a flashing message: "Downloading Porn" and a loud alarm sounds from your computer.

Here's the slide if you'd like to download it.

She also sent me this photo: Having to do with different ways to reprimand children.

Jeff Shelby is probably the only one immature enough to make me laugh at almost everything he sends me. I’ve already posted his Youtube find of the Pilipino prison dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Even CNN showcased the short clip this week.
He also sent me this photo that shows he should be a cop because he can recognize a douche bag as quickly as anyone.
These are two more that Shelby sent me that just make me laugh.

Thanks for posting your bad reviews last week. That was a lot of fun.

Any examples of humor now are greatly appreciated. Let’s have them. Make me laugh, clown.



  1. What men do when they shoud be writing :o)

    Loved the kid on the car hood.

  2. That's should. It's early on the West Coast.

  3. I submit there is no gender gap here.


  4. I love the kid on the car hood, but YMCA is my favorite. Pretty much sums up my personal theology, too...

    "Two nuns walk into a bar. You'd think the second one would have ducked."

  5. I can't make you laugh sorry - my stand-by for making people laugh on command is simply to remove my clothes, and I don't know how to post pictures in these comments.

    If you really want nude pics of me though, Cornelia's probably got some.

  6. That big ass head contains all brains, baby.

  7. I knew you'd like that Cornelia.

    Marcus, you did make me laugh.

    Montgomery. I never doubted it.


  8. Here's 2 examples of why I love my job.

    One of my students came back from the bathroom and announced to the whole class, "There's underwear in my poop!"

    Another little one had just learned to tell time to the hour and was so proud of herself. I enjoyed it for another reason. When telling time she would say "One o'cock, eleven o'cock" and so on. Try keeping a straight face through that!

  9. Ditto. I'm with Cornelia: kid on the car hood and YMCA.

    Ducked? That's another joke right there. :-D

    Thanks for a great laugh, Jim. :-D


  10. Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them?

    If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?