Quite a while ago, on an online message board I use to frequent (which is now pretty much dead from inactivity), I developed an online version of Survivor. It was quite successful amongst those who frequented that board, and lots of fun. There were actually two 'seasons' of Survivor, and the same fellow, Kreskin, was the ultimate survivor each time.
Basically, those who chose to play were randomly divided into two teams (and then later, the remaining players played individually), and each team had to answer challenges that I gave (they would email me the answers, which I would then post for all to see). I was sole judge and jury of the challenges, and with some of the decisions being judgement calls on my part, there were a few accusations of favouritism and cheating. The losing team/players had to then vote one of themselves out of the game.
My all-time favourite answer, from all the answers to all the challenges, is below. It was given by Frankie, who sometimes visits this site. This answer allowed Frankie to win that challenge.
Here is that challenge, and Frankie's answer beneath it:
I am a big-wig, hot shot producer of a sitcom called “Bottomless Cup”. The sitcom airs on NBC on Thursday nights. The sitcom is about a happy, friendly, somewhat naïve man named Bill Timmons. He has a sarcastic wife and 3 precocious kids. Bill owns his own internet café, called Bottomless Cup. He has a wacky staff of 4 (a doltish male, a sexist male, a sexpot female, & an unassuming pretty female). Many characters frequent his café, some recurring.
The sitcom divides its time between Bill’s ‘work’ life and Bill’s ‘home’ life.
The sitcom is a huge success for NBC, and has just been renewed for 2 more years.
You five are my team of comedy writers. (at this point there were 5 players still remaining)
Here is the problem:
This week’s episode is almost ready to be filmed (before a live studio audience). The script is great. Trouble is, one of the jokes just isn’t working right. It’s just not funny. We’re about to film the scene and we need a joke right now.
You each will submit a joke or punch-line that fits into the following scenario and script. The one who posts the joke that I will ultimately use in the episode will get a huge raise and will win immunity.
The police have just arrived at the Bottomless Cup because a prudish customer, whom nobody likes, complained that she saw some explicit and potentially illegal pornography on the café computer she was using.
Officer: Mr. Timmons, I’m afraid we’re going to have to confiscate that computer.
Bill: But officer, that’s not pornography!
Officer: It’s not? Well, if that’s not pornography, what’s that giraffe doing with that stewardess?
Bill: (insert joke here)
We need a big laugh joke here, because right after this we break for commercial.
This is your challenge.
This was Frankie's, and the winning answer:
Officer: Mr. Timmons, I'm afraid we're going to have to confiscate that computer.
Bill: But officer, that's not pornography!
Officer: It's not? Well, if that's not pornography, what's that giraffe doing with that stewardess?
Bill: Well, uh, she's.....checking his baggage.
I just thought that was perfect.
Anyone got another punchline for this?