I’m pretty used to getting these kinds of things — DC is non-profit central. But this letter from a comedy special interest group really takes the cake:
Every day, somewhere in the world, a joke dies. And not just individual jokes — entire comedy ecosystems are currently threatened with extinction. What can be done to stop this unacceptable tragedy?
The Stand Up Comedy Association of America (SUCAA) is fighting to preserve our nation’s precious jokes and the comedic habitats they rely on for survival. You can help us establish a future for an entire range of endangered jokes by contributing to SUCCA today.
A Culture in Jeopardy
North America once played host to a wide range of performance-based humor — from the beloved one-liner (which flourished in the Catskills) to the uproarious (and if we’re talking pie-in-the-face, delicious!) sight gags common to 20th-century vaudeville. Ask yourself — when was the last time you witnessed a public pratfall? Does your local dry goods merchant even carry Groucho glasses? How long can we sit idly and watch as our country’s comedic wealth is squandered in the name of self-referential “punchlines” and pop-culture name-drops?
The Disease Spreads
From “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” to “The Family Guy,” a new and pernicious form of so-called “comedy” is sweeping the nation, to the detriment of more venerable forms of joke-telling. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, a virulent socially transmitted disease known as Dane Cook Syndrome tore through American colleges and universities with deadly efficiency. Spreading from dorm room to dorm room, this pernicious virus eventually found its way into the greater humorsphere, causing untold damage to the nation’s comedic health. We’ll never know just many species of funny were obliterated by this comedic cataclysm. But there is a silver lining: Because of SUCCA’s direct involvement, Dane Cook Syndrome is now largely confined to MySpace and other cultural dead zones.
Keep a Joke Alive™
Although bringing jokes back from the brink of extinction is important and costly work, it represents only a fraction of SUCCA’s efforts. Through extensive research and field observations, we identify jokes and gags that, while not currently threatened by extinction, will soon be. Your support will save countless riffs and routines — in other words, you can Keep a Joke Alive™.
Here’s a list of once vital humor strains that are currently under threat:
• Sidekicks (exception: “stoner buds”)
Please help us protect these funny forms (and others) by making your contribution today. Remember: you need a laugh, and a laugh needs you. Donate today!
Isn’t that fucked up? I did a Google search for SUCAA and didn’t turn anything up. It’s probably some kind of prank. Funny, though.