“the 1995 Earl Change Special” — check out
the setup for this pun by the late Doug Frank in this week’s Style
Invitational. (Cartoon by by Bob Staake for
The Washington Post)
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week’s Style Invitational is dedicated to longtime Loser Doug Frank, who
died unexpectedly last week at 62. It’s one of Doug’s favorite genres: the
feghoot, shaggy-dog story, or whatever you’d like to call it. For
Week 1493: Tell a feghoot — a
mini-story (a ridiculous one is fine) that ends in a groaner pun on a
familiar expression, title, line from a song, etc.
Keep it under 75 words or so; much shorter is fine,
too! Deadline is Monday, June 27.
we have 36 hilarious winners in our contest to rearrange the words in a
movie title, then describe the new movie. Among them:
Thou Art Where? O Brother! Once again,
an Elizabethan cobbler has to bail out his ne’er-do-well sibling from the
First, 50 Dates: The
hot-dog-eating competition begins with the Dried-Fruit Preliminary
done feghoot contests at least twice before, and in my supplementary
column The Style Conversational, I share
some of the winners from 2000 and 2014 and link to the rest; they’ll give
you a good idea of what I’m looking for. (And put on your groan-guards!)
And I also offer a sampling of some of Doug Frank’s prime Invite ink from
over the years.
This week's Invitational column, Week 1493,
and results of Week 1489
The same column for non-subscribers (but do
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No-paywall entry form for Week
This week’s Style Conversational
running -- deadline Monday night, June
20: For Week 1492, send us
conservative-leaning humor in a Q&A joke format or a knock-knock joke.
It goes without saying that it doesn’t mean hateful or
racist, but we’ll say it anyway. See the paywall-free entry form here.
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