Funniest Damn Story I’ve Read in Forever
My nephew is visiting this week, and he reminded me of this story I had told him about before, which literally reduced me to tears.
It’s Arthur Bradford’s The Bet from Created In Darkness By Troubled Americans: The Best Of McSweeney’s Humor Category, and it’s helpfully shown in its entirety at the link (less than 3-1/2 pages, so yes, you DO have time to read it).
As to why I find it so hysterically funny… it’s like a lot of what I find hysterically funny: it all devolves from a premise completely lacking in reason or rationality – kind of like that “freak camping accident” that wiped out the Shithouse Troll’s entire family while he was in the campground latrine, thereby driving him insane and turning him into the Shithouse Troll. Because, you know, exactly what kind of “freak camping accident” could that possibly have been?
Which reminds me…I’ve been meaning for quite some time to post this artist’s rendition of the Shithouse Troll. I believe Xecky Gilchrist is the responsible party, but it’s been a couple of years so if I got that wrong, please step forward and claim your laurels:
Also, too: the version with audio can be found here. Turn down your speakers before checking it out, especially if you’re at work.
And let me know if you find The Bet as funny as I do.