Some jokes are funny because they're true. Here are seven jokes that were funny because they weren't true, yet.
Joke: The Chris Rock Show (1997)
Reality: OJ Simpson's "If I Did It, Here's How It Happened" (2006)
In their first ever sketch, the writers of HBO's "The Chris Rock Show" really did predict that OJ would one day come clean and tell us with a wink how everything happened. Chris Rock's comedy was always fearless his guest for that premiere episode was Johnnie Cochran. There was a little bit of luck in how close Chris came to foretelling the future, but it wasn't magic. He just extrapolated OJ's smug attitude and thought, "Where is this heading, and how can we take it one step further?" Unfortunately, like so many writers on this list, they underestimated how far their subject would go.
Unfortunately, Pootie Tang has yet to come true.
Joke: Mr. Show's "Blowing Up The Moon" (1997)
Reality: Toby Keith's Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American" (2001)
When "Mr. Show"s Bob Odenkirk and David Cross wanted to lampoon the aggressive American pride of country music in 1996, they wrote "Blew Moon," a patriotic music video by "C.S. Lewis, Jr." Lewis celebrates an absurd NASA plan to blow up our lunar neighbor by standing in front of the Stars and Stripes with a guitar and warning the celestial object, "You don't mess around with God's America." It was therefore surprising when, five years later, real-life country musician Toby Keith, in an equally pompous though far less ironic move, decided the best way to respond to our crucial post-9/11 international relations was by throwing on a Stetson hat and informing the Middle East, "We'll put a boot in your ass." Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue" expresses a nationalistic desire to do to every country east of Turkey what "Blew Moon" wanted to do to a heavenly body. And while the Moon may seem the more foolish target, unlike the Middle East, it doesn't have Kalishnikovs and angry Muslims.
Joke: The Onion's "Fuck Everything We're Doing Five Blades" by the CEO of Gillette (February 2004)
Reality: The five-bladed Gillette Fusion (January 2006)
The Onion's classic "Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades" wasn't the first time someone predicted razors growing out of control. MAD Magazine did an article about a seventy-six bladed razor in 1979, and twenty years later MADtv produced a fake commercial for the relatively tame Mach 20. The Onion's article still feels the most prescient. They predicted not only the number of blades in Gilette's Fusion line of razors, but also the Lubrastrip ("Put another aloe strip on that fucker") and even the trimmer blade that rests on the back of the cartridge ("Make the blades so thin they're invisible. Put some on the handle. I don't care if they have to cram the fifth blade in perpendicular to the other four, just do it!"). Most importantly the humor doesn't come from an absurd number of blades, but from the nationwide pissing contest between Gillette and their competitors.
Joke: Donald Kaufman's script in Adaptation (2002)
Reality: The script for Identity (2003)
(SPOILER WARNING: Major plot points of Identity revealed below)
Of all movies in the "film within a film" sub-genre, 2002's "Adaptation" lives up to its self-referential premise best. Rather than poking fun at tired Hollywood stereotypes ("Actors are vain! Movie producers are greedy! Take that, showbiz!"), Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's story of a neurotic screenwriter finds humor in the un-originality of movies today. Specifically with The 3, an achingly predictable script about a schizophrenic serial killer. But where audiences saw a clever critique of boring movies, Columbia Pictures saw its next paycheck: Identity, released a year later, is essentially The 3 with John Cusack thrown in. In the thriller's third act we learn the cops, the victims, and the killer all exist in a one person's mind. In addition to renforcing Adaptation's commentary on the lack of creativity in manstream films, Identity proposes the theory that the interior of the human mind looks like a motel, and our sub-concious is Ray Liotta.
Joke: The Simpsons "Last Exit to Springfield" (1993)
Reality: Batman & Robin (1997)
In that wondrous pre-political era when Arnold Schwarzenegger was content blowing shit up in front of a camera, you didn't have to be Nostradamus to predict the Conan the Barbarian star would continue making his signature awful puns. But, as always, The Simpsons took the Blue Ribbon for Schwarzenegger-based humor when the cartoon's Arnold doppleganger, Rainer Wolfcastle, punches his way through an ice-sculpture at an evil millionaire's soir