The L.A. comedian's "experiment" has been going strong since January

By Adam Carlson
October 05, 2016 02:19 PM

A Los Angeles comedian is two months into what he claims will be a seven-year project: To tell a new joke – a new bad joke – every single day.

Griffin Lewis’ YouTube channel, The Daily Haha, has published jokes now for 56 days straight, starting on Jan. 25. Jokes with puns, jokes with mock movie trailers and jokes taken from the sides of Popsicle sticks.

“I guess I was thinking about all these people who make a living off YouTube. They have an idea or a gimmick they can upload every day, right? … So that s sort of where my mind was at, and I thought, ‘Oh, it d be silly to do one of those Popsicle-stick jokes every day,’ ” Lewis told The Daily Dot. “They re so lame, who would ever be interested in that?”

Consider Sunday’s joke: Why didn’t Cinderella make the basketball team?

Because she ran away from the ball.

Quality, Lewis told the Dot, is not the punchline: It’s the consistency of effort, with the humor based on “incompetence to deliver on the premise, or my weird persona, which almost seems bored.”

Even the seven-year goal is itself another joke about YouTube, comedy and life. (Lewis said he admires Adult Swim auteurs Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and their weird anti-comedy.)

The daily grind, puns and all, has “made me think about comedy in general and what is funny,” Lewis said. “I ve always thought of comedy as being a subversion of expectations.”

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