From the joke of the day to email traffic in bawdy stories, the web has become a major platform for humor. This program looks at several early humor web sites including useless-facts.com, netfunny.com, mockingbirdmedia.com, simpleton.com, and the Berkeley Systems online game "Get The Picture". Originally broadcast in 1999 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.
<p><a href="http://www.bezerk.com" ><b>Get the Picture</b></a><br> A great area of the Internet that gives people a lot of fun are the huge variety of games that you can play online. Among the most popular are those created by the team at Bezerk.com. </p> <p>The humor in their multiplayer games is often provided by the participants. As in their latest, "Get The Picture", much of the humor is provided by the players who caption pictures and vot on each other's captions. The winner is the one that appeals most to, or most amuses, all the other players.</p> <p><a href="http://www.netfunny.com/rhf" ><b>Rec.Humor.Funny</b></a><br> Long before the World Wide Web was a reality, USENET was a thriving home of online humor. And while the Web gets all the attention these days, newsgroups remain a popular way for people to get their fix of laughs. As one of the oldest and best known of the USENET humor newsgroups, Rec.Humor.Funny's jokes are probably the most widely read material on USENET or the Internet today.</p><a href="http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/chal/1998/01/26chal.html"><b>Salon Magazine</b></a><br> When you create a good joke online it can be quite amazingly popular. The bad news is that your name will almost certainly become detached from it, so you'll lose the credit. The good news is that your creative efforts will be appreciated, almost instantly, by millions. <p>Jim Rosenau and Charlie Varon have a regular gig running a monthly humor competition for Salon Magazine - the 21st Challenge. The competitions ask people to send in fake advertising slogans, or humorous poems on a topical theme. Jim and Charlie pick out the best for publication. Some of the material from their Salon competitions has had an extraordinary after-life which illustrate a lot about the way that humor works online.</p> <p><a href="http://www.simpleton.com"><b>The Simpleton</b></a><br> Tim Cavanaugh of Simpleton.com is a prolific writer of satirical prose who has found his medium online. Tim's humor is very much his own blend of commentary and the absurd. He's also very aware of how things that seem funny at one time can, on reflection, not seem to work. The Simpleton acts both as a showcase for his own writing and as a place to publish more personal humor. Impressively, he not only writes for others such as <a href="http://www.suck.com"><b>Suck</b></a>, <a href="http://www.feedmag.com"><b>Feed</b></a>, <a href="http://www.salonmagazine.com"><b>Salon</b></a>, and other notable online zines, but he also manages to write five pieces a week for his own site.</p> <p>More Humorous Sites<br> There are thousands of sites with great archives of humorous material addressing just about everything that people have ever found funny. Stewart and Andrew take a look at a few humorous sites that just couln't be ignored, such as <a href="http://www.Useless-Facts.com"><b>Useless-Facts.com</b></a>, <a href="http://www.killingmylobster.com"><b>Killing My Lobster</b></a>, and <a href="http://www.theonion.com"><b>The Onion</b></a>.