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The anatomy of a Louis C.K. joke

Only Louis C.K. can make Monopoly funny (and morbid).


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Jan 19, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 4:26 am CDT

What makes a good joke? More specifically, what makes a good Louis C.K. joke?

In a video from YouTuber Nerdwriter1, Louis C.K.’s minute-and-a-half-long joke about playing Monopoly with his daughters is broken down line by line to show that there are no wasted words or pauses. More importantly, C.K. knows that his premise has to make sense, something echoed by Chris Rock

Here’s the breakdown: 

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*First Published: Jan 19, 2017, 12:57 pm CST