Good things taking time would be a major understatement. This one particular joke took a generation and a half.
One of Gary Gulman’s most noteworthy jokes is the state abbreviations bit, in which he recounts a documentary that details the abbreviations for all 50 states and how they came to be. Only problem, as he revealed on Conan last night, is that he made the whole thing up.
If a joke is going to take you 22 years to perfect, it better be a damn good one. And it took that long for him to land upon the concept of a fictional documentary that he then proceeds to break down for the audience. So convincing is he in his argument, with every single detail, that he even includes a B-plot about an omelette bar and it’s creation.
Check out the original joke.