The ‘Are You My Friend’ Test….

“Elaine: Ugh, I hate people.
Jerry: Yeah, they’re the worst. ”
― Jerry Seinfeld

Lord, I hear this all the time.  Mainly from me when I am driving around Nashville. People not only can be the worst, but your friends too.

Joe what are you saying?  I am confused.

Well thanks for asking third person.

I have a way to figure out if your ‘friend’ is actually, your ‘friend.’

Years ago when I worked at channel 2, someone said, ‘hey Joe, come here and watch this.  Let me know what you think.’ So I lumbered into this edit bay to watch this tape.  4 minutes later, my life was changed.  For the better?  You are damn straight.

I watched something that had me in tears, absolute tears.  Here it is.

Yes, the legendary ‘Farting Preacher.’  Sorry but farting is funny.  It just is.  And this video, so well done, literally has me in tears every single time.

As I finished watching this, I thought to myself, can you be my friend, someone to hang out with, if you don’t laugh at this?  I honestly don’t know.  I actually asked someone to watch it one time, with NO personality to see if they would laugh.  Someone who never laughed at anything.  My own little experiment.  After about 2 minutes, they walked out, didn’t say a word and didn’t crack a smile.

It worked!  It worked like a charm and has worked about 5 times since then too.

I truly believe laughter makes the world go ’round and ’round.  Come on, ever been some place and a lady farts and you don’t laugh?  Then you need to just go back home and start again.

And yes, I will forever be 12 years old.



  1. Joe Dubin June 5, 2013 4:50 pm  Reply


  2. Kimberly M Pryor June 5, 2013 4:52 pm  Reply

    More is better than less
    because if stuff is not le*deep breath* less there’s more less stuff,
    then *deep breath* you might want to have some more.
    But then, your parents won’t let you because there’s only a little.
    If you really like something, you’ll want more of it.
    We want more,
    We want more,
    Like, *deep breath* you really like it,
    ya want more.

  3. Carmen Jenkins June 5, 2013 5:03 pm  Reply

    Tears streaming….My 18 year old son thought it was funny too. Husband found no humor — he’s a Yankee….didn’t figure he’d think it was funny!

  4. Jane June 5, 2013 5:55 pm  Reply

    #ohjojo this is why you and I are best friends. I LOVE LOVE LOVE fart humor. Wait…what??? We’re not best friends? Dang it….still funny funny stuff and glad I passed the test!

  5. Kelle Daggett June 5, 2013 6:35 pm  Reply

    I only watched 42 seconds of the video and I was using my outside voice to project laughter throughout my office….. Perhaps we can be friends??

  6. Mike Reeder June 5, 2013 7:21 pm  Reply

    Since we both farted on the 1st tee the first time we ever played together, yeah, I guess you could say we are friends.

  7. Roger Williams June 5, 2013 8:20 pm  Reply

    Holy Crap, that was funny!..lmao

  8. Al Eakes June 5, 2013 8:37 pm  Reply

    Joe, I have laughed every time I have watched this! Still a classic!


  9. KB June 5, 2013 9:01 pm  Reply

    YES! YES! YES! True friend. I passed with flying colors. I could be Valedictorian in fact.

  10. pudding pop June 5, 2013 11:26 pm  Reply

    Love you Jojo. Glad we can still be friends. My heart is forever yours. -big Ben

  11. Scott Flora June 5, 2013 11:44 pm  Reply

    That is not funny in the slightest! In fact…it stinks. I feel I have to air a grievance with you on this! What you are trying to pass here is just bathroom humor! How did this even get posted? I need to speak with your editor in queef regarding this blog post!

  12. greg morris June 6, 2013 1:02 am  Reply

    This is stupid

  13. Hugh Janus June 6, 2013 1:13 am  Reply


  14. Hugh Janus June 6, 2013 1:15 am  Reply

    Hilarious!! Joe Dubin you are hilarious!!

  15. Micki June 6, 2013 3:17 am  Reply

    Joe….we have been friends for 13 or more years and this my dear…has made it worth every year gone by! I don’t know what is funnier, the farting or his cheesy animated facial twitches!! You have a twisted mind and I am so proud to call you “friend” 🙂 Keep it coming Big Joe!!

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