A tired joke becomes funny if used ironically. An ironically tired joke becomes funny if you are ironically using the ironic joke response to counteract the original joke--but if a variation is made, another layer of irony evolves, and so the metronome progresses ever forward on time's arrow, irony upon irony until the arrow, being a string of potentialities and not merely unidimensional procession, completes the cycle and becomes Ouroboros--the joke becomes funny again.
The timeline for each joke-irony cycle is circumstantial, case by case.
For instance, almost every single line in Monty Python and the Holy Grail is insufferable to me still because it has been SO overused by the internet that even if for the next five years no one mentioned anything from it ever, I would still twitch a bit seeing it in five years.
There is one line in the movie I still like, and it is an understated one, but because I am half-mad, I can't remember what it is. Probably a good thing.
Another example: Napoleon Dynamite. Crack to Monty Python's morphine. Burnt itself out faster, but there was definitely a period of "GOSH" and "YOU FAT LARD" spewing.
because this particular tired joke is simply the mention of me, I ~*-enforce-*~ it, making it tired prematurely so I can be ironic about it faster.
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