Is there anything as closely linked to comedy as the classic rimshot?
When done correctly, it can enhance the punchline of a joke. Or at the very least, get a chuckle out of a terrible joke.
When done incorrectly, it can make the joke fall flat on its face. Or make a bad joke that much worse.
How did it start? Well I’m not quite sure, to be honest. According to Professor Wikipedia, when used to punctuate a joke, it’s known as a “sting,” but legendary drummer Gene Krupa is credited with the creation of the rimshot.
It’s so commonplace that there is a website that was created solely to providing you with an instant rimshot whenever you need it. Seriously, just go to instantrimshot.com.
I know about this website, because I tried to use it for its intended effect during a bit I did this evening. I was talking about how the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, RBI, is buying Popeye’s. I had a pun all ready to go to finish the story, and the Instant Rimshot up and ready to be pressed at any moment. The only problem was that I didn’t have the right button on the mixing board in the studio pressed, so what people actually heard was this:
Yeah. Certainly could have been better executed, but live and learn.
Anyway, these two guys decided to try and recreate the classic rimshot while also bringing to life a classic awful joke: Two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff:
So now I want to know if I can hire these guys to come stand behind me in the studio and do this whenever I need it. Somehow it seems like it might be easier.