The following is transcribed from a conversation between the performer (EC) and I (ZM).
EC: My favorite joke of all time…I think I told this on the Weekender. I tell it every year on the Weekender, but…What’s the difference between a dirty bus stop and a um lobster with implants? …One’s a crusty bus station and the other’s a busty crustacean.
ZM: (laughs) That took me a while. Did you come up with that one yourself?
EC: No, I saw it on Tumblr in like 2000 something (laughs)
Context: This was recorded after I asked EC if she knew any good jokes.
Background: EC is a sophomore studying at the University of Southern California.
Analysis:I liked the interplay between the Internet and oral tradition. A lot of the time I think of how oral tradition is transferred to the Internet but not really about how it could go the other way. In this case, EC read a joke on the Internet and continued to spread it orally for years.