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Maine Humor?

Updated on April 24, 2009

A Guide to Maine Humor

Maine humor is just plain fun.

A self-deprecating view of life and the people of this Northern New England State. As a transplanted "Mainer" I think that I am in a good position to enjoy the uniqueness and rich simplicity of this style of humor - especially, when, as a "flatlander,""from away," I may be the target of some of it!

There are many funny and unique things about Maine and Mainers, most notably their unusual, regional accent. The humor is often quite simple and straight-forward and reveals an inner wisdom with historical roots going back generations.

Yes, I love Maine Humor, cause it's "wicked funny!"

The Isle of Squid

Up The Faya (at the fair)

I just love this video, because it's pretty typical of some of the old time Mainers. I think the accents and odd, simplicity of these characters makes them both charming and memorable - not to mention Funny! Actually reminds me of some of my neighbors.....Enjoy this classic!

The Wicked Good Band - Maine Comedy Legends

The Wicked Good Band - Maine Comedy Legends
The Wicked Good Band - Maine Comedy Legends

The Wicked Good Band, A Maine Comedy Classic

PR Release from the Unofficial Web Home of The Wicked Good Band

Genuine Maine Icons. The WICKED GOOD BAND has achieved cult status in Maine and are the acknowledged masters of Maine musical satire.

The band has been performing in front of Maine audiences since its members were in a high school jug band at Deering High. They've played at concerts, festivals, and events all over Maine, and in such foreign lands as New Hampshire and Washington, DC. They have appeared on national TV and local cable access. Their bestseller book is often found at yard sales and in rustic bathrooms.

Catch their next live performance at the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival 2008 on Sunday, July 20th at 1 PM, at the North Yarmouth Academy Stage.

http://www.clamfestival.com/event/daily.php

To purchase "The Wicked Good Band" CD's and Tee Shirts:

http://www.exiles.com/Wicked_Good_Band/Wicked_Good.htm

Post from BlogCritics Magazine: Published March 11, 2003

Dare To Be Wicked Good, Written by Solonor Rasreth

Pardon me for a moment. I'm about to slip into a foreign dialect for this little review. Anyone not from Maine (or who doesn't have a sense of humor) should move along.

I was gettin' ready to go ta work this mornin' when I spied one a them theah cassette tapes on the kitchen countah. The label said it was "Wicked Good." And, acourse, you know me, if it ain't nailed down to a cement block, I'm just liable ta pick it up an' check her out. You nevah know. Might be somethin' interestin'. Maybe one a them theah self-help tapes what'll raise your IQ whilst you sleep. I sez to myself, "Wouldn't that be nice. Ayuh. I oughta try somethin' like that out, don'tcha know."

Turns out it were a tape of a record alblum from 1985 - back when they was still called "alblums" - by some group a yahoos called The Wicked Good Band. I seem ta recall that theah group was pretty dahn decent, so I shoved it in the tape playah and give it a listen. Tweren't half bad, considerin'.

First up was an introduction sorta piece called "Dare to be Wicked Good." It give me some idea of what they was up to when they talked about creatin' a "Dare to be Wicked Good Maine Conversion Kit" to help people from away learn how to look like Mainahs. That were followed by the "Wicked Good" theme song:

Wicked good

And our romance, too, it's wicked good

Just like turnips you're my favorite food

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, wicked good

A commercial for "Old Lewiston Beer" (Lewiston, Lewiston, vous et ma maison.) and an ode to baked bean suppahs - "Baked Bean Boogie" - came next, followed by the politically incorrect "She's So Massive":

She's so massive

Wicked, wicked massive

She went out swimmin' with my brother Tom

She hit that water like a nukular bomb

The sad 'n' sappy "Half Live at the Half Moon" was followed by the theme song to "So You Think You Know Maine" (a quiz show on PBS back then). Next, they tried out a "Scratch 'N' Sniff" idea, promotin' the smells of Maine. I particularly liked their reaction to the Rumford paper mill ("Godfrey! Who cut the cheese?"). A little ditty about sellin' "Tacky Trinkets" to the tourists came next (a rhinestone-studded lobstah trap sounds wicked sharp to me). And they followed up with a barnyard animal version of "So You Think You Know Maine".

Then came the piece of resistance: "Road Kill"

I know what you're sayin'. You're sayin', "Lestah! That's just sick!! Besides, what'll them PETA folks think?" Well, ta hell with 'em! I think it's wicked funny:

Road kill! Road kill!

I like drivin' in the country, squishin' critters on the grill

Road kill! Road kill!

Bashin' beasties in my Blazer is a wicked decent thrill

After that, I didn't expect much of anything, but "Kathadin Jeans" (a smarmy commercial from a guy named Pierre Kathadin) and "Ayuh, The Potato Pickin' Song" (to the tune of Harry Belafonte's "Jamaica Farewell" - "Ayuh! I said Ayyyyuhh! Gettin' dark an' me wanna go home") had tears rollin' down my cheeks like the time when Aunt Ethel from Bethel sat on my pet cat Fluffy.

Overall, I'd have to say that these Wicked Good fellahs were wicked decent, wicked sharp, wicked cunnin' and just plain wicked good.

(Photo courtesy of Flickr)

Notice to Flat-Landers and Mass-holes - Lewiston Rest Area (Flickr Photos)

Notice to Flat-Landers and Mass-holes - Lewiston Rest Area  (Flickr Photos)
Notice to Flat-Landers and Mass-holes - Lewiston Rest Area (Flickr Photos)

Tim Sample, Maine Humorist

An Overview of the Funniest Man in Maine

Tim Sample is considered Maine's most famous comedian and humorist. He is renown for both his performances and his authentic Maine accent. The following is a list of his accomplishments to date.

-He has sold well over a million copies of his books, albums and videos (including 4 albums and one video he did for the Bert and I Company).

-Was recruited by Charles Kuralt in 1993 as a correspondent for the Emmy Award Winning TV Show, CBS News Sunday Morning. Over the next 11 years he created and produced over 100 "Post Cards from Maine" segments, which introduced millions of CBS viewers around the world to the Maine Lifestyle.

-Born and raised in Maine, Tim has never lived anywhere else.

-Tim's first comedy album was produced in 1979 by Noel "Paul" Stokey, of the singing group, Peter, "Paul" and Mary.

- Following the death of Marshall Dodge, in 1982, Tim worked with Dodge's comedy partner Rev. Robert Bryan and completed 4 albums and a video for the Bert and I Company.

-Sample and Bryan have also collaborated on several TV specials, the popular recording, "How to Talk Yankee", and TV Specials, "Out of Season" and "Maine Humor Behind the Barn."

-Tim Sample has also written and illustrated several books, including "How to Talk Yankee" and "Saturday Night at Moody's Diner"

-He has made TV guest appearances on such shows as the Today Show and Good Morning America.

-He has narrated several films and books on tape, including Robert Mcloskey's childrens classic, Bert Dow Deep Water Man and Stephen Kings,The Sun Dog. Tim released his first 2 DVDs in 2006, "Tim Sample 2006", recorded live at the Bangor Opera House" and "Back in the Day" remastered performances from 1983 and 1985.

(Picture courtesy of http://www.timsample.com/)

Tim Sample Maine Comedian

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      VillaDejaBlue 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Breather 

      9 years ago

      This is a wicked good video!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I just saw a "wicked good' music video called "Maineiac", which celebrates what it’s like to be a true Mainer, as told by rapper Jacob Buckshot (Luke Sholl). And thanks to the internet, you can get theyuh from hereuh. Just go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvLTLcsDOGI

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Loved it! My daughter's a college student in Orono these days so she has a few Mainer friends, some of em even talk like that!

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      poutine 

      9 years ago

      Pretty "wicked" lens.

      A 5

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      owlperson 

      9 years ago

      Great lens! Check out my related "Humor in New Hampshire" lens. We have a lot in common!

      Knock 'em dead with understatement.

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      rdandy 

      10 years ago

      Hey there, would you happen to have any funny jokes about Maine? I'm putting together an article and could use some hilarious gags about your state!

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      rdandy 

      10 years ago

      Hey there, would you happen to have any funny jokes about Maine? I'm putting together an article and could use some hilarious gags about your state!

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      10 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I really like your stuff, Greg. I'm a German from Texas but I laughed hard, don'tcha know. Gotta bless this lens with all my SquidAngel might!

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      EelKat13 

      10 years ago

      ya gotta get the Wicked Good Band on here! They'll be preforming live at the Yarmouth Clam Festival in about a week and a half from now. Have you ever been there? We go every year, just to see the Wicked Good Band, if you go, look for us... you can't miss me in my kimono.

      The Wicked Good Band is so funny, they take the famous songs and change all the words to be about Maine stuff. You really gotta live in Maine to understand them though, the tourists rarely understand what they are talking about LOL!

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