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Over the years, LoadingReadyRun has cultivated many running gags. Here is a list of some of the most common running gags.
- 1 Recurring Jokes
- 1.1 Three PS3s
- 1.2 James Plays The Cop
- 1.3 James With A Mustache
- 1.4 The Sam Raimi
- 1.5 Men Sharing A Bed
- 1.6 Kathleen Is Afraid Of Bears
- 1.7 Paul Plays The Dead Body
- 1.8 Gravitic Warp
- 1.9 Uwe Boll
- 1.10 Edward James Olmos
- 1.11 Porn Guy Wears Safety Glasses
- 1.12 Making Fun of Creed
- 1.13 Blaming Steve
- 1.14 Ron Dewings
- 1.15 Beej Drop
- 2 Recurring Phrases
- 3 Recurring Props
- 4 Former Running Gags
It is often asserted that Paul has three PS3s. This gag originated in Three PS3s and has been referenced in The Season 4 Finale, The 2007 Christmas Special, the Action 9 Election Special and Matt Gets His Groove.
Also, he has this cake.
James Plays The Cop
Any time there's a cop character, the part tends to be played by James. James plays a cop in Eyewitness Accounts, Synchronize, Just Drive, Questionably Legal Man, and throughout both series of Rapidfire as Officer Rodriguez. James played "the commissioner" in Who You Gonna Call? and an unnamed cop in Relaxation Situation.
James With A Mustache
|“||James's mustache was really an example of gnosis. I think everyone just sort of assumed that he would have a mustache.||”||- Graham in Loading Time: Who You Gonna Call|
Fake mustaches and beards are relatively common in LoadingReadyRun, but they are especially fond of James wearing a fake mustache. He has worn a fake mustache most times he'd had to play someone slightly older or an authority figure, with the notable exception of his most common recurring character, Officer Rodriguez. James has worn a fake mustache in:
- Slacking for Gold
- Olympic Beard Growing
- Who You Gonna Call?
- En Garde
- Mustache You a Question, where this tradition is a plotline.
The Sam Raimi
Main Article: The Sam Raimi
In most "X Ways to Y" sketches, the final gag is The Sam Raimi, which involves a blurry camera swooping around, either chasing someone or descending on an unsuspected target related to the video.
Men Sharing A Bed
Graham and Paul have never lived together, but they are occasionally seen in full pajamas, sleeping in the same bed as though they do. This was seen in Ways to X2Y and The LoadingReadyRumble. Other examples include Jangles and Jones and the members of 64K sharing a bed in Jangles and Jones Save Christmas. Matt, Bill and Graham all share a bed at the end of Ways to Get in Shape. Matt and James share a bed in a nightmare in CommodoreHUSTLE 08 - Investigation.
Kathleen Is Afraid Of Bears
Paul Plays The Dead Body
After being killed by Conor in pwn'd and revived as a zombie in The Aftermath, it was established that Paul always played the dead body. This gag was continued in Ways to Hide a Body, Bandwidth Exceeded and Killer Instinct. He suffers an on-screen death in Wakey Wakey, and plays a dead guy (if not a dead body) in In Death as in Life, but he defies the trend by not appearing in Informational Presentation (where Jer plays the dead body).
Gravitic Warp is a snippet of loud rock music with the singer (Graham) screaming "Gravitic Warp!!" It was introduced in Celestial Sea: Episode 2, and has been used in The 2007 Christmas Special and The Truce.
Main Article: Uwe Boll
Uwe Boll is a film director who primarily makes poor video game adaptations. He's been referenced in PSA: Uwe Boll, Uwe Boll: An Apology and Uwe Boll: Decision 2008. Because he lived in Vancouver, Graham was actually able to interview the man himself in An Interview with Uwe Boll. The LRR crew has buried the hatchet with Uwe Boll, but the LRR crew will still rib him if the opportunity presents itself.
Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos is an actor local to Vancouver, though he was chosen randomly by Paul in a very early video (according to the LRRcast for Stand-Up Guy). The commentary for Jangles and Jones Save Christmas indicated this video was the first to mention Edward James Olmos. Even as mentions of the actor ceased appearing in LRR videos, he became an increasingly common stock answer in LRRcast "who would you want..." questions, especially by Paul.
Porn Guy Wears Safety Glasses
In the inaugural episode of Feed Dump, they reported a man evaded police by climbing into the ceiling naked, only to be located with thermal imaging. Graham added a pair of safety glasses to indicate the thermal goggles and delivered a joke reminiscent of the lines the male lead in pornography might say just before the sex would commence (in this case, "Hey, Baby. Do you need anything thermally imaged?"). This was repeated later in the episode and in the following episode, making this one of the fastest establishments of a running gag.
Making Fun of Creed
Creed is an American rock band. When Graham was transported to the mirror universe in The Mirror, most things were the opposite of their normal dimension counterpart (even Nickleback). The only thing that "transcends time and dimension" is that Creed sucks. Graham made fun of Creed again in the "lights out" scene in Nintendonts. The emergence of the Assasin's Creed franchise has given ample opportunity to continue making fun of Creed, as in the stinger for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
An imagined scapegoat "Steve" is often blamed or singled out for transgressions. There are examples of this in Interrupt This Program, Rapidfire II - 03, the Unskippables E3 Trailers and Call of Juarez: The Cartel Part 1 and Phailhaüs - 26. This recurring gag is likely unrelated to characters named Steve in Wyy, The Truce, Boy Wonder and Crap Shots Ep. 89.
In A Pig Inside A Cow, Graham stumbled over the word "wrongdoing", inspiring the creation of TV pitch man Ron Dewing. "Ron Dewings" soon became a recurring character in later Feed Dumps. He wears a plaid trilby.
Occasionally a Crapshot will end with Beej replacing another character, accompanied by a distinctive sound effect. This first happened in Crapshots Ep.165 - The Groceries.
"Didn't see you there."
In behind-the-scenes videos, or for videos that start in medias res, someone will become aware of the viewing audience and announce something to the order of "Oh, hey. I didn't see you there." It is almost never actually true.
This gag has been used in The Process, The James Masterson School for Dictatorial Improvement, Super Secret Surprise, Canadian Girlfriend ("I didn't hear you there") and was said sincerely for the first time in Loading Time - ENN Set Build .
British accents are often employed in LoadingReadyRun. Often the sentences are ended with "...in England." This has appeared in Panda Porn, One of Us Has to Change, Party Hard and Frosty Cardboard Marmite.
"Go huff a dong."
The LRR-approved phrase of disrespect. Kathleen first unleashed it during the LRRcast for How to LRR.
"That was the nth time I died."
In an early Unskippable for The Darkness, the protagonist says "That was the first time I died." If there is a cut to black in a cinema, especially one that signifies a character becomes unconscious, Graham and Paul will chime in with the number of times they've died, a running tally of the amount of times they've used that gag.
|February 9, 2009||The Darkness||1st|
|March 2, 2009||Digital Devil Saga||2nd|
|March 16, 2009||Onimusha 3||3rd|
|May 18, 2009||Lost Odyssey||4th (rescinded, Graham was sure he survived)|
|September 21, 2009||Dark Sector||4th (actual)|
|May 24, 2010||Deadly Premonition: Part 2||5th (mentioned, but not invoked)|
|July 18, 2011||Dark Void||7th|
|August 29, 2011||Fallout New Vegas||7th (again)|
|March 26, 2012||Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai||8th|
|May 14, 2012||The Darkness 2||10th|
|June 11, 2012||Dragon's Dogma||10th (again)|
|January 14, 2013||Final Fantasy XIII-2||2nd (just for Lightning)|
|May 13, 2013||Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel||"another time"|
|June 10, 2013||Spec Ops: The Line||11th|
|December 16, 2013||The Last of Us, Part 2||12th|
"...and Balloon Fight"
During Checkpoint's coverage of the NES Classic Edition, Graham took to saying the console would be released with 29 classic games 'and Balloon Fight,' separating Balloon Fight from the lauds the other classics would recieve.
On Graham's Twitter, he has confirmed that he does not, in fact, hate Balloon Fight. 
Spot the Dog
Main Article: Spot the Dog
Spot is a ceramic figure of a dog that the crew hides in the background of videos.
Main Article: Creepy doll
Ridiculous Pimp Hat
The LRR crew is in possession of a large, green tiger-striped and furry top hat (often considered a 'pimp hat'). Most prominently featured in All The Little People, it has appeared most times silly headgear is required.
The ridiculous pimp hat has also been seen in Ways to Avoid Christmas, More Room To Grow and the Feed Dump episode Powerless and Nude. Brad, Jer and Bill wore it at some point during Desert Bus for Hope 2. The Desert Bus for Hope 5 official poster includes Judge Pimp Santa, wearing this hat.
Despite being one of the most distinct and frequently-utilized hats, it has yet to be This Hat.
Mad Scientist Goggles
Whenever a character is preparing to do science, or their eyes are otherwise in danger, this pair of green goggles will likely appear. It has appeared in Time You Won't Get Back, commodoreHUSTLE 02 - Red, and A Stitch In Time.
The JMSDI Kit
Main Article: The kit
Former Running Gags
Paul Looks Like Gordon Freeman/Paul Shaving Off His Beard Would Be Bad - Ever since the first Desert Bus for Hope, Paul's strong resemblance to the protagonist of the Half-Life game series has often been mentioned by fans. Alex inaccurately predicted in Ask An Alex - 01 that Paul shaving would bring the end of the world. After the events of The Shavening, this hasn't come to pass, and the comparisons to Gordon Freeman have ceased.
Tim Looks Like Matt - At the beginning of Tim's tenure with LRR, his resemblance to Matt was often the source of humor. As Tim grew a beard and he became more established, this was dropped, for the most part. It was revived for The Tale of Matt Wiggins, and Bill has steadfastly continued to call Matt "Tim" at every opportunity as a metajoke.