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Archive for June 3rd, 2009

Can I Ask You a Question?

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“Can I ask you a question” has to be the greatest comedic line of all time. The two things that make this great are:


1: the obvious contradiction of asking to do what is already being done

2: people who say this are never trying to be funny


I hate when people are snotty or sarcastic in their response when approached by these words. It seems so sad to ruin such a beautiful moment with nastiness, but what else can you expect from humans.

“Can I ask you a question?”

“Sure, but just one.”

“Is it true that…”

“I’m sorry, but you already asked your question.”

(Ha, ha)


What’s the point of being a smartass? In the end you let them ask whatever question they were going to ask in the first place, but instead you wanted to kill a couple of clicks of the clock to make sure they knew you really were a dickhead.


The only time I hate hearing this sentence is when the question that follows is rhetorical. That is so unfair it almost demands violence, (and for the fact that 99% of the time the rhetorical question is really just a mean spirited comment or personal opinion).

“Can I ask you a question?”


“What’s you’re problem moron?!”


You made the effort to approach me and pretended that you wanted my advice or knowledge or help, took up my time asking if you could ask me a question and then I don’t even get to respond. That’s cold blooded.


“Can I ask you a question?”

Has anyone ever said no to this, (and really meant it)?


Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster