People In This Community Are Sharing The Most Satisfying Comebacks They’ve Witnessed (95 New Pics)

There are very few things in life that feel better than one-upping someone. Not too many of us will admit it, but it feels absolutely amazing when you prove someone wrong, show everyone you’re right, and demolish others with well-placed witty comebacks. The best roasts end up on the ‘Clever Comebacks’ subreddit, a community of nearly 754k members, eagerly combing the corners of the internet for humorous, witty, and razor-sharp comebacks.

When it comes to being witty, there are two general approaches. The first one is firing off an instant quip, taking advantage of the perfect timing. It’s a skill that you can develop over time. The second approach is taking a bit more time and carefully honing the perfect response for each situation. That’s much easier done on the internet than in real life, but it’s also something we can all do, no matter our current skill in cleverly taking others down a peg or two.

London-based British musical stand-up comedian, author, and comedy writer Ariane Sherine highlighted to Bored Panda in a follow-up interview what’s most important when it comes to a clever comeback. “I think the most important thing with comebacks is speed. Even if the joke isn’t a total zinger, people will be impressed by your quickfire response,” she said. Read on for her other insights about how we can all up our comedy game.

You’ll find Bored Panda’s earlier post about r/clevercomebacks right over here. Be sure to give it a read once you’re done enjoying this list and upvoting the comebacks and epic burns that you personally feel deserve calling the fire brigade over.

#1 Just Try Not Being Straight For Awhile

Image credits: reddit.com

#2 Room Temperature Iq

5fff063d4b167 9nsq65a3id661 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#3 Exodus 20:7

clipimage 6076d862d170e 700

Image credits: reddit.com

Ariane told us that most stand-up comics have a “repertoire of comebacks” that they often share with others in their profession when it comes to tackling hecklers at shows. “We’re not all as fast and talented as it seems! But if we’re doing stand-up, our own routines will be original—it’s just heckle putdowns that might not be,” she said.

#4 I Hope This Hasn’t Been Done Before

clipimage 6076cd23cbc88 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#5 It’s Already Happening

clipimage 6077dade13a66 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#6 Damn… Guess My Opinion Is Invalid

clipimage 6077fb73c9bf3 700

Image credits: reddit.com

Comedian Ariane also opened up about an “awful stand-up show” that left her incredibly embarrassed. However humiliating the situation was, it was also an example of razor-like wit in action. “I started a joke by saying ‘I’m single at the moment…’ and a guy in the audience yelled, ‘I’ll shag you!’ So I called his bluff and said, ‘Come on up here then’ and he shot back, ‘Nah, I’ve taken a closer look and I don’t fancy you!’ Really humiliating and not much fun at all, but possibly quite amusing for the audience.”

#7 Hypocritical, Hyperbolic, And Hyper Stupid

1353164769805520896 1 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#8 He’s Not Wrong

clipimage 6077f275b076d 700

Image credits: vertigno

#9 You Can Still Breathe Idiot

6074550678777 1qyiz383ftl61 700

Image credits: bigcheese6

  Jack Whittaker— In 2002 he won $315,000,000 million dollars

Ariane added that you gain emotional resilience as a comedian by becoming more experienced and practised at the comebacks. “You don’t want to give them the chance to reject you, as I did previously— you’ve got to get in there first with a funny insult!”

#10 Simple, Yet Effective

clipimage 607807f43cb54 700

Image credits: Captain_Keyboard_Man

#11 Vandalized Pineapple

clipimage 60780795f2cf7 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#12 Maybe I Am Karen?

clipimage 6077f22c50224 700

Image credits: reddit.com

For those of us who have some trouble firing off clever retors, Ariane said that we can always take inspiration from comedians if things don’t come naturally to us. “As I say, heckle putdowns are generally shared among comics so there’s no code of honour when it comes to using them (but you mustn’t nick original stand-up material!)” she said.

#13 Whatttt !?? No Vegan Options At KFC!???

clipimage 60780d60212fb 700

Image credits: FitzRowe

#14 I Hate Anti-Maskers

clipimage 60780e4dbee06 700

Image credits: CatPizza838

#15 Illegal Plants

5fff03987affc zsakqr1pv2661 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

Earlier, I spoke to comedian Ariane about wit, comebacks, and comedic timing. The professional comedian explained to Bored Panda that when it comes to witty comebacks, they can be spontaneous as well as planned out.

#16 They Lack Opposable Thumbs

clipimage 6077ddbea4f74 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#17 Can Anyone Show Martha The Original Constitution ?

clipimage 6077dcdd948d5 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#18 Philip Brought A Tank In A Knife Fight

clipimage 6077fa5386ac8 700

Image credits: whymynamedoesnotfi

A lot depends on the person thinking up the comeback as well as the particular situation they’re in. After all, we’ve all had moments when we fire off a joke that’s 10/10 without knowing how it came to us. We’ve also been in situations where we’re in the shower washing our hair, and we suddenly come up with the ideal comeback to something someone said a week ago. Alas! Usually, it’s too late to deploy that perfect comeback because it’s far, far too late.

#19 When You Get Shot Down By Facts

clipimage 6078086a17238 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#20 She’s Baaaad

clipimage 6077db2796119 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#21 May I Use Your Tweets?

5fff0703eca7b fsvho8n5bm661 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

“I’ve definitely come up with comebacks that are spontaneous,” Ariane shared. For instance, I told my daughter that if she didn’t behave, I’d give her inheritance to a donkey sanctuary. She said, ‘You wouldn’t’, and I came back, ‘You bet your ass!’ But though I hadn’t used that comeback before, I clearly had knowledge of the pun and might have used something similar in the past.”

#22 The Founders Would Say “The F**k Is An Ohio?”

clipimage 6077dc472d9e8 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#23 Common Sense Is Really Rare These Days

clipimage 607808ab803ff 700

Image credits: productivitybeginner

#24 That’s My Gender

clipimage 6077f2a41d0b4 700

Image credits: reddit.com

As for finding the line between a regular comeback and one that makes you laugh out loud, according to comedian Ariane, it’s clear for everyone to see when the comeback’s good and when it falls flat on its face. “It needs to be very fast, well-timed, and take people by surprise as well as being clever, witty, and immediately understandable.” When you break it down like that, the art of the comeback becomes even more daunting than it was before.

  Who is the laziest person in history

Fortunately, our subconscious mind kicks in and takes over from us when we least expect it. (It could do that more often because it’s bloody brilliant when it takes charge.) “But that’s relatively rare in my experience. I’m sure many other comics are more natural than I am!” Ariane shared that it doesn’t happen nearly as often as we’d like.

#25 Well, It Had To Be Something Productive, Right?

clipimage 60780f448ff36 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#26 Now That Is Some Comeback!

clipimage 607808d9379aa 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#27 Found On Fb… Personally I Found The Response To Be Quite A Zinger

clipimage 60780f05c0c65 700

Image credits: reddit.com

Founded back in 2018, the ‘Clever Comebacks’ subreddit celebrated its third birthday back in January. Since then, it’s amassed a huge following that keeps on growing. Since our last post about the community in December 2020, the number of members has grown from 679k to almost 754k.

Not everyone has the nuanced point of view that witty comebacks can be either impulsive or planned out. According to Rhea Wessel writing for the BBC, witty comebacks can only be made in the moment and timing is vital. Without it, there’s no wit and no comeback worth remembering.

#28 Bill Burr Everybody

6074551d5d052 ynz1c4n9v7n61 700

Image credits: JustDanLee87

#29 I Should Be Allowed To Pick The Oil Company I Die And Kill For!

Image credits: reddit.com

#30 “How Many Gold Medals Do You Have?”

603fb213a6e7b a460sffo30j61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

While we all secretly enjoy a spot of dark humor here and there, there’s an advantage to choosing to go for more positive comebacks instead of negative ones. “Often the best retorts are comebacks that are witty, take the higher moral ground, are appropriate and most importantly, positive,” Rhea writes on BBC Worklife.

Choosing positive comebacks over negative ones is especially important in a work setting which can affect the atmosphere and how employees feel about their jobs. “Positive comments are a far better tool for keeping projects on track while showing your love of linguistic acrobatics. Others will find the humor in them and you may see negative interactions quickly cease,” Rhea explains.

#31 I Would Prefer “Beeeeees Run Run”

65288106160 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#32 Look Before You Leap

6023e145c763a 5khizngm83f61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#33 Do Some Research Before Spouting Nonsense

60099682ef345 ptpl3r0xi9b61 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#34 Looking For Approval In All The Wrong Places

Image credits: robaato72

#35 Vaccinated Politician Tries To Call Out Elitism

clipimage 60780fba35496 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#36 Other People’s Kids Is A Surprisingly Great Form Of Birth Control

603fb1c712218 fMC HwcsrtJUpQzBjoDEP1TXeMDD8s DQHDiXPsVvw4 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#37 I Am More Better Than Everyone

clipimage 60780e9be89a9 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#38 Who’ll Email You When You Block Him More Like This

clipimage 60780f837ea13 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#39 Colorado Didn’t Send Their Best Or Brightest

Image credits: reddit.com

#40 Savage Comeback

1337694612736118790 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#41 Skinny Jeans Are Out!

603fb2b21b002 19hjgljgz9h61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#42 This Is Not Your Business There Is A Something To Consider, You And Your Boss Do Illegal Things Every Day

5fff07e16a23e msgh3q855wa61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#43 Fascists Calling Others Fascists

603fb25968004 ney3yvt9o9k61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#44 Hey Girl, Are You Piñata ?

603fb2412a794 g5rivv34b7h61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

  32 Times Millennials Caught Themselves Saying Middle-Aged Things, Shared In This Online Group

#45 It Be Like That

Image credits: HesBeginningTo

#46 Asking For A Friend

6023e0b4d45b4 gyl4jdr735f61 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#47 I Mean, He’s Not Wrong ..

6074527fa9d7b vgh8zm04u3m61 700

Image credits: CeWash

#48 Kaepernick Has Entered The Chat

968906746478628869 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#49 That’s A Critical Hit!!

60745302486f3 ulzmioc27ap61 png 700

Image credits: 0ut4aWalk

#50 The Perfect Analogy

1347910856194060291 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#51 Powerful Clapback

clipimage 6076d0c9e378c 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#52 Totally True

60099667b4ae8 lejmsavtgac61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#53 Anti-Masker vs. A Hedge

607452b919060 do3x5vq5j4r61 png 700

Image credits: Brattonismybae

#54 How Dare These People Try To Steal The Election With Their Votes!

1346691971721564164 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#55 And The Survey Says…..

5fff073685fd9 bdyqlba6pl961 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#56 Trump Karen Gets Quoted Scripture

5fff06a385c77 nc22zyvk8y961 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#57 One Pay Taxes The Other Doesn’t

clipimage 6076cd9c4bd1d 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#58 Giving Will Be Rewarded

1343354540234436608 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#59 When Gun Fanatics Accidentally Make Your Point For You.

6074560468f84 8r1fan82idq61 700

Image credits: PrettyRichie

#60 Electric Car Owners

603fb2d1a43ab 92119zq26ci61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#61 Called Us “F***ers” !!!

1339665704333660160 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#62 Imagine Getting Owned By Your High School Teacher Decades After You Graduate

5fff0842cba02 og8uu2lafma61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#63 From A Post About “Censorship” (Because Some Anti-Vaccine Bs Was Removed)

60745533ec5dd 4ws6ak0mhtn61 png 700

Image credits: FiletTofu

#64 It’s Easy To Make Ted Cruz Look Like An Idiot With All The Stuff He Does.

Image credits: FitzRowe

#65 “Id Like To Live”

603fb344da508 84di17mofgh61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#66 I Guess Herc’s Weakness Is Employment

6023dfffa6b64 v3iv4rn9lvc61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#67 If You Can Make Her Laugh And Giggle You Can Make That Ass Clap And Jiggle

clipimage 6076d953b77a0 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#68 Technically Correct, The Best Kind Of Correct, Until Someone Starts Crying

6023e132f2b08 ysjhowgb2ff61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#69 Getting Owned By Their Own Kids

6023df7cd733f msvxco7tjge61 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#70 P.h.d. From Google

607455edc99c7 0jzjy14inmn61 700

Image credits: SlothOwO

#71 A Whole Lotta Words!

clipimage 6076dc25f223a 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#72 Well I Can’t Suggest Her Anything (Being Op Sucks)

607454ecde7ba v091t97tg7l61 700

Image credits: estafema42

#73 Change My Mind, But Without Science

6023dfc86301e 5tmcql14nqf61 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#74 Nice Try, Libertarians.

607453c2bc3a9 g9k1863aa7q61 700

Image credits: butmuhfreedoms

#75 A Remarkable Likeness

Image credits: reddit.com

#76 On Decriminalising Drugs

6023df9609ef5 tftcmcez52e61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#77 I Rather Trust The Scientists

Image credits: reddit.com

#78 Misandrist Gets Murdered By An Intellectual!

6023e11bc8485 bj141ca49ud61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#79 I Don’t Think So

6023e0f31daf8 ucinakmn3zc61 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#80 The Use Of Such A Petty Insult Like Dummy Somehow Makes This More Savage???

clipimage 6076ce8c282ae 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#81 In This Together

6023e093948ee 7l95hj3qtye61 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#82 What Would The Founders Say?

1343994450889101313 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#83 Brain Washed

607453f16db50 mXiDejy 700

Image credits: churrusmanero

#84 Well Let’s Swap Bank Accounts… Mines “Normally” Negative

clipimage 6076da81ce80a 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#85 Speaks For Itself

Image credits: reddit.com

#86 Does This Belong Here?

6074531c158ef zmnzm4fjy6o61 700

Image credits: QueenMuffins

#87 A Bold Assumption. She’s Only A Politician After All…

607454babdbb3 ksjqe5lg46n61 png 700

Image credits: Brattonismybae

#88 Who Exactly Is Bailing Out Who?

clipimage 6077e3f7a8bea 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#89 That’s Gotta Hurt

Image credits: reddit.com

#90 We Already Do!

607453db79926 tifyqm0iwrq61 700

Image credits: JoshSegevTheFourth

#91 He’s A Big Strong Boy

603fb2874d243 t43mdj47hri61 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#92 So, What Did You Do For Easter?

6074533299acb 2fhii4jmwdr61 700

Image credits: RatherRabidRobin

#93 Look Who Wants To End A Term Early

5fff07f68951b 7yt2xh35msa61 png 700

Image credits: reddit.com

#94 Edit: Superior Platform

607454232e93f pnwq7m1r5om61 700

Image credits: SnuffCartoon

#95 Clever Twitter Exchange

5fff06cdbfab5 u68z5875pm861 700

Image credits: reddit.com