FOX’s Emmy-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers has revolutionized the way humor is used in the adult animated series. Rather than the crass discriminatory jokes or random references (cough Family Guy) found in other adult cartoons, Bob’s Burgers plays with words.
There is an art to the Bob’s Burgers pun. Some are integral to the plot, and are often accompanied by similar plays on words, or referred to later in the dialogue. Others, such as the names of the stores next door and exterminator vans, are fleeting but still manage to pack a punch. Some of the characters’ names are even puns, such as Mort’s (extra points for Latin).
Brush up on your Bob’s Burgers pun word play before Season Five premieres on October 5 with our totally objective ranking. The puns on this list were ranked on humor, cleverness and method of execution.
15. You could call it a Medium Snare Burger. Teddy, “Slumber Party”
The humor in this pun is all about context. In an effort to trap El Diablo and regain Little King Trashmouth’s territory, Bob and Linda call upon Teddy, who is heavily interested in the raccoon drama, and has had a live animal trap from the time he thought a squirrel was stealing his mail. Linda suggests that Bob cook a burger to lure El Diablo into the cage, and Teddy comes up with a perfect name. The joke gets better as Teddy mentions that Bob makes such a big deal over his names for the Burgers of the Day. (“That wasn’t so hard. Bob makes it sound so hard.”)
14. Our Carpets Match Our Drapes Home Furnishings. Store Next Door, “The Unnatural”
Most of the stores next door or exterminator vans are plays on idioms, but here, the idiom didn’t even need to be tweaked. Simple, effective and clever.
13. Spray Anything. Exterminator van, “The Equestranauts”
In this intro, the van really delivers with both the pun and the logo. Yes, there’s the reference to the band, but the animators take it a step farther by modeling Spray Anything’s logo after Is A Real Boy…’s cover art. “Spray Anything” is also a great pun because the exterminator’s method is revealed in the company name. “Tire-Rhea,” the store next door, also deserves some credit.
12. To Err Is Cumin Burger. Burger of the Day, “Ambergris”
Most of the Burgers of the Day don’t have very funny names, and that’s because Bob tries too hard. He stretches the names of ingredients (I Don’t Bay-Leaf in Magic) and calls attention to puns that aren’t that clever (If Looks Could Kale). Bob’s puns are much better when they’re spontaneous or when he’s arguing (see entries 11 and 7). However, a few burgers are chuckle-worthy, like this one. Cumin obviously rhymes with human, and it would probably taste good mixed into hamburger meat. This pun works.
11. What, Nagatha Christie? Bob, “Crawl Space”
As mentioned above, Bob’s puns are just better when he’s experiencing tension, or in an argument, and both come up when Linda finds out that Bob was lying about being stuck behind the wall earlier in the episode. Combine that with brewing hysteria, and Bob makes an excellent pun.