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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

#AskDanWarp: Why all the food jokes?

Haha... well, I wouldn't say that most of my humor is related to food, but I do write a lot of food jokes.  There are a couple of reasons for this, I guess.  First, it's universal – everyone loves some kinds of food.  Second, enjoying food is something we all do, no matter who we are or where we come from.  So, when the writers and I reference food in funny ways, lots of people understand and laugh along.  

A great example of this is when I created spaghetti tacos on iCarly.  Spencer was making dinner for the kids, and as I was writing the scene I thought to myself, "Spencer is a super creative, wacky kind of guy – he's not going to make something normal or boring."  And I thought it would be cool and interesting if he had the idea to put spaghetti in tacos.  

At the time, it was just a little throw-away joke in one iCarly episode.  But the audience loved it, and the idea of spaghetti tacos caught on with lots of people.  To this day, 5 or 6 years after that episode aired, I still get frequent comments and photos from fans about how they made spaghetti tacos at home.  In fact, it became such a national fad, the New York Times wrote an article about spaghetti tacos, which you can read here: