Crafting a snappy and witty comeback that’ll grab everyone’s attention is no easy feat. However, all that effort and comedic instinct are worth it—if it’s on the internet, it might just live on in the digital hall of fame in screenshot form. Who knows, you might see peeps sharing your comeback for years and years. Ego boost? Yes, please!

One place where these legendary testaments to people’s wit are documented is the ‘Clever Comebacks’ page on Twitter. Having been founded just a few short months ago, in February, it’s grown to have nearly 67k followers since then.

We’ve collected the crème de la crème of clever comebacks for you to enjoy, dear Pandas, so go on and have a look at them below. Hopefully, some of these will inspire you to greatness the next time you need a snappy one-liner. Don’t forget to upvote the ones you enjoyed the most and let us know what the very best comeback you’ve ever said or written was in the comments.

I reached out to British musical stand-up comedian and comedy writer Ariane Sherine to talk to her about comebacks, the role that courage plays in comedy, and how we can overcome our fear of being judged whether on-stage or on-screen. Have a read below for Bored Panda's interview with the humor expert.

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Kira Okah
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1 month ago

There are only three companies in the USA that are allowed, by government regulation, to produce insulin. Talk to your government.

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varwenea
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1 month ago

That's a sick burn. Hope he got bonus points for that answer.

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IFXO
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1 month ago

OML

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"Courage is hugely important," British comedian Ariane told Bored Panda about its role in comedy. "The more courageous you are, the more you'll shed your inhibitions and the greater the chance that you'll say something shocking and funny."

According to the comedy expert, the element of surprise is "essential" to comedy. And more often than not, "there's an edge or a hint of cruelty" in most jokes and comebacks. "If you're timid and careful, then you're probably not going to want to offend people with comebacks and will be polite rather than witty," she said.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

We saw the man kill a man on TV. f**k if the trial wasn't fair

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

The student is not wrong. See what education does?

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

People should really start taking those Grammarly adverts seriously.

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The anonymity that the internet and social media provide can be a double edged sword: it can help people feel freer because they'll take criticism less personally, but it can also empower bullies to spew hatred. Comedian Ariane agreed that anonymity is a tool and everything depends on how we use it. 

"We feel freer to say things we wouldn't say in real life, but that also means we're more likely to be hurtful. I think the same is true of being on stage for comics—when we're holding the mic we feel free to dispense with niceties," she gave us her take on the relationship between anonymity, honesty, and comedy.

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Kesam
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1 month ago

Agree but disagree. Everyone should do their part.

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Chris Wade
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1 month ago

In reply to "Something" - Umm, prepare to have your mind blown: you can eat more than one slice of cake.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

And the will to live

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Bored Panda was also intrigued to find out how best not to freeze up when you're going on-stage as a comedian or if we're paralized for fear of being rejected before posting a joke or a witty comeback. "Alcohol! Only joking. I guess it's to remember that fear of rejection never got anyone anywhere," Ariane quipped and then pointed out that we have to focus on what our end goals really are. "All the comics you admire have overcome fear of rejection. So do you want to make people laugh or not?"

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Nat Hedley
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1 month ago

(You could text in the 90s though).

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

I prefer dad bods, but everyone has a preference :)

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If I could I would live under water
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1 month ago

I love this one :D

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Comebacks, from cool and clever to lame and drab, are nothing new to us. Previously, I’d also spoken with comedian Ariane about the art of the comeback, as she's an insider in the world of comedy, timing, and shutting down hecklers.

Speed, according to Ariane, is where the essence of comebacks lies. Without it, our attempts at humor can fall flat. “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 told Bored Panda in an earlier interview.

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Millar
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1 month ago

I think BP has reposted this 5 times in the last three weeks

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Linda Cowley, auntriarch
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1 month ago

Ouchy McOuchface!

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Ben Moss
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1 month ago

Jesus f*****g christ what idiot still doesnt understand that vaccines STRENGTHEN the immune system? Who honestly thinks that training your army makes it weaker?

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However, unlike us mere mortals, most stand-up comics actually come prepared. They’ve got an entire repertoire of comebacks at the ready, just in case they need to shut down a heckler or fire off a rapid put-down or two. What’s more, comedians tend to share these comebacks with one another.

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Sheila Stamey
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1 month ago

Oh that's a good one.

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Lisa
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1 month ago

You know the bible never mentions the word, "Apple." Early Christian art depicted it as a fig. They believe Apple came into play because when translated "malum" means evil and "malus" is apple.

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Premislaus de Colo
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1 month ago

I absolutely love the insult

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“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," Ariane gave us an insight into the giggle industry.

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crazy_cat_notAlady
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1 month ago

burrrrrrrrrrrrrn

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James016
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1 month ago

We drink the t.

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infinite upvote
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1 month ago

Lol Ryan doesnt know about corporate tax breaks

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Ariane highlighted the fact that you grow your emotional resilience with experience as a comedian. Over time, you get better at delivering comebacks and how quickly you can do so. “You don't want to give them the chance to reject you—you've got to get in there first with a funny insult!" she said about the dynamic between the performer and the audience if the latter’s feeling a tad cheeky and wants to have a go at ruining the show.

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CatWoman312
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1 month ago (edited)

I hate how you can’t comment on people down arrowed. Anyway, to the sexist guys who only seem to care about embryos not actual living babies “no uterus, no opinion”

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

I think we have peaked with this comeback... I don't see a better one coming up

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cybermerlin2000
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1 month ago

They found men who wore a mask were better than those who didn't because no woman wants to go near someone with a high risk of carrying COVID-19

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If you feel like you’re not up to snuff, you really should draw on others for inspiration when it comes to good comedy. Whether it’s reading through tons of screenshots of clever comebacks that you find on the net or watching reruns of your favorite comedians (both are great).

However, British comedy pro Ariane pointed out that you shouldn’t be stealing original stand-up material for your own shows. It’s fine if you’re doing it to impress your friends, but there’s a certain code of honor that pops up when you start earning money for your jokes.

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Mark Schilling
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1 month ago

Here's a radical thought: maybe being concerned for the greater good is beneficial for the individual. We live in a society, not in isolated cells.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

It's easier to run a negative story than a positive story

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Alma Mater
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1 month ago

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is worth $2 less today than it was in 1968 when adjusted for inflation. Over the past 50 years, the minimum wage has seen little to no growth as worker productivity has surged. In fact, if the minimum wage kept pace with increases in worker productivity, it would now stand at $21.72 per hour. no comment needed i guess, right ?

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Ariane told Bored Panda something that most people know but few voice aloud: it’s very clear to everybody when a comeback is good and when it’s so bad, you’ll be remembering it and cringing for years. We instinctively know what’s quality and what’s best left on the dusty lower shelf in the joke store.

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Something
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1 month ago

Reminder that you created the world last Thursday.

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Y T
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1 month ago

LOL! I'm using this.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

He could have also used $30 million to built houses to fight homelessness.

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“It needs to be very fast, well-timed, and take people by surprise as well as being clever, witty, and immediately understandable,” the stand-up comedian listed all the things that a comeback needs in order to grab our attention and make us laugh.