Stepping up gives you one sense of accomplishment, but one-upping someone who’s clearly wrong is a whole other achievement. So this post is dedicated to those who didn’t stay silent when hearing false statements, fake news, or faulty arguments, but decided to cut the BS and do everyone a public service.

Thanks to the r/CleverComebacks subreddit, a community with 830k members that’s constantly growing, we have laid out some of the most razor-sharp comebacks. Scroll down, upvote the sharpest comebacks and be sure to check out our previous post on witty comebacks.

We also spoke to Abigail Paul, an actress, standup comedian and improviser who has given seminars on incorporating theatre techniques for purposes beyond the stage to schools, businesses and organizations all over Germany since 2001. Abigail told us how to improve our comeback skills, starting from learning to be better listeners. Tune in for the interview below!

#1

If You Don't Want To Get Tested, Don't Apply

If You Don't Want To Get Tested, Don't Apply

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago

I love George Takei.

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#2

Morning Coffee vs. Morning People

Morning Coffee vs. Morning People

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 year ago

Incinerated

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#3

"Markets Unable To Adapt To New Generation Of Consumers"

"Markets Unable To Adapt To New Generation Of Consumers"

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Brian Bennett
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1 year ago

Duncan you just dunked the moronic imbecile Congratulations!

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Abigail is now busy launching a new organization for comedy and shows in Frankfurt called “English Comedy Frankfurt,” so be sure to follow her work on Twitter.

“The secret to any comeback is connection,” she said and continued: “If you are really listening (and connecting) with another person, you are taking them in fully, aware of who they are, the context in which you are dealing with this person.”

Abigail believes that we tend do this assessment unconsciously. “We aren't even always aware that we are always sizing up other people. This is too often because we are so focused on ourselves.”

#4

Kid Has A Bright And Shocking Future In Front Of Him

Kid Has A Bright And Shocking Future In Front Of Him

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Helen Haley
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1 year ago

That comeback was electric

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#5

Bill Bur Is A Legend

Bill Bur Is A Legend

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Brian Bennett
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1 year ago

Cha - ching!

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#6

Some Good Luck!

Some Good Luck!

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PjandBolt
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1 year ago

Michael Rosen is a legend. I'm so glad he lived despite having to deal with that awful experience

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“I teach the rules and principles of improvisation. We credit the improv guru Keith Johnstone with the term 'status' exercises and games, which helps us see things like status moves, and how to make a character in a scene have a higher or lower status. By working on this skill in a theatrical way, you also start to notice status 'wars' happening in real life. On the stage, it usually has the end effect of being comedic. In real life, it can go either way.”

#7

Who Orders Small Coffee Anyway?

Who Orders Small Coffee Anyway?

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Brian Bennett
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1 year ago

Yeah-sock-it-to-em beautiful. Excellent without using any swear words!

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#8

Cry Me A River That Flows 5 M/S²

Cry Me A River That Flows 5 M/S²

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Seonag Udell
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1 year ago

Roger has a good sense of humour

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#9

Stealing The Rainbow

Stealing The Rainbow

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Benj Cham
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1 year ago

It’s a movie I would like to see

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Abigail argues that a great comeback feels great because it was earned. “It was spontaneous. The commenter was probably really listening. It was unique to that moment, set of people, situation,” she explained.

When asked how to make sure that your comeback doesn't sound mean, Abigail warns that “a comeback is not a clapback—which is generally sarcastic, but a clapback might be fun among friends.” Moreover, “Context of situation always matters. In working on status exercises in improv, we try to get people to see that the easiest way to raise another person's status is to lower their own. We see that in standup comedy too. Usually it works best if the comic is the butt of the joke, not the audience. (There are plenty of exceptions.)”

#10

I Choose You, Bunny!!!!

I Choose You, Bunny!!!!

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Neil Bidle
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1 year ago

Also, there are WAY more species of "common wildlife" than Pokémon

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#11

Education Is Vitally Important, After All

Education Is Vitally Important, After All

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago

Keith said it all. She is the most stupid together with that tomi twit.

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#12

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

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

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Amina Hays
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1 year ago

I'm 40 next year and I don't have children.

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According to Abigail, “You needn't be too self-effacing for a good comeback, but if it can lift other people up, it usually works well and gains the speaker a laugh and cements the bond that says, we are in this together.”

Comebacks can be a useful communication tool, but Abigail argues that excellent listening skills are the most important thing. “Paying attention, making accurate observations about the people in the room, and how they feel—these are the tools that will make a comeback really shine,” she said.

#13

So Easy To Say

So Easy To Say

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Hello it Smee
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1 year ago

My brother said he'd never put his kids on a leash-backpack before he had kids. Well after my 2-year-old niece booked it through the Tulsa zoo and wanted to pet the animals she was on a leash before noon.

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#14

They're With Him, Alright...

They're With Him, Alright...

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago

Brilliant !

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#15

Climate Change Is Not Real Guys!!!

Climate Change Is Not Real Guys!!!

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Amina Hays
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1 year ago

This one's great.

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And when it comes to getting better at listening, Abigail shared a fun game to exercise. “Have a chat with someone, but you have to start your response with the last letter of what the person has just said to you,” she said and added: “For example, if person 1 says 'what was the best part of your day'—the response must start with Y from the word day.”

“It might make for odd conversations at first, but it also forces you to really listen to the complete end of the person's sentence before you add in your own thoughts,” she concluded.

#16

That Makes Sense

That Makes Sense

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Everything_Fubar
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1 year ago

Lol

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#17

Careful What You Say

Careful What You Say

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 year ago

Still holds up

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#18

Better Hope His House Doesn't Catch On Fire!

Better Hope His House Doesn't Catch On Fire!

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Ancsuri
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1 year ago

universal health care is very good. Just Americans think ist something bad

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#19

He Makes A Good Point

He Makes A Good Point

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Raven Sheridan
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1 year ago

In a pandemic, churches are NOT essential. Isn't God supposed to be everywhere? You don't need to go to a certain place or building to worship him or pray. You can do this from the safety of your own home. God gave you a brain, use it!

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#20

She Got Played By Her Own Words

She Got Played By Her Own Words

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Everything_Fubar
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1 year ago

Can men haters just not exist, that's all I ask at this point. Men are being demonized just as much as straights and whites these days. It's unreal.

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#21

Unlimited Power

Unlimited Power

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Seonag Udell
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1 year ago

What is it with this Ben Shapiro dude, like every time I see his name come up on BP thread, I know he's gonna say something ridiculously stupid or offensive.

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#22

This Is Genius

This Is Genius

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thebridget
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1 year ago

Except you can't do that with an undergraduate degree in psychology 🙃

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#23

If You’ve Read The Bible? Name 10 Plagues

If You’ve Read The Bible? Name 10 Plagues

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago

Isn't AOC a great woman ! I'm a fan and not even American!

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#24

Fishing For A Burn

Fishing For A Burn

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James016
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1 year ago

I’d like to report a murder. The fish did it.

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#25

A Newer, Healthier Brain

A Newer, Healthier Brain

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Neil Bidle
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1 year ago

Every single other thing I "need", costs money, so...

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#26

Repeat After Me...

Repeat After Me...

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Everything_Fubar
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1 year ago

Right

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#27

They Don't Even Bother Hiding The Fact That The Gop Is Bought And Paid For Anymore

They Don't Even Bother Hiding The Fact That The Gop Is Bought And Paid For Anymore

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago

Ted Cruz is dangerous.

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#28

He Got Cremated By A Fish

He Got Cremated By A Fish

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Neil Bidle
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1 year ago

But a magikarp becomes gyarados!

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#29

Time Is Relative... And Mine Ain't Rich

Time Is Relative... And Mine Ain't Rich

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Gabriel Curtis
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1 year ago

Honestly the only reasonable response ngl

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#30

On Insta From An Lgbtq Post From Reddit

On Insta From An Lgbtq Post From Reddit

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cybermerlin2000
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1 year ago

I love how people think their boycotting something will single-handedly bring everything crashing down, when in reality they won't even show up as a statistic.

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#31

Imagine Losing At Your Own Game

Imagine Losing At Your Own Game

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Ara
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1 year ago

It always pays to read right through the book before you try to review it.

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#32

Liking-Old-Pic-Shaming Back Fired...

Liking-Old-Pic-Shaming Back Fired...

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

It's amazing that people will choose to get offended because someone liked something of theirs. How low is humanity sinking this century?

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#33

A Lot To Unpack Here

A Lot To Unpack Here

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Eva the Egg
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1 year ago

The "Listen to me, demon" got me laughing 😂😂😂

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#34

No Lies Were Told

No Lies Were Told

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James016
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1 year ago

And it will lose.

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#35

Great Observation, People Who Make A Lot Of Money Don't See The Problem

Great Observation, People Who Make A Lot Of Money Don't See The Problem

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 year ago

Funny how some working class fool got into the business of defending billionaires.

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#36

What’s The Point!?

What’s The Point!?

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago

Trash.

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#37

Waterproof Your Valuables

Waterproof Your Valuables

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A Head
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1 year ago

Does this person think that US currency dissolves in water? It can go through the laundry.

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#38

Not Really Sure If This Belongs Here But Still

Not Really Sure If This Belongs Here But Still

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Brian Bennett
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1 year ago

You sir are an excellent deleter - proceed with gusto

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#39

Lady's Got A Point

Lady's Got A Point

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Neil Bidle
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1 year ago

It's pretentious, but who needs to be told not to sit on their phone while they're out for drinks / a meal??

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#40

What An Absolute Chad

What An Absolute Chad

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Aroace tiger (any pronouns)
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1 year ago

I appreciate it! Thank you from the aces xxx

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