In college I had a friend named Joel who was famous for asking the most random questions. It would be 8 a.m. in the dining hall and he’d pop up with something like, “What if you’d spent the night with a girl, and you woke up and found out she’d peed the bed?” Or during a study group, he’d break out a random, “How much money would it take for you to wear somebody else’s dirty drawers for a whole day? Like, they wore them for three days without showering and now they’re yours.”
After a while, any random question was called a “Joel Question,” and after a while it worked its way into everybody’s routine. One of the safer Joel Questions I’ll ask people sometimes during a lull in conversation:
If you were planning a blowout birthday party for yourself and you could book any four acts to perform, who would it be?
It can be current-day or in their prime, living or dead, and it doesn’t just have to be music. (You can pick Acrodunk if you want.) For example, I’d want to open my party with Cedric the Entertainer doing a stand-up set, followed by something like Bobby Brown in his prime, Snoop Dogg, then closing it out with Diddy. (Love him or hate him, the man puts on a show.)
Who makes your roster?