Sometimes jokes are better left unrepeated.
At least, this is the lesson “Silicon Valley” stars Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr learned when presenting at Sunday night’s (Nov. 8) Breakthrough Prize Awards which was held at the NASA Ames Research Center.
Vulture reports that the two appeared on stage in front of an audience made up of intellectual luminaries to celebrate breakthroughs achieved in the fields of physics, science, and math, to name a few.
“You guys are mapping the world around us and the world inside us, solving mysteries that have plagued us since the dawn of consciousness,” Nanjiani told the crowd. “Our biggest accomplishment is a joke about how fast we could masturbate every guy in an auditorium.”
“And we didn’t even write that,” Starr chimed in. “They didn’t even use our improvs when we edited it. So we thought maybe we could join the ranks of accomplished people and maybe bring that joke to life here tonight.”
The bit that transpired harkened back to the classic math-sturbation joke from Season 1 of the HBO comedy. Here’s how it went down:
Nanjiani: So we did the math backstage, it’ll take us about …
Starr: Thirty-seven-and-a-half minutes, maybe, between that and 14 hours. So, if you guys are onboard.
Nanjiani: Depending on how drunk you are … Get ready.
Starr: Which side do you want?
Nanjiani: I’ll take these guys.
Starr: Okay, I’ll go here. Okay, go!
Sometimes, it’s best to read an audience before delving into certain material. But what was planned, was planned and when the actors ended the scene, they were met with a few seconds of awkward silence from the crowd.
Attempting to bounce back from bombing on stage completely, Nanjiani added in one more riff, “Ah, you called our bluff! Hey, remember when we told a room of scientists that we would masturbate them?”
“Yeah, I do,” replied Starr. “It just happened.” Awwkwaarrrd!