Place item was collected
USU Campus, The Marketplace
Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
Madeleine (Maddie) Demiris is a nineteen-year-old from Sandy, Utah, where she was born and raised. She grew up as a girly girl, like her older sister, but now considers herself to be a fairly butch lesbian. She is currently in her freshman year at Utah State University, where she is majoring in Art. Her hobbies are drawing, customizing dolls, writing, and listening to music. She has two dogs that she loves very much.
Maddie and I were with another one of our roommates at the Marketplace, Utah State University’s main Cafeteria. We had just finished eating, and I had decided to go over to the Gluten-Free fridge to get one of the cupcakes that are always there. As I was peeling the paper off the cupcake over a trashcan, Maddie cuts in with her joke, resulting in me almost dropping the cupcake into the trashcan. Afterwards, as we were walking towards our dorm, Maddie said she remembered a comedian, who goes by the name Demetri Martin, saying this joke, but that she wasn’t sure if it was his joke or someone else’s.
Do you know what makes cupcakes the most uncomfortable dessert? They are the only ones you have to undress before eating.
Maddie told this joke with a sly smile, knowing it would make me laugh and also question my choice of deciding to grab the cupcake. As we had just eaten dinner together, the three of us (Maddie, Sam, and I) had already been laughing and joking for quite some time, but this joke was probably the best of the night, mainly because it was so unexpected, and Maddie timed it perfectly.
Dr. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
Colton, Elizabeth, "Undress the Cupcake" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 361.