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Name Things That Aren’t Jackie Chan is an online forum game in which participants are ostensibly asked to name a specific number of items that aren’t associated with the Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan, although none are expected to actually complete the challenge. In online forum and message board communities, the topic has been often played out as an in-joke among the fans of the sketch comedy TV show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
The joke was first introduced as a fictional board game in an infomercial parody skit from Season 3, Episode 2 of Cartoon Network’s sketch comedy show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, originally aired on August 3rd, 2008 (shown below).
On March 13th, 2009, Yahoo Answers user dingelbury submitted a post asking “Can you name 10 things that aren’t Jackie Chan?” On December 31st, Body Building Forums member captainhorseboy posted a thread titled “Name ten things that aren’t Jackie Chan,” to which member kalamd replied with an animated GIF from the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! sketch (shown below).
On August 18th, 2010, Newgrounds Forums member sumidiotdude submitted a post inviting others to name 10 things that aren’t Jackie Chan. On November 21st, 2011, Accursed Farms Forums member Arby posted a “Name 5 Things That Aren’t Jackie Chan” thread, intentionally mentioning Jackie Chan in the list.
As the joke continued to gain recognition across message boards, others began creating parodies of the Tim and Eric’s comedy sketch with other characters or objects in place of Jackie Chan. On May 15th, 2012, YouTuber WQLFY uploaded an edited version of the original sketch wherein the participants try to name 10 things that aren’t Lux, the champion character from the online strategy game League of Legends (shown below, left). In the following 14 months, the video accumulated more than 585,000 views and 900 comments. On June 19th, YouTuber GamingAwesomeness uploaded a dubbed version of the video in which Jackie Chan is replaced with the electronic music producer Skrillex (shown below, right). On March 31st, 2013, Redditor leftinfreezer submitted the Skrillex video to the /r/videos subreddit, where it received upwards of 4,000 up votes and 150 comments in the first four months.