Many, many, many people - including some professional comedians - immediately seized on the EXTREMELY obvious pun in the dictator's name, citing that "I didn't even know Kim Jong was ill," or some such thing. I mean, you expect a bit of that from random Twitter users, but Albert Brooks? The guy wrote "Lost in America." One entry in that genre is reproduced below, but mainly for posterity and because they included a funny picture. Overall, those people should be ashamed of themselves.
Kim Jong-Il will very likely be replaced by his son, Kim Jong-un, a 28-year-old army general about whom very little is known. Comforting, right? Maybe this isn't a good time for levity... Oh well, too late.
Kim Jung Il died.I call his sunglasses.— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) December 19, 2011
"I can't listen to that song today"-- sobbing North Korean, as Run DMC's "You Be Illin'" spins.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 19, 2011
Wait, How Did He Die?
I can't believe Barack Obama just choked Kim Jong-il to death.— Jen Kirkman (@JenKirkman) December 19, 2011
The Blissfully Ignorant
Runs to google Kim Jong........developing.— Michael Buckley(@buckhollywood) December 19, 2011
Just told someone at this holiday party that Kim Jong Il died. She asked "The naked guy from Hangover?" I laughed so hard I almost threw up.— Bryan King (@kingbry7) December 19, 2011
OMG I CANT BELEVE GENERAL TSO DIED!!!!!!! panda xpress 2maro in ur memory..... RPI— Your Friend From HS (@FriendFromHS) December 19, 2011
Kim Jong-Il Doesn't Want Flowers
In lieu of flowers the family of Kim Jong Il asks you to starve a person to death in his memory.— Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan) December 19, 2011
Ill Kim Jong
This joke was made about a million times in the aftermath of Kim Jong-Il's death, but this was the only memorable iteration.
via Spamshield on Reddit
Keeping Up with the Jong-Il-ians
I feel bad for Kourtney Jong-Il and Khloe Jong-Il right now :(— Eli Braden (@EliBraden) December 19, 2011