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How To Tell A Joke

by Wanda on February 14, 2016

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My husband has this hilarious date story that I’ve heard him tell about a hundred times, and each time I hear it, I laugh ’til I cry. Granted, it is a pretty funny story involving stepping in dog poop, but I don’t believe it would be quite so funny if not for his great delivery. Why are some people able to tell a joke that leaves their listeners roaring with laughter, while other people can’t get a laugh for the life of them? Okay, some people are just funny, but it’s not only that; there’s actually some technique involved in telling a funny joke. Here are some tips that will make your jokes most successful:

  • Timing: Make sure the setting is appropriate.
  • Audience: Know your audience and know what types of jokes they’ll be open to. You don’t want to offend anyone.
  • Know your joke: Stumbling will just ruin everything.
  • Be comfortable: Be relaxed while you tell your joke, and don’t make it sound scripted.
  • Speak with expression: The worst thing for a joke is to speak in a monotone. You might want to use different voices for different characters, or accents- but only if you can do a good accent.
  • Smile: Smile while you tell the joke, but don’t laugh. Laughing will look like you’re trying too hard.
  • Be specific: Give details to make the joke more interesting and to make your audience able to picture exactly what you’re saying.
  • Set-up: Be realistic so your audience can relate, but exaggerate to make it funny.
  • Believe your joke is funny: That’s how you’ll come off as funny.
  • Make it personal: Put yourself into the joke somehow.
  • Pause before the punchline: Making them wait a few seconds creates suspense and makes the punchline more funny.
  • Keep it short: A long story will get boring and that’s not funny.

Humor is such a valuable tool that it’s worthwhile to try to master it. You’ll make yourself and lots of other people really happy!

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