Patty’s Ponderings…Do You Know How to Tell a Joke?
Since childhood, my beloved nephew Anthony, has been infamous for being the worst joke teller on the planet. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a naturally funny guy- - hilarious, in fact, in unguarded and unplanned moments. But he can’t tell a joke to save his soul!
I came across an article that I thought might help. A sort of short, Cliff notes, version of ‘Telling a Joke 101’. I thought perhaps it may help Anthony and others similarly afflicted. So Bubbi, this is for you!
8 Rules for Telling a Joke
- Know your joke before you open your mouth. Even when you’re adlibbing, you must have a clear idea of where you’re going
- Know your audience. All jokes are not appropriate for all gatherings. (Like naughty donkey jokes at the Christmas dinner table, Bubba!)
- Do not ask permission to tell a joke. Surprise is crucial. (In your case Bubba, forget this rule. Always ask! Especially if it’s one of your nano technology jokes that only Einstein or Stephen Hawking would get).
- Don’t say how funny your joke is beforehand. (Then we’re even more disappointed.)
- Provide ample set-up to the joke with all pertinent information included
- There must be a punch line or strong conclusion (Something you never had when you were little and you’d wonder why you were the only one laughing!)
- Avoid detours. Jokes work best in a straight line, as a rule.
- Commit to the joke. Once you start, follow through to the end. (Unless it’s half-an-hour later and we’ve all left the room, then feel free to stop and join us wherever we might be!)