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Any good resources on how to tell a good joke?

Asked by Carly (4555points) March 18th, 2011

I’ve been getting more and more interested in stand-up comedy, especially in the structure of how to tell a good joke. Have you found any good books, articles, movies, etc that talk about the art of comedy?

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gondwanalon's avatar

This reminds me of the one where this guy trys to take a chichen into a movie theator….Oh forgetaboutit. But seriously I think that you will do best by just being yourself. Reading about how other people do comedy may help but you either have the gift or you don’t.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Get How To Be Funny, I quite like it.

seazen_'s avatar

What’s the definition of a friend? Someone who knows everything about you and still likes you.

What’s the difference between a friend and a best friend? A friend will help you move and a best friend will help you move… a body.

A buddhist walks up to a hot-dog vendor and says me make one with everything.

An old man goes to the doctor complaining about his sex life, specifically, that sometimes he sweats like a pig, and other times he shakes and trembles from chills. The doctor checks him, he seems fine and calls the wife over asking her about her husband’s troubles. She says that he forgot to mention that they only have sex once in the summer and once in the winter.

What do you call a Jamaican proctologist? Pokemon.

Timing is everything.

Bellatrix's avatar

Good luck with that Carly. I think stand up would be a really tough thing to do. I am crap at telling jokes. I think watching the way comedians operate from a really critical perspective would help. How they order their material, move about the stage, that sort of thing. Go to some open mic sessions too perhaps and try talking to some of the comedians you meet? Get to know people who are actually doing it? Hope you will record some of your work when you make your dream a reality.

sliceswiththings's avatar

I find that adding personal touches to jokes is nice. Rather than “so this guy went into the bar,” say “I was in [my favorite bar] the other day…”

E.g. So somehow Rick Astley found out about my collection of Pixar movies. Weird, right? Well he asked me, “Sliceswiththings, is it okay if I borrow some of your pixar movies?” I told him, “Sure, Rick, you can have Toy Story, Ice Age and Cars, but I’m never gonna give you Up!”

Any chance to tell a joke.

starsofeight's avatar

Try this. It may be of some use to you.

filmfann's avatar

@seazen_ A buddhist walks up to a hot-dog vendor and says me make one with everything.

The buddhist then gives the vendor $5, and waits for his change. The vender says “change must come from within!

Watch comedians deliver their jokes. Figure out which jokes you like, and you might see a style of delivery.
The neice of a friend of mine recently performed at an open-mike event, and started with this:
San Francisco! Dangerous town! You never know when violence will happen.
The other day, I was walking down the street, and a homeless guy walked up to me, and I stabbed him…

crazyivan's avatar

Watch the dude from Jersey Shore on the Donald Trump roast and then do exactly the opposite of what he did.

iwannamakemovies's avatar

Go to and search Comedy Writing Secrets. Download one of the results. You will get an e-book that will tell you all the basics and secrets to writing comedy. It is very helpful to me.

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