What Makes a Joke Funny?
Funny jokes are a form of humor through the use of short paragraphs or phrases. Jokes can be rendered through several ways; in a form of a question or through a short story. In order for a joke to be considered funny, it may use word play, irony, or any other applicable and appropriate devices. The main phrase or the sentence that makes it very humorous is called the “punch line.”
Humorous jokes can also be applied through practical jokes, also called pranks. The main difference between the two is that the humor in practical jokes or pranks is applied physically rather than verbally.
The Purpose of Funny Jokes
Amusing anecdotes are usually rendered for the entertainment of an audience such as family members, friends, or onlookers. The desired response from these jokes is supposed to be laughter. If the audience does not think that the joke is funny, then the joke is said to have been “bombed” or have “fallen flat. While funny jokes are usually used for the entertainment of a “happy” crowd, it can also be used for other functions or purposes such as cheering up a lonely person or simply to provide comedy, satire, or humor in general.
The History of Funny Jokes
Funny jokes have been used as far back as 1900 BC. According to studies and research, these humorous jokes have been part of the human culture which originated from a “fart joke”. This fart joke is considered to be the oldest known joke in history. A recent discovery has been unearthed providing us an insight of ancient humorous jokes. This discovery of ancient jokes has been found in a document called the Philogelos, translated to “The Laughter Lover” and has been written in Greek. This document dates back to the third to the fourth century A.D and it contains around 260 jokes.
The Use of Jokes in the Workplace or in Organizations
Aside from the general purpose of funny jokes to provide entertainment to audiences, many workers, managers, and organizations also utilize these humorous jokes to identify with their day to day jobs. One example of this is the use of medical professionals, cops, and 911 operators of jokes about the threatening, the tragic, and the absurd situations and events that they deal with everyday. They have the tendency to crack jokes during their work for them to be able to cope up with what they face on a daily basis. There are also some employers who encourage humor to make the jobs a lot more fun to do.
The Rules and the Factors of a Joke to be considered Funny
The rules that funny jokes follow is similar to the rules of poetry. The major factors that should be used in order for a joke to be funny include precision, rhythm, synthesis, wit, and humor as well as timing. In using precision, the person rendering a joke must choose words that will best provide an in-focus and vivid image. The use of the most appropriate words will help the audience pick up the content of the joke, thus, they will have an easier time understanding the joke. A properly arranged word construction is also essential to achieve precision.
While the meaning of humorous jokes provides salience, the mechanism used in rendering the funny jokes is what makes the audience laugh. This can be achieved through the use of rhythm. One of the most popular and a classic mechanism used in the rendering of jokes is the ternary rhythm. The ternary rhythm has three beats including the introduction, the premise, and the antithesis or the punch line. A synthesis of a funny joke is its ability to provide the maximum level of humor with using only a few numbers of words. Synthesis is considered to be one of the most crucial factors of a joke.
Wit and humor are also factors that make a joke funny. In the comedy department, wit plays the role of being the “economy of censorship expenditure.” Generally, censorship prevents “dangerous ideas” from provoking and entering the conscious mind. Wit helps create a funny joke by helping the comedian circumvent this censorship and bring up those “dangerous ideas” in a funny way. On the other hand, humor is considered to be the “economized expenditure of emotion” which helps in erasing the negative emotions that would be initially felt with the funny jokes.
The comic timing of funny jokes is what enhances its humor and comedy. The best comic timing makes use of appropriate tempo, rhythm, and pausing. The pacing of a comedian is essential in delivering a joke for it to have a strong and powerful comedic and humorous effect on its audience. Using a pause, more commonly known as a “beat”, allows the audience some time to get the meaning of the joke and to react. The beat also helps heighten and maximize the suspense before rendering the most important part of a joke which is the punch line.
Type of Jokes
There are many types of humorous jokes, the most popular of them includes the yo mama jokes, blonde jokes, redneck jokes, relationship jokes, computer jokes, animal jokes, sports jokes, dirty jokes and lawyer jokes. One of the most popular yo mama jokes go like this: “Yo mama so fat I took a picture of her last Christmas and its still printing.” An example of a short blonde funny joke is this: “Did you hear about the blonde who studied for her blood test and still failed it?” All in all, funny jokes may provoke a negative reaction in some people, but with the right delivery, everyone’s guaranteed to laugh.