Tomorrow is National Tell A Joke Day. It is observed every August 16th.
What’s better than a day filled with laughter?
A joke, quite simply, is something that is said with the purpose to cause amusement or laughter. The final sentence, known as a punchline, often provides a humorous twist or ending.
Jokes come in many different styles, including:
- One-liners – As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.
- Puns – Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming.
- Stories or anecdotes – Remember when people had diaries and got mad when someone read them? Now they put everything online and get mad when people don’t.
- Non Sequiturs (jokes that make no sense) – “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” from Alice in Wonderland.
- Parodies – “Like a Surgeon” and pretty much everything else by Weird Al Yankovic.
- Knock-Knock jokes –“Knock, knock,” “Who’s There?” “Little old lady.” “Little old lady who?” “I didn’t know you could yodel.”
They can also be physical such as screwball, pranks, pratfalls, and slapstick. The Three Stooges (a personal favorite!) were the epitome of slapstick.
Regardless of the method of delivery, the main purpose of a joke is to entertain by providing humor, even though jokes can sometimes be used to make serious commentary like in the case of satire, (think “The New Yorker” or “Saturday Night Live”).
Jokes have been an integral part of human history for centuries, (it is thought that Palamedes, a Greek mythological figure, invented jokes as well as counting, currency, weights and measures, and several letters of the alphabet), and many great minds have spent time and energy in trying to understand what makes jokes funny.
How to Celebrate?
- Tell a joke to every person you meet on that day.
- Pick up a joke book and read it in your spare time.
- Watch your favorite comedians.
- Take a comedy/improv class, or sign up for open mic night at a local club.
Did You Know . . .
. . . Laughing can make us healthier. It improves our immunity, helps regulate blood sugar levels, improves sleep, and releases endorphins (natural “feel good” chemicals) into the brain.
. . . Gelotology (from the Greek gelos “laughter”) is the study of laughter and humor, and their effect on the human body.
. . . Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes can burn up to 40 calories.
Planning a wedding?
Honor National Tell A Joke Day on your wedding day by:
- Print a little humorous joke on your programs.
- Have a comedian entertain your guests at your reception.
- Incorporate jokes into speeches and toasts, . . .
- . . . and the MC’s comments.
- Jokes can be on little signs or table numbers, . . .
- . . .in your ceremony readings,
- . . . and in your ceremony vows.
Be sure to clear any jokes that are to be used during the ceremony with your officiant first, and make sure that all jokes (for ceremony and reception) are appropriate for all ages (remember you’ve got grandma and the ring bearer listening).
Here’s a few that you may want to try –
“They’ve been going together for so many years, instead of the Wedding March the organist should have played the Hallelujah Chorus.”
“The bride looks absolutely stunning, the groom looks absolutely stunned!”
“The groom was not a pretty baby – his mother got morning sickness after he was born.”
“The bride wept, the bridesmaids cried – and even the wedding cake was in tiers.”
Hearts, Joy, Love!