Jokes are statements or acts that stir amusement or laughter. They are meant to be funny, yet you and I know there are dry jokes out there.
Why Tell Jokes?
Telling jokes will make people laugh and help you connect easier with people. Not only that, some people’s source of income comes from being funny.
Also, sometimes, a joke aims to criticize or point out wrongs but in a humorous way. It makes people not to take you seriously while hammering a valid point to them.
Elements that make up funny jokes
6 main elements make a funny joke. The six elements form an acronym spelled as THREES.
Jokes are always about someone or something. Your job is to choose a target, what you want your joke to be. A target can be a country, a person, an animal, an event, and more.
After picking a target, be sure to direct your jokes at the right people.
For instance, if you are telling a joke about teachers, students are your right audience. They will relate better than someone who has never been to school.
Jokes can be cruel. Usually, they are in the form of subtle criticism or satire, so that they reduce the blow on the target.
By employing hostility in your jokes, you are telling the truth about an idea, a group of people, or even a celebrity form of ridicule. A classic example is Trevor Noah’s jokes about Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, while being hostile with jokes, it is essential to make it so funny that people think of you as funny not cruel.
Funny jokes should be truthful or believable. It’s the way people can relate to you. Jokes should be about real things, real people but told in an exaggerated way. Also, imagining the reality differently makes listeners find you relatable.
For instance, you can make jokes about how a particular politician would be if he were female.
A practical joke isn’t enough. Also, exaggeration is necessary to make funny jokes. Stretch your joke a little bit and spice it up in a way most people haven’t imagined. It will surprise them and make them laugh.
Making someone laugh depends on how you make them feel. Build up suspense and anticipation when telling jokes. This will keep people aching for what you will say next. Also, it will keep them curious, attentive and makes what you say funny.
Your jokes must surprise the listeners. It should be unexpected. Spin your jokes, curve it unexpectedly. Make people think they know what you are going to say next and divert to a different route.
When my wife and I argue, she wins half of the time. Her family wins the rest of the time.
In summary, to tell funny jokes, you should:
Target a place, person you want to talk about.
Be hostile in a way that is funny so that even the people affected by the joke would find it funny and less hostile.
Make your jokes real and believable. Exaggerate the truth; build up the emotions of the listeners by creating suspense. In the end, spin off your joke in a different direction that surprises the audience.