Saturday is Tell a Joke Day. With the passing of Robin Williams this week, it might seem inappropriate to tell jokes, but I think just the opposite is true. Laughter was Williams' favorite Thing. So in celebration of Joke Day and in honor of one of America's greatest national treasures, I'm going to mark the day with jokes, lots and lots of jokes.
But how do you tell a good joke? What makes some jokes funnier than others? Here are some tips to help you keep them in stitches on Saturday:
- Delivery is king: It's how you tell the joke. This includes many Things like tone of voice, body language, pauses and, most importantly, confidence in the material. If you don't think the joke is funny, your audience won't either.
- Know your audience: Offensive jokes can be hilarious, but only if it's clear to you and your audience that you intended to be offensive. Accidentally offending someone is only effective at, well, offending someone.
- The punchline: This is where everything comes together. A punchline should be an unexpected twist or observation and it shouldn't be obvious that it's coming. If your audience guesses the punchline, the joke is over before you finish. But the punchline should seem obvious once you reveal it. It's okay to make people think with a joke, but if you have to explain it, it's not funny.
So arm yourself with your best material for Saturday and get out there with confidence. Whether your jokes flop or fly, elicit laughter or groans or make people just roll their eyes, you'll be doing your part to celebrate the funniest day of the year.
Laugh it up. I'll see you next week,