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How To Tell a Joke

Watch more Manners & Etiquette videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Pick up a few tricks from professional comedians. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Choose topic Choose a joke about a topic you can relate to. Your audience doesn’t need to believe that you really got fired from your job yesterday, but if you’re only 12, it might be harder to imagine that you could have. Tip Steer clear of played out topics. Does anyone ever need to hear another mother-in-law joke? Step 2: Determine your take Determine your take on the topic—is something silly, strange, or difficult? Sometimes this will be easy, as the joke will actually state your stance, as in, “Isn’t it strange how?” Whatever your stance, commit to it. It will drive your joke. Step 3: Examine structure of joke Examine the structure of your joke. The setup contains all of the information necessary to prepare for the laugh—but it shouldn’t be funny. The second part, or the punch line, surprises the audience by changing their perspective, which makes them laugh. Tip Sometimes you’ll have to act out the kicker, or end of the punch line—if this is the case, really go for it verbally and physically. Step 4: Watch comedians Watch performances of successful comedians to get a feel for good timing, and then experiment with yours. Figuring out exactly when to deliver the “funny” is the key to eliciting uproarious laughter. Step 5: Memorize joke Memorize your joke—make sure you know it by heart! Step 6: Practice telling joke Practice telling your joke to a friend who’s willing to be your guinea pig. Tip If you’re not ready or willing to debut your joke to a live audience, try reading it into a tape recorder and then listening to the playback. Step 7: Know your audience Know your audience. Are they drunk? Sober? Easily offended? This will help you choose the appropriate joke for the moment and might influence your delivery. Tip Audiences make up their minds very quickly, so be sure to hook them from the moment you start talking. Step 8: Be confident Tell your joke with confidence! Don’t comment on or laugh at it—it doesn’t need extra help. If you let the joke and your preparation do the work, you’ll be knocking them dead in no time. Did You Know? An online poll of 100,000 people determined that the world’s funniest joke was based on a sketch written by legendary British comedian Spike Milligan in 1951.
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