So what does make a good joke?
Let me try a few on you….
Did you hear the one about the roof?…no, it’s ok, it’s doesn’t matter, it’s over your head.
Why did they decide not to let Elsa hold the balloon?…because she was likely to ‘let it go’
What do you call an alligator in a vest?…. an investigator
What did one pencil say to the other?… you’re looking sharp!
Well this was the question I posed to two groups of students from Vane Road Primary, who, incidentally had a very sophisticated sense of humor. I figured this out because my joke telling was met with either all the answers or a deadly silence!
So what does make people laugh, why do we laugh at somethings and not others, what does make a good joke?
The two groups gave us insight into what they think.
” a good joke turns your frown upside down”, “you can use words or riddles, or puzzles or stories to tell a joke”, “they help us relate to each other”, “they are funny when we have the same knowledge and understanding”, “they can be written down in a book though cos i’ve got a great joke book i like to read and it makes me laugh”.
One group explained that “jokes should not be offensive, racists or about your appearance because some people will feel bad and you don’t want to be nasty. A joke can be polite and still funny.”
Another group said…..”it’s all about the timing”, It’s about keeping your attention”, “it’s about making the punchline relevant to the topic”, “i like jokes with funny accents”, “sometimes jokes are funny when you are not supposed to laugh” and someone added a lovely statement “that a good joke makes people feel happier”.
I asked for some examples- I got lots so i’ve just selected a few. Enjoy.
Why did the banana go to the doctors?….it was not peeling very well.
What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?…Frostbite
What to do you call an owl magician?…’oooh- dini’
and a one that puzzled us (ok it was probably just me) for a while, but Jack helped those of us who were a bit slower.
If there are 30 cows and 28 (twenty eight/or twenty ate) how many didn’t? 10