NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY | AUGUST 16
What happened to the comedian on August 16th during National Tell A Joke Day? Everyone stole his punchlines! All joking aside, get out there and laugh a little and tell some funny ones.
This day will be filled with smiles and laughter from morning till night. Jokes consist of humorous stories, either written or verbal, that often end with a punchline. While slapstick includes props and even minor stunts on the part of the storyteller, the best jokes are usually short. They involve a little misdirection and a well-delivered punchline. The more jokes you tell, the more fun you will have, and so will those around you.
Jokes have been a part of human culture since at least 1900 BC.
Since jokes come in many forms, try out your favorite. For some, that might be a one-liner or a knock-knock joke. While many people groan at the sight of a pun, they bring on chuckles, too. If you aren’t comfortable with the whole comedic act, rely on your sense of irony. Use this approach like seasoning, however. You might have a tough crowd. Others simply rely on gestures to express humor.
When telling a joke, timing and delivery can be an essential element. Without it, the joke will fall flat. Also, be sure to know the audience. For example, clown jokes may not go over well at a phobia convention.
In moderation, laughter is healthy, uses the abdominal muscles, and releases endorphins (natural feel-good chemicals) into the brain.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY
How many jokes did the chicken tell? Just one, then it crossed the road. Splat… Tell a joke. While you’re at it, listen to a few, too. Be sure to laugh, celebrate, have fun and enjoy! Use #TellAJokeDay to post on social media.
Are you looking for more ways to enjoy a good joke? Then, check out 5 Types of Jokes to Tell Your Kids for a dose of the humor medicine.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ideas and projects designed for celebrating the day with your students. Enjoy infusing humor into your classroom while watching your students learn more than ever before!
NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY HISTORY
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Tell A Joke FAQ
Q. Are there other joke holidays?
A. Funny that you should ask. Yes! National Knock Knock Joke Day on October 31 focuses on one type of joke. National Limerick Day on May 12 takes a look at the humorous poem. Another combination of poetry and humor is National Clerihew Day on July 10
Q. Can anyone be funny?
A. Probably, but they may not want to be.
Q. What is a punchline?
A. In comedy or a joke, it’s the last line of a joke or story that delivers the story’s humor. It sometimes includes an element that the joke tell has withheld. It is also usually short and surprising, eliciting a laugh.
Q. Is it punchline or punch line?
A. Both are acceptable, but neither are funny on their own.