Critical Question – What makes a joke funny?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of Funny is “Causing laughter or amusement”
A joke might be funny for you but not funny for me. What I mean by that is that if I was to say, “I bet the butcher that he couldn’t reach the beef on the top shelf and he said that the steaks were too high” to you, you would laugh, yet if I say it to somebody else they might not find it funny, so what I mean is that everyone has their own sense of humour and they might think a jokes funny and I would not.
We found out that there are many different types of comedy; these include One Line Comedy, Story Comedy, Slapstick Comedy and a few others that I have forgotten. I believe that Slapstick Comedy was more on sounds and those things according to the video we watched. One line Comedy is literally one line comedy and Story comedy is comedy played out in a story according to Wikipedia. A joke can be played out in many different ways and can sometimes involve no words like what The Nelson Twins showed us when they did a Comedy Workshop with us.
Now to get to the actual question at hand… I believe that a joke must be said by someone who can say it correctly and in a voice that is related to the question. It should have a good punch line and an interesting question, for example “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side” is not a very amazing joke; at least to me it’s not. Some people may find it really funny, but I don’t. Some people find lame jokes funny and some people find Knock Knock jokes funny. It depends on their sense of humour.
As we found out when we went on trail it is quite hard to make certain people laugh. I did make one person laugh, though I think it was a forced laugh since I don’t exactly think “What do you call a cow that eats grass? A lawn-Mooer” an amazing joke. Still it was very nice to see someone laugh when Milla started to dance randomly and I think he did the best job at making someone laugh. Jokes are hard to do because of the audience you are saying them to. If I was to tell an immature joke to an old woman, I don’t really think she would laugh now would she. The same goes for if I told a serious joke to a young person, they wouldn’t laugh either
Sometimes I think I have a really bad sense of humour and other times I think I have a really good one. I really like lame jokes like “A man walked into a bar, Ouch” because for me they are really funny and stupid, it makes me laugh a lot and that’s a good thing. Yet a joke such as “Knock Knock, Who’s there? Boo, Boo Who? Stop crying” Isn’t funny to me. That is just the way I am. To me story telling stand-up comedy is probably the best type of comedy because it engages you and makes you want to pay attention, though those are just my thought. I guess that is just the way I am.