There is an art to successfully delivering a good joke. Not everyone can pull it off so here on this web site we explore the Art of telling a Joke. We will attempt to create a simple "How To" guide to delivering a joke that has your audience in stitches.
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How to Tell a Joke
When a joke is well-timed and well-placed, it can work magical wonders for almost anything. It can perfectly round out your important speech, or it can break the ice during those awkward moments.
The ability to make a group laugh, whether large or small, can help boost your confidence and reduce your anxiousness when faced with an unfamiliar situation or setting.
So, how do you really tell a joke in the first place? Is it possible to master the art of telling a joke, or is it reserved only for jokers and people who are naturally funny?
Know Your Joke Before Anything Else
Don’t you just feel uncomfortable when you watch someone saying that he remembers a joke, but doesn’t remember how it goes? There are also people who find themselves trapped right in the middle of their joke and can’t get pass through because they are unsure of the details. This only proves that people often overlook what is actually a very simple requirement. This is also applicable in the art of telling a joke. Your number one priority here is to know the joke and all its details.
Determine What Matters Most to Your Joke
You have to identify the phrases, words, and descriptions crucial to the joke. Excessive background details or words can make your listeners get lost in the labyrinth of words or worse, completely lose interest in whatever it is you are joking about. On the other hand, insufficient description and information can make it impossible for them to understand your punch line. Telling a joke more often can help you determine the important things to say and those that you can just discard altogether.
Pay Attention to Pauses, Pace, and Timing
“Have you heard this one?” or “Here’s a joke” are sometimes unnecessary things better left unsaid. More often than not, the best way to tell a joke is by telling it as if it really happened. The best bonus you can get from telling a joke is when the reaction of your listeners once they realized that you fooled them into thinking that your story was real, leading to more laughter and mirth. The speed of line delivery can also set the mood, dictate the suspense, and set up the final payoff. A good pause before or after your punch line will further increase the effectiveness of your joke.
Don’t Lose Your Confidence
Never be afraid to tell your joke, but make sure you learn from the mistakes you make. Telling your jokes as often as possible will help boost your confidence, and as a result, you can better fine-tune its delivery. And sooner or later, you will be surprised that you are actually getting more laughs without even trying too hard.
You see, the art of telling a joke isn’t a complicated one. Just like anything else in this world, this is something you can learn. Read joke books or search online. Listen to other people every time they tell good jokes and take note of their delivery. Determine the jokes best to tell to a specific audience. And most importantly, have fun!