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One-Liners Day is here to show appreciation and admiration for the silliness that goes into creating jokes that can be told in one breath. So, get ready to laugh out loud and celebrate One-Liners Day! 

History of One-Liners Day

One-liners have probably been a part of human culture since humor made its debut, likely starting out verbally before they were ever written down. Going back as far as the 4th century to Ancient Greeks like Aristotle and continuing through examples such as Shakespeare in the late 1500s and early 1600s, comedy writers and comic artists have been using jokes and one-liners for many centuries. 

In modern times, the opportunity for night clubs that feature stand-up comedians has been an important part of the development of the one-liner joke. Growing from there was the opportunity for comedians to be featured to much wider audiences through radio, film and television.

For instance, Laurel & Hardy were a 1930s-1950s comedy act where the duo – one Brit and one American – played off of each other with the help of one-liner jokes. For instance, Stan Laurel would say, “call me a cab”, and Ollie Hardy would respond with, “you’re a cab”.

Abbott & Costello were a similar American duo who were popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The two did a lot of slapstick comedy where they made fun of themselves and each other, including lines like: “What the use of having ignorance if you can’t show it?” Abbot & Costello are likely most famous for their hilarious bit based on a misunderstanding about baseball, known as “Who’s on First?”

As television and the internet has evolved, more stand-up comedians have been able to get airtime where they can feature their own versions of humorous one-liner jokes.

Now, get ready to chuckle, laugh, chortle and howl because it’s time to celebrate One-Liners Day!

How to Celebrate One-Liners Day

Have so much fun enjoying and celebrating One-Liners Day in some of these simple but utterly hilarious ways:

Share Some One-Liners with Friends

In honor of One-Liners Day, go ahead and brush up on some hilarious one-liners that can be shared with friends, family members or coworkers. It’s a fun way to break the ice with a new friend or simply cause a girlfriend or boyfriend to chuckle when they receive a text with one of these silly one-liners:

  • My wife told me to stop impersonating a flamingo. I had to put my foot down. 
  • I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off. 
  • Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation toward the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water. 

Learn Why Laughing is Good for You

One excellent way to spend One-Liners Day is by learning about the health benefits of laughter! It’s not a joke that laughter truly is the best medicine, and here are some of the specific ways that telling one-liners might just change your life and the lives of those around you:

  • Stress Relief

    Research has shown that laughing is a natural way to relieve stress, reduce anxiety and just relax a little bit. Because a good laugh can go through the process of firing up and then cooling down the stress response, it has the power to decrease the heart rate and blood pressure, which is super healthy.

  • Immune Boost

    Many people don’t realize that a good laugh can actually help prevent your body from succumbing to disease. Positive thoughts, including laughter, can help to reduce neuropeptides that reduce stress and are beneficial for the immune system. 

  • Reduce Depression

    In today’s world where anxiety and depression are so common, most people will welcome a simple and easy way to fight off depression. During laughter, whether from a one-liner or other sort of comedy, the brain releases endorphins which create feelings of positive feelings and combat depression.

  • Stimulate the Organs

    In the short term, laughter gives a little healthy exercise workout to a few different important organs. This includes a strong intake of oxygen-rich air into the lungs, and stimulating the muscles throughout the body as well as the heart.

Give a One-Liners Gift

Have a friend or family member who just loves a silly joke? Celebrate One-Liners Day with them by making a gift that includes a favorite one-liner. Whether it’s buying a t-shirt for them so that they can proudly wear a favorite joke across their chest, or offering them a bumper sticker to plaster on the back of their car, One-Liners Day is a fun time to share a silly joke as a gift.

Another option for a gift to encourage a favorite jokester might be to get them a silly joke book that includes one-liners. Or perhaps find them a biography that is written by one of their favorite one-liner comedians.

Watch Some Movies with Excellent One-Liners

Enjoy the fun and laughter of silly one-liners by engaging in a freefall of comedy and jokes with one of these movies that contain tons of witticism and jesting:

  • The Princess Bride (1987). This fantasy comedy has some of the funniest lines ever, including, “You’re trying to kidnap what I’ve rightfully stolen”. 
  • Elf (2003). Starring Will Ferrell at his finest, this Christmas movie includes lines like, “You sit on a throne of lies.”. 
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Known for its ridcularity, this movie includes the silly line, “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.”

One-Liners Day FAQs

What does “one-liner” mean?

A one-liner is a short joke or witty remark that takes place in one line.[1]

Who is the best one liner comedian?

It’s up to personal preference, but some of the best are Gary Delaney, Jim Gaffigan, Rodney Dangerfield and Billy Crystal.[2]

When did one-liners start?

One-liners were likely a part of ancient culture in literature and plays, and they became part of modern popular culture with the advent of comics on radio and television.

Who is the King of One-Liners?

Henny Youngman of 1950s fame was considered to be the King of One-Liners.[3]

What is the best one-liner joke?

There are so many, it’s impossible to choose the best, but here’s one: Crime has been taking place in multi-story car parks, which is wrong on so many levels.

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