Why did the chicken cross the road? What is black and white and read all over? Knock knock? These jokes, and many more and given during a day of the year. I am not talking about April Fool’s Day, and the pranks that accompany that day, but this for the comedy and wordplay of Tell a Joke Day!
History of Tell a Joke Day
While never acknowledged by a formal government as a full holiday, Tell a Joke Day has been celebrated worldwide since jokes began. You know, all the way back in 1900 B.C. Apparently it was a fart joke by a person in Sumer, although if they had said ‘pull my finger’ and farted, talk about triggering the shot heard around the world forever!
Joking aside, or in this case returned to the forefront, jokes and wordplay like this have been around for a long time. Riddles were meant to strengthen the mind and help learn to puzzle things out on your own, but jokes came about as a way to laugh no matter where you were, no matter the reason.
How to celebrate Tell a Joke Day
To truly celebrate Tell a Joke Day, let us delve into what a joke actually is. Linguist Robert Hetzron used this definition, and it fits this perfectly:
“A joke is a short humorous piece of oral literature in which the funniness culminates in the final sentence, called the punchline… In fact, the main condition is that the tension should reach it’s highest level at the very end. No continuation relieving the tension should be added.”
What to take out of that? Not to take your jokes to seriously. It seems he might have been trying to enlighten folk about jokes, and where they come from, what makes a good joke and more, but this is truly a way to kill the joke. Alright, that may have been a bit much from me. But really, set up the punchline with the rest of the joke before, and you will have a masterpiece.
After all, if the punchline is funny, and the joke sets people up to understand it, there you go. Just figure out a joke or three that work best for you, slide in there and get them told, and laugh at other folks jokes as well. You never do truly know where the next joke will come from, or what that joke will be, but Tell a Joke Day should be a riot of laughter for everyone involved!