Sunday, June 16, 2019 07:00

I Don’t Like Your Jokes

Most people who know me just from my social media profiles think I’m pretty funny due to the number of humor links that I share and the one-liners I drop socially.

However, here’s an unexpected tidbit about myself and humor that I will state for the record.

I don’t find jokes funny…ever. I don’t tell jokes…ever…mostly because I don’t find them funny…ever…and also because I’m incapable of delivering them well (likely because I don’t buy into the concept). I will never genuinely laugh at your joke…ever…even if it’s actually good and everyone else laughs at it (and it ain’t personal).

Why am I this way? It’s because I only find humor in unexpected things.

When somebody tells a joke, there will be a punch line which sets an expectation of “humor”. When I know I’m “supposed” to laugh, any genuineness of response is removed from the equation.  Yeah, it’s true that I don’t know what the punch line will be…so in theory, there is “surprise”…but I do know when it’s coming and I’ll likely come close to figuring  it out before it’s spoken.

Also, the way my brain is wired, I take what’s being told to me VERY SERIOUSLY. Frequently, I don’t discern when someone isn’t being serious (even when others do)…and when I am able to discern the levity, I “get the joke” but I don’t “get the humor”. So, when someone tells me a joke, I take the words VERY LITERALLY which makes it impossible to find the humor.

What I do find very funny is the well-crafted one-liner. Because I take what’s being told to me VERY SERIOUSLY, if someone is talking to me VERY SERIOUSLY but places some sort of cognitive disconnect between the words spoken and the tone spoken in, or a disconnect between the words spoken and the context of the conversation, that’s what gets me smiling.

Let me give you an example: Blue Velvet is one of my favorite movies of all time and in the beginning of the film, there is a long shot of a severed ear lying on the ground…very graphic.

A bit later in the film (talked about here), an oblique reference is made to something coming out in “bits and pieces”. When I saw this film for the first time and heard that line, my mind flashed back to the severed ear earlier in the film and laughed quite heartedly. As I recall, I was probably the only person in the theater that saw the connection.

The best humor is the unexpected humor and unexpected humor is found so many places in life…that’s it’s easy to be filled with laughter without the forcing of jokes into the equation.

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