What Are the Different Types of Jokes?

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What Are the Different Types of Jokes?

Are you looking for a way to entertain people at your next gathering? If so, you may have thought about telling jokes. After all, jokes or something that everyone can relate to, but you need to think carefully about what types of jokes you want to share with your audience. You need to think about how old they are, who is listening, and what their preferred type of humor is. What are a few of the different types of jokes you should consider? Take a look at a few examples below, and consider trying to write your own jokes.

Dark Humor

Without a doubt, one of the most popular types of jokes today is dark humor jokes. There are lots of directions you can go with dark humor, but you need to think about how dark you’re willing to go. For example, some dark humor jokes can open wounds for individuals who have been through certain types of experiences. Some dark humor jokes can play on death, race, sex, and other major topics. Because these jokes can be particularly edgy, you need to think carefully about when and how you share these jokes. 


Next, you may want to consider telling a few observational jokes. There are plenty of ways you can share these jokes, but the most common opening is “have you ever …” For example, the classic observational joke has to do with peanuts on an airplane. The idea is for you to tell a joke that lots of people can relate to. Think about what you encounter on a daily basis. Then, see if you can make a joke about it. You probably have just come up with an observational joke. 


You might also want to share jokes that are ironic. There are lots of ways to define irony, but the best way to define it is when you expect to encounter one thing only to encounter the opposite. If you think about the song “Ironic” by Alanis Morisette, nothing in the song is actually ironic; however, this is a good place to start. Lots of people are entertained by irony, so you may want to think about ironic situations you have found yourself in. Then, you can use this as a foundation for an ironic joke. Think about using iron as a part of your next comedy routine.

Shock Value

Finally, one of the most straightforward ways to entertain your audience is to shock them. Shock value is a great way to tell jokes. If you can share something so surprising, it doesn’t really matter what else you say. Shock value can even be something scary. If you are curious about how to use shock value in a joke, you may want to listen to some popular comedians. Almost all of them incorporate shock value somewhere in their routines. See if shock value is something you can use to entertain your audience as well. This is a reliable option for jokes. 

Think About the Types of Jokes You Share

These are just a few of the many types of jokes you may want to share with your audience. Because there are so many options available, you may want to right different types of jokes for different audiences. Then, you can decide what types of jokes you want to share with your audience. In addition to writing your own jokes, you should practice how you deliver that. Sometimes, it is all about the delivery, and you may want to get some feedback from your audience. Get the creative juices flowing, and consider writing a few of your own jokes. 

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