Here at Grintage we love the laughter business but we are also fascinated by the creative writing /performing skills employed by great comedy talents and even the technical side of punching up a laugh. There is something beautiful in well crafted dialogue, silence or a gag. Previously we have posted features on writing Sitcoms, choosing your Cast and developing your Plotlines.
But this article is not really about the writing of comedy – more about the structure and craft of a JOKE. Here is some insight into one of the most enjoyable ways to pass time. Sharing your top joke!
And to share our love of all things comedy we found some research on the FUNNIEST JOKE EVER ….
So here are the top 2 jokes EVER voted as part of a UK based science and laughter project. First up the No.1 joke …
A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services.
He gasps to the operator: “My friend is dead! What can I do?”
The operator, in a calm soothing voice says: “Just take it easy. I can help. First, before we go any further let’s make sure he’s dead.”
There is a silence then a shot is heard. The guy’s voice comes back on the line and says: “OK, now what?”
So why did this joke win the vote? The UK psychologist behind the project, said:
This joke is interesting because it works across many different countries, appeals to men and women, and young and old alike. Many of the jokes submitted received higher ratings from certain groups of people, but this one had real universal appeal. Also, we find jokes funny for lots of different reasons they sometimes make us feel superior to others, reduce the emotional impact of anxiety-provoking situations, or surprise us because of some kind of incongruity.
The hunters joke contains all three elements – we feel superior to the stupid hunter, realise the incongruity of him misunderstanding the operator and the joke helps us to laugh about our concerns about our own mortality.”
JOKE IN 2ND PLACE
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend.
“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”
“I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes” replies Watson.
“And what do you deduce from that?” asks Holmes.
Watson ponders for a minute.
“Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe…What does it tell you, Holmes?“
Holmes is silent for a moment …. and slowly says; “Dr. Watson …………. someone has stolen our tent!”
I know what you’re saying – that was a joke! It’s the way you tell it. Best of luck later.
NB – Grintage didn’t write the two jokes – just shared them.
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