A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Why the long face?”
And there you have it: the classic joke. An innocent setup that leads to a punch line — which in turn, sparks big laughs and lifelong admiration from both friends and family. You hope. (Nobody said comedy was easy.) In our opinion, this day should be celebrated all year long. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good giggle? On August 16, celebrate National Tell A Joke Day by doing just that — telling a joke. Hint: You might want to try it out on some good friends first, before making your comedy debut in a roomful of strangers. Practice will help. Remember, timing is everything.
Ok — one more: A lobster walks into a bar. The bartender says, “We don’t serve ‘food’ here.” Get it? Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. I’m here all week! Good night. Tip your waitresses. Drive safely!
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National Tell A Joke Day Activities
Learn some jokes
We're talking clever jokes. Nothing cheesy or too dirty. Practice your delivery. And remember, never laugh when you deliver the punch line. You're the comedian. Laughing's for all the other people in the room. Ideally.
Attend a comedy show
But remember, comedians may make you part of their act. It's not a play, after all. Keep an open mind and have fun! Oh, and don't heckle the performers. That rarely works out to your advantage.
Watch how the pros do it
Want to learn more about the art of being funny? Start with Jerry Seinfeld's Netflix series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" for some invaluable tips and advice. Then, check out specials from comedy stars like Ali Wong, Norm MacDonald, Gary Gulman, and Dave Chappelle
Why We Love National Tell A Joke Day
Jokes can relax you
Laughter's the best stress reliever around. If you’re one of those serious types, then this day's not for you. Feel free to research “I Don’t Like to Laugh Day” on another website. Ha. That's a joke!
Laughs can lift your mood
A great joke at the right time can work wonders. Jokes bring happiness to those in need by temporarily distracting them from their worries.
Jokes can make you the life of the party
Everyone loves the guy or gal who can lighten the mood during serious times. It's a great way to make new friends — assuming your jokes go over well.