Have you ever wondered when the first joke was told? A joke is generally something one person says to make another person laugh. Most often it involves a short story with a punchline, but funny puns, silly one-liners and humorous riddles can be considered jokes as well. Even fish puns, though often excessively corny, are a type of joke. Considering humans have a natural inclination for laughter, it is a sure bet that the first funny quip was told long before the start of recorded history.
But there is much more to comedy than simply memorizing a long list of puns or turning those embarrassing family moments into inappropriate stories to tell in public. A lot of the comedic process has to do with the delivery of the joke and the way in which it is told. Two comics using the same material can get wildly varying responses depending on how they present the material to the audience. So while the words are very important, they are not necessarily the only thing determining how funny a comedy routine might be.
Of course, not all jokes are told in person but can still be funny. When written, a joke relies on the reader’s sense of humor and their perception of the context of the gag to get a laugh. Shorter jokes such as those based on puns work well in written form, but longer stories may lose the reader’s interest without the flourish a good comedian can add. In the end, the recipient of the joke must have the last laugh or the joke will be on the unfortunate jokester.