One thing that you will never hear a comedian say on stage is ‘the best jokes ever. A joke is usually an entertaining display of comedy where verbal Comedy is used in a well-defined and somewhat obvious storyline framework to make others laugh and usually isn’t intended to be taking too seriously. It generally consists of a punch line, usually with dialogue, and finishes in a powerful closing remark. Jokes are designed to amuse and entertain without reference to any subject or topic and are made using the same vocabulary and informal language as everyday language. So, what constitutes the best jokes ever?
Well, a good one-liner is essentially a clever twist on an established convention or pattern of thought, delivered in the right way and with the right amount of wit. The best one-liners are those that are unique, original, and, above all, funny. A few that stand out for me include “I’d say I’m a pretty good driver if I were a shoebox”, and “My last name is Trashy but my real name’s Awesome”. Not only do these examples show the skill in the use of language, but also the ability to put words together in such a way that they make a statement, rather than just an observation.
There are some great popular one-liners that always manage to get the crowd cracking and, more importantly, sharing the laughter. George Carlin’s ‘Punch Line’ is still a crowd-pleaser to this day, and is often mentioned in discussions about the best jokes ever. One of the best and most famous one-liners from this era is ‘You may not like me, but I have the perfect tool for getting what you want – I am the weapon’. With this said, Carlin gives a priceless insight into human psychology and what exactly makes people tick (which is often surprisingly simple). You can hear George Carlin in his later works, as he uses similar one-liners and techniques to make his stories funnier.
The big problem with many funny one-liners is that they are repeated so many times that they lose their effect. In other words, the same routine will most likely have the same results unless you put an extra spin on it. The key to creating great one-liners is to keep them fresh and new, but still able to retain their effectiveness. One-liners that become tired or old quickly lose their punch because the audience becomes used to them, thus negating the punch they once had.
The best jokes ever come from moments that are happening right now. Good examples of this are jokes about current events, politicians, celebrities, current events in sports, or any other topic that has the ability to make you laugh. As long as the joke is fresh, the punch will be intact and effective. Some people use a quick punch, or some quick body language, to get the job done without the need for a great one-liner and the effect will be lost.
So in closing, if you’re looking for the best jokes ever, make sure to keep them fresh, one-liners, and original. This is the best way to really bring the best out of you. Just remember that there are no stupid questions. Ask smart, well-thought-out questions and you’ll be sure to make a good impression and set your stage for success. Great live stand-up comedy comes from making the audience laugh, and making great impressions, not giving a speech.
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