Is a joke a joke?

Telling a joke is a skill. You need timing, delivery and most importantly, an audience who understands the humour. We British love humour and jokes but sometimes too much perhaps.


Discuss

1) When do you tell jokes? Why?
2) Which jokes for jokes are popular in your 
     country?
3) Which topics are inappropriate? Why?
4) In which situations would jokes be 
     inappropriate? Why?


                                                   
Would you tell a joke to these people? If so, which joke and why?



Watch

One of these people was interviewed recently and the presenter decided to break the ice with a joke. Who do you think it was and what do you think happened?




 
1) Why did the joke fail?
2) What was the Dalai laughing at, the joke or the 
     man?
3) What should the interviewer have said instead 
    of a joke?
4) What was the interviewer thinking when he 
    decided to tell a joke?

Discuss 

'Many a true word is spoken in jest'.

This is an old saying that means jokes often contain some truth. Have a look at this video to find out what the truth is.

2 Wives?


1) How much truth do you think was in that joke?
2) Why did he tell it?
3) What was the effect on his wife?

Debate

Motion: Jokes should not be told at work
Not everyone likes jokes
Jokes are universal

Joke debate

1) Choose or make the best joke you can
2) Prepare to tell it as funnily as you can
3) Stand up and walk a round the class telling your 
     joke to every student and mark the others out of
     10
4) When you have finished form a group and 
     discuss which jokes were funny and why 
5) Select a group leader to hold a short debate 
    with the other leaders as to which jokes were 
    best

Follow-up

Have a look at this famous clip and add a comment about why you think the person made the comments.