History Main / CanNotTellAJoke

31st May '17 8:00:43 PM nombretomado
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* Talmanes from ''TheWheelOfTime'' makes some spectacularly bad attempts at humor. Mostly they fail because he's so straight-faced that his attempts at {{deadpan snarker}}y fall flat. He does manage to be amusing in a [[TheComicallySerious meta way]], though.

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* Talmanes from ''TheWheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' makes some spectacularly bad attempts at humor. Mostly they fail because he's so straight-faced that his attempts at {{deadpan snarker}}y fall flat. He does manage to be amusing in a [[TheComicallySerious meta way]], though.
15th Mar '17 2:54:50 PM WillyFourEyes
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* The English dub of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has Koyuki act like this in episode 18. She tells a condensed, G-rated version of TheAristocrats, apparently [[CompletelyMissingThePoint not knowing the point of the joke]] is to make it [[ShaggyDogStory as drawn-out]] [[RefugeInAudacity and vulgar]] as possible.

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* The English dub of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has Koyuki act like this in episode 18. She tells a condensed, G-rated version of TheAristocrats, apparently [[CompletelyMissingThePoint [[ComicallyMissingThePoint not knowing the point of the joke]] is to make it [[ShaggyDogStory as drawn-out]] [[RefugeInAudacity and vulgar]] as possible.



* Madam Red in ''Manga/BlackButler''. We never get to hear the joke but the cast's reactions range from blank stares to confusion.

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* Madam Red in ''Manga/BlackButler''. We The audience never get gets to hear the joke but the cast's reactions range from blank stares to confusion.



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In of the many SliceOfLife sketches Creator/TiteKubo does about his characters, there's one of [[TheStoic Byakuya]] doing a stand-up routine in front of a huge audience. He holds his [[HairDecorations kenseikan]] to his ear and pretends it's a telephone. The audience doesn't laugh. He gets an "I told you so" from Renji afterwards. On another occasion, Renji asks Byakuya which hairdresser he uses and Byakuya tells him he gets his [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou]] to [[DeathOfAThousandCuts cut]] his hair for him. Renji is so shocked, Byakuya has to tell him he was joking. Of course, Renji's then more panicked by the idea of Byakuya telling jokes. It's a RunningGag that Byakuya's very funny when he's not trying to be but an absolute disaster when he is.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In of the many SliceOfLife sketches Creator/TiteKubo does about his characters, there's one of [[TheStoic Byakuya]] doing a stand-up routine in front of a huge audience. He holds his [[HairDecorations kenseikan]] to his ear and pretends it's a telephone. The audience doesn't laugh. He gets an "I told you so" from Renji afterwards. On another occasion, Renji asks Byakuya which hairdresser he uses and Byakuya tells him he gets his [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou]] to [[DeathOfAThousandCuts cut]] his hair for him. Renji is so shocked, Byakuya has to tell him he was joking. Of course, Renji's then more panicked by the idea of Byakuya telling jokes. It's a RunningGag that Byakuya's very funny when he's not trying to be but an absolute disaster when he is.
4th Mar '17 10:29:31 AM nombretomado
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* MarkTwain wrote an essay about humor that explained how to do this.

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* MarkTwain Creator/MarkTwain wrote an essay about humor that explained how to do this.
11th Feb '17 6:56:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* 'Wayne from St. Albans' on ''TheDGeneration'' breakfast show.

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* 'Wayne from St. Albans' on ''TheDGeneration'' ''Radio/TheDGeneration'' breakfast show.



* Ed from ''GetThis'' could tell jokes, but many of his own sketches were ruined by his own lack of organisation and planning, and turned out being funnier in 'ruined' form than if they had gone according to plan.

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* Ed from ''GetThis'' ''Radio/GetThis'' could tell jokes, but many of his own sketches were ruined by his own lack of organisation and planning, and turned out being funnier in 'ruined' form than if they had gone according to plan.
6th Feb '17 9:29:57 PM foxley
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* In ''Series/LittleLunch'', Atticus thinks he is an excellent joke-teller, and continually attempts to tell his father's golfing jokes, which he doesn't understand. In "The Joke Competition", Melanie's attempts to tell a joke fall apart because of her shyness.
6th Oct '16 1:29:03 AM Arha
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* ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu'' established in a flashback that dead Yuuji's sense of humor absolutely could not tell a funny joke to save her life. Building on that in ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'', we see more flashbacks with her and another attempt to tell a joke [[spoiler:during the afterstory when she's not only been discovered to be alive but also not just a computer (long story) and she still can't tell a joke. The entire time the main story was going on, she pretended to have an artificial arm that everyone was too polite to ask about and the she just pops it off like a glove in front of a side character because she'd figured it would be hilarious.]] Okay, the audience might find that hilarious, but there's nobody in the story who would actually laugh at that barring maybe Yuuji.

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* ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu'' established in a flashback that dead Kazuki, Yuuji's sense of humor absolutely dead sister, could not tell a funny joke to save her life. Building on that in ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'', we see more flashbacks with her and another attempt to tell a joke [[spoiler:during the afterstory when she's not only been discovered to be alive but also not just a computer (long story) and she still can't tell a joke. The entire time the main story was going on, she pretended to have an artificial arm that everyone was too polite to ask about and the she just pops it off like a glove in front of a side character because she'd figured it would be hilarious.]] Okay, the audience might find that hilarious, but there's nobody in the story who would actually laugh at that barring maybe Yuuji.
5th Oct '16 1:23:23 AM Ion288
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* People with autism are likely to find it hard to tell jokes in such a way that they are funny (or supposed to be) due to limited, if not absent, social skills.

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* People with autism [[HighFunctioningAutism autism]] are likely to find it hard to tell jokes in such a way that they are funny (or supposed to be) due to limited, if not absent, social skills.
6th Sep '16 12:11:01 PM DaibhidC
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* The King from ''Series/TheMuppets'' special ''Film/TalesFromMuppetlandTheFrogPrince''.

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* The King from ''Series/TheMuppets'' ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' special ''Film/TalesFromMuppetlandTheFrogPrince''.
3rd Sep '16 1:48:30 PM MajinAkuma
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* Tien in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' encounters trouble with this trope when King Kai requires all potential students to tell him a joke. He ''did'' manage a joke. Once.

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* Tien Tenshinhan in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' encounters trouble with this trope when King Kai Kaio requires all potential students to tell him a joke. He ''did'' manage a joke. Once. It wasn't funny, though. Kaio was scared by Tenshinhan's seriousness and determination, so he thought that laughing was the best solution.
23rd Aug '16 6:27:02 PM nombretomado
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** "Are you serious?" "[[{{Airplane}} Yes. And don't call me Shirley.]]"

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** "Are you serious?" "[[{{Airplane}} "[[Film/{{Airplane}} Yes. And don't call me Shirley.]]"
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