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24th Sep '17 2:58:20 AM foxley
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* ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp'': Waverly's attempts at witty banter inevitably just come out sounding weird. Such as this exchange from ''Season Zero'':
-->'''Haught:''' Let's turn our dream into their nightmare.\\
'''Waverly:''' This ain't no circus, and we don't need no clowns.\\
'''Haught:''' Sweetie, not being judgmental, but... What the hell is that supposed to mean?\\
'''Waverly:''' It sounded so Wynonna in my head, but when it came out, it just sounded like me... I've got to get better with the kill bad people quips.
7th Sep '17 2:45:18 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* Creator/TimVine has featured a section in his act where he asks the audience for subjects and then attempts to improvise a joke around them. These inevitably become desperate, rambling monologues, the punchline being when he gives up entirely and asks for some different subjects.
20th Aug '17 1:31:11 PM Scorntex
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda:''
** SAM, being an emotionless AI, cannot tell jokes. Usually, at least. Sometimes SAM does try to tell jokes, and they're ''awful''.
** Jaal has this opinion of his teammate Liam Costa's attempt at humour. He chuckles, and then adds "we [meaning the angara] have people who aren't funny, too."
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.
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