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10th Nov '17 3:17:31 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Dinosaur Comics'' author Ryan North once took the concept to its comedic height in his [[http://www.insaneabode.com/roboterotica/jokesexplained/jokes.html Jokes Explained website]]. The Comic Irregulars continued with [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained.php Jokes Explained Explained,]] [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained.php and so on]] and [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained_explained.php so forth.]]


* ''Dinosaur Comics'' author Ryan North once took the concept to its comedic height in his [[http://www.insaneabode.com/roboterotica/jokesexplained/jokes.html Jokes Explained website]]. website.]] The Comic Irregulars continued with [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained.php Jokes Explained Explained,]] [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained.php and so on]] and [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained_explained.php so forth.]]
7th Nov '17 6:46:11 PM WillKeaton
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** For example, [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000548.html Programming Advice: Jokes Explained]].


** For example, [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000548.html Programming Advice: Jokes Explained]].Explained.]]

* ''Dinosaur Comics'' author Ryan North once took the concept to its comedic height in his [[http://www.insaneabode.com/roboterotica/jokesexplained/jokes.html Jokes Explained website]]. The Comic Irregulars continued with [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained.php Jokes Explained Explained,]], [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained.php and so on]], and [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained_explained.php so forth]].


* ''Dinosaur Comics'' author Ryan North once took the concept to its comedic height in his [[http://www.insaneabode.com/roboterotica/jokesexplained/jokes.html Jokes Explained website]]. The Comic Irregulars continued with [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained.php Jokes Explained Explained,]], Explained,]] [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained.php and so on]], on]] and [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained_explained.php so forth]].forth.]]

%%** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=316 This]] strip.
%%** Dale does it in [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1895 this]] one.


%%** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=316 This]] strip.
This strip.]]
%%** Dale does it in [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1895 this]] this one.]]

** Leo does a lengthy [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=284 menstruation joke]], and then top it.


** Leo does a lengthy [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=284 menstruation joke]], joke,]] and then top it.

* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Red Mage explains his already [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Puns]] about [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/04/22/episode-275-clash-of-styles/ Drizz'l]] and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/06/21/episode-298-a-natural-response/ Astos]].
* ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie'': [[TheDitz Karen]] [[http://www.punchanpie.net/daily/20070606.html demonstrates]].


* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Red Mage explains his already [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Puns]] about [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/04/22/episode-275-clash-of-styles/ Drizz'l]] and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/06/21/episode-298-a-natural-response/ Astos]].
* ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie'': [[TheDitz Karen]] [[http://www.punchanpie.net/daily/20070606.html demonstrates]].demonstrates.]]

* [[http://gunshowcomic.com/ Gunshow]] has a whole load of comics under the [[http://gunshowcomic.com/tag/that%27s+the+joke "That's the joke"]] tag.
* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' describes [[http://www.basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/12/14/how-to-retroactively-ruin-a-joke.html?rq=how%20to%20ruin How to Retroactively Ruin a Joke]].


* [[http://gunshowcomic.com/ Gunshow]] has a whole load of comics under the [[http://gunshowcomic.com/tag/that%27s+the+joke "That's the joke"]] tag.
joke" tag.]]
* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' describes [[http://www.basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/12/14/how-to-retroactively-ruin-a-joke.html?rq=how%20to%20ruin How to Retroactively Ruin a Joke]].Joke.]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' gives us [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/02/21/spacetrawler-208/ this exchange]], as the Eebs are just about to rain fiery death upon the planet below them:


* ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' gives us [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/02/21/spacetrawler-208/ this exchange]], exchange,]] as the Eebs are just about to rain fiery death upon the planet below them:
7th Nov '17 6:43:49 PM WillKeaton
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* In UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} on Creator/{{FOX}}'s pre-race coverage of the 2011 Daytona 500, this during the segment where the analysts were giving their choice of winning driver for the Pizza Hut Race Prediction. Mike Joy had selected Tony Stewart, Larry [=McReynolds=] had chosen Kurt Busch, but this is what Darrell Waltrip said:


* In UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} on Creator/{{FOX}}'s pre-race coverage of the 2011 Daytona 500, this occured during the segment where the analysts were giving their choice of winning driver for the Pizza Hut Race Prediction. Mike Joy had selected Tony Stewart, Larry [=McReynolds=] had chosen Kurt Busch, but this is what Darrell Waltrip said:
7th Nov '17 6:42:00 PM WillKeaton
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* On [[https://garfield.com/comic/2012/04/26 April 26, 2012]], a spider about to be swatted said it was okay as long as ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} didn't sit on it, and then explained he said it because Garfield was fat.


* On [[https://garfield.com/comic/2012/04/26 April 26, 2012]], 2012,]] a spider about to be swatted said it was okay as long as ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} didn't sit on it, and then explained he said it because Garfield was fat.

* Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart once wrote a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFPoRmsiFzc four part "musical joke"]], which is pretty funny without explanation. But here, the trope is inverted because this particular joke gets ''even funnier'' when the joke is properly explained.


* Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart once wrote a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFPoRmsiFzc four part "musical joke"]], joke,"]] which is pretty funny without explanation. But here, the trope is inverted because this particular joke gets ''even funnier'' when the joke is properly explained.
28th Sep '17 4:40:58 PM N1KF
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* DontExplainTheJoke/WesternAnimation

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** In Omashu, the Gaang is trying to guess the name of an Earthbender. Sokka comes up with:
--->'''Sokka:''' Wait! I got it! He's an earthbender, right? Rocky! (''{{Beat}}'') You know? Because of all the rocks?
** Sokka also gives us this gem:
--->'''Aang:''' Hey guys, I think this river is polluted.\\
'''Sokka:''' Well that explains why I can't catch a fish around here. Because normally my fishing skills are off the hook... Get it? Like a fishing hook.\\
'''Toph:''' Too bad your skills aren't '''on''' the hook.
** Azula also falls into this.
--->'''Azula:''' That's a sharp outfit, Chan. Careful, you could puncture the hull of an Empire-class Fire Nation battleship, leaving thousands to drown at sea... (''{{beat}}'') Because it's so sharp.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''. "But I got a buzz-y signal! Get it? Buzz. It's the sound bees make."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "We're on the Road to D'owhere", with customary LampshadeHanging:
--->'''Chief Wiggum:''' Save it, Ma Peddle.\\
'''Lou:''' Ma Peddle?\\
'''Chief Wiggum:''' It's a reference to Ma Kettle, a movie character from the 1940s.\\
'''Lou:''' Chief, [[HypocriticalHumor if you have to explain it, it's not very good]].
** Inverted in "The Last Temptation of Krust" during the family's visit to a comedy club.
--->'''Comedian:''' I finally got around to reading the dictionary. Turns out the zebra did it.\\
(''crowd laughs'')\\
'''Homer:''' I don't get it.\\
'''Lisa:''' Dad, the zebra didn't do it, it's just a word at the end of the dictionary.\\
'''Homer:''' I still don't get it.\\
'''Lisa:''' It's just a joke.\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, I get it! I get jokes! (''laughing'')
** And there's the time Skinner and Chalmers try to do Creator/AbbottAndCostello's "WhosOnFirst" routine, with Skinner (in Costello's part even) explaining exactly what the gag is at the first opportunity.
--->'''Chalmers:''' Well, Seymour, it seems we've put together a baseball team, and I was wondering; who's on first?\\
'''Skinner:''' Yes, not the pronoun, but rather a player with the unlikely name of 'Who', is on first!\\
'''Chalmers:''' Well, that's just great, Seymour. We've been out here six seconds and you've already managed to blow the routine!
::: [[HypocriticalHumor Get it? Because Lou Costello is supposed to be the one who DOESN'T understand what's going on while Bud Abbot is the one trying to tell him who's on first. Instead. The idiot explained the joke!]]
** In one episode Principal Skinner leads into the reveal of a school mural with a joke...it doesn't go terribly well.
--->'''Skinner:''' You know, when Superintendent Chalmers suggested a school mural, I almost thought he said a, "school Muriel!" Heh heh!\\
(''crowd is silent'')\\
'''Skinner:''' Muriel's his sister.\\
(''crowd remains silent'')
** This excerpt from "[=McBain=]: Let's Get Silly" attained memetic status:
--->'''[=McBain=]:''' You ever notice how men always leave the toilet seat up? (''pauses, but nobody laughs'') That's the joke.\\
'''Heckler:''' You suck, [=McBain=]!\\
(''[=McBain=] machine-guns the crowd'')
** From "Girls Just Want to Have Sums":
--->'''Bart:''' I can finally walk around with Bart Jr. out. (''pulls out frog and kisses it'')\\
(''Bart Jr. croaks; subtitles read "I thought he meant his penis."'')
** In "Bart of Darkness", Nelson pulls the "your epidermis is showing!" joke on Bart, and not only feels the need to explain it to Kearny, he explains it ''wrong''. (He claims "epidermis" means "hair"; it actually means "skin".)
** From "I'm Going to Praiseland":
--->'''Wiggum:''' This place is more like "Crazeland". (''confused murmurs from crowd'') Instead of "Praiseland". (''crowd gets it'')\\
'''Moe:''' It's a play on words.
** In "Homer the Moe", Homer is in charge of Moe's Tavern briefly, and ends up taking one of Bart's prank calls.
--->'''Bart:''' Uh, yeah, I'd like to speak to a Mr. Tabooger, first name Ollie.\\
'''Homer:''' Ooh, Bart, my first prank call! What do I do?\\
'''Bart:''' Just ask if anyone knows Ollie Tabooger.\\
'''Homer:''' I don't get it.\\
'''Bart:''' Yell out "I'll eat a booger".\\
'''Homer:''' What's the gag?\\
'''Bart:''' [[FacePalm Oh, forget it...]]
%% Sadly the Simpsons seems to have transitioned from using this ironically to actually using this trope straight. Almost as if it's not as funny as it used to be.
%% Not denying this (point above), but we need examples. Commenting out in the meantime.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
** They likewise allude to this Creator/AbbottAndCostello routine with a shot of The Fourth Doctor from ''Doctor Who'' standing on first base eventually waving exasperatedly "Do you get it?!" ...Which is more like alluding that there's a joke present without saying what it is.
** In the Yo Momma fight between Luke Skywalker and Emperor Palpatine, the latter tries retorting, "Yo momma is so stupid, she thinks a lightsaber has fewer calories!" No one cheers. Palpatine tries to explain that it's a {{pun}} off of "{{lite|Creme}} saber", but still doesn't get a point.
** A RunningGag in the ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook Baloo]] [[Film/TheBourneIdentity Identity]]'' skit is someone making a pun and then explaining the pun before someone else interrupts with "We get the wordplay".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Shades of Gray", Danny needlessly explains the joke "Who let the dogs in?". Embarrassed, he goes ghost, and Sam shouts at him to bring back better jokes.
* Fozzie on ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' killed his already tepid jokes by explaining them.
* Occasionally done by O'Farrell on ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' This one followed a ChaseScene in which the perp was caught with a roll of bubble wrap.
-->'''O'Farrell:''' I'd say you two ''wrapped'' this case up rather nicely. Bubble wrap, that is! Get it? It's basically a play on the word "wrap"...
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** The eponymous character is called upon to decide where the family should take their trip. Arthur decided upon Washington, D.C.:
--->'''Arthur's father:''' That's a ''capital'' idea! (''chuckles'') Washington's the nation's capital.\\
'''Arthur:''' We got it the first time, Dad.
** Another scene had Arthur's father tell a joke to Muffy's parents. The viewers come in when he delivers the punchline: "The snail said, 'Look At that S-car go!" He proceeded to explain that "S-car go" sounds like "escargot," the French word for, "snails." Muffy's father replies that he already knew that, but still didn't find the joke funny.
* One of the most frequent criticisms of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is that it explains the jokes.
** For example, during the FCC song. This might be a subversion though, since the explanation is probably funnier than the joke itself.
--->''And if you find yourself with some young sexy thing,\\
You'll have to do her with your ding-a-ling! \\
...'Cause you can't say "penis."''
** In one episode, Brian catches a rerun of ''Series/OneDayAtATime''. Mocking Schneider's comic schtick:
--->'''Schneider:''' I'm here to fix your sink Ms. Romano, and by "fix your sink" I mean I'll have sex with you, and by "I have sex with you" I mean I'll fix your sink. And by "sink" I mean your reproductive organ. And by, "reproductive organ" I mean the thing between your knees, and by "the thing between your knees"? I... I guess that one's kind of self-explanatory.\\
'''Brian:''' Woo! Damn, Schneider; what ''won't'' you say?!
** FunnyForeigner Fouad does this all the time.
--->'''Guy:''' Hey, Fouad, can I buy you a cup of coffee?\\
'''Fouad:''' Ho, ho, ho, yes, it's funny cause it's free... anyone can have.\\
'''Guy:''' That's right...\\
'''Fouad:''' Ohhh ho ho ho!\\
'''Guy:''' That's the joke.\\
'''Peter:''' I think Fouad is an illegal immigrant. I cannot stand by while he steals wages and opportunities from citizens. I mean this is an American company, you don't see Nike or Microsoft or General Motors or Ford or Boeing or Coca Cola or Kellogs profiting from non-American labor.\\
'''Fouad:''' Ohhh ho ho ho... it's funny because they all do!
** In the episode where Stewie goes to the performing arts school, his antagonist Olivia puts down a performance of his by giving an appraisal: "[[Series/TheWeakestLink You are the weakest link. Goodbye.]]" Stewie then expounds ''very'' sarcastically about how ''totally'' not grossly misapplied, inappropriate, and uncreative it was (in an attempt to shame her and castrate the comment).
** "I don't know who to feel worse for, Meg or the pig!" "I feel worse for the pig!"
** Lampshaded in the episode "Screwed the Pooch" when Peter is playing poker with Carter and his celebrity friends.
--->'''Michael Eisner:''' Are aces high or low?\\
'''Peter:''' They go both ways.\\
'''Bill Gates:''' He said they go both ways!\\
(''eveybody starts laughing'')\\
'''Ted Turner:''' Like a bisexual!\\
'''Michael Eisner:''' Thank you Ted, that was the joke.
* Numbuh Two does this a lot on ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', which is one of the biggest reasons most of his jokes are [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny downright lame.]]
* A diner worker in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'': "No more burgers until I see some lettuce, cat. It is ''money'' to which I refer."
* John Kennedy from ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', who often used the joke type: "I'd like to X her Y... and by Y, I mean SEX!"
** "... because the X is my PENIS."
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** This:
-->'''Klaus:''' I'd buy you ten muffin kiosks if I still had my human body. I'd do ''lots'' of things if I still had my human body. Because, you know, I'd have a penis.
** Also:
--->'''Stan:''' (''showing Steve his favorite example of wood-burning'') "You Want It When?" (''laughs'') "You Want It When?"! Get it? It expresses disbelief at an unreasonable deadline.
** Also happens in "Can't Stan You", when Stan convinces the government to force his neighbors out of their houses.
--->'''Stan:''' There goes the neighborhood! (laughs) [[DiscriminateAndSwitch Ordinarily that would have racist implications]], [[LampshadeHanging but I've actually done something far worse]].
** Played for laughs with Steve a few times through "Live and Let Fry:"
--->'''Stan:''' That's what transfat is? The stuff that makes everything taste wonderful? Why doesn't the city council just declare war on flavor?! Like the English did years ago.\\
'''Steve:''' (''aside to Francine'') Their food is atrocious.\\
'''Francine:''' I miss Lady Di.\\
'''Steve:''' (''aside to Stan'') She was the people's princess--\\
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'':
-->'''Prisoner:''' Hey Gary, I got a worm for your right here... I'm talking about my penis...\\
[[spoiler:(''Bird then tears off the guy's penis so he and Gary can eat it'')]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'': The OverlyLongGag explaining Caitlyn's charity kissing booth [[{{Dissimile}} which costs nothing, isn't for charity, has no booth, is more than just kissing, and doesn't require customers to be male]] ends with "Dude, she's cheating on you."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** First:
--->'''Cartman:''' Eh, too bad drinking scotch isn't a paying job, or else Kenny's dad would be a millionaire. (''silence'') I said your dad would be a millionaire, get it?! Kenny?! Your family is poor, Kenny!! Your family's poor!!!
** Several of the Intervention-style captions in "Crippled Summer": "Mimsy has put the black mamba snake in the wrong canoe"; "Nathan's frustration with Mimsy has caused a momentary lapse in judgment. He has played the B flat himself, thus causing his plan to literally backfire on him."
** Subverted. In "Fishsticks", the fishsticks joke becomes funnier when, upon Cartman repeating the joke to Clyde and delivering the punchline, Butters runs up and explains the joke.
--->'''Butters:''' [[WhatAnIdiot You said you like to put fish sticks in your mouth, that makes you a gay fish!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** Zapp Brannigan does this a lot. But there are several others, like:
-->'''Bender:''' You may have to metaphorically make a DealWithTheDevil. And by "devil", I mean "Robot Devil", and by "metaphorically", I mean "get your coat".
** And from "Reincarnation":
-->'''Bender:''' "Byte my 8-bit metal ass!" ''(Aside)'' "That's 'byte' with a Y. Heh, heh, heh."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Starfire subverts this trope.
-->'''Beast Boy:''' Hey guys, why are ducks so funny? (''beat'') Cuz' they're always quacking jokes!\\
(''others groan'')\\
'''Starfire:''' Oh I see. It is humorous because ducks lack the large brain capacity required for telling jokes. (''giggles'')\\
'''Robin:''' Actually, Starfire, it just wasn't humorous.\\
'''Raven:''' Because Beast Boy lacks the large brain necessary for telling jokes.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** In the episode "[[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi Chez Platypus]]", the boys go to an elegant restaurant to have dinner with their parents.
--->'''Phineas:''' Dad, can I borrow your glasses? I can't see my entree. (''beat'') You know, because it's so small.\\
'''Lawrence:''' Yes, I think we got that.
** In "The Beak":
--->'''The Beak:''' All right, let's wrap this up. ''(ties up [[UnfortunateNames Khaka Peü Peü]])'' Hey, my first superhero pun!\\
'''Khaka Peü Peü:''' Well, don't quit your day job, Mr. Comedian.\\
'''Spectator 1:''' Actually, I thought it was pretty clever.\\
'''Spectator 2:''' Yeah, because, see, it wrapped around the legs.\\
'''The Beak:''' If you didn't like that one, maybe this'll be a hit. ''(hits Khaka Peü Peü)''\\
'''Spectator 2:''' Yeah, see, because -- Because he hit him.\\
'''Spectator 1:''' I'm not an idiot, Charles.
** How about the time when the [[CreatorCameo creators]] explain jokes. Which for some reason, makes them funnier.
** Doofenshmirtz does this ''all the time.''
--->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' ''Wire'' you doing this to me? Get it? Wire? Cause I'm in wire?\\\
(''when he captures Perry with duct tape'')\\
'''Doofenshmirtz:''' I have captured the rare duct-billed platypus! Ya know, like, duck-billed?
** Major Monogram slips into this, too.
--->'''Major Monogram:''' I guess for ''you'' it'll be a walk in the park. <beat> Heh heh, cause you're going to the park.
** Not even Isabella is immune.
--->'''Kid in leaves:''' Hi, I'm [[PunnyName Russel.]]\\
'''Isabella:''' Oh, Russel! Like the leaves!
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'':
-->'''Lucius''': We will fight over the [[BottomlessPits Abyss of Nothingness]]! To the winner goes victory! The loser gets... nothing! Get it? Abyss of Nothingness! Nothing!
** Oh, so they're fighting ''over'' nothing!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'':
** In "Tragical History", Archer pulls one and immediately regrets it:
--->'''Cyril:''' I've got one bullet left.\\
'''Spelvin:''' Does he?\\
'''Archer:''' I don't know. Who am I, Count Bullets...ula? Like Dracula -- [[LameComeback that was bad]].
** In "Pocket Listing":
--->'''Archer:''' I think Ray deserves a hand.\\
'''Everyone but Ray''': ''(laughing)''\\
'''Ray:''' God DAMMIT! ''(exposes the stump where his hand used to be)''\\
'''Pam:''' Oh, come on. Everyone was thinking it. ''(beat)'' 'Cuz you got no hand, stupid!
* In season 2, episode 1 of ''WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist'', Dr. Katz tries to explain a joke to Julie, noting that "it works on so many levels." Stan tells him "You gotta stop explaining the joke. If you do that, life's not worth living."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967'' ends the episode "The Way It All Began" with the Thing remarking that they probably won't see Doctor Doom again until "Doomsday". Thing then points out that word has Doom's last name in it, but Johnny says the rest of them already knew that, and no-one except Thing laughs at the pun.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'' episode "Closed Circuit TV," the animals are staging a show in the bears' cave which Peevly and Botch are watching on their monitor in the office. Hair Bear cracks a joke:
-->'''Hair:''' Did you hear the one about the zookeeper who was so weird looking the people fed ''him'' peanuts?\\
'''Botch:''' (''laughing'') Hey, that was a good one!\\
'''Peevly:''' (''slow-burning the whole time'') Yeah? Well, ''I'' didn't think it was so funny.\\
'''Botch:''' Did you get it, chief? The zookeeper was so weird--\\
'''Peevly:''' (''angrily'') '''''I got it! I got it!'''''
* Tex Avery's 1941 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon ''Porky's Preview'' has a skunk trying to get into the movie house where Porky is screening his homemade cartoon:
-->'''Skunk:''' (''to cashier'') Hey, lady. How much to get in here?\\
'''Cashier:''' The charge is five cents.\\
'''Skunk:''' Gee, that's tough. All I got is ''one scent.'' (''to us'') Get it?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Grunkle Stan makes the mistake of trying to make a joke in front of a man proposing to his girlfriend.
-->'''Stan:''' My ex-wife still misses me...but her aim is gettin' better! (''beat'') Her aim is gettin' better! (''beat'') You see it's funny, because marriage is terrible.\\
'''Couple:''' (''angrily rows away'')\\
'''Stan:''' ''[[DefensiveWhat What?!]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ComicBook/TheJoker, surprisingly, subverts it during "Wild Card, Part 1".
-->'''Joker:''' The good news is that the Bat is getting warm. (''{{beat}}'') '''Getting warm''', I said. (''{{beat}}'') He's next to a volcano! [[note]]A fake volcano inside a Las Vegas casino.[[/note]] (''the camera crew finally responds with obviously fake and insincere laughter'') That's enough, nobody likes a brown-nose.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Boogie Frights", the snarky InteractiveNarrator does this, as the Girls, instead of their usual pose, are sleeping peacefully in bed:
-->'''Narrator:''' {{So once again the day is saved}}! (''snicker'') Get it? The ''day'' was ''saved''? Because it was going to be ''[[TheNightThatNeverEnds eternal night]]''! They saved ''the day'' -- literally! (''Buttercup opens one eye and glares daggers at the camera; his voice sinks to a whisper'') Thanks to the Powerpuff Girls!
* This is why WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman is a bad stand-up comedian. He thinks he needs to explain his jokes to the audience or ask if they get it. Even after he gets better as a comedian and lands a starring role in a sitcom [=BoJack=] still has this problem, thinking that a script needs to be rewritten to explain a GilliganCut.
* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' episode "Chained Reaction".
--> '''[[TheComicallySerious Tigress]]:''' My friends are the twins...Discipline..and Sacrifice.
--> '''Po:''' Heh..I don't think they'll like me.
--> '''Tigress:''' *dryly* That's okay, you'll never meet them.
--> '''Po:''' OH-HOH! You made a funny!
--> '''Tigress:''' *proud* That was funny, wasn't it? It has meaning on two levels: You can't meet them because they're an abstract idea and you WON'T because you're laz-
--> '''Po:''' *unamused* Yeah... okay, now you're just wrecking it.
--> '''Tigress:''' Right...
* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'':
--> '''Wander:''' See ya always wanted to flee, but all ya really needed to do was ''flea''.
--> ''(Wander and Sylvia are traveling away)''
--> '''Wander:''' F-L-E-A "flea", y'know bzzz like the bug, cuz they're livin' on the dog.
--> '''Sylvia:''' ''(looking annoyed)'' Look, if you're gonna explain the joke-
** Sylvia herself does this in "The Boy Wander"
--> '''Sylvia:''' I guess this is no ''laughing matter''. Heh, get it? Because of the- Oh great, now he's [[GotMeDoingIt got me doing it.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw,'' this seems to be a RunningGag between [[TimePolice Dakota and Cavendish]]--Dakota makes a joke at Cavendish's expense, and then feels the need to explain it when Cavendish tries to ignore him.
-->'''Dakota:''' ''(on Cavendish's ascot)'' The last time I wore something that big they brought me a ''lobster.'' ({{Beat}}) What I'm saying is it looks like a lobster bib. ({{Beat}}) When you're in a restaurant and you order a lobster--
-->'''Cavendish:''' ''I get it!''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' has these whenever Luan gets the joke or not.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In "Mathmagic", Star burst out laughing when Janna tells her the ChickenJoke. When [[SternTeacher Miss Skullnick]] demands to know "What's so funny?", [[LiteralMinded Star]] tries to explain what makes "Why did the chicken cross the road?" an example of "classic AntiHumor".
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* In the episode "Meat Jerking Beef Boys'" of ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'', the guys are asked by a realtor not to drink on the roof while she's having an open house. Their response:
-->'''Blake:''' Alright, you got it, no problem. Weed only. Super blunt Sunday!\\
'''Adam:''' Super bowl Sunday! We'll just smoke bowls!
* On ''Series/ModernFamily'', Mitchell and Cam were having dinner with an old friend who was jealous of their baby Lily. At one point she refers to Lily as Yoko.
-->'''Friend:''' Get it? Because she's Asian and she broke up our group!
* There was a "don't make the joke at all" example in a David Letterman monologue -- close enough. The setup was "President Clinton banged the ceremonial gong". Letterman stopped at this point and said "you don't need my help with this one", then, apparently not happy with the audience response, yelled "'CAUSE HE'S BANGED EVERYTHING ELSE!" See, he ruined it, 'cause it would have been funnier if he'd left it to the imagination.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'':
** Actor Creator/RussellCrowe makes a comment that falls flat with the audience and then remarks, "[[{{Pun}} And the crowd goes mild]]." After Jon Stewart attempts to correct him on his phraseology, Russell is forced to Explain the Joke.
** [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/njmn0d/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-word-war-ii Explaining how "Obama got served".]]
** And yet, somehow ''inverted'' during Jon's [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-28-2011/louis-c-k- interview with Louis CK]] He began dissecting ToiletHumour during the interview, leaving Jon and the audience in stitches.
** The June 24, 2013 episode has a clip of Al Franken needlessly over-analyzing a straight-forward political cartoon for over thirty seconds.
** Quoth John Oliver, in the December 11th episode, while making suggestive hip motions, and while Jon keeps trying to interrupt to say everyone knows what he means, and he can stop now: "Our elected representatives all head home for... a merry triple-xmas. There's going to be a lot of stockings being ''stuffed'', John, if you know what I mean. Do you get what I'm saying? I'm talking about a {[[SoundEffectBleep beep]]}''fest'', Jon."
* ''Series/FatherTed'':
** The episode "Flight into Terror" features this example:
--->'''Ted:''' When everything's going OK, I just keep imagining all the terrible things that can happen, but when one of those things actually happens, it's just a rush! I am fearless. Like that film with Jeff Bridges.\\
'''Dougal:''' I haven't seen that one.\\
'''Ted:''' Not a lot of people have, Dougal, so it's probably a bad reference.
** Ted would often go a bit too far in trying to explain why what Dougal just said was stupid, though Dermott Morgan's delivery would usually make it work as its own joke.
* ''Series/TheTonightShow'':
** Johnny Carson was a master at telling jokes that nobody gets. His sheepish explanation would get the laughs.
** Happens quite often on ''Series/TheTonightShow with Jay Leno'', when Kevin Eubanks doesn't get the joke, and Jay has to take time out to try to explain it. Sometimes Jay just explains the joke even when everybody gets it for some reason.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the episode "Killed by Death":
--->'''Cordelia:''' Oh, right. Your obsession with protecting Buffy. Have I told you how attractive that's not?\\
'''Xander:''' Cordelia, someone's gotta watch her back.\\
'''Cordelia:''' Yeah, well, I've seen you watch her back.\\
'''Xander:''' What is that supposed to mean?\\
'''Cordelia:''' Well, I was using the phrase "watch her back" as a euphemism for looking at her butt. You know, sort of a pun.\\
'''Xander:''' Oh! Right. Hey!
** In the episode "Gingerbread":
--->'''[[AlphaBitch Cordelia]]:''' And If you hang with them, expect badness, 'cause that's what you get when you hang with freaks and losers. Believe me, I know. (''begins to walk away, turns back'') That was a pointed comment about me hanging with you guys.
** In "Out of My Mind", Willow teases Buffy about her new-found academic prowess:
--->'''Willow:''' Should I be watching my occipital lobe?\\
'''Buffy:''' Your what?\\
'''Willow:''' Occipital, the lobe in the back of your brain? You know, like, should I be watching my back? But, you know, the back of your brain.\\
'''Buffy:''' Apparently not.
::: Even funnier because the occipital lobe contains the brain's visual processing centers. Which process the watching. Of the back. Of the brain.
** Taken to extremes by Anya in "Restless", where, in Giles' dream, she takes up stand-up comedy and is so abysmal at it that she has to explain every joke just to get the crowd to laugh.
--->'''Anya:''' And then the duck tells the doctor that there's a man that's attached to my ass! You see, it was the duck and not the man that spoke.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' does this all the time, mostly via Sheldon.
** Like when he summarizes the entire point of one episode:
--->'''Sheldon:''' It's the juxtaposition of the high-tech nature of space exploration against the banality of a malfunctioning toilet that provides the comic fodder here. (''beat, then his weird laugh'')
** Plus, he notes all of his own "hilarious pranks" with his {{catchphrase}} "Bazinga!" Sometimes the "hilarious prank" is simply telling a lie and then immediately taking it back.
--->'''Sheldon:''' Howard, your shoes are amazing. Where did you get them? (''{{beat}}'') Bazinga! I don't care.
** Somewhat subverted in a later episode, when it's explicitly stated he does this on purpose, ''because he thinks it makes the jokes funnier''.
** Howard also almost did this in ''The Vengeance Formulation'' when Bernadette didn't get a joke. Luckily, she stopped him in time with a ShutUpKiss.
* ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher'': Bill Maher sometimes feigns a halfhearted explanation of a joke, if there's not enough laughter. Sometimes he still does this when there is (to more laughter).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the ChristmasEpisode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], the Doctor locks the TARDIS by pointing the key at it, at which point it chirps, and the light on top flashes. He then rather desperately tries to explain to Ood Sigma (TheComicallySerious) why this is funny.
--->'''10th Doctor:''' Like a car? You see? I locked it... like a car...
** There's a rare straight example in the last story of the original series, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival "Survival"]], where a shopkeeper fails to understand the joke his friend is telling him, about two friends confronted by a lion, and the Doctor explains:
--->'''7th Doctor:''' He doesn't have to outrun the lion, only his friend. Then the lion catches up with his friend and eats him. The strong survive, the weak are killed -- the law of the jungle! Yes, very clever, if you don't mind losing your friend. But what happens when the next lion turns up?
* A variation on ''Series/{{Angel}}'': the Host (who has green skin) tells everyone his name is Lorne, but he doesn't like to use it for obvious reasons.
-->'''Angel:''' Right, like Lorne Greene!\\
(''the others stare at him blankly'')\\
'''Angel:''' You know, from ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''.\\
(''the others keep staring at him blankly'')\\
'''Angel:''' Come on, [[LongRunners that show had 15 seasons]]!\\
(''[[RuleOfThree the others keep staring at him blankly]]'')\\
'''Angel:''' ...I feel old.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** From season one:
--->'''Robin:''' I got highlights.\\
'''Ted:''' Oh, for the waiting room of your dental practice? (''awkward pause'') ''Highlights'' is a children's magazine.
** And when Barney hits on a girl in a hula dancer costume at Halloween:
--->'''Barney:''' So, what does a guy have to do to get ''laid'' around here?\\
'''Hula Girl:''' Riiight. 'Cause I'm wearing a lei. (''walks away from him'')\\
'''Barney:''' (''angrily'') It's not funny if you explain the joke!
** Another, not strictly a joke.
---> '''Hammond:''' I'm an architect without a home. You see the tragic irony in that?\\
'''Ted:''' Yeah, I do --\\
'''Hammond:''' Because I design homes --\\
'''Ted:''' I see it --\\
'''Hammond:''' But I don't have a home.\\
'''Ted:''' Not lost on me at all.
* Used often in ''Series/{{Monk}}''.
** Such as in this example from the episode "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever":
--->'''Lt. Randy Disher:''' Glad you like numbers, Billy. You're gonna be wearing some numbers on your shirt.\\
'''Billy Logan:''' Is that right?\\
'''Lt. Randy Disher:''' And they won't be lottery numbers.\\
'''Billy Logan:''' I get it.\\
'''Lt. Randy Disher:''' 'Cause you're going to prison.\\
'''Billy Logan:''' Yeah, I get it.
** In "Mr. Monk Is on the Air", Monk, Natalie and Linda Riggs show up at Max Hudson's house:
--->'''Linda Riggs:''' I don't think he's home. \\
'''Adrian Monk:''' Did you tell him I was coming? (''points to the welcome mat, which has the words "GO AWAY" written on it'')\\
'''Natalie Teeger:''' No, Mr. Monk, that's not for you. It's a joke.\\
'''Adrian Monk:''' It's a joke? How--how is that funny?\\
'''Natalie Teeger:''' Um, well, I guess it's funny because it says the ''opposite'' of what a welcome mat would normally say.\\
'''Adrian Monk:''' S-so it's an opposite joke?\\
'''Natalie Teeger:''' Yeah. That's right.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Martin does this sometimes. "Tomorrow, I'm going to the birthday party of one of my old friends from the force, he'll be 16... Because you see, tomorrow's the [[LeapDay 29th of February]]... It only comes every four years... He's really 64..."
** "The previous act was a guy with a parrot -- Sargent Joe and Officer Chirpy. Dick Chirpy was one of the finest men I ever worked with... Did you see what I did? Chirpy sounds like it would be the parrot but it's actually the man... Dick Chirpy, you see, you'd think he'd be Sargent Joe... Joe is the parrot."
** When Frasier and Martin realize that they can't stand to live together without Daphne around:
--->'''Martin:''' You know how an Oreo has that soft creamy filling between two hard cookies? That's what keeps them together?\\
'''Frasier:''' See your point, Dad.\\
'''Martin:''' Daphne's kind of the centre.\\
'''Frasier:''' I'll go and talk to her.\\
'''Martin:''' Now, you and me, we'd be the cookie part.\\
'''Frasier:''' I get it!
** In one episode, Frasier has a particularly awkward time trying to charm some of Martin's cop buddies, joking about a monkey murderer.
--->'''Frasier:''' Who do you suppose the monkey will get to defend him? Clarence Darrow?\\
'''Cops:''' (''silence'')\\
'''Frasier:''' The Scopes Monkey trial... You know, Darwin's theory of Evolution? It was turned into a Pulitzer Prize winning novel? "Inherit the Wind?" (''exasperated, he turns to a cop'') Is that gun loaded?
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': "So it wasn't so much an Eskimo roll, as a case of rolling right Inuit!" (blank look) (Delivered in the same tone) "Inuit's another word for Eskimo!"
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** Creator/NormMacDonald as Burt Reynolds in the Celebrity Jeopardy sketches [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/99/99cjeopardy.phtml finds]] an over-sized cowboy hat backstage. "It's funny. It's funny because it's ah, bigger than, ah... you know, a normal hat."
** Darrel Hammond's impersonation of Creator/SeanConnery did this [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/01/01tjeopardy.phtml frequently:]]
--->'''Alex Trebek:''' Where did you get that magic marker? We frisked you in on the way in here.\\
'''Sean Connery:''' I didn't have it in my pocket.\\
'''Alex Trebek:''' That's disgusting. Please.\\
'''Sean Connery:''' I bet if you frisked me, you would have found it.\\
'''Alex Trebek:''' All right, that's enough.\\
'''Sean Connery:''' Because I was keeping it in my butt.
** One of the many [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/97/97iupdate.phtml highlights]] from Norm [=MacDonald=]'s term as ''Weekend Update'' anchor:
--->'''Norm [=MacDonald=]:''' Who are safer drivers? Men, or women? Well, according to a new survey, 55% of adults feel that women are most responsible for minor fender-benders, while 78% blame men for most fatal crashes. Please note that the percentages in these pie graphs do not add up to 100% because the math was done by a woman.\\
(''uneasy laughter, groans'')\\
'''Norm [=MacDonald=]:''' For those of you hissing at that joke, it should be noted that that joke was written by a woman. So, now you don't know what the hell to do, do you?\\
(''laughter increases'')\\
'''Norm [=MacDonald=]:''' Nah, I'm just kidding. [[CrossesTheLineTwice We don't hire women.]] (''riotous laughter and applause'')
** When Wayne ends up in [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93tmelrose.phtml Melrose Place:]]
--->'''Jake:''' What are you doing in Amanda's apartment?\\
'''Wayne:''' Hi Jake. Jake, I'm, ah, I'm the new handyman.\\
'''Jake:''' What do you mean?\\
'''Wayne:''' You know, I'm unclogging her pipes.\\
'''Jake:''' What are you getting at?\\
'''Wayne:''' I've been having sexual intercourse with Amanda, repeatedly in different positions for many, many hours.\\
'''Jake:''' What are you trying to say?
** Creator/JohnCleese and Creator/MichaelPalin explained the main premise of the Dead Parrot sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' while performing it on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Fans of the sketch probably seem to think it is surreal due to a) not understanding British culture and b) not understanding that customer service is much, much better now than it was when the sketch was originally made. Case in point, the parrot itself is not actually that important to the sketch. A sketch with the same premise was written for another show by Graham Chapman and Creator/JohnCleese about a car. Palin and Cleese {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in a live performance when [[spoiler:Palin handed Cleese a full refund immediately, leaving Cleese dumbfounded and saying, "You can't say Thatcher hasn't changed some things."]]
* Frequently PlayedForLaughs by Creator/ConanOBrien, in a high pitch laugh as a follow-up to a joke that no one in their right mind could possibly not get in under a second, as if the joke required any amount of explaining. "BECAUSE HE'S FAT!" According to a DVD commentary, back when Conan worked on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', he pitched that if a joke was obscure and might not work, his head would appear on the scene for a split second to explain the joke. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog also deliberately does this for humor, often explaining some of his most obvious insults to the insultees.
-->'''Triumph:''' You're nominated in the polka category. You're a polka musician. So what's your day job? (''laughs'') Because people hate polka!
* Played with several times on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', where the characters (usually Servo or Crow) would sheepishly explain a joke or {{Pun}} that they knew was bad.
* From ''Series/NoHeroics'':
-->'''The Hotness:''' I've got a risotto to heat up, and there's a certain little lady called Vicci who wants to play with fire... by that, I mean my cock and balls.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'':
** When Larry is forced to play Santa he suggests that store visitors would enjoy seeing him "unwrap his package." When Mimi doesn't like the idea, he helpfully explains that "when I said 'unwrapping my package' I meant 'expose myself!'"
** On another episode, Drew attends the wedding of Nicki, his former fiancée. In a toast Nicki's dad mentions whom she's been involved with.
--->'''Nicki's dad:''' losers, characters, and ne'er-Drew-wells. I mean ne'er-''Drew''-wells. (''points to Drew'') Hell, I mean that guy right there.
* On ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'', deluded failed light-entertainer Richie Rich makes a poor joke implying that his minder, Eddie Catflap smells. When Eddie remains silent, Richie feels the need to explain the joke ("Because ''you're'' so smelly.") Eddie bluntly responds that he got the joke, he just didn't think it was a very good one. Hence the lack of laughter.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Max embarrassed herself repeatedly during student-body presidential elections by trying to get people to laugh at her burns against Cody by explaining them.
* On ''The Rotten Tomatoes Show'', while reviewing the baseball movie ''Sugar'', Brett Erlich says "And he tries to steal home, [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre if you know what I mean]]. By having sex with her."
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' does this, in "The Runway Job". And if ''[[NoSocialSkills Parker]]'' thinks you're going too far, you already did:
-->'''Eliot:''' Dated a ''lot'' of models. Lot of private fashion shows, [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre if you know what I mean]].\\
'''Parker:''' Yes, yes.\\
'''Eliot:''' Most of the dresses ended up on the ground.\\
'''Parker:''' Yup, I get it, [[AllMenArePerverts you're a guy]].\\
'''Eliot:''' It means they were naked.\\
'''Parker:''' Okay, seriously?
* On ''Series/PushingDaisies'', Olive knows that Lily is [[spoiler:actually Chuck's mother]] and talks to her at a convent:
-->'''Lily:''' This place knows things about me nobody knows.\\
'''Olive:''' You mean that you holidayed here thirty years ago and found a baby in a cabbage patch? And by cabbage patch, I mean your lady parts?
* Anytime someone tells a joke on ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'', it'll probably end up like this, probably with Thornton delivering the over-done line. For instance, in an episode where a character is killed by a screwdriver:
-->'''Sanchez:''' Let's all go for a drink.\\
'''Liz:''' As long as it's not a screwdriver!\\
(''[[OhCisco everybody laughs]]'')\\
'''Thornton:''' I'd prefer a beer!
* A certain skit on ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' featured Kevin [=McDonald=] and Dave Foley as the burlesque comedy duo [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDo4JeRsVE4 McGillicutty and Green]], with Dave's character as the overly literalist straight-man. Two lines into Creator/AbbottAndCostello's "WhosOnFirst" routine, Dave's character interrupts and says, "Oh, I see what your problem is! You're confused by their names because they all sound like questions!" and proceeds to go on spouting excessively detailed descriptions of all the baseball player names.
-->'''Kevin:''' So, I understand you manage a baseball team!\\
'''Dave:''' No, I'm a vaudevillain.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', Cameron attempts to imitate House by holding his red coffee mug, leaning on the white board and asking "Foreman, are you going to contribute? Or are you too busy stealing cars?" Everyone one stares at her blankly, prompting her to say, "I'm being House. It's funny."
* In an episode of ''Series/TopGear'', the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car was asked if he knew Creator/TomCruise well. The response was a rather clever joke about not knowing him well because of attending different churches. After getting a respectful nod from Jeremy Clarkson, the guest then proceeded to ruin his own joke by adding "I'm in the one with Jesus, baby."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** When [=LaForge=] is telling a joke to Data, the android. But then, Data is well known for literally not having a sense of humor, [[HypocriticalHumor so his failure to get the joke is, in fact, the joke]]. (Which, of course, makes one wonder why [=LaForge=] tried telling him a joke in the first place.)
--->'''[=LaForge=]:''' ...so the guy staggers to his feet, and goes back to the girl, right? Well, she smiles, looks him straight in the eye, and says, "Just try that in hyperspace!"\\
(''[=LaForge=] laughs while Data remains silent'')\\
'''Data:''' I see. So the difficulty in attaining such complex positioning in a zero gravity environment, coupled with the adverse effects on the psychological well-being of the average human male is what makes this anecdote so amusing! Yes. Very humorous, indeed. Hysterical, in fact.
** In the following example, Guinan's explanation not only fails to save the joke, it reveals that the joke was never funny to begin with (although that was probably not the show writer's intention):
--->'''Guinan:''' Look, it's just you and I here. We're talking, we're having an intimate conversation. Why? Because you're a droid and I'm annoyed.\\
'''Data:''' But why?\\
'''Guinan:''' Because that's what I am.\\
'''Data:''' Have I said something to offend you?\\
'''Guinan:''' No.\\
'''Data:''' Then why are you annoyed?\\
'''Guinan:''' Because you're a '' 'droid'', and I'm a '' 'noid''.\\
'''Data:''' Humanoid.\\
'''Guinan:''' Yes.\\
'''Data:''' You told a joke.\\
'''Guinan:''' Yes!\\
'''Data:''' I am not laughing.\\
'''Guinan:''' Yes!\\
'''Data:''' Perhaps the joke was not funny.\\
'''Guinan:''' No. The joke was funny, it's you, Data.\\
'''Data:''' Are you sure?
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Workforce", where the crew is brainwashed by an alien society and used as part of its... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, yeah]].
-->'''Jaffen:''' ...So, the man kept making these rude comments -- all of them about my father -- and he couldn't figure out why I wasn't insulted. Finally, I just had to tell him I'm ''Norvalian''; I don't ''have'' a father.\\
'''Tuvok:''' (''laughs raucously'')\\
'''Jaffen:''' It wasn't that funny, Tuvok.\\
'''Tuvok:''' On the contrary! The man was ignorant of how your species procreates. His attempt to disparage you ultimately humiliated ''him''. Irony is often a source of humor.\\
'''Jaffen:''' Well, when you put it that way... it wasn't funny at all...
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Temperance Brennen has long had trouble understanding humor. So when she does understand a joke, she's quick to point out to anyone, including the teller of the joke, ''why'' it's humorous. For example, in the episode "The Predator in the Pool", she asks FBI Supervisory Special Agent Andrew Hacker if he is allowed to date her (due to regulations prohibiting relationships between agents and consultants). Hacker says he got permission, from himself:
-->'''Hacker:''' In fact, I not only granted permission, but I insisted that I see you socially.\\
'''Bones:''' (''Pauses, then laughs'') That's funny, because you're satirizing bureaucratic rules by adhering to the letter of the regulations instead of the spirit of it. (''laughs again'')
* ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'':
** [[TheTag Every episode]] end with Geraldine telling [[TheDitz Alice]] a joke, which Alice would completely misinterpret and Geraldine would have to explain. In the episode that ends with Alice and Hugo on their honeymoon, Geraldine tells David the joke, then starts explaining it out of habit even though he already laughed.
** The final episode of the entire series throws in a subversion. [[spoiler:Once again Alice doesn't get the joke or Geraldine's attempts to explain, but then the camera pans back to reveal Geraldine's new husband, Harry, who very drily explains the actual mechanics of the joke's humour (in just about the most unfunny way possible). Alice finally gets it and bursts into hysterical laughter, leaving Geraldine speechless with disbelief.]]
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' featured an episode where their house was invaded by a vampire. Mikel tried phoning Battersea Dog's Home to help, Ric suggested he should have gone for Doggersea Bat's Home. Cue half a minute of wrangling as Ric tried to explain why that joke worked.
* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' when Pete learns that Artie has used an artifact to regrow his appendix about once a year in order to have an excuse to meet Vanessa, the cute Warehouse doctor.
-->'''Pete:''' If only there were some way for you to... interact... with Vanessa, that did not involve invasive surgery. Perhaps some kind of... I don't know... social ritual... one involving the sharing of food or the enjoying of... filmed entertainment with maybe some duds that have been milked. (''{{beat}}'') I mean a date.\\
'''Artie:''' I know what you mean!
* Several of the commentators on [=TruTV=]'s ''The Smoking Gun Presents'' need to learn and live this trope's title. Not ''all'' ViewersAreMorons, after all, and several are repeat joke-killers by way of explaining something that was funny until it got explained to death.
* Parodied on ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'':
-->'''Greg:''' So a man with a wooden eye walks into a bar and as you can imagine he feels very self-conscious--\\
'''Mr. Montgomery:''' (''astutely'') Because he had a wooden eye!
* The teaser for a ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' episode had Woody not falling for a prank call, even though the caller [[spoiler:revealed to be Frasier]] tries to explain it to him... and vice versa.
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'': "It's like puddle, but spelled differently!"
* On ''Series/TheGruenTransfer'', Wil Anderson fell victim to this when talking about ads tied to the legs of flies in a bookstore:
-->'''Wil Anderson:''' [[TakeThat The flies were especially attracted to the]] Creator/DanBrown books. (''{{beat}}'') 'cause they're shit.
* In a season four ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode, "Masterpiece", Dr Spencer Reid attempts to explain a joke that totally bombs:
-->'''Reid:''' (''to a lecture hall full of college students'') How many existentialists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?\\
'''Rossi:''' Don't.\\
'''Reid:''' (''smiles at Rossi in attempted reassurance'') Two. One to change the lightbulb and one to observe how it symbolizes an incandescent beacon of subjectivity in a netherworld of cosmic nothingness. (''Reid laughs, everyone else in the room is silent'') Um, an existentialist will question --\\
'''Rossi:''' Okay! Before he does his quantum physics knock-knock joke...
* In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', after Elliot accidentally gives a patient an orgasm during an exam:
-->'''J.D.:''' I've never heard a woman make sounds like that before.\\
'''Elliot:''' Oh, I'm sure you haven't.\\
'''Turk:''' (''laughing'') See, it's funny because you've never really satisfied a woman.
* Daniel Tosh violated this rule on his show when he showed a picture of dozens of Chinese packed shoulder-to-shoulder into a swimming pool. He said that that must be the shallow end. "({{beat}}) Get it? Because they're short!"
* ''Series/{{Suits}}'':
** In a season two episode, Harvey and Mike are investigating a bank, regarding a prime real-estate deal. Mike uncovers evidence and a motive about a nasty trick the bank is trying to pull on several real estate agencies, and gives it to Harvey. Harvey quips "We can take this to the bank," as they go to confront them. Mike remarks "Oh yeah...cuz we're actually going to the bank."
** From a season one episode:
--->'''Jessica:''' Unlike some people I know, Louis's references don't begin and end with ''Film/TopGun''.\\
'''Harvey:''' Hey, I love Louis, and I don't care ''what'' you say, I am not leaving my wingman. (''{{beat}}'') See, that's funny, because that's from ''Top Gun''.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime:'' Graham claims that Emma staying is "bad for local signage."
-->'''Graham:''' It's a joke... because you ran over our sign.
* A ''Series/MrShow'' sketch has Creator/DavidCross once crack a joke in a flashback no one laughs at ("[She's] injested so much soil [from not washing her vegetables], her stomach ought to be listed in the 'Worm Apartment Guide!'"), that in the present day, he tries to explain himself ("You have soil, worms live in soil, worms would have an apartment guide if...").
* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', the police officers have a rivalry with a local fire department which frequently expresses itself in bickering. The firefighters, when insulting the cops, tend to spell out their insults, suggesting that they're not quite as intellectually sharp as the quite witty detectives -- an impression strengthened by the fact that they nevertheless seem to consider doing this the height of wit. Such as this moment after a firefighter has presented Detective Peralta with a file that has a donut squashed between it:
-->'''Firefighter:''' (''gleefully'') It's a donut! Because you're cops!\\
'''Peralta:''' Are you sure?
* ''Series/{{Community}}''. "Comparative Religion" opens with the Dean making generic, non-denominational holiday greetings over the PA.
-->'''Shirley:''' I'm so sick of the Dean jamming his PC-ness down my throat!\\
'''Jeff''': Pierce, I'd like to commend you for letting that one go.\\
'''Pierce:''' (''after a beat, laughs'') PC-ness -- now I get it!\\
'''Troy:''' (''laughs'') It sounds like 'penis' -- I just got it too!
** In "Basic Rocket Science" all of the group's problems are a result of the fact that Jeff explained to the Dean that the Greendale flag was a butt flag, which the Dean failed to see despite the fact that it said "E pluribus anus."
* ''Series/TheRevolutionWillBeTelevised'' does this on occasion. Many of the segments not featuring recurring characters begin with intros in order to explain what issue is being satirized.
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', a member of the Brotherhood introduces himself to Shaw as Mini, explaining that it's an [[NonindicativeName ironic nickname]] that pokes fun at his heavy build. It's a subversion, as Mini is lying because he doesn't want Shaw to know why he's really called that.
* This was the basis of a running joke on ''Series/ShootingStars''. Here's an example:
--> '''Bob''': What is the name of the inventor of the steam engine?
--> [''The teams offer no answers'']
--> '''Bob''': Well, I'm surprised you didn't get that. The clue was in the question: '''Watt''' is the name of the inventor of the steam engine?
--> '''Vic''': What is it, then?
--> '''Bob''': No, Vic, '''Watt''' is the name of the inventor of the steam engine?
--> '''Vic''': Oh! Yes, right! [''Beat''] What is it, then?
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12th Sep '17 10:00:24 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* It can be said that this is a staple of Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg movies. Part of the reason any comedy value they have is gone is that they feel the need to point out every gag they put into their movies. Sometimes it goes even further, and they point out a joke when there really isn't one (like announcing that a character is "[[IAmNotShazam Kung Fu]] [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda Panda]]").
** In ''Epic Movie'', a Creator/SamuelLJackson lookalike says the [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane "muthafucking snakes"]] line (although a PG-13 variant), and then keeps repeating it instead of getting rid of the snakes. Could have worked (just not in that movie), but then after the third time, he says that the fanboys in the Internet love it when he says it.
** Website/TheAgonyBooth's recap of ''Epic Movie'' [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Epic_Movie_2007.aspx?Page=2 makes a nice comparison]] of all the joke-explaining:
--->''So, don't just tell a joke, tell it twice in a row. That way, it's double-funny. Imagine Creator/LeslieNielsen saying, "[[Film/{{Airplane}} I am serious, and don't call me Shirley.]] Because, when you said 'surely', I mistook it to mean that you were calling me by the woman's name 'Shirley'. They sound alike and I became confused."''
** Website/TheEditingRoom also [[http://www.the-editing-room.com/article/my-brush-with-hollywood pointed this out]] when discussing ''Epic Movie'':
--->''I had to pause the movie and rewind it to see if that really happened. Did you really just explain your own stupid joke? Are your audience members so stupid that they won't laugh when the chicken wings come out, won't laugh with the chicken noise, but will finally get the joke when Mystique explains that they aren't angel wings at all, but chicken wings?''
** ''Series/TheSoup'' made fun of ''Meet the Spartans'' by making a trailer for ''Reference Movie'', including one girl dressed as Britney Spears saying, "I'm just fighting for custody of my kids, y'all. Get it?"
12th Sep '17 9:40:32 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' is guilty of this as well. Sometimes it's just unsubtle ("I'm the black guy at this party"), but other times it assumes all ViewersAreMorons, e.g. the foreign exchange student, whose explanation of the fact that she is ambiguously foreign and prone to switching accents at random runs longer than the rest of her dialogue put together.
* ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth'', which is either a parody of a parody or a [[SatireParodyPastiche parody of a parody of a parody]] (depending on whether you think it's a satire of ''Film/ScaryMovie'' or just a satire of ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'') has a scene similar to the one in ''Scream'' where the GenreSavvy guy actually explains to a loungeroom full of teenagers all the rules about horror movies, in which the redhead girl explains all about parodies and how they work. [[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Some people]] could learn something there.
* Done a bit too much in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies, mostly owing to the fact that Harry's observations, while funny in his head, were rather forced when spoken aloud.
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' contains Hermione's amusing tirade, "We could all have been killed -- or worse, expelled. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to bed." Where Rowling's line, buried in the middle of an angry speech, causes a humorous double-take, the equivalent line in TheFilmOfTheBook, written by Creator/SteveKloves, not only emphasizes the joke in a glaringly obvious manner, but explains it as well:
--->'''Hermione:''' I'm going to bed before either of you come [sic] up with another clever idea to get us killed. Or ''worse''...'''expelled!'''\\
'''Ron:''' She needs to sort out her priorities.
** Another example from the first movie, when Neville gets his Rememberall and it turns red. (The joke that's not explained is ''he forgot his robe''.)
--->'''Neville:''' The only problem is, I can't remember what I've forgotten!
* In ''Film/SlingBlade,'' Karl can be thought of as doing this when he tries to tell the joke about the two men pissing off the bridge. He gets the parts of the joke out of order and winds up explaining the joke in a way that kills all the humor.

** "Two fellers peein' off a bridge. One said it'uz cold, other'n said it'uz deep. I b'lieve one of 'emz from Arkinsaw."

* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', this is played for laughs when Captain Hammer torments Dr. Horrible about dating Dr. Horrible's love interest, Penny: "I'm gonna give Penny the night of her life, just because you want her. And I get what you want. See, Penny's giving it up, she's giving it up hard. Cause she's with Captain Hammer. And these," he holds up his fists, "are not the hammer." Then after he steps out of frame as if to leave it at that, he returns and explains, "The hammer is my penis."
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* Wrestling/{{WCW}} commentator Wrestling/TonySchiavone had a bad habit of calling Wrestling/HughMorrus "humorous" as if we wouldn't get his PunnyName on our own.
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