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7th Mar '18 6:41:28 AM orvillethird
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->''Finalism finger fink.... Obligatory quotient yokefellow... Coconut kachina cosmological argument... Bank swallow fish story... Inculpate minuteman... Stress certifyer in lecithin. Hard hearted dill... Divine minded domineer... Mind reader sextuple... Garden fly honey suckle garbage... Palter rimfire.... Green.... Peace... Change is the ultimate solution.''
-->-- "The funniest joke in the universe", as told by [[http://www.startrek.com/article/exclusive-morn-talks Morn]] on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''


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** A TNG novelization has Riker not getting the punchline of Morn's joke posted above.
5th Mar '18 9:10:37 PM nombretomado
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* It was once [[InvokedTrope invoked]] InUniverse on an episode of TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987. The MadScientist villain of the week had an invention that made unfunny jokes funny; so funny that people who hear the joke will lose all self-control as they burst out laughing. Raphael was forced to provide the jokes, and even the worst jokes he could think of would still produce a very extreme laughing reaction.

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* It was once [[InvokedTrope invoked]] InUniverse on an episode of TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987.''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987''. The MadScientist villain of the week had an invention that made unfunny jokes funny; so funny that people who hear the joke will lose all self-control as they burst out laughing. Raphael was forced to provide the jokes, and even the worst jokes he could think of would still produce a very extreme laughing reaction.
12th Feb '18 8:12:59 PM nombretomado
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* Used deliberately in ''WetHotAmericanSummer'': the host for the talent show tells extremely corny jokes that should only get an eye-roll from an audience but have the characters roaring in laughter. This is far from the most surreal thing to happen in that movie though.

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* Used deliberately in ''WetHotAmericanSummer'': ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'': the host for the talent show tells extremely corny jokes that should only get an eye-roll from an audience but have the characters roaring in laughter. This is far from the most surreal thing to happen in that movie though.
11th Feb '18 5:44:54 PM Ambaryerno
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* Punny Bones from ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' is a gnome jester who tells ''really'' bad jokes and puns because his humor was stolen by Literature/BabaYaga. After you restore his humor...his jokes don't really get any funnier, he just tells more of them (if anything, his humor gets even ''worse''. The trio of hecklers in the audience with ad libbed dialogue consistently manage to be funnier than him.) Mercifully averted with the Ultimate Joke he teaches you (guaranteed to make ''anyone'' break out in laughter when they hear it,) since the player never hears it in full, leaving more to the imagination.

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* Punny Bones from ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' is a gnome jester who tells ''really'' bad jokes and puns because his humor was stolen by Literature/BabaYaga. After you restore his humor...his jokes don't really get any funnier, he just tells more of them (if anything, his humor gets even ''worse''. The trio of hecklers in the audience with ad libbed dialogue consistently manage to be funnier than him.) Mercifully averted with the Ultimate Joke he teaches you (guaranteed to make ''anyone'' break out in laughter when they hear it,) since the player never hears it in full, leaving more to the imagination. Considering the person who ''does'' hear it in full doesn't think it's funny but laughs ''anyway'', there's likely some magic behind it.
21st Jan '18 7:51:40 AM DuckDuckNoose
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** Mike Myers comedies often play this straight, with any jokes from the main character that are not specifically singled out as awkward being treated as adorable and charming. This tendency can get troublesome when said main character is not at least ''somewhat'' sweet and charming (like Austin or [[{{Film/WaynesWorld}} Wayne Campbell]]), but self-evidently obnoxious or even repellent ([[Film/TheCatInTheHat The Cat]], [[Film/TheLoveGuru Guru Pitka]]).
27th Dec '17 8:05:14 AM starofjusticev21
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* Despite all its very legitimate ability to generate laughs, there were a couple times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' when BJ would do standup as "Shecky Juice" and come out with a series of truly painful japes that are nonetheless received as brilliant comedy. In "Ship of Ghouls" this is so bad that the audience busts out laughing ''just from him greeting them,'' even though the only thing indicating he told a joke at all was ''Lydia doing a rimshot.''

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* Despite all its very legitimate ability to generate laughs, there were a couple times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' when BJ would do standup as "Shecky Juice" and come out with a series of truly painful japes jokes that are nonetheless received as brilliant comedy. In "Ship of Ghouls" this is so bad that the audience busts out laughing ''just from him greeting them,'' even though the only thing indicating he told a joke at all was ''Lydia Lydia doing a rimshot.''
23rd Dec '17 2:21:39 PM Pren
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* ''Series/TheMarvelousMrsMaisel'' is widely heralded as a very impressive subversion, with all the funny jokes actually being funny and vice versa. Especially amazing is a montage showing Midge's jokes evolving, for which the writing process was basically "Come up with three different punchlines for a certain setup, which get funnier as they go, but none of them are bad."
15th Dec '17 9:26:32 AM Nopperabo
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* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Nuwisha (werecoyotes) are depicted as hilarious tricksters, but your mileage may vary as to whether they're funny or just annoying.
** This also hold true in-universe. The Nuwisha ''think'' that they're teaching hilarious lessons to other through their snarking and practical jokes, but if the other tribebooks are any indication, the Garou and Fera find them confusing or annoying.

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27th Nov '17 8:51:19 AM chopshop
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'', where Rad and KO inexplicably find [[PungeonMaster Joe Cuppa]] and his terrible, repetitive coffee puns uproariously funny. They're pretty much the only people who like his jokes and [[OnlySaneMan Enid]] spends a great deal of time trying to figure out ''why'' they think he's so funny, to no avail.
3rd Nov '17 11:19:39 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "What About Discord?" Twilight's friends apparently started up a bunch of inside jokes with Discord while she was away. Twilight (along with the viewer) never sees the event that started the inside joke, and fails to see what's so amusing about it. Most the conflict of the episode revolves around Twilight's frustration at being left out.

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* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "What About Discord?" Discord?": Twilight's friends apparently started up a bunch of an inside jokes joke with Discord while she was away. Twilight (along with the viewer) never sees the event that started the inside joke, and fails to see what's so amusing about it. Most of the conflict of the episode revolves around Twilight's frustration at being left out.
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