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18th May '17 11:09:10 AM MasterN
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->''"A punchline should be equated to an actual punch in the face. That's why it's called a punch-line. You deliver it and run. You do not hang around explaining how you did the punch and that the recipient should probably be in a lot of pain now."''

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->''"A punchline should be equated to an actual punch in the face. That's why it's called a punch-line. You deliver it and run. [[DontExplainTheJoke You do not hang around explaining how you did the punch punch]] and that the recipient [[{{Metaphorgotten}} should probably be in a lot of pain now."'']]"''
13th May '17 1:26:43 PM Jeduthun
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If somebody CannotTellAJoke, this is the part they're most likely to forget.[[note]]If somebody cannot take a joke, this is the part they're most likely to make the other fellow wish they ''could'' forget.[[/note]] Or it may take the hearer a long time to figure out the point, making them LateToThePunchline. When it works, however, it's responsible for a very good many SugarWiki/FunnyMoments.

Compare OneTwoPunchline and EscalatingPunchline. If a punchline appears without the rest of the joke, it's an OrphanedPunchline. If the rest of the joke appears without the punchline, it's an OrphanedSetup. If the joke appears to be setting up one punchline but then goes for another, that's SubvertedPunchline. On the other hand, the punchline can be left for you to figure out on your own; that's a StealthPun.

Compare and contrast with its dramatic cousin, the WhamLine.

Not to be confused with the 1988 film starring Creator/SallyField and Creator/TomHanks or the 2015 [[Anime/PunchLine anime]].

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Punchline-related {{Subtrope}}s include:

* BrickJoke: The setup is made, then the show moves along, then much later the punch line is dropped unexpectedly.
* EscalatingPunchline: The punch line keeps on being extended to heighten the comic effect.
* LateToThePunchline: It takes the hearer a long time to figure out the point, but they get it eventually.
* OneTwoPunchline: A comic strip finishes with more than one punch line.
* OrphanedPunchline: The punch line appears without the rest of the joke.
* OrphanedSetup: The rest of the joke appears without the punch line.
* SubvertedPunchline: The joke appears to be setting up one punchline but then goes for another.
* StealthPun: The punchline is left for you to figure out on your own, maybe when you're getting something from the {{fridge|Brilliance}}.

If somebody CannotTellAJoke, this is the part they're most likely to forget.[[note]]If somebody cannot take a joke, this is the part they're most likely to make the other fellow wish they ''could'' forget.[[/note]] Or it may take the hearer a long time to figure out the point, making them LateToThePunchline. When it works, however, it's responsible for a very good many SugarWiki/FunnyMoments.

Compare OneTwoPunchline and EscalatingPunchline. If a punchline appears without the rest of the joke, it's an OrphanedPunchline. If the rest of the joke appears without the punchline, it's an OrphanedSetup. If the joke appears to be setting up one punchline but then goes See also StockJokes for another, that's SubvertedPunchline. On the other hand, the punchline can be left for you to figure out on your own; that's all those punch lines you've [[IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime heard a StealthPun.

million times]].

Compare and contrast with its dramatic cousin, the WhamLine.

WhamLine. Also contrast AntiHumor, which purposely avoids using punch lines.

Not to be confused with the 1988 film starring Creator/SallyField and Creator/TomHanks Creator/TomHanks, or the 2015 [[Anime/PunchLine anime]].
anime]], or the web series ''WebVideo/ThePunchline''.



* In Music/PDQBach's choral cantata "Knock, Knock," punchlines are sung by the chorus after the setup has been delivered in recitative.

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* In Music/PDQBach's choral cantata {{cantata}} "Knock, Knock," punchlines are sung by the chorus after the setup has been delivered in recitative.



* One of the best known examples of a punchline, "To get to the other side!", is actually meant to be an example of AntiHumor. Few people realize it now, but it was a subversion of older iterations of the joke. Most people hear it before they are old enough to have come to expect the typical conventions of a joke (like a punch line), so the joke is simply [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny unfunny]].

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* One of the best known examples of a punchline, "To "[[ChickenJoke To get to the other side!", side!]]", is actually meant to be an example of AntiHumor. Few people realize it now, but it was a subversion of older iterations of the joke. Most people hear it before they are old enough to have come to expect the typical conventions of a joke (like a punch line), so the joke is simply [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny unfunny]].unfunny]].
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''[[RimShot Ba-dum TSHH!]]''
27th Dec '16 3:53:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheFastShow''`s core concept is an inversion of the Python type approach, instead being practically ''all'' punchlines with very little lead-up. This was also sometimes used by ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' and its {{Spiritual Successor}}s, but interspersed in between more conventional sketches.

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* ''Series/TheFastShow''`s core concept is an inversion of the Python type approach, instead being practically ''all'' punchlines with very little lead-up. This was also sometimes used by ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' and its {{Spiritual Successor}}s, but interspersed in between more conventional sketches.
27th Nov '16 3:06:58 PM Outis
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** They did occasionally do a conventional punchline if they thought of one that worked well. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGrvQ1c5khU ''Nudge, Nudge'']] sketch is a good example.

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** They did occasionally do a conventional punchline if they thought of one that worked well. The [[https://www.''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGrvQ1c5khU ''Nudge, Nudge'']] Nudge, Nudge]]'' sketch is a good example.
27th Nov '16 3:06:11 PM Outis
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27th Nov '16 3:05:53 PM Outis
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* Subversion: The boys behind ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' apparently felt no need to tack a punchline at the end of every sketch, no matter what [[Creator/TheBBC the BBC]] told them. They usually offered a segue into the next sketch instead, though a few sketches made fun of such punchlines. The restaurant sketch with the dirty fork is an example of the latter, where the cheesiness of the punchline (which is marked by a title card saying 'And now for the punchline' and was [[spoiler: "Luckily I didn't tell him about the dirty knife."]]) is shown to ruin the humour of the sketch. When a later sketch is ended by a policeman who tries to arrest everyone for making a strange sketch, another policeman then enters and tries to arrest everyone else for trying to get out of the sketch without a punchline.

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* Subversion: Generally averted in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. The boys behind ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' apparently felt no need to tack Pythons observed that very funny sketches in other shows were often let down by a punchline poor punchline. Their solution? Don't write punchlines at all. It may seem obvious now, but at the end time it was nothing short of every sketch, no matter what [[Creator/TheBBC the BBC]] told them.revolutionary. They usually offered a segue into the next sketch instead, though a few sketches made fun of such punchlines. The restaurant sketch with the dirty fork is an example of the latter, where the cheesiness of the punchline (which is marked by a title card saying 'And now for the punchline' and was [[spoiler: "Luckily I didn't tell him about the dirty knife."]]) is shown to ruin the humour of the sketch. When a later sketch is ended by a policeman who tries to arrest everyone for making a strange sketch, another policeman then enters and tries to arrest everyone else for trying to get out of the sketch without a punchline.


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** They did occasionally do a conventional punchline if they thought of one that worked well. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGrvQ1c5khU ''Nudge, Nudge'']] sketch is a good example.
23rd Oct '16 11:17:20 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheFastShow''`s core concept is an inversion of the Python type approach, instead being practically ''all'' punchlines with very little lead-up. This was also sometimes used by ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' and its {{Spiritual Successor}}s, but interspersed in between more conventional sketches.

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* ''TheFastShow''`s ''Series/TheFastShow''`s core concept is an inversion of the Python type approach, instead being practically ''all'' punchlines with very little lead-up. This was also sometimes used by ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' and its {{Spiritual Successor}}s, but interspersed in between more conventional sketches.
27th Sep '16 6:11:05 AM Jeduthun
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* Another subversion was ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie''. In one memorable sketch, Hugh Laurie stopped in the middle to protest that this was one of those sketches where Stephen's role just got sillier until there was no way to end things properly, and it was just abandoned. Stephen protested that of ''course'' there was a proper end to the sketch, and he'd go and get the script to prove it. After a few seconds, Hugh realised he wasn't coming back.
** Similarly, ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvn20p6HNbE "Comedy Inc"]], in which a comedy writer's boss chews him out for writing bad sketches like "Comedy Inc", ends with a long pause, after which the boss asks the writer, "You forgot to write an ending, didn't you?"

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* Another subversion was ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie''. ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'':
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In one memorable sketch, Hugh Laurie stopped in the middle to protest that this was one of those sketches where Stephen's role just got sillier until there was no way to end things properly, and it was just abandoned. Stephen protested that of ''course'' there was a proper end to the sketch, and he'd go and get the script to prove it. After a few seconds, Hugh realised he wasn't coming back.
** Similarly, ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvn20p6HNbE "Comedy Inc"]], in which a comedy writer's boss chews him out for writing bad sketches like "Comedy Inc", ends with a long pause, after which the boss asks the writer, "You forgot to write an ending, didn't you?"
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* Similarly, ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvn20p6HNbE "Comedy Inc"]], in which a comedy writer's boss chews him out for writing bad sketches like "Comedy Inc", ends with a long pause, after which the boss asks the writer, "You forgot to write an ending, didn't you?"
6th Jul '16 8:03:55 PM Jeduthun
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Compare OneTwoPunchline and EscalatingPunchline. If a punchline appears without the rest of the joke, it's an OrphanedPunchline. If the joke appears to be setting up one punchline but then goes for another, that's SubvertedPunchline. On the other hand, the punchline can be left for you to figure out on your own; that's a StealthPun.

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Compare OneTwoPunchline and EscalatingPunchline. If a punchline appears without the rest of the joke, it's an OrphanedPunchline. If the rest of the joke appears without the punchline, it's an OrphanedSetup. If the joke appears to be setting up one punchline but then goes for another, that's SubvertedPunchline. On the other hand, the punchline can be left for you to figure out on your own; that's a StealthPun.
9th Mar '16 1:14:58 PM Hossmeister
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* Six episodes in Series 10 of ''NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' (aired in early 2002) had Mark reading off a punchline in the beginning of each episode (before guest introductions) and telling the full joke later during the show. The full list (highlight to read the full joke):

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* Six episodes in Series 10 of ''NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' ''Series/NevermindTheBuzzcocks'' (aired in early 2002) had Mark reading off a punchline in the beginning of each episode (before guest introductions) and telling the full joke later during the show. The full list (highlight to read the full joke):
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