Created By: SolidSamurai on May 3, 2012 Last Edited By: SolidSamurai on May 5, 2012

It's funny because you explained the joke

Sometimes the entire joke is someone else foolishly explaining the joke.

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Family Guy had a person of middle eastern ethnicity that is slowly growing to understand american humor - as such, he attempts to fit in with his coworkers by explaining jokes that are made (originally Peter Griffin; and then it is incorporated into a few other bit pieces).

Phelous, also has a bit where he goes 'get it? It's funny because...'.

Ben 'Yatzhee' Croshaw featured a pic of a goat laughing in one of his videos, all the while explaining humor that is generally unfunny.

Mike Stoklasa of Red Letter Media went on the record to say that only stupid people would laugh at the humor displayed in Jack and Jill - and that is exactly the target audience of Jack and Jill. He then explains the humor, for the sake of killing a few of your brain cells.

The point is, sometimes it's funny to explain a joke after a joke is told. It can be a good recovery, and if well timed (like any humor), works.

Mostly utilized by comedians that criticize other people. :)
Community Feedback Replies: 3
  • May 3, 2012
    Either this is Dont Explain The Joke or that page needs serious cleanup.
  • May 5, 2012
    This is essentially a subversion. It's probably too rare for a separate page. Explaining a joke almost never makes it funny except on a meta level of watching someone's attempt at humor fail, or as an intentional insult to the listeners intelligence.
  • May 5, 2012

    Would the joke told in the beginning of Chinatown (that Gittes first hears in the barbershop--about the "chinaman" then retells in his office) fit this proposed trope?