Created By: azul120 on July 30, 2010 Last Edited By: notShemp on August 8, 2015
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Laughing At Your Own Jokes

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A case where a person (often a comedian) will laugh at their own jokes. May be a sign that they're not as funny as they think they are. Sometimes involves Don't Explain the Joke, especially if no one else laughs.

If a villain does this, expect a Laugh with Me moment. Sometimes a sign of The Bore. Might also be done in a case of Tough Room.
Comic Books
  • Batman: The Joker is a maniacal clown who often laughs at his own macabre jokes. Woe be it for any of his Mooks who fails to laugh along with him.
  • One of the Donald Duck comics involves Donald coming up with a joke he finds so funny that whenever he tries to tell it or even think about it, he bursts into a fit of uncontrollable laughter. This quickly gets him into trouble when people start seeing him as rude or potentially insane, even going as far as to ask him to sleep in the forest as to not bother his neighbors with his loud laughing. When he finally gets a chance to tell his joke in a TV show about best jokes, his inability to tell the joke without laughing ends up disqualifying him due to his time running out. The host finally suggests to just write the joke down. Donald does so and then hands the paper over to the host. Upon reading it, the host concludes that it's actually a really old joke that everyone knows. Cue everyone laughing at Donald's misfortune.

Film
  • Thomas and the Magic Railroad
    Diesel 10: [singing] Old MacDiesel had a plan/Heh! Heh! Heh! Heh! Heh!/With a pinch pinch here/ And a pinch pinch there/ Here a pinch/ There a pinch [laughs] I crack myself up.
  • In the movie version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Gilderoy Lockhart does this with his Bandon Banshee joke. (In his book, it just says "He waited for them to laugh; a few people smiled weakly.")
  • In the film of Marley and Me, John says that his boss told him not to end sentences with an exclamation point because it's like laughing at your own joke. John says that sometimes you need to laugh at your own joke, because it's funny.
  • Fred Willard often plays a character who laughs at his own jokes. One example of this is the movie Waiting for Guffman.

Live-Action TV
  • Bob Saget tended to do this in his stint as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos.
  • In the Blackadder II episode "Beer" one of Edmund's drinking buddies constantly cracks himself up by repeating things that "sound a bit rude." Sample:
    Edmund: Well, well, get stuck in, boys.
    Partridge: 'Stuck in'! Way-hey! Get it?
    Monk: No...
    Partridge: Well, it sounds a bit rude, doesn't it! 'Stuck *in*'!
  • In the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch "The Funniest Joke in the World" the original writer of the joke in question reads it after writing it down and dies laughing.
  • Fozzie Bear does this on The Muppet Show while doing his stand-up act. He is often the only one laughing.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000. During The Human Duplicators experiment, TV's Frank and Dr. Forrester can't help guffawing at the concept of a refrigerator alarm that only sounds when William Conrad is stealing the food. Most of the segment they can't even explain the invention because they can't stop laughing in advance.
    TV's Frank: Who's going to need this? Maybe Quinn Martin - and he's dead!
  • Bill Maher does it as well, though in Real Time with Bill Maher you get the impression that they're not actually his jokes, but those of his writers, which he seems to be learning for the first time from the teleprompter.
  • On Saturday Night Live:
    • Weekend Update, Bill Hader as culture reporter Stefan often cracks up because the writer of the bit changes the cue cards at the last minute to stuff even more outrageous than planned.
    • In "Celebrity Jeopardy" skit, Sean Connery would nearly always crack up at his own obnoxious jokes while Alex Trebek would wear an annoyed deadpan expression.
  • Teal'c in Stargate SG-1. Most of the time he don't get the jokes with references to Earth culture and when he make one he's the only one who laughs.
    A Serpent Guard, a Horus Guard and a Setesh Guard meet on a neutral planet. It is a tense moment.
    The Serpent Guard's eyes glow, the Horus Guard's beak glistens, the Setesh Guard's... nose drips. [laughs]
  • That's So Raven episode "On Top of Old Oaky". Raven and her friends climb a tree called "Old Oakey". While in the tree they sing "On top of Old Oakey" (to the tune of "On Top of Old Smokey"). Suddenly the tree snaps and falls over with them in it.
    Senorita Rodriguez: [singing] Well, now Old Oakey is on top of you! [laughs] Oh, I crack myself up!

Radio
  • Commander Murray made a habit of this The Navy Lark. He was usually the only one laughing.

Stand-Up Comedy
  • Dave Allen once apologized to the audience for laughing at one of his jokes.
    Sorry, I've only just heard that one.

Video Games

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Jake from Adventure Time cracks himself up so hard when he teaches a couple of nymphs how to carry a joke, he passes out. Though that last part happens after the scene cuts in the middle of his laughing.
  • In Regular Show, Skips' cousin, Quips, constantly tells bad jokes that only he finds funny.
  • From The Simpsons,
    • When Troy McClure takes Selma out to dinner, we jump cut into the end of a story.
    Troy: (laughing) That's too funny! I can't remember when I've heard a funnier anecdote. (laughing) All right, now you tell one.
    • Marge does this occasionally, she gives her best one liners when no one's around.
Community Feedback Replies: 51
  • July 30, 2010
    Taeraresh
    There's also the 'Get it? Get it?' followup to this, often followed by explaining the joke...
  • July 30, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In the movie version of Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Gilderoy Lockhart does this with his Bandon Banshee joke. (In his book, it just says "He waited for them to laugh; a few people smiled weakly.")
  • July 30, 2010
    Kinitawowi
    Billy Connolly is pretty much the only comedian in the world who can get away with this.
  • July 30, 2010
    Cidolfas
    Bob Saget tended to do this in his stint as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos.
  • July 30, 2010
    Generality
    Mitch Hedberg did this a lot. (Then again, he may have been high)
  • July 30, 2010
    Vree
    The Joker of course.

    "Sometimes I just kill myself!" -last words in the 1989 movie.
  • July 30, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Jimmy Fallon on SNL comes to mind.
  • July 30, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    I think G.K. Chesterton inverted this once, saying something like: "If a man cannot laugh at his own jokes, it is a good sign that they are not worth laughing at." Oh, GKC, you paradoxical wag!

    It's actually: "There is a low priggish maxim sometimes uttered by men so frivolous as to take humour seriously -- a maxim that a man should not laugh at his own jokes. But the great artist not only laughs at his own jokes; he laughs at his own jokes before he has made them."
  • July 30, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • July 30, 2010
    DaibhidC
    Tommy Cooper: "Excuse me laughing - I know what happens next!"
  • July 30, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    On the Saturday Night Live skit "Celebrity Jeopardy", Sean Connery would nearly always crack up at his own obnoxious jokes while Alex Trebek would wear an annoyed deadpan expression.
  • July 30, 2010
    MatthewTheRaven
    It's also a sign of really fast improv - they came up with the joke so fast they're still laughing at it as they say it.
  • July 31, 2010
    LeeM
    Irish comic Dave Allen once apologised to the audience for laughing at one of his jokes.
    Sorry, I've only just heard that one.
  • April 24, 2011
    azul120
    Hope you don't mind me bumping this one, as I totally missed any updates this received.

    In a more memorable example, Jake from Adventure Time cracks himself up so hard when he teaches a couple of nymphs how to carry a joke, he passes out. Though that last part happens after the scene cuts in the middle of his laughing.
  • April 24, 2011
    CousinApril
  • April 24, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Sometimes involves, Dont Explain The Joke, especially if no one else laughs.
  • April 24, 2011
    AP
    If a villain does this, expect a Laugh With Me moment.
  • April 25, 2011
    Arivne
    The jokester may say "I crack myself up" during the scene.

    Film
    Diesel 10: [singing] Old MacDiesel had a plan/Heh! Heh! Heh! Heh! Heh!/With a pinch pinch here/ And a pinch pinch there/ Here a pinch/ There a pinch [laughs] I crack myself up.

    Live Action TV
    • That's So Raven episode "On Top of Old Oaky". Several children climb a tree called "Old Oakey". While in the tree they sing "On top of Old Oakey" (to the tune of "On Top of Old Smokey"). Suddenly the tree snaps and falls over with them in it.
    Senorita Rodriguez: [singing] Well, now Old Oakey is on top of you! [laughs] Oh, I crack myself up!

    Video Games
    Nick: Got here in the nick of time. Ha! I crack myself up.
  • April 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    From The Simpsons, when Troy McClure takes Selma out to dinner, we jump cut into the end of a story.
    Troy: laughing That's too funny! I can't remember when I've heard a funnier anecdote. laughing All right, now you tell one.
  • October 29, 2012
    Kurtulmak
    Lawrence Curls, aka Moe the Clown, from the second Ace Attorney game. Definitely a sign of someone who isn't as funny as he thinks he is.
  • October 29, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Bill Maher does it as well, though in Real Time With Bill Maher you get the impression that they're not actually *his* jokes, but those of his writers, which he seems to be learning for the first time from the teleprompter.
  • October 30, 2012
    m8e
    • Teal'c in Stargate SG 1. Most of the time he don't get the jokes with references to Earth culture and when he make one he's the only one who laughs.
      A Serpent Guard, a Horus Guard and a Setesh Guard meet on a neutral planet. It is a tense moment.
      The Serpent Guard's eyes glow, the Horus Guard's beak glistens, the Setesh Guard's... nose drips.[laughs]
  • October 30, 2012
    SneakySquirrel
  • October 30, 2012
    sgamer82
  • October 30, 2012
    foxley
    Commander Murray made a habit of this The Navy Lark. He was usually the only one laughing.
  • October 30, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • In the film of Marley And Me, John says that his boss told him not to end sentences with an exclamation point because it's like laughing at your own joke. John says that sometimes you need to laugh at your own joke, because it's funny.
  • February 15, 2013
    Met
    Fred Willard often plays a character who laughs at his own jokes. One example of this is the movie Waiting For Guffman
  • February 15, 2013
    azul120
    The Annoying Orange does this all the time. Actually becomes a plot point in one episode of the TV series.
  • February 15, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • On Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, Bill Hader as culture reporter Stefan often cracks up because the writer of the bit changes the cue cards at the last minute to stuff even more outrageous than planned.
    • In the Blackadder II episode "Beer" one of Edmund's drinking buddies constantly cracks himself up by repeating things that "sound a bit rude." Sample:
      Edmund: Well, well, get stuck in, boys.
      Partridge: 'Stuck in'! Way-hey! Get it?
      Monk: No...
      Partridge: Well, it sounds a bit rude, doesn't it! 'Stuck *in*'!
  • February 16, 2013
    Met
    ^That was Hugh Laurie, by the way. Funny episode.
  • February 19, 2013
    JAF1970
    • Mystery Science Theater 3000. During The Human Duplicators experiment, TV's Frank and Dr. Forrester can't help guffawing at the concept of a refrigerator alarm that only sounds when William Conrad is stealing the food. Most of the segment they can't even explain the invention because they can't stop laughing in advance.
      TV's Frank: Who's going to need this? Maybe Quinn Martin - and he's dead!
  • January 9, 2014
    notShemp
    • In Regular Show, Skips' cousin, Quips, constantly tells bad jokes that only he finds funny.
  • January 9, 2014
    DAN004
    Sometimes a sign of The Bore.
  • August 3, 2015
    notShemp
    Bump
  • August 3, 2015
    lakingsif
    ^ this is Up For Grabs, you can take it over
  • August 3, 2015
    ZuTheSkunk
    • One of the Donald Duck comics involves Donald coming up with a joke he finds so funny that whenever he tries to tell it or even think about it, he bursts into a fit of uncontrollable laughter. This quickly gets him into trouble when people start seeing him as rude or potentially insane, even going as far as to ask him to sleep in the forest as to not bother his neighbors with his loud laughing. When he finally gets a chance to tell his joke in a TV show about best jokes, his inability to tell the joke without laughing ends up disqualifying him due to his time running out. The host finally suggests to just write the joke down. Donald does so and then hands the paper over to the host. Upon reading it, the host concludes that it's actually a really old joke that everyone knows. Cue everyone laughing at Donald's misfortune.
  • August 4, 2015
    Koveras
  • August 4, 2015
    randomsurfer
    In the Monty Pythons Flying Circus sketch "The Funniest Joke in the World" the original writer of the joke in question reads it after writing it down and dies laughing.
  • August 5, 2015
    DrNoPuma
    Video Games
  • August 5, 2015
    HeroGal2347
    This might also be done in a case of Tough Room.
  • August 5, 2015
    StrikingViking
    Two words: DANE COOK.
  • August 5, 2015
    GiorgioDaneri
    Add this to the Simpsons Example:
    • Marge does this occasionally, she gives her best one liners when no one's around
  • August 5, 2015
    StrikingViking
    Two more words: LAUGH TRACK.

    And two more: THE JOKER.
  • August 5, 2015
    JoeG
    • Fozzie Bear does this on The Muppet Show while doing his stand-up act. He is often the only one laughing.
  • August 5, 2015
    randomsurfer
    @Striking Viking

    Two Words Obvious Trope. In other words, your contributions are Zero Context and need explaining.
  • August 5, 2015
    ZuTheSkunk
    There are already a few Zero Context Examples in this YKTTW. I strongly suggest to either expand them somehow, or make them invisible for now.
  • August 6, 2015
    notShemp
    ^ I wish I could expand on some of them but I don't have much knowledge for them, so for now they're invisible.
  • August 7, 2015
    JoeG
    • Batman: The Joker is a maniacal clown who often laughs at his own macabre jokes. Woe be it for any of his Mooks who fails to laugh along with him.
  • August 7, 2015
    Koveras
  • August 8, 2015
    Folamh3
    • The title character of Archer does this quite a lot.
  • August 8, 2015
    ZuTheSkunk
    ^ Please try to expand your example somehow, it's currently a Zero Context Example.

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