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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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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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.
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