->''"I can't tell if this is the world's worst joke or the world's best riddle."''
-->-- '''Creator/{{Seanbaby}}''', ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-geek-humor-books-by-authors-who-understand-neither "4 'Geek Humor' Books by Authors Who Understand Neither"]]

There's nothing like a good joke. And the humor ''these'' characters are known for is ''nothing'' like a good joke.

A character or show whose jokes are so bad, and whose sense of humor is so trite, corny, and childish that -- paradoxically -- you can't help but laugh at it. Usually includes some examples of DontExplainTheJoke. In English slang, this type of joke is commonly called a "groaner" or "dad joke" (the latter because jokes like this are the bread and butter of a BumblingDad's awkward attempts at humour[[note]]More specifically, "dad joke" can also refer to a certain variety of irritating WhosOnFirst-style puns. For example: "Dad, I'm hungry." "Hi Hungry, I'm Dad."[[/note]]). In Indonesian, a joke that's So Unfunny It's Funny is called a ''[[https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/jayus jayus]]''.

Often, this will be PlayedForLaughs when a show includes a wisecracking character whose jokes always fit this trope, or a horrible comedy as a ShowWithinAShow. In these cases, it's a form of StylisticSuck.

However, when an entire show fits this trope, [[GiftedlyBad it's probably unintentional]]. Note that this is rare; it's said that while most genres, badly done, become comedies; bad [[{{Narm}} drama]], bad [[SpecialEffectsFailure sci-fi]], bad [[NightmareRetardant horror]], etc can all become SnarkBait, but a bad comedy by definition fails at being funny. Failing so hard you succeed is a rare gift. A common variety is to have something overloaded with so many bad funnies at the end you are laughing for some reason.

Closely related to (and often a component of) SoBadItsGood. Often related to CannotTellAJoke. Compare and contrast AntiHumor, where the conventions of comedy are defied on purpose. Not to be confused with TheComicallySerious (formerly known as "TheUnfunny"). Sort of like CrossesTheLineTwice, [[{{Dissimile}} only with (lack of) humor instead of offensiveness]].



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Izumi of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' has her character based entirely around this trope, until you find out [[SadClown her backstory]].
* King Kai from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' IS this trope. Not one of his jokes is legitimately funny, and that's the joke. One joke in the English dub of Kai, however ("They should call him SLOW-KU!") is VERY funny if you read it as a dig at the original DBZ's notoriously slow pace.
* A fairly common source of humor in ''Manga/OnePiece'', though this is especially the case with Brook. You ''will'' laugh at his Skull Jokes, the lamer the better.

* Creator/NeilHamburger has spent his career pretending to be what may be the world's worst comedian.
* The comedian Edward Aczel pretty much does a show in character as a terrible comedian.
* Creator/ChrisRock has made fun of {{Dead Horse Trope}}s in black comedy by taking on stereotypical "terrible black comedian" characters in his shows and books.
* Creator/AndyKaufman had this as his primary shtick. First he would do a bunch of terrible impressions ("And now, my impression of American President UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter. I am American President Jimmy Carter. Thank you.") until people got so upset that they started walking out, and then he would launch into what was considered one of the best Music/ElvisPresley impressions of all time (when he was alive, Elvis himself stated that it was his favorite).
* Creator/NormMacDonald's earned this reputation during TheRoast of Bob Saget. In reaction to the other hosts, many of whom relied on sheer vulgarity to stand apart, Norm's bit consisted of nothing but squeaky-clean, outdated jokes. The audience didn't like it, but all the comedians there were ''dying''.
-->'''Norm:''' There are times when Bob has something on his mind...when he wears a hat! [[DontExplainTheJoke No thoughts, just a hat.]]\\
'''Norm:''' Bob, you have lot of well-wishers here tonight, and a lot of them would like to throw you down one...a well. They wanna murder you...in a well. Which seems a bit harsh. But that's what it says here on this cue card.
** The deliberately-terrible jokes didn't get funny until Norm started ''[[DontExplainTheJoke explaining]]'' them, as in the above examples (the ones from the first half of the act were simply read off the cue cards, followed by an awkward pause, followed by the next joke).
** Even in his regular stand-up act, much of Norm's comedy gets its punch from this. His stand-up routines regularly ''start'' as garden-variety observational humor with clear set-ups and punchlines, only to devolve into a string of baffling non sequiturs when he seemingly [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} gets so lost in his comedic impressions that he forgets what he was making fun of]].
* Similarly, in the Creator/JamesFranco roast, Andy Samberg [[https://youtu.be/J7Cc4F7Ayno did unfunny jokes that were either lame or wound up attacking himself more than the target]], complimenting the dais while claiming he was brutally roasting them. The audience laughed, but the comedians were nearly passing out.
* The Smothers Brothers attempt to be the most [[SiblingRivalry dysfunctional]] folk singers ever.
* Jay London (who competed on ''Series/LastComicStanding'') has an act of half horrible one-liners; half apologizing. ("I work at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I'm in the 'Beyond' department. I'm sorry. It's almost over.")
* The late Creator/BillHicks was an absolute master of this, and seemed to delight in telling jokes that his audience absolutely ''hated''. Creator/JoeRogan told a story about how Hicks once reacted to an indifferent crowd by launching into an impression of the Devil shitting out Geraldo Rivera that mostly consisted of strained groaning noises. This gag went on for [[OverlyLongGag five long minutes]] and drove half the audience out the doors, but nearly ''killed'' his fellow comedians in the back.
* From the Philippines, good ol' fashioned Andrew E. His movies are laugh-inducing, ''yes''. But the jokes used, ''no'', the more you think about them.
** For an example, in his movie ''Rubberman'', he, as the titular "super-hero", sees a girl crying over a cat stuck on a tree (pretty standard fare for your average hero). When he does save the cat, upon giving it to the girl, we get this '''very illogical exchange''' (translated for your convenience):
-->'''Girl:''' Rubberman, I'm sorry, but I do not own this cat.\\
'''Rubberman:''' If that is not your cat, then why are you crying?\\
'''Girl:''' I was crying because ''I feel pity over it''.
* {{Deadpan| Snarker}} radio satirists Radio/BobAndRay often pursued aggressively unfunny material to its logical limit and beyond, as a way of "seeing what [they] could get away with." Notable examples include the fifteen-minute, multi-show "Bulgarian Cream Pie" bit and an instance of a grouchy Bob Elliott playing intentionally annoying music because he had to broadcast alone on Christmas Day.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/TheCreepingTerror'' includes a host segment featuring Mike Nelson testing for the "sweet spot" on his custom audio system by listening to one of the film's tedious songs. For a very long time.
* This has been parodied on the aftermath of Pretzel Guy's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMrLz9tUrew seemingly disturbing entrance]] into the orange M&M on the [[http://us.mms.com/us/insidejokes/ M&M's Pretzel minisite]], where he is a stand-up comedian who is sick of being inside a chocolate candy, and his jokes are intentionally unfunny, yet they can be jeered or cheered.
-->'''Pretzel Guy:''' You people laugh at anything.
* This is Tom Green's schtick. Well, at least for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NjThjinDDQ The Bum Bum Song]]". It's so incredibly stupid it's ''hilarious''.
* Creator/MitchHedberg was a notoriously casual performer, mixing in half-finished and unfunny jokes right beside legitimately brilliant and hilarious one-liners. The juxtaposition made the bad ones ''even funnier''.
-->"I have a sweet tooth *scattered laughter* I think I messed something up with that last joke. I apologize."
** Mitch {{invoked|Trope}} this trope in one of his [=CDs=]. After telling a terrible joke, he informed the audience that he was going to take a sound clip of them laughing at one of his better jokes and insert it at the end of the bad joke, so that people would be wondering what was wrong with the audience.
* An American, pretending to be a German, comedian on ''Evening at the Improv'' once started his act this way (before moving on to a more earnest performance):
-->'''(paraphrasing):''' We Germans have a reputation for being too strict and orderly to be funny. Tonight, I hope to prove that wrong. *beat* Joke number one: ...
** At the end of his act he drops the accent and introduces himself by his real name. He was on one of Jerry Lewis' MD telethons more than twenty years ago. Jerry had chanced upon his act and asked him to perform on the telethon because he (Jerry) was completely taken in by it and was so surprised he was almost shocked by the reveal.
* Tim Heidecker of Creator/TimAndEric takes this UpToEleven to the point that most audiences don't know whether they should laugh. He purposefully messes up his jokes and reads from notecards.
-->"And the woman behind- the bitch behind the counter says, 'No, is Pepsi okay?' and I say, 'No! If I had wanted Coke- if I had wanted Coke- I mean, Pepsi, I would have ordered one! Thank you.'"
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin was not above a little self-deprecation, and knew how to take a joke that either wasn't funny to start with or simply [[OverlyLongGag tried to milk the punchline too much]] and turn it around into something beautiful. For instance, after going into [[{{Squick}} excessive detail about the process of picking scabs, a MAGAZINE and entire sub-culture devoted to it]], with the audience having gone from gross-out laughter to scattered, nervous laughter, he pauses, and simply states "I sense I've gone too far," and that he'll just move on to the next joke. Everyone loses it again.
* Creator/RichardHerring does a (hilarious) routine about being jaded of making audiences laugh after twenty years on the comedy circuit and how he's trying to challenge himself by ''not'' being funny.
* Creator/EddieIzzard's famous "Death Star canteen" routine derives a lot of its humor from Izzard's [[BadBadActing intentionally terrible Darth Vader impression]], and from him acting like he's never seen a ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie in his life. It ''could'' have been a mildly amusing bit about Darth Vader arguing with a cafeteria worker, but it's made into a hilarious piece of absurdist comedy by Izzard making Vader sound like a mildly irate British man, and making the Death Star look like a boring British office building.
** His take on the [[Creator/MontyPython Four Yorkshiremen]] skit probably counts as well, deriving some of its humour value from how the three comedians (Izzard, Vic Reeves and Harry Enfield) have clearly seen the skit a million times and can quote it verbatim, and therefore improvise and/or ham up every line to spice things up a bit, plus having a straight man (Creator/AlanRickman) who had never seen it before and was simply pushed on-stage with a script.
* Music/BillBailey would begin stand up shows with a selection of non-jokes, delivered in a rambling can't-be-bothered fashion:
--> Three men walk into a bar. One of them was a little bit stupid. And the whole scene unfolded with a tedious inevitability.
--> Three blokes go into a pub. Something happens. The outcome was hilarious!
* Joe Pera's entire act hinges on his awkward delivery, long pauses and dry persona. His Creator/AdultSwim special is called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trfHP5LHVNY Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep]], which is simultaneously a comedy and a sleeping aid, and can be successful at both.
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%%* Most of Michael Caesar's jokes in ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' comic fit this trope.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** This is the main appeal of Timon's character. His jokes are so lame you can't help but chuckle- this was intentional of course.
--->'''Pumbaa:''' What's eating you, kid?\\
'''Timon:''' Nothing, he's at the top of the food chain! Hahaha!!! The food chain! Ha ha ha ha... ''[realizes that his joke has failed]''
** And later:
--->'''Simba:''' What's a motto?\\
'''Timon:''' Nothing. What's a motto with you?
** Shenzi and Banzai also get a few of these earlier on.
--->'''Banzai:''' I'll having whatever's lion around.\\
'''Shenzi:''' Wait, I've got one -- make mine a cub sandwhich.
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'':
-->'''Dug:''' Hey, I know a joke! A squirrel walks up to a tree and says "I forgot to store acorns for winter and now I am dead." Ha! It is funny because the squirrel gets dead.
* Marlin from ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' starts out at this, [[DerailedForDetails hideously butchering a joke]] he tries to tell to the other parents. The commentary track on the DVD has Albert Brooks explain ''how'' he went about to make this joke so unfunny, making it even more awesome.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'': "I feel free as a bird!" "But you really are a bird."

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* The entirety of ''Film/FreddyGotFingered''.
* Much of ''Film/{{Borat}}'''s humor fits this trope, especially the "{{NOT}}" jokes.
* From ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'':
-->'''Wes:''' I didn't know the Salvation Army was having a sale. ''[laughs]'' Am I right? Am I right? I mean, look at these guys!\\
'''[[TheDitz Brick]]:''' Hey, where did you get those clothes? At the toilet... store?
* ''Film/IronMan2'':
-->'''[[BigBadWannabe Justin Hammer]]:''' Well, the press is going to have a new problem... They're going to run out of '''ink!''' ''[{{beat}}]'' Introducing...
* Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg. Not so much their humor, as the concept of their careers.
* Almost all of the humor in ''Film/{{North}}'' is this (if it isn't DudeNotFunny), with bad {{Pun}}s such as, "Your honor, the defense rests! (spoken when the defendants are literally in a coma)" or "The only barren spot on this island... is [my wife] Mrs. Ho."
* From ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'': the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0DGvblpXgE Kung Fu Hao Yeah]] song? So awful... yet so hilarious.
* ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'': "What do you get when you cross an owl with a bungee cord? My ass."
* Much of Creator/JuddApatow's material can be seen as this. Many of the more memorable scenes in the three movies he's directed so far are long, incredibly self-conscious and frequently juvenile monologues or conversations about movies, food and genitalia. However, he has said that he treats comedy as a deep form of expressive art, made clear in his book, [[http://www.amazon.com/Found-This-Funny-Favorite-Pieces/dp/1934781908/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310940981&sr=1-1 "I Found This Funny: My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny At All"]].
* Halfway through ''Film/TheSixthSense'', Malcolm tries to get his patient Cole to ease up by performing a magic trick where he claims to move a coin from his hand to his shirt pocket, etc. Problem is, ''he never takes the coin out of either spot'', he just taps the spot and claims the coin moved there. It actually works and convinces Cole that he has nothing to fear from Malcolm. Later Cole is seen doing the same trick to another kid, who just dismisses it as "stupid."
* Mr. Sir's story in TheFilmOfTheBook ''Literature/{{Holes}}''.
-->'''Mr. Sir:''' Once upon a time there was a magical place where it never rained. The end.
* In ''Film/AnnieHall'', Annie cracks up like mad as she tells what's supposed to be a true story about a narcoleptic who died abruptly. It serves to show a stark difference between her and Alvy.
%%* One word, ''{{Film/SHARKNADO}}''.

* Jack Aubrey in the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series makes a lot of terrible puns, and often gets them wrong since he's an inveterate {{Malaproper}}, but he delights so much in his own jokes that it's hard not to laugh with him.
* "Jokes that have never produced laughter" from ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise''. It's even better on the audiobook, where you hear Creator/PaulRudd read them.
* Granny Weatherwax's attempts to tell jokes in the Literature/{{Discworld}} series.
-->"So he said 'Get me an alligator sandwich -- and make it quick!'"
** There's also the clowns and jesters of the Ankh-Morpork Fools' Guild, whose grim dedication to tired old gags and jokes and reflexive inability to resist an obvious set-up make them objects of scorn and pity.
* Kurt Tucholsky, German satirist (in Weimar Republic times) takes the trope UpToEleven with his farce [[http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/buch/-ganz-anders-1188/5 "Ein Ehepaar erzählt einen Witz"]] ("A married couple tells a joke").

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unknown_Comic Unknown Comic]] on ''Series/TheGongShow'' did this deliberately. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj3Q9l9Ivng Watch him here]].
* Mr. Baggy Pants on ''Series/RemoteControl'' was supposed to be this, intentionally. He was a guy who looked and acted like a flat stand-up comic, and told the set-up of ''really'' lame joke, but left out the punchline; the contestant having to guess what it was.
* The regular "Joke of Death" on ''Series/ShootingStars''. Vic's hackneyed joke would fall always completely flat, triggering howling winds, tolling bells and tumbleweed.
* Creator/SarahSilverman on ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram''. She puts a crying baby on a branch outside during her baby shower so she can deliver the punchline to her joke about how she lost a pair of chopsticks: "I'm like, 'Silver-WHERE?'"
* Fozzie Bear from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is a Reconstruction of this trope. According to the First Season ''Muppet Show'' commentary, Fozzie was originally just a bad comedian, and they switched to the use of this trope midseason. A comedian whose material is invariably unfunny: kinda sad. A comedian who, without realizing it, dissects how to be invariably unfunny: hysterical.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Ted seems to enjoy bad {{Pun}}s, explaining that [[DontExplainTheJoke it's because they're so bad that they're funny]]. Much of the group's "wit" is this, as well.
** Having a character with the last name "Wharmpess" isn't funny. Giving him a dream of starting his own brewery named after him is not funny. The characters drinking his product and declaring it delicious is not funny. Repeating his last name as the name of the beer several times during the episode, and never once having the characters notice that they are drinking and enjoying a beer called "Warm Piss" is ''hilarious''.
--->"Today, you can enjoy a Wharmpess at every bar across the nation."
** A RunningGag in a number of episodes is how the episode is mostly just a FramingDevice as the characters are trying to tell someone else a long, convoluted story. One episode in particular had Barney talking about the absolute hilarity of something that happened at to Marshall at work that day, which starts off mildly amusing (forgot his dress pants at home) and get a little bit funnier (Barney shredded them with scissors, forcing Marshall to work with cut-off dress pants), but the funniest part of the whole story is how Barney is just gasping for air thinking it was the funniest thing ever.
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had Data trying to figure out the whole "sense of humor" thing. Watching him wandering around spouting canned jokes at the crew and their awkward reactions is funny in its own right.
* A man tells a terrible joke at the winery about a refrigerator and a sleeping woman in an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' with everyone laughing as if it was actually any good.
* ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' turns this, and IntendedAudienceReaction in general, into an art form.
* ''Series/MADtv'' had the recurring character of Luann Lockhart, the worst stand up comedian in the world. CannotTellAJoke taken UpToEleven.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** The Weekend Update also has Nicholas Fehn, a topical comedian whose jokes basically consist of him not being able to finish a sentence, which results in the jokes sounding (intentionally) long-winded and convoluted.
** There was also Gary Macdonald, Norm Macdonald's "brother" (really David Koechner), and "the funny one in the family", who would come on Weekend Update and attempt some topical humor, usually telling the lamest joke possible. What made it funny was how visibly nervous he was to be on TV telling jokes, and the fact that he ended each joke with the word "no", as if it was part of the sentence.
--->'''Gary:''' I hear 'bout all these guys runnin' for president... with all this runnin' they should call it a race no...\\
'''Norm:''' ''[after an awkward pause]'' Gary, they...they ''do'' call it a race...
** Sometimes SNL lampoons actual other entertainers, like Creator/DavidLetterman, for failing at humor.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' has at least two episodes where a terrible, terrible stand up comedian shows up and performs one of the worst routines in the world. No one in the show finds him amusing at all, but the overall scene usually ends up being pretty hilarious.
* Most of Michael Scott's jokes in the U.S version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' are either this, CringeComedy, or both. This is also what happens anytime Dwight tries to emulate his mentor, such as his botched attempt to tell "TheAristocrats" near the end of "Beach Games."
* Creator/ArmandoIannucci in ''The Armando Iannucci Show''. One episode has him tell a joke - "What's big and small at the same time? A really big egg." He then makes a Power Point presentation version of the joke about the dog having no nose.
* A great deal of this appears on ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'', tying into the general AntiHumor theme of the show.
* A sketch from ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' has a "blooper reel" of an Open University broadcast where a professor says .567359 when he meant .567395 - he, his camera man, and the presenter of the clip all treat this as both screamingly funny and horrendously embarrassing.
* Britta on ''Series/{{Community}}'' gets the biggest laughs when she is being accidentally {{adorkable}}.
** Many of Pierce's jokes are this, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-3MaZV7SvQ his banana joke]] being a good example.
* Robbie Ray's puns on Series/HannahMontana, a fact which is usually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Miley or Jackson.
* This is what Doctor Blake Down does on Series/ChildrensHospital. Despite being a Film/PatchAdams expy, he is completely unfunny, cannot tell a joke and his entrance is often accompanied to the screams of terrified children. And it's hilarious.
-->(tries to cure a young girl with a limerick)\\
'''Blake Downs:''' There once was a man from Nantucket, [[DontExplainTheJoke whose penis was so abnormally large he could hold it in his mouth]]. (pause) Wow, nothing.
* Piff The Magic Dragon on ''Creator/PennAndTeller: Fool Us''.
--> "You might know my older brother... Steve."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has Angel, [[TheStoic of all people]], crack a joke like this in "Earshot", saying he's [[JustForPun "dying to get rid of immortality"]].
* In the ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' episode "And the Pre-Approved Credit Card", Earl's son Darius's attempt to break into comedy seems to be this at first, until he finds his voice as an InsultComic.
* On ''Series/BritainsGotTalent'', "comedian" Gatis Kandis delivered such [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a75Vbb8hsKw&t=1m21s a spectacularly bad performance]] that the judges found it hilarious-- and, since comedy is supposed to make you laugh, they voted him through. Creator/SimonCowell described him as "the funniest unfunniest comedian I've ever heard."
-->"Public toilets: Can't live without them, can't live in them either. Because there is no fridge or microwave."
* In a ''Series/MrShow'' sketch, after a flashback in which a group of friends hold an intervention for a friend who [[FelonyMisdemeanor doesn't wash her vegetables before eating them]], Creator/DavidCross takes a shot: "Jill's ingested so much soil, her stomach oughta be listed in the 'Worm Apartment Guide.'" [[{{Beat}} Dead Silence]]. Followed by playing this trope even further with David trying to [[DontExplainTheJoke explain it]].
* The ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode "Not Without My Daughter" does this. When George Michael was six years old, his father brought him to the Bluth Company's "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day" as a joke, and it became something of a tradition in his family; George Michael insists on keeping it up when he's sixteen, oblivious to the fact that ''no one'' at the company finds it funny anymore. [[CringeComedy The sheer awkwardness of his attempt to make it funny, though, is hilarious.]]
-->''(we see a flashback of a six year-old George Michael accompanying Michael to work)''\\
'''Narrator''': Michael had first made this joke when George Michael was six.\\
'''Michael''': Well, sheís not my daughter, but itís about as close as Iím going to get.\\
'''Young George Michael''': Iím a good little girl! ''(curtsies, as Michael's co-workers laugh)''\\
''(we see another flashback, of George Sr. leading a meeting in a boardroom)''\\
'''Narrator''': It was a joke that Michael was starting to grow concerned about, as [[{{Understatement}} it had not worn well with age]].\\
''(George Michael pokes his head into the boardroom)''\\
'''George Michael''': Hey, Dad! Theyíre out of sanitary napkins in the ladies' washroom! ''(laughs)''\\
'''George Sr.''': Weird kid...
* Since the writing staff is easily distracted and the producers always have to make ridiculous concessions to the network and sponsors, the ''TGS'' sketches we see on ''Serie/ThirtyRock'' tend to straddle this trope and StylisticSuck.
* On ''Series/NightCourt'', Christine was generally portrayed as this, [[DependingOntheWriter when she had a sense of humor at all]]. Usually she only tried for humor when she was trying to fit in with the goofiness of the other characters. Like the time when everyone was making punny jokes based on the defendant's French nationality.
-->'''Christine''': He would like to throw himself on the ''merci'' of the court.
-->(Everyone stops laughing)
-->'''Dan''': He'd like to throw himself on the "thank you" of the court?

* Harry in ''Theatre/TheTimeOfYourLife'' wants to be a great comedian, but nobody laughs at his comic monologues.
* Near the end of Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'', NonIronicClown Brian Le Petit finds himself faced with the challenge of calming down the '''extremely angry''' emcee. Since he can't defend himself with his ScrewySquirrel antics anymore, Brian resorts to harmless, hoary old gags: putting on a red clown nose, miming that he's trapped behind an invisible wall, etc. He only manages to amuse the audience.
* Music/LesLuthiers invoke this in the intro to their chacarera ''El Explicado'': "Folklore composer Cantalicio Luna saw the light of day in the Buenos Aires province... when he was 18 years old. The morning he came from Santiago where he was born. ''Saw the light of day'', do you unders... tand?"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ernie Steele of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''. Uses many examples of DontExplainTheJoke. Somehow, he seems to realize his jokes are unfunny, unlike [[CreatorsPet Joey]].
* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Moe the clown encourages Phoenix to tell a joke. Clearly put on the spot, Phoenix says "Why am I, Phoenix Wright, such a great lawyer? Because I'm Wright all the time!" Cue awkward silence.
-->'''Maya:''' At least his expectations are low.\\
'''Moe:''' I wouldn't let him quit his day job.
** A lot of Moe's jokes fall into this as well. The fact that he laughs uproariously at his own horrible jokes doesn't help his case. This is implied to be because he's well past his prime.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 1'', Alyx notices Combine soldiers infected by headcrabs and quips "Hmmm. A Combine zombie. That's, that's like a...ah...a Zombine! Right? Heh... Zombine, get it?" however, she quickly realizes the joke isn't funny. (Still, the name stuck, so a point in her favor.)
** The exchange is made even funnier when you realize that Gordon Freeman [[HeroicMime met her joke with his characteristic silence]], hence Alyx's awkwardness.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has the abysmal standup comic in the Shark Lounge.
-->'''Comic:''' So... uh... why did the radscorpion cross the road? Cause the radscorpion... uh, it wanted to get away from the radioactive fallout particles...uh, the joke, see, since it was already a mutant, it didn't need to cross the road, so... uh...
-->'''Man in the audience:''' You suck!
* Max's jokes in the ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]'' games are occasionally played for this, like a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56_MvZRhCDw joke]] involving The Pope, [[NoodleImplements Chester A. Arthur]] [[GeniusBonus and]] [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a]] [[BodyHorror candiru]] [[GroinAttack fish]] that he made during his ''[[CringeComedy presidential campaign]]'' in "Abe Lincoln Must Die!". His Psychic Ventriloquism gags in ''Season 3'' are about half this trope, and half an excuse to make [[ToiletHumour lowest-common-denominator fart jokes]] without having to feel bad about it.
** In "The Tomb of Sammun-Mak", all the punchlines to the comics in the Egyptian newspaper turn out to involve [[FelonyMisdemeanor committing the grievous faux pas]] of cutting cucumbers lengthwise.
* In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', Ikutsuki's jokes are so incredibly lame that it becomes impossible not to laugh at them.
* Margaret in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' starts telling truly awful jokes completely seriously as you begin to progress down her Social Link. She seems disappointed that she can't make the protagonist laugh.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Kotomi]] from ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'''s attempts at comedy invariably end up as this. At first we have Tomoya trying to train her into being a [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine Tsukkomi]] when she is Boke right down to her very core, but even when she just tries to tell a normal joke it ends up very old at best and totally inexplicable at worst. Her idea of a knock-out gag? Pointing at her elbow and saying 'it bends here.'
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' has Dr. Shrunk, whose entire shtick is that he's a pyschiatrist/stand-up comedian who's not very funny. In a few of his jokes in ''City Folk'' and ''New Leaf'', he [[SelfDeprecation acknowledges that folks tend not to laugh at his jokes]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* A lot of jokes in ''WebAnimation/JerryJackson'' series are like this. For an example:
-->(deliberate misspelling corrected) Why does Mario go in the pipes? Is it because he likes the music down there or is it so that he can trump and it will make a really funny echo sound? And then he can blow the smell out and poison all the turtles at the top. And the answer is: not there because it is a metaphorical question. Lol.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "stand-up", Strong Sad treats the audience to a home movie of a young Strong Bad doing a hilariously awkward stand-up routine for a school talent show.
--->'''Li'l Strong Bad:''' Um... how about this cafeteria food? Is it cardboard or is it pizza?
** In "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/ween04.html Halloween Fairstival]]", Bub's stand-up comedy routine consists of [[StockShticks stock jokes boiled down to their absolute most generic form]], and occasionally mashed up in ways that make no sense. Strong Mad is the only person who finds it funny.
--->'''Bubs:''' Aww, that's rich. You know something else that bears a striking resemblance to something else? Women can't drive!\\
'''Strong Mad:''' ''[smiling]'' THIS GUY CRACKS ME UP!\\
'''Bubs:''' And remember, like, ten years ago? People's clothes looked funny! ''[Strong Mad laughs]'' And the music sounded terrible! ''[Strong Mad laughs]''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20080523 This]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip "cleverly disguised as an actual comic."
* A good portion of ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' intentionally stems from this. This typically will entail having the last few panels [[OverlyLongGag contain little to no content aside from the joke sinking in]].
* [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page426.html The Sphynx's inexplicable joke]] in ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}''.
** That's also (intentional) ViewersAreGeniuses; the joke is really good if you're willing to do the research so you get the references in it. To elaborate, there's an annual Wagner festival in Bayreuth, Germany, but the German guy went to Beirut instead. This may actually be based on a RealLife incident, when a prop dragon got delivered to Beirut by mistake.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': All of Elan's puns.
* When Waluigi [[HostileShowTakeover takes over]] ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/comic151.html his comics]] tend to rely on this, especially the NoFourthWall ones.
-->'''Waluigi:''' The third panel is the funny one. ''(BeatPanel)''
* Ray Smuckles of ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' qualifies in [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=02142005 this strip]] and [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=02162005 this one]].
* ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' pretty much runs on this.
* Steve from ''Webcomic/DaisyOwl'' routinely have nightmares where he is a bad stand-up comic who starts a regular observation, then draws a sensible and unfunny conclusion, and then he wakes up in fright. Many of the other strips also derives their humor from having the punchline derail or just turn into an awkward silence.
* Many, many ''WebComic/{{Dolan}}'' comics are like this. The appeal of the comics is how intentionally terrible they are.
* Similarly, ''DarthWiki/PowerupComics'' is a StealthParody. The humor doesn't come from the punchlines, but from the way every strip provides further evidence of the (fictional) author's complete incompetence.
* In one ''Webcomic/BitmapWorld'' comic, Ada tries to cheer up her father by telling him this joke: "Why was five afraid of six? Because six seven eight!" He laughs and tells her it did cheer him up. She later tells her brother that she deliberately messed up the joke because he wouldn't have laughed at the "correct" version.
* In ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' Maro tries out his "dad jokes" on his kids before coming to work and inflicting them on his fellow retainers.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuTG7iasgaE This bizarre attempt at a parody.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QLSRMoKKS0 Pretty much everywhere, it's gonna be hot.]] Their reaction to the anchor's "joke" is so inexplicable it's hilarious.
* Website/{{Cracked}} popularized [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9QpOfhAPXs this example]], and is probably responsible for most of its views.
* The LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts do this sometimes, most notably [[http://freelanceastronauts.com/view.php?id=793 during their Wii Sports Resort review intermission.]]
* This is the entire point of the [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/anti-joke-chicken Anti-Joke Chicken]] meme.
* [[https://soundcloud.com/christopher-armes/45-minutes-of-paul-stanley 45 Minutes of Paul Stanley Stage Banter]] is exactly what it sounds like. It could also be seen as a SpiritualSuccessor to Music/HavingFunWithElvisOnStage
* The ''Podcast/RiffTrax'' for the ''Film/XMen1'' movie, around the middle, had Mike start randomly adding "o" to the end of phrases, and it culminated with him and Bill muttering "Cerebro" and "Magneto" to each other repeatedly in their best Creator/IanMcKellen and Creator/PatrickStewart impressions. It really wasn't a joke at all, but somehow ended up being the most hilarious thing of the whole Rifftrax.
* [[http://www.rinkworks.com/jokes/ Really Bad Jokes]] runs on this trope.
* WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkpKaFOgyoc Let's Play IMDB]]: slowbeef and Diabeetus mock a LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/{{Apocalypse}}'' for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation, a mind-numbingly generic game apart from the fact that the protagonist is modeled after and voiced by Creator/BruceWillis, which prompt them to make a HurricaneOfPuns involving the titles of everything Willis has ever worked on. And once they run of those, they make puns with random film and television titles ''[[OverlyLongGag for the rest of the over-an-hour-long video]]''. At one point they briefly pause and wonder who in their right mind is still watching.
* British {{YouTube}}r ''LetsPlay/{{Tear of Grace}}'''s SignatureStyle involves, among many other things, a tendency for bad jokes, so many in fact that they actually become funny.
* Constantly invoked in ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer''. In the ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' "review", he suggested that Shy Guys should've been called "Crap Guys". [[ToiletHumor He even put a picture of a turd on the Shy Guy and added a fart noise.]]
* ''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia'': "101 Wacky Kid Jokes" 2 Parter. It has Rich Evans reading a book of the same title, the whole joke being that titular book was unfunny. A "with kids" edition was later done. In it, they test the jokes on two kids. One kid clearly disliked the jokes and tried ignoring Rich. The other kid laughed, but called the jokes stupid and ran away because he just couldn't handle them.
* ''Podcast/RandomAssault'': Some of the episodes the cast thinks sucked turn out to be liked by the fans.
* During the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps''[='=]s playthrough of ''VideoGame/PokemonFireRed'', Danny (who doesn't know much about the franchise) keeps cracking jokes of varying quality about the design of every new Pokémon they encounter. Enters Rhyhorn, and all he finds to say is "his head is weird". It sends them on a bigger laughing fit than any of the actual jokes.
-->'''Arin:''' After one and a half years, this is what it's come to. The pinnacle of Game Grumps, right here.\\
'''Dan:''' "His head is weird". ''Buy our shirts''.
* There is an entire Twitter feed called "[[https://twitter.com/KidsWriteJokes Kids Write Jokes]]" devoted to terrible jokes [[FromTheMouthsOfBabes written by children]], which as you might imagine, are so bad they're often hilarious.
* WebVideo/JonTron has been known to use this kind of humor on occasion, frequently with onscreen graphics or sound effects to lampshade a particularly awful joke.
-->''Jacques:''' Jon, can I play too?
-->'''Jon:''' Oh Jacques, you can't play! You don't have hands! ''(Rim Shots are repeated over and over until they turn into a drum solo)''
** One from his ''Hercules'' video:
-->'''Jon:''' Hercules does what Nintendercules! ''(Car crashes)''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Carlos on ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' would constantly crack horrible jokes that were always followed by a groan and exasperated "Carlos!" from the rest of his classmates. One episode featuring the characters' parents shows that it [[SharedFamilyQuirks runs in the family]].
-->''"Mr. Ramon!"''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Bart the Genius", the teacher at the gifted school writes "r-cubed over three" on the board, which the rest of the class laughs at in amusement, but Bart doesn't understand. She then explains another way of writing it, according to Calculus, is "r-squared dr", or (going backwards from right to left) "R D RR"....Hardy Har Har!
** Krusty the Clown was attempting to be the living embodiment of this trope. One of the writers said that it was a really hard balancing act of making the jokes unfunny yet still making the character a source of comedy.
-->'''Krusty:''' Have you ever noticed how there are two phone books? A white one and a yellow one? [[CriticalResearchFailure What's the deal with that?]] 
-->'''Lisa:''' [[OutsideJoke One's residential, the other is business.]]
-->'''Krusty:''' Well, that... makes sense... what'll they think of next? Blue pages?  
-->'''Marge:''' [[AluminumChristmasTrees They have those.]] They're government listings.
-->'''Krusty:''' ...I see.
** From the same show, [[TheAhnold Rainer Wolfcastle's]] attempt at stand-up comedy, where he cracks unfunny jokes and carries enough firepower to violently put down hecklers.
** Homer's attempts at roasting Mr. Burns during the episode "Rosebud" fail in hilarious fashion. Of course, the dead puppy in the parking lot didn't help.
** The "Spinoff Showcase" episode used this for two-thirds of its spinoffs. The sitcom parody mixed canned laughter at stupid jokes with very BlackComedy. The VarietyShow parody just used very, very bad humour with subtler indications that it was entirely on purpose.
** Characters telling jokes to a live audience regularly have their unfunny jokes met with [[LampshadeHanging a completely silent room except for a man coughing in the back]].
** Marge, of all people. Whenever she actually tries to crack a joke, she's always very pleased with herself, but nobody else is because her sense of humor is so incredibly bland. Even when she tries not to be bland it usually fails in some hilarious way.
--->''[on the TV, an action movie is playing and [=McBain=] snaps someone's neck]''\\
'''Marge:''' [[BondOneLiner Now that's what I call]] ''[[BondOneLiner break-neck]]'' [[BondOneLiner speed.]]\\
'''Bart:''' ''[very sternly]'' Mom, a man just died.
* The character Darph Bobo in ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'' is, according to its creator Chris Moeller, supposed to be funny because he doesn't think clowns are funny at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Many of Sokka's weird nicknames and jokes are this. (And apparently so are his father's, according to a comment from Bato when Sokka makes one in Bato's presence.) Apparently the unfunny-is-funny effect holds true for the rest of the [=gAang=] as well as the audience, because by season 3, they have gotten so used to Sokka's particular sense of humor that they actually miss his jokes when he's off training with his masteróand the replacement jokes they try to make are even ''more'' unfunny-funny (but only to the audience, not them).
** Even resident DarkActionGirl villain Azula gets into the mix in BreatherEpisode "The Beach", in which she attempts to socialize with normal Fire Nation teens but can't quite keep her sociopathic nature and lust for power hidden, leading her to come across as something of a [[UncannyValley creepy]] StepfordSmiler.
--->'''Azula:''' That's a sharp outfit, Chan. Careful, you could puncture the hull of an Empire class Fire Nation battleship, leaving thousands to drown at sea... because... it's so sharp.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has PungeonMaster Numbuh Two, who is hilarious, to the viewer at least, because he delivers his jokes with so much [[LargeHam hammy enthusiasm]] it's hard not to laugh. (Ironically, his EvilCounterpart in "Operation: P.O.O.L." is actually genuinely funny, given that the two are polar opposites.)
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'':
** The Brain tries to be stand-up comedian in yet another ZanyScheme to TakeOverTheWorld. All he has are [[ExpospeakGag really complicated scientific and mathematical jokes,]] which bores the audience to tears. [[Creator/GeorgeCarlin But it gets funny when he gets angry at them, wishing for their deaths using overly complicated, Rube Goldberg-esque situations.]]
** He also tried this in one issue of the comics, where he ''did'' tell a pretty funny joke, but it went right over the heads of his provincial audience: "What did Euripides say when he tore his trousers?... 'Where's Eumenides when I need him?'... [[DontExplainTheJoke Don't you understand?! 'You-rip-a-these'... 'You-mend-a-these'?!]]"
** And of course, no one can ever forget "Obey me, for I am the [''hilariously violent epileptic fit''] Overlord!"
* Stanley's corny jokes on ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' are clearly meant to be this. Though in his case the humor doesn't just come from the corniness, but from [[DeadpanSnarker Henry's less than amused reactions]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' often has this, especially in the earlier episodes. The real king is this gem:
-->"Why couldn't the 11-year old go to the pirate movie? It was rated ''[[{{Pun}} Aaaarrrrrgh]]''."\\
[[LampshadeHanging "Get back to work, Mr. Squidward."]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' had Penny throw a party that was woefully under attended, thanks to Lasieniga also throwing a party that very night. Only the rejected guests from Lasieniga's ended up at Penny's house ([[WithFriendsLikeThese with even Penny's friends abandoning her]]). So Trudy, wanting to cheer up Penny and entertain her guests, delivers this priceless gem:
-->"Why did the monkey fall off the tree?" ''(Kids ask why)''\\
"Because he was dead!" ''(Penny was NOT amused)''
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** Mabel's attempt at a VisualPun in the first episode, made worse by how there weren't even any beans in the can to spill.
** When Stan is taking a fishing trip alone and trying to socialize with the other fishers he tells this joke to a couple as the man is proposing, made all the funnier by his delivery and how inappropriate it is.
--->'''Stan:''' My ex wife still misses me... but her aim is getting better! ''[[[{{beat}}]]]'' But her aim is getting better! ''(beat)'' You see, it's funny because marriage is terrible.
* This exchange from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', when Mama lectures Francine on not appreciating Stan.
-->'''Mama:''' You know how often Baba do the "Pull my finger" joke? ''Five times a week!'' And it never been funny. There was that time it was a little funny cause it had been unfunny for so long, but that was only for like a couple days.
* Texas' one-liners in "The Duke of Detroit Presents" episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''.
* This trope is the core of Luan Loud's puns. There generally is at least one (often more) per episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''.

* Most {{Pun}}s
** Quick Example: In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', there is a scene where River dances. Riverdance?
** Ditto for {{Feghoot}}s, especially the longer ones that make you think "...I read all of ''that'' for a pun!?" before breaking into laughter.
* This is the entire premise behind CannotTellAJoke.
* The most top-rated Website/UrbanDictionary entry for [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=anal+sex anal sex]].
* From the VideoGame/{{Touhou}} fanworks, the [[MemeticMutation ridiculously funny punchline]] of the song ''Cirno's Perfect Math Class'' ... '''There are no buses in Gensokyo!'''
* Young children often don't quite get humor and try to make jokes out of random and nonsensical bits of other jokes. HilarityEnsues.
** There's a kid's joke going roughly "Two tomatoes cross a road, when one gets run over. The other says, 'Come on, ketchup!'". The joke works extremely well in any language because very few kids understand it's supposed to be a pun on "catch up" - they just like it because the tomato gets crushed. It's funny because... someone gets killed and the other is unfazed about it?
** Q: What did the guy say when he lost his tractor? A: "Where's my tractor?"
** Q: What's brown and sticky? A: A stick.
*** [[DontExplainTheJoke That one, although butchered, meets all the technical requirements of a real joke, because it still uses the wrong meaning of the word 'sticky', i.e., like a stick. The problem is that the setup is screwed up, as that sort of joke is supposed to make you think of an 'offensive' answer and then swap out a different one, like the classic joke 'What's long and hard and full of seamen?' 'A submarine.' Without that setup, just saying 'brown and sticky', it isn't very funny at all. (And with the setup, those sort of jokes stop being funny about the time kids start telling actual dirty jokes.)]]
** Swedish kids had a trend during the nineties with jokes that ended with a completely pointless and irrelevant observation as the punchline. Example: "Two moose were out flying. Suddenly one says, 'Wait, we can't fly!' The other replies, 'Don't worry, my uncle works as an accountant in Texas.'"
** As shown under Web Original above, there's an entire Twitter feed devoted to terrible jokes written by young children, titled "[[https://twitter.com/KidsWriteJokes Kids Write Jokes]]". It's quite fascinating how they clearly grasp the concept of setup and punchline, but totally fail to understand how jokes are structured.
* [[http://www.stevewhite.org/stuff/BrokenJokes.html Broken Jokes]] takes [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore familiar old jokes]] and makes them funny again by ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->- A lawyer, an IRS auditor and a venture capitalist are lost at sea in a lifeboat in the dangerous waters off the Australian coast. The boat springs a leak. They drown.\\
- Yo momma's so fat she has to wear large clothes.
* [[http://www.themonkeysyouordered.com/ The Monkeys You Ordered]], a website dedicated to re-captioning ''New Yorker'' cartoons with completely literal punchlines.
* Barbershop humor just about ''runs'' on this, with comedic quartets/choruses generally deliberately using buckets of {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s and {{feghoot}}s, and more corn than a farmer's field. The audience groaning loudly and laughing at the same time is often considered a successful response.
* The entire premise of {{Literal Music Video}}s.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' meme "Comedy Amon" is built around this: [[BigBad Amon]] tells [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/comedian-amon-stand-up-amon really bad jokes which no one laughs at.]]
* Spanish comedian Tony Leblanc once promised to do something no one had ever done before on TV. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIxTjiPKgOw Eating an apple.]]
* In Chile this is known as "The different humor". It's really hard to pull it off but sometimes it works. ''Series/TreintaYUnMinutos'' use this on occasion, sometimes {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by the characters. Musician/Comedian Felo made an entire career out of this.
* Most of [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dad+Joke Dad Jokes]] is this. Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} takes this UpToEleven by making [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__DApLNFJlw this video]].
* A popular meme from ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is having Rick tell Carl terrible jokes. Said jokes range from [[DudeNotFunny inappropriate]] to [[CrossesTheLineTwice downright offensive]]. One thing is certain, though: if it's meme-ified, there are some who find it funny.
* Surreal Memes: memes so ironic they become funny in an ironic way (or just plain obnoxious).
* ''Radio/LoZooDi105'': ''Any'' joke by Herbert Ballerina.