Actually Pretty Funny

Stephen Colbert: The Early Years.

"Have you ever wanted to punch someone but couldn't because you were laughing too hard?"
Adam Hills

Some lines are so good even the humorless can't help cracking up at the Magnificent Bastard's witty comeback or the Heroic Comedic Sociopath's cutting insult, much to the insultee's chagrin. Occasionally, even the target of the insult can admire the sheer comedy value of the joke, in which case it can border on Insult Backfire. May go hand-in-hand with Self-Deprecation jokes. Compare The One Thing I Don't Hate About You, Touché, and Not Bad. Contrast Tough Room; Dude, Not Funny!.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Mai-Otome, Haruka is laughing uproariously over Nao getting Natsuki arrested for indecent exposure while trying to hitch a ride to Aries, prompting Yukino to tell her that she's being rude. When Haruka shows Yukino the photo, however, Yukino briefly cracks a smile before quickly clearing her throat, as Natsuki happens to be in the room with them.
  • Starmon's reaction to the Digimon Emperor (who he works for) being called an "Earth reject" in an episode of Digimon Adventure 02.
  • In the fifth episode of Kotoura-san, Manabe gives Kotoura an embarrassing photo of Moritani, a girl that had recently befriended Kotoura after previously tormenting her. Kotoura tells Manabe off because giving that photo is a mean thing to do. Once alone though, she can't help but crack up, and spends the whole of the next day trying not to around Moritani. She uses the photo as a pick-me-up at the episode's end after a failure in a relay race.
  • Kimi ni Todoke has an arc where someone is spreading rumors about Ayane and Chizuru. Most of them were rather unflatering, but there is one rumor that they both found hilarious where it is believed that Sawako is the mastermind of a gang and orders them around.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, King Dedede starts his own TV channel and all the residents of Capi Town are obsessed with it, including Meta Knight, much to Tiff's horror.
    King Dedede may be a despicable dictator, but you got to admit he's got some funny schtick.
  • In Sailor Moon at the start of Ami's introduction episode. Usagi is laughing her head off at a comic book. Her mother scolds her for the noise but then Usagi shows her the comic - and she bursts out laughing too.
    • Luna gets this a lot as well. Particularly when Artemis is having a bad day, she joins in with a good amount of the teasing too.
    • At the end of the radio episode, Usagi is writing a love letter to Tuxedo Mask - which Naru snatches off her. Miss Haruna comes into the room and - rather than scolding Usagi for doing it during class - chases the two around the room, just as excited to read the latter as Naru. The English dub changes this to Serena lying that it's homework - which Haruna is still excited to see as Serena's notoriously lazy.
  • In Cross Ange, Ange tells Hilda not to die, becase the cell they're locked in will stink if she dies. Hilda laughs at the joke and asks how selfish Ange can be.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Yukari is caught infiltrating a rival school to spy on them right before their match. When she frantically identifies herself as Sgt Third Class Oddball, Kay, the leader of the school, doubles over giggling in response and complements her again the next day.

    Comic Books 
  • Fantastic Four: Human Torch, Invisible Woman, and The Thing are fighting a horrifying monster. The following exchange occurs:
    Human Torch: It's horrible! Make it invisible! Make it invisible!
    Invisible Woman: Then how's Bennote  supposed to hit it?
    Human Torch: I was talking about Ben.
    Thing: Why you little...wait, that was a good one.
  • At the end of The Killing Joke, Batman actually ends up laughing at the joke the Joker tells, despite him having earlier crippled and humiliated Barbara Gordon and then kidnapped and tortured Commissioner Gordon. You can see why when you realise how the joke relates to them and their views of humanity.
  • Batman Adventures, vol 2, no 3., involving Harley trying to get a glum Joker to smile again has Robin exclaiming that, "A barracuda down the pants IS kinda funny." Batman is not amused however.
  • A Spider-Man version that may well be inspired by the above Batman example:
    Green Goblin: I wasn't always going to call myself "Green Goblin". At first, I was going to call myself "Mister Coffee". Can you imagine how weird the last few years would have been if I'd done that?
    [pause]
    [both crack up laughing]
    Spidey: Heh-ha-ha! Look out kids, it's Mister Coffee and his latte of doom!
    Goblin: Oh God, stop!
  • In the Bone series, Thorn is understandably shocked at learning about her past and her destiny. She shouts, "My parents are dead, and I'm a princess with magic powers? What does that make me?" Fone rather unhelpfully suggests, "A fairy princess?" Thorn reacts coldly to this remark. Later, Fone tries to apologize, but Thorn says it was actually pretty funny now that she thinks about it.
  • In Watchmen, Dan tells the story of a masochist who used to follow the Masks round pretending to be a supervillain in the hopes of getting beaten up. Then he eventually tried it on Rorschach and got thrown down an elevator shaft. Laurie says it's not funny, but both she and Dan are trying and failing to suppress their laughter.
  • Deadpool:
    • Bullseye tries to carry out a contract on Deadpool given to him by Osborn, and they spend the comic trying to kill each other in various ways. Deadpool and Bullseye end up sharing a laugh about it all at the end. Halfway through the fight, Bullseye decides he doesn't actually want to kill Deadpool because he enjoys their fights too much. Seeing as this is Bullseye we're talking about, that's no small feat.
    • This also happened in the Joe Kelly era where Bullseye and Deadpool remembered the time they fought over Heinrich Zemo's grave and beat each other with his corpse. They have a laugh about it later. This trope pretty much sums up Deadpool's and Bullseye's relationship.
  • In the Green Lantern miniseries Guy Gardner: Reborn, Guy, having lost his ring, tries to get powers from the New Guardians (who, for the purposes of this story, are portrayed as New Age Retro Hippies). He eventually annoys them to the point that Gloss hits him so hard he goes flying off their island.
    Tomas: That was not very enlightened, Gloss.
    [beat]
    Tomas: But I have to admit, it was pretty funny.
  • In one A Mad Look At article, a student tells a teacher an apparently offensive joke. The teacher steps out into the hallway, laughs, then returns to the classroom and reprimands the student for the joke.
  • One story in Batman: Black and White concerned the Black and White Bandit, an artist who became obsessed with black and white after going colorblind. At the end of the story, he's laughing hysterically as the police take him away — apparently one of the uniforms told him to "get in the black and white."
  • At one point in Impulse, Inertia impersonated the title character and went about his daily life. His friends noticed that he was more snide and mean-spirited than usual, especially in regard to a disliked teacher, but they couldn't help cracking up when he asked "Does 'Pavlov' ring a bell?"
  • One comic depicting the events after the now famous "One Punch" delivered by Batman to Guy Gardner, showed Batman retelling the story to Superman and Wonder Woman. Superman initially tries to lecture him about punching out a fellow League member, especially one like Guy, but the whole time, he's clearly trying not to laugh. Finally, he gives in and asks Batman, "It felt good, didn't it?"
  • Another one for Batman. The post-Crisis origin for Jason Todd has him as a street punk who steals the tires off the Batmobile. Batman can't help but laugh at the sheer audacity of such an act. Keep in mind that this was the night of his annual patrol of Crime Alley, where his parents were killed, and you realize how funny he really thought it was.
  • In The Wicked And The Divine, Luci almost says this word-for-word when talking about Sakhmet being teased with a laser pointer.

    Comic Strips 
  • One Calvin and Hobbes strip has Calvin combing his hair, putting on his dad's glasses and marching up to his parents saying, "Calvin! Go do something you hate! Being miserable builds character!" Calvin's mom was laughing hysterically, and the dad, while annoyed, admitted that "okay, the voice was a little funny".
    "...But that's still one darn sarcastic kid we're raising."
  • In Bloom County, Oliver Wendel Jone's father is outside his room, telling him he got a call from the FBI that Oliver had programmed NASA's computers to have the Space Shuttle land in their neighbor's bean field. He breaks up in the Third Panel.
    Dad: Actually, that's a pretty good one son...
    Oliver: [peeking out of his room] Yeah!
    DAD: BUT YOU'RE STILL IN BIG TROUBLE!!
  • One comic from The Far Side has a chimpanzee find blonde hairs in her mate's fur and accusing him of "conducting a little more 'research' with that Jane Goodall tramp". Goodall herself loved it, and even wrote an introduction for one of the collections.
  • In-universe example in For Better or for Worse. April once uses Elizabeth's bra as a slingshot and shoots koosh balls at the dog. Elly is too busy laughing to scold April immediately.
  • Garfield Minus Garfield. When Davis got news of the strip, rather than send out the lawyers like one would expect, he actually thought it was VERY funny. He not only allowed them to continue, but contributed to the edits, and even wrote an introduction for their book.

    Fan Fiction 
  • This short Fan Comic for Treasure Planet.
  • Most of the tricks the protagonist of Sophistication And Betrayal plays on his marefriend Rarity fall under this. Her usual response to them is to react in a completely deadpan manner, before breaking down and admitting they were actually pretty funny.
  • In Sephiroth Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Sephiroth!Harry is given detention for "accusing the Undersecretary of subverting the Ministry". Given Umbridge's actual agenda, McGonagall barely restrains herself until Sephiroth!Harry leaves the room then bursts into hysterical laughter.
  • In Diaries of a Madman, Celestia is secretly amused when Nav steals her crown, but wastes no time in having some fun herself by tasking Twilight with retrieving it.
  • Kid Icarus Uprising: The Novelization: This is Palutena's reaction to Pit asking Viridi if she wears foliage panties in Chapter 11 (she does). Viridi is less than amused.
  • In The Mouse of Konoha, Tsume suggests that the Nara exist to be a legal alternative to necrophilia. Even Shibi chuckles at the idea.
  • When Raven catches Jinx robbing a jewelry store in Coincidence And Misunderstandings, she laughs at the latter's excuse.
  • Throughout The Very Awkward Ringtone, Tony Stark goes around changing people's ringtones to prank them. While his antics cause headaches most of the time, even Nick Fury admits that it was rather amusing when every SHIELD agent's ringtone had been switched to the Mission: Impossible theme.
  • In Ten Random Characters, Reflet decides that Zelda is this after she makes an Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • This is a sign that Team 7 is growing closer together in A Teachers Glory. Naruto first starts seeing Sasuke as a friendly rival when he admits to himself that him (Naruto) getting repeatedly doused with frigid water was pretty funny, so it's understandable that Sasuke stuck around to watch. Naruto resolves to make sure it happens to someone else next time.
  • In Return to Thorney Towers, Fred is initially insulted when Raz describes him as having his head in the clouds. After a beat, he realizes that the comment also doubles as a reference to how tall he is, and says, "That's funny."
  • Friendship Is Empathy: When Rainbow Dash apologizes for calling Twilight "Twilight Snarkle", Twilight doesn't remember her saying that (turns out Dash didn't say it out loud originally), but admits that it's "actually kinda funny".
  • Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox: During Naruto's closed-doors trial, being held to determine whether he'll go before an official trial with a jury to answer for his actions as one of the Kyuushingai, he almost openly calls Jiraiya a pervert, but manages to stop himself just in time. Yugao, the attorney prosecuting Naruto, has to put one fist over her mouth to stifle her quiet chuckling.
  • Angel in The Long Walk admits that Xander's Tinkerbell joke at him flying was pretty good considering it was off the cuff.

    Films — Animated 
  • From Wreck-It Ralph:
    King Candy: [pulls a pair of glasses out of nowhere and puts them on] You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, would you?
    [Ralph takes off Candy's glasses and breaks them over Candy's head]
    King Candy: You hit a guy with glasses. That's... well-played.
  • The bloopers reel of The Lego Movie has Emmet laughing at something, which annoys Batman. Emmet responds by saying that he laughs at everything, and Batman admits that the laugh was actually good.
    Batman: Man, your laugh is making me...actually, it's a pretty good laugh.
    Emmet: Well then, you're not gonna hear it anymore.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Mary snickers when Elliot calls one of his siblings "Penis Breath", and then chastises him for language. That was the actress's genuine reaction.
  • When Paul and Jimmy are being given crap by their rival detectives in Cop Out, our heroic pair gets off a few insults that even the rivals have to give them credit for.
    Paul: I know that Mangold's wife is very unhappy. She says he's all foreskin.
    Mangold: That's actually clever.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, one of Blackbeard's zombified officers laughs at Jack's "Missionary's Position" quip. Which gives said Missionary the distraction he needs to help Syrena.
  • God (played by Morgan Freeman) remarks as such in Bruce Almighty, recounting Bruce's blasphemous statements from earlier on in the movie.
    God: [quoting Bruce] "The gloves are off, God!" "God has taken my bird and my bush!" "God is a mean kid with a magnifying glass!" "Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!" Now, I'm not much for blaspheming, but that last one made me laugh.
  • In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country during the trial of Kirk and Bones, Bones is asked a question about his current medical status, to which he cracks a little joke, and is met by utter silence by the Klingon court... Except for one single off-screen Klingon laughing his ass off.
  • In Donnie Darko:
    • Donnie is brought before the principal for telling a teacher "to forcibly insert the lifeline cards into [her] anus" (his teacher's words, not Donnie's), and the teacher's distressed recital of that line causes Donnie's father to start laughing and cover it up with a cough.
    • Also, during a heated argument with his sister, Donnie tells her to "Suck a fuck." She responds "How exactly does one suck a fuck?" After a pause, they both crack up.
      • And the dad starts laughing when the youngest daughter asks, "What's a fuckass?"
  • A variation occurs during the opening scenes of Eurotrip, wherein protagonist Scott's girlfriend leaves him for another man. This man happens to be the lead singer of the band performing at the party Scott attends that night, and the man sings a song entitled "Scotty Doesn't Know", about how he stole another man's girl and the poor sap remains oblivious. Though Scott's humiliated at first, the song starts to take off in popularity (his best friend has it as a ringtone by the end), and even he's admitting that it's a pretty catchy song.
  • In Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale's parents get called in after the school finds out he's been impersonating a substitute teacher for a week. The parents make a show of being angry at him, but the smirk on his dad's face shows that he thinks his son is actually pretty awesome.
  • Near the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, vile Nazi toad Toht and all-American hero Indiana Jones both find humor in the fact that the Ark which so many people have fought and died over appears to be filled with nothing but sand.
  • Jay in Dogma laughs hysterically at Azrael's "Holy Bartender" joke after he's taken a few minutes to get it. He's Late to the Punchline, even though the joke involved Azrael repeatedly shooting the bartender.
  • Love Actually has this in two deleted scenes. Emma Thompson's character is called into a parent-teacher conference because her son drew, for his greatest wish, a picture of a world where people's farts are clearly visible. Emma Thompson excuses herself with her son and seems about to lay into him before she announces that it was "bloody brilliant" and takes him off for ice cream. A later scene shows the teacher with her lover, commenting that it took her half an hour before she realized they weren't coming back to which her lover comments that the idea was actually pretty funny and they both start laughing.
  • In the Steve Martin film Cheaper by the Dozen, Steve Martin is chastising his children for soaking their eldest sister's boyfriend's underwear in meat and then siccing the dog on him.
    "You soaked his underpants in meat... That was wrong. Funny. But wrong.
  • In war movie The Colditz Story, the Gestapo liaison asks for prisoners to work for the German Reich in exchange for privileges. One French soldier volunteers saying he'd rather work for twenty Germans than one Frenchman. When asked his job he replies "undertaker". Even the Kamp Kommandant laughs at this.
  • In the animated black comedy film Bebe's Kids during a confrontation in the woman's bathroom between Robin and Dorthea, they start cracking Yo Mama jokes and Robin fires off one that makes Dorthea's friend Vivian crack up.
    Dorthea: That's ok, yo mama so dumb she thought a quarterback was a refund!
    Robin: Well ain't that a little.. yo mama so dumb, they told her it was chilly outside she went and got a bowl!
    Vivian: [cracks up]
  • The mayor's reaction to some of the antics of the sociopathic new mailman (specifically gluing an old woman's cheque to the inside of her mailbox) in The Mailman.
  • Independence Day:
    Connie: [reading a newspaper] Whitmore sounds less like the President and more like the orphan child Oliver asking "Please sir, I'd like some more."
    Whitmore: [sounding mildly impressed] That's clever.
    Connie: Well, I'm not laughing.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, when Gimli and Legolas are standing guard at Helm's Deep, Gimli can't see over the ramparts.
    Gimli: What's happening out there?
    Legolas: Shall I describe it to you, or would you like me to find you a box?
    [beat]
    [Gimli bursts out laughing]
  • A meta version occurs on the DVD commentary of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter when he's talking about the comments of some critics who didn't like the film.
    Seth Graham-Smith: (chuckling) [They] say that 'it's the worst thing to happen to Abraham Lincoln in the theatre'.
  • In Mary Poppins the children read out a list of requirements for their new nanny. One of them is to "never smell of barley water" - George has a very disapproving look when he hears this. But Winifred is trying to restrain herself.
  • In The Princess Diaries Mia is humiliated when her clumsiness causes a spectacle at the state dinner. However the rest of the guests burst out laughing. In a later scene, Clarisse assures Mia she found it funny and relates a similar incident from her first important dinner.
  • In Into the Storm (2009), Sawyers says Josef Stalin is a "much nicer man that he thought he'd be". You'd expect Stalin to order him dead or something, instead Stalin gives a hearty, honest chuckle of amusement.
  • Golden Eye, also known as "the one with the exploding pen". Testing it in Q-Lab blows a dummy to smithereens and leads to this exchange:
    Q: Now, don't say it...
    Bond: ..."The writing's on the wall?"
    Q: (cracking up) Along with the rest of him!
  • In WarGames, when David first meets Dr. Falken, Falken tells him "I loved it when you nuked Las Vegas. Suitably Biblical ending to that place, don't you think?"
  • In Quigley Down Under, The Hero Matthew Quigley is a Friendly Sniper who continually refuses any offer of a handgun, declaring that he never had any use for them. In the final confrontation with Marsters, the Big Bad and a Quick Draw artist, Marsters arranges for the two to have a pistol duel, complete with The Dragon and a mook backing up Marsters with their guns already drawn. Quigley promptly draws and shoots all of them before they can react, then explains to a dying Marsters "I said I never had much use for one, I never said I didn't know how to use one." Marsters actually smiles and gives an ironic chuckle with his dying breaths.
  • In Back to the Future Part II, when old Biff overhears his younger self arguing with a mechanic about the damages to his car from hitting the manure truck in the first film, he laughs, saying "The manure truck... I remember that!".
  • In The Sound of Music Maria gets caught taking the children out in a boat on the lake. They fall in just as their father has brought Baroness Schrader home. He is furious but it's clear the Baroness finds the whole situation funny - though she hides it whenever he looks at her.
  • Citizen Kane. Leland writes a scathing review of Susan's opera performance. Despite Susan being Kane's mistress (he's forcing her to perform due to a smear campaign implying she's a prostitute) Kane reads the critique and can't help laughing. He even lets it be published in his newspaper.
  • The end of The Little Rascals short "Two Too Young." Buckwheat and Porky begin laughing at Alfalfa's predicament (some firecrackers went off in his back pocket, leading him to douse his rear end in a bucket of water). Spanky, initially shocked, can't help but join them.
  • Lord of War: When Liberian dictator Andre Baptiste guns down one of his own men in front of Arms Dealer Yuri, the latter instinctively reacts with horrified outrage only to have every gun in the room pointed at him. Yuri covers this up by claiming that the gun Baptiste shot the guy with is now a piece of "used" merchandise, and Yuri won't be able to sell it to anyone else now. Baptiste finds this oddly amusing, and makes Yuri his regular arms contact.
  • In A History of Violence, in the first encounter between meek high school student Jack Stall and a Jerk Ass jock/bully, Jack uses some self deprecating humor in an attempt to defuse the whole thing. The entire room cracks up, including the bully's best friend who almost immediately gives the bully an abashed look as if to say "Oh right, I'm supposed to be intimidating this kid. Sorry."

    Literature 
  • This bit from Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex:
    Orion: Oh, I'm crazy, all right. I do have plenty of psychoses. Multiple personality disorder, delusional dementia, OCD. I've got them all, but most of all, I'm crazy about you.
    Foaly: That's not a bad line. He is definitely not Artemis.
  • In Oryx and Crake, Jimmy is shocked when he hears that MaddAddam have been genetically engineering mice that eat electrical insulation, parasitic wasps that spread disease, asphalt-destroying microbes, etc., but when he hears about the neon-coloured herpes, he thinks it's "pretty funny".
  • Harry Potter:
    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
      • Draco Malfoy mocks Harry's fanboy Colin Creevey. Harry, who's by that time very tired of Colin's constant squealing, finds the imitation both cruel and rather accurate.
      • He notices a similar thing about Ron's cruel imitation of Hermione jumping up and down in her seat with her hand up whenever a teacher asks a question.
      • He doesn't mind Fred and George endlessly mocking him for being the heir of Slytherin - he's actually glad that at least they're obviously not taking the rumours seriously.
    • The twins finally get their mother to crack in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire where she's accusing them of doing something wrong. Fred says "suppose the Hogwarts Express crashed tomorrow and we died, how would you feel knowing the last thing we ever heard from you was an unfounded accusation" - the narration says even Molly couldn't help but laugh at it.
    • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry makes a joke about Madame Pince the librarian being secretly in love with Filch the caretaker. Hermione sarcastically says "ha ha" at first but when they get back to Gryffindor Tower, they've apparently been giggling about the idea for a while.
    • Decades before the series started, Voldemort applied to be made the school's Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to help prepare for his rise to power. When Dumbledore (predictably) said no, Voldemort put a curse on the position out of spite, and ever since no Defense Against The Dark Arts professor has lasted more than one year. After a few decades, Dumbledore admits he's come to find the series' Running Gag to be darkly amusing.
  • There's some sort of variation in the book Deadline by Chris Crutcher. The main character gets into an argument with the teacher about his school project. His teacher ends up saying "I think now's a good time to take your leave, Mr. Wolf." This causes his brother to stand up and say "Okay, but I don't see what I did." Even someone who hated his brother thought it was funny, but the teacher's opinion was never directly stated.
  • One of the Soup books opens with Rob bringing a note home saying he made a rude remark to the school nurse. She had asked him "Did your bowels move today?" and, in accordance with a lesson earlier that chapter, he answered "Yes, thank you. Did yours?"note  Once he confesses that he and Soup drew straws to see who would ask, his mother gives him only a halfhearted whipping.
  • The Last Hurrah: Meta-example. Mayor James Michael Curley, who was the real-life basis for the main character, crooked machine politician Frank Skeffington, was supposedly asked what his favorite part of the book was. He is said to have replied "The part where I die!"
  • Anne of Green Gables:
    • After Anne has told off Rachel Lynde for calling her a homely, freckled carrot-top. Marilla gives her a talking-to and makes her apologize, but she feels guilty about wanting to laugh (which may be why she fails to object when part of Anne's apology is "What I said about you was true, too - but I shouldn't have said it.").
    • Also notable is the incident where Anne breaks her slate over Gilbert Blythe's head in school. Marilla initially scolds her but it's obvious she found it funny - she decides Anne gets to stay at Green Gables immediately after.
      • One adaptation displays this with this particular scene. When Marilla is taking to Anne about it, she asks if Anne smashed the slate over his head hard - and smirks when Anne says "very hard, I'm afraid".
  • Turns up several times in A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away, mostly to new English teacher Raymond Ash. Best example? He'd set his class a short essay on A Midsummer Night's Dream, and they'd been busy beavering away at it all lesson. When he collects them in at the end of the lesson, every single student hands in a crudely drawn cartoon penis, complete with ejaculate. Ray was desperately trying not to show how hysterical he found that, while thinking it wouldn't be the last time he'd set an assignment and receive a pile of wank.
  • In Lord of the Flies, Jack does an impersonation of Piggy in the middle of a heated argument with Ralph. Ralph couldn't help but smile, much to his chagrin.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • In Death Masks Harry gets apocalypse-averting information from Quintus Cassius by mercilessly beating him with a baseball bat. After getting the info, Harry gives the broken mess a quarter and directs him to the nearest payphone so he can drag himself there and call an ambulance. Afterwards, Michael remonstrates with Harry over how Cold-Blooded Torture is wrong, even though they were in a textbook "ticking bomb scenario" and the victim was an openly unrepentant mass-murderer even without the Fallen Angel pushing him to commit evil. When it becomes clear that Harry has accepted the condemnation to some extent (he feels bad about having to do it, though he still holds that it was the right decision under the circumstances,) Michael can't help but think how much he enjoyed the look on Cassius' face when he realised Harry was not the sort of Incorruptible Pure Pureness who would let him go, and he laughs even more when it's pointed out that nowadays, a quarter isn't enough to use a payphone.
    • In Cold Days Harry must meet with Queen Titania, Queen of the Summer Court, and who has a deep hatred for Harry because he murdered her daughter with iron to save the world. Even with that baggage hanging over their meeting, she nearly smiles when Harry gives an honest but snarky answer when she asks him what Mab, her sister and Queen of the Winter Court and mortal enemy, likes. Flashy entrances.
    • In Turn Coat, Morgan recounts when he had to deal with a Skinwalker, an immortal, incredibly powerful shapeshifting bag of evil from the American west. He says he got rid of it by luring it into a nuclear testing site and popping into the Nevernever as the bomb went off. Harry's response is to stare at him a moment before admitting that's actually really cool.
  • In the Fandom Nod chapter of Jo's Boys (third book in the Little Women trilogy), Jo's Last Scrape, Ted Bhaer's response to the reporter who showed up at Plumfield's door uninvited:
    Reporter: If you could tell me Mrs Bhaer's age and birthplace, date of marriage, and number of children, I should be much obliged.
    Ted Bhaer: She is about sixty, born in Nova Zembla, married just forty years ago today, and has eleven daughters. Anything else, sir?
    • And Ted's sober face was such a funny contrast to his ridiculous reply that the reporter owned himself routed, and retired laughing.
  • In The Missing DoSAC Files, this is revealed to be the reason why Malcolm Tucker gets away with the wider media despite being The Dreaded and The Svengali - the show itself holds to Tough Room, but apparently the UK media considers his amazing verbal fluency and pitch-black sense of humour to be hilarious. One instance of this is a newspaper magazine interview in which the journalist admits he's terrified by the thought of meeting him, and was completely disarmed to discover how funny he is. Another instance of this is a very stupid suggestion from a BBC commissioner for Malcolm to run a chat show in which he can "give celebrities a bollocking".
  • In Chapter 9 of Dream of the Red Chamber, Jia Zheng, Bao Yu's father, questioned Li Gui, a servant, about what Bao Yu had been learning in class, and spoke of punishing him for allowing Bao Yu to neglect his studies. Li Gui nervously reported that Bao Yu was in the middle of learning the third volume of Shi Jing (Odes of Poetry) and quoted a line. But he messed up the second half of the line really badly. Everyone present laughed, even Jia Zheng who couldn't help himself.
  • In the Discworld book Unseen Academicals, the Comically Serious orc Mr. Nutt prepares to help the remnants of the Evil Empire's orc armies, who were magically engineered and driven into battle. When his mistress instructs him to "teach them civilization," he cracks up the stoic Vetinari by asking, "And who would you send to teach the humans?"

    Live Action TV 
  • In Selfie, Eliza is seen laughing loudly at her casual sex partner/co-worker's Freddy jokes (which Henry observes and says can't be that funny), and she then tells Henry guys like it when you laugh at their jokes, implying she doesn't find them that funny. She also purposefully doesn't laugh at a joke Henry makes to prove her point. At the end of the episode, Freddy makes another joke (about coming to the hospital Eliza is in, in case he had to "identify the booty"). Eliza laughs, Henry shoots her a look, and she claims that one was legitimately funny.
  • In Smallville, Bizarro laughed reluctantly when Brainiac compared him to a mollusk.
  • Sherlock: At the end of the first episode Sherlock jokes about a serial killer while John unsuccessfully tries to keep a straight face.
    John: [laughs] Stop. [holding back laughter] We can't giggle—it's a crime scene, stop it.
    Sherlock: You're the one who shot him, don't mind me.
    John: Keep your voice down! [giggles]
  • In early episodes of Home Improvement, Brad and Randy were relentless practical jokers, but more often than not, Tim found their antics to be hilarious rather than reprehensible, much to Jill's chagrin. That's because, Like Father, Like Son, Tim was an infamous prankster. Halloween Episodes may involve this.
  • On Boy Meets World Mr. Feeny is usually stoic, deadpan, serious, and dry in how he carries himself. In the Season 7 episode where the students are pulling pranks on each other, he finds Cory and Shawn's prank of putting a VW Bug in Rachel's dorm room to be hysterical and makes jokes at her expense with them.
  • In Supernatural, Sam and Dean try to kill the Trickster, but actually find his punishments, particularly the alien and the frat boy, rather funny at times. Until he goes after them.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • At one point, Giles is talking about how the phases of the moon exert a great deal of psychological influence, and the full moon "tends to bring out our darkest qualities." Xander quips, "Yet, ironically, also led to the invention of the moon pie." Buffy and Willow are unimpressed as always but Giles almost cracks up.
    • Season 9:
      Angel: You ever try finishing a sentence when Buffy's all worked up?
      Willow: Oh, that is sexist. And funny and so very, very true.
  • The Daily Show:
    • A clip of George W. Bush, during a trip to Ottawa, thanking all the Canadians who came out to wave at him "with all five fingers". Jon Stewart, a vocal critic of Bush, admitted that it was actually pretty funny.
    • He was forced to admit the same thing when Sarah Palin tried her hand at stand-up on The Tonight Show. In fact, he gave advice that he usually doesn't give to new stand-ups: "If you had a day job, I'd tell you to quit it" (a Stealth Insult on multiple levels).
  • On The Odd Couple, Felix is perturbed by Oscar's house guest Wild Willie Boggs (played by Roy Clark) who is prone to making crude practical jokes. He finally confronts him about it. Willie says "Felix, you don't like them because you've never tried them", adding, "do you want to play a trick on Oscar?". Felix delivers the "about-face" line, says "No. What?". Willie gives Felix a rubber hot dog to give to Oscar. With insane glee, Felix sets the trap and calls Oscar in for a snack- which of course Oscar just eats as if it were normal, saying, "The bun's a little stale."
  • In Wings, Roy's mother was going to marry a con man, but the con man had a heart attack. He was leading a game of Simon Says when he had the attack. He said, "Call an ambulance." No one moved, because he didn't say "Simon Says". When Roy told everyone about that, he was laughing. Everyone called him cruel for that, but they started laughing too.
  • Occasionally in Married... with Children, Jefferson will laugh at Al's cracks at Marcy when she's not looking. Jefferson pretty much always thinks Al's funny, he just knows better than to let Marcy see him laugh.
  • Scrubs:
    • An early episode had the guy who played Jack from Will and Grace be JD's rival for an episode, and he cracked a joke at one point. JD tried to hold his laughter in, but giggled slightly, and admonished himself for it.
    • Another episode has Kelso get mad about someone changing the Sacred Heart sign to "Sacred Fart." He does quietly chuckle and admit to Turk that he does find it a little funny.
    • While initially annoyed by the huge public display of his return to the hospital, Dr. Cox later admitted that he loved JD's Welcome Back Coxer T-shirts.
    • In the second season Carla ribs Dr Cox about hooking up with his ex-wife Jordan multiple times.
      Dr Cox: Will you get off my ex-wife?
      Carla: I will if you will.
      Dr Cox: Dammit, now I'm too proud of ya to be mad.
    • When a patient is brought in by having an unexpected reaction to viagra (read: his penis won't go down) everyone finds it hilarious but Elliott insists on remaining professional. When she hears the full story - it happened at breakfast with his girlfriend's family and the erection tore her grandmother's breathing apparatus - Elliott collapses in laughter. She then relates a story to the patient about how when she was in high school, she ended up with her ass in full display at a roller skating rink - and then invoked the trope by showing up to school the next day wearing roller skates.
  • When Jenna shocks Liz on 30 Rock with her willfully ridiculous diva antics, one of Jenna's entourage has this to say:
    Patrice: Oh, Melissa? Your face is on the phone. Soccer practice is over and you need to pick it up.
    Liz: All right, that’s a pretty good burn, Patrice.
  • Spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in political satire The Thick of It is unremittingly awful in the wittiest way possible: for example, on one occasion Hugh Abbot complains that the massive windows of his new office make him feel like a "whore in a window." At that point, Terri Coverly knocks on the window for Abbot's attention, whereupon Malcolm remarks "How much, love?" And despite living in daily fear of Malcolm's visits, in that moment, Hugh is clearly seen trying not to laugh.
  • A very famous example from The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Chuckles the Clown, the host of a children's show, is killed at a circus parade after being attacked by an elephant while dressed as a peanut. The entire episode is full of characters making jokes and laughing about the absurd circumstances, while Mary continually reprimands them and insists that it isn't funny. The episode concludes when Mary is suddenly struck by the humor of every joke she'd heard as she bursts out laughing in the middle of the funeral. Only to burst into tears when the minister assures her Chuckles would want her to laugh.
  • One episode of Frasier has Frasier chastise his family for laughing hysterically at the unusually large noses of two guests, only for himself to crumble after a barrage of unintentional nose-related wordplay.
  • Whenever a leftwing pundit or comedian puts on a satirical sketch of Glenn Beck (from Jon Stewart to Keith Olbermann) Beck will promptly replay it on his show and then follow up by admitting it's funny, if it is. He spent almost a half-hour of his radio show gushing about the parody of him in the South Park episode "Dances with Smurfs".
  • Olbermann did the same thing when Stewart skitted him, and absolutely loved the SNL skit where Ben Affleck parodied Olbermann.
  • On the flip side, Jon Stewart conceded during said skit that Olbermann's description of Rush Limbaugh was a good one.
  • Art Bell enjoyed Phil Hendrie's spoofs of his show. Jim Rome, not so much. Hendrie, however, was not appreciative of what he saw as theft of his material by Glenn Beck.
  • Bill O'Reilly is actually a huge fan of Stephen Colbert, whose entire show is a half-hour long parody of O'Reilley's.
  • On The Muppet Show, when Milton Berle reacts to Statler and Waldorf by saying he has a good mind to punch him in the nose. Waldorf says, "Please, not while I'm holding it." When Berle admits, "That's pretty funny," Waldorf says he can use it. Which is funny too because part of Milton Berle's stage persona was he stole all his material (similar to Jack Benny's persona of being a miser).
  • On an episode of The George Lopez Show, George decidedly tells his kids they must tell the truth or be punished. His son Max confesses that he's been shrinking his sister's clothes to make her think she's fat. George yells at him "That's horrible! You bad b-" but doesn't make it to the end of the sentence before laughing out loud.
  • During Australian Idol's 2004 season, an auditionee was singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Ian Dickson gave a glowing review of the performance - by the dog she had brought in as a prop - then turned to her and said, "You on the other hand..." The contestant laughed and took the rejection well.
  • In an episode of Dead Like Me, after Roxy tries to stab Mason for stealing food from her.
    Mason: Did you see that? I mean, just because I wanted some of her hashbrowns.
    Rube: I was there.
    Mason: I've never seen such violence over such small potatoes.
    Rube: Now, that was almost clever.
    Mason: What was almost clever, Rube?
    Rube: The thing about hash browns being small potatoes.
    Mason: I don't get it. Because hash browns are small potatoes.
    Rube: Never mind.
  • How I Met Your Mother Barney employs elaborate, dishonest, and emotionally-manipulative means to get Marshall to see a video of a dog pooping on a baby. (Marshall is upset but acknowledges the humor.)
    • In a later episode, Marshall and Barney get into an argument over Barney choosing a different architect for their company's building over Ted. When Barney defends the building he chose, he said, "But it breathes fire, Marshall!" the argument is briefly interrupted for the two to have a laugh at the accidental pun, 'Fire Marshall.' The argument then resumes.
    • When Robin gets engaged to Barney, she doesn't want to live in his place and initially is disgusted by his various creations revolving around one night stands. Though she is impressed by the creativity he showed in making them.
  • Big Brother US had Creator's Pet Jessie return in season 12 as a "punishment" from Pandora's Box. It's no secret that everyone hates him, but the circumstances involving his cameo in Season 10 was actually pretty funny. Pandora's Box promised Britney a chance to talk with a former Big Brother player who will give them tips. She took it, and watched the houseguests get a Luau while Jessie gave her tips on weight-lifting.
  • The season 9 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, featuring Werewolf, had Tom, right out of the gate, quip, "I dunno, you had 'em last!" Crow complains that Tom can't say that and that he's gonna tell Mike. When Mike shows up and Crow tattles, Mike actually thinks that it was funny, forcing Crow to backtrack to save face.
    • In the Time Chasers episode's credits, Brain Guy uses his omnipotent powers to pull a parody of Credits Pushback, but stops after Pearl chews him out, which leads to him apologizing for the bad joke. After the scene is restored, Mike and the Bots say that they actually enjoyed the gag and Brain Guy is being way too hard on himself.
  • At the end of the complaint cards scene from NewsRadio, Dave takes out a cards that reads, "Help I'm being held prisoner inside a complaint box" and then says, "Which is actually pretty funny."
  • In an episode of Andromeda, Tyr Anasazi finds himself alone with (and obliged to be polite to) Charlemagne Bolivar, a fellow Nietzchean (played by James Marsters) whose pride has some history with Tyr's, all of it bad.
    Tyr: [coldly courteous] What would you like, Jaguar?
    Charlemagne: The usual: hundreds of grandchildren, utter domination of known space, and the pleasure of hearing that all my enemies have died in terrible, highly improbable accidents that cannot be connected to me. And you?
    Tyr: (laughing, despite himself) ... The usual.
  • In an episode of That '70s Show, Eric Forman's paternal grandmother dies immediately after he tells her "You know, it wouldn't kill you to be nice.". Eric spends much of the episode worrying about telling his father Red this, but in the end, when he finally does, Red actually finds it somewhat amusing and, in a rather heartwarming manner for him, tells Eric that "Something like that could only happen to you, son!"
  • Inverted in the The West Wing episode "Celestial Navigation", where a subplot involves the White House staff getting caught up in a public relations fiasco that starts when an African-American cabinet member implicitly calls a Congressman a racist on the floor of Congress. Specifically, the Congressman challenges her by asking her if she thinks he's a racist, and the cabinet member snidely responds, "Well, if the shoe fits!". When President Bartlet catches wind of the gaffe, his only complaint is that she couldn't think of something more clever to say than "Well, if the shoe fits!".
  • In 8 Simple Rules Kerry does an imitation of her sister. "Hi, I'm Bridget, I can't believe how much my head shakes when I talk". Paul starts chuckling against his will and tries to cover it up saying "you're really mean".
  • During the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson mentioned that he got through a "dark" period in his life by reading The Iliad. He then looked over at roastmaster Seth MacFarlane and told him, "You're not the only one who can get by by taking ideas from Homer." Seth, who got the Multiple Reference Pun, was rolling.
  • In an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Geoffrey unveiled his hidden shame of leaving England because years ago he was caught taking a taxi in order to win a marathon (he thought the information might ruin Philip's political campaign, and yes, that marathon thing has happened in real life, albeit accidentally). After showing them the video, everyone sat in silence for a good ten seconds before bursting into laughter. Geoffrey was not amused. He reversed the laughter just a few seconds later when he stated he didn't have a Green Card. So, having an illegal immigrant under his service would throw a wrench in Uncle Phil's campaign.
  • In an episode of Raising Dad Sarah considers getting a nose job after her father and sister hurl all sorts of big nose-related puns at her. When her father approaches her to talk her out of the surgery...
    Sarah: Oh, here's one you forgot - Sarah-no de Bergeracnote 
    Stuart: (beat) Okay that would have been a good one.
  • The Yes, Prime Minister episode "The Bishop's Gambit" has an exchange between Humphrey and another bureaucrat that one candidate had been waiting quite a while to be made a bishop. Humphrey cracks, " So 'Long time, no See.'" The guy he was talking to scolds him for the pun, then spends the next minute or so trying not to burst out laughing.
  • Dollhouse: In the episode "Belle Chose", Boyd lampshades Topher's Even Evil Has Standards moment by pointing out how strange it is for Topher to have ethical problems with anything:
    Boyd: Topher has ethical problems. Topher!
    Topher: Heh. Way to land it.
  • Sir Humphrey of Yes, Minister is normally reserved and aloof, but even he can't help but smile at Hacker's description of who reads the newspapers.
    Hacker: Don't tell me about the press, I know exactly who reads the papers: the Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; the Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; the Times is read by people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; the Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country; and the The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch has this as a plot point in an episode. The only way to remove embarrassment is for the subject to be able to laugh at oneself. After Valerie burps in front of a guy she likes, Sabrina casts a spell to help her - by making her slip on a banana peel and then laughing at her own clumsiness.
  • Discussed in the series finale of M*A*S*H as Col. Potter is saying goodbye to Hawkeye and B.J.
    Col. Potter: Never forget the time you dropped Winchester's drawers in the O.R. 'Course I had to pretend I was mad at ya, but inside (chokes up) I was laughing to beat all hell.
  • In Doctor Who, this is a running theme with Sarah Jane as a companion (in the 1970s, anyway) - especially in contrast to her predecessor Jo and co-companions Harry and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, none of whom react to the Doctor clowning around. Most of her early stories end with her pretending to be annoyed, but being unable to resist giggling (like "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" and "Monster of Peladon"). Particularly useful, since a lot of the way the Third Doctor treats her could have come off as sexist Jerkass behaviour if her reactions hadn't made it clear it was a joke between them, rather than at her.
  • Game of Thrones: In "Breaker of Chains", Daenerys' large army is outside the slaver city of Meereen, whose slaves she intends to liberate once she takes the city. The Meereeneese decide to send their champion out to taunt them then engage in Combat by Champion. During said champion's tirade of crude insults to entertain the crowd that has gathered, Daenerys suppresses a smirk at the end, as if to say "Okay, THAT one was pretty good."
  • The Honeymooners: In "Young at Heart", Ralph takes Alice and the Nortons to a roller skating rink as a way to maintain their youth. However, Ralph slips on his skates and falls down hard on the floor and can't get back up again. The others try and help him up, only to all fall down as well. Ralph feels embarrassed about it and chastises them about it when they get home. But then everyone except Ralph starts laughing about it. Ralph can't understand the humor in it, but then starts howling with laughter himself. He laughs so hard, in fact, that he starts coughing and gasping for breath.
    Ralph: Boy, I went down, didn't I? Bang!
    Ed Norton: What a vibration!
    Ralph: That time you gave a tug on me and left your arms there!
  • During a 2010 episode of The Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty and guest co-host Aron Ra got a call from "Rick" from Austin, Texas. When it turned out to be an over-the-phone Rick Roll, they hung up immediately, but Aron Ra had a good chuckle about it and Dillahunty admitted "I love the fact that his name was Rick."
  • Happens twice on Roseanne. In Season 2, Becky farts in front of the student council and is mortified. After Darlene tells Dan and Roseanne, they're trying to sort out how to talk to Becky about it. Dan cracks up, hard, and Roseanne is also trying hard not to laugh, while berating Dan. The second incident happens in Season 5's "Crime and Punishment." Dan has been called to DJ's school to discuss some "obscene reading material" DJ brought. It's a comic Darlene wrote. When Dan shows Roseanne, he's appalled. Roseanne laughs unexpectedly and says "That was a funny part."
  • This is a key plot point in "The Skit," an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. Marie ropes Ray and Debra into providing entertainment for her friends Lee and Stan's forty-fifth anniversary party. The couple hits on the idea of demonstrating how happy Lee and Stan's marriage is by demonstrating a frustrating one—namely, Frank and Marie's. They do unflattering (but not cruel) imitations of the older Barones at the party; Marie and Frank, who are sitting in the front row, are not only extremely good sports about it, but laugh uproariously at the jokes.
  • The Wire does this a lot.
    • Season 1 features a huge conflict between the commander of the Homicide Unit, Major Rawls (who believes in doing anything to makes his unit look good statistically speaking, even if it comes at the expense of actual criminal investigations) and Detective Jimmy McNulty, whose personal motto is Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right. After all the headaches McNulty causes him, Rawls responds by transferring McNulty to what McNulty himself said would be the worst possible police duty for Jimmy: riding a boat in the harbor unit. In season 2 though, McNulty strikes back when he proves that a floating body found in the harbor, (and a totally unsolvable murder) falls under the territorial jurisdiction of the Homicide Unit rather than the Coast Guard or the County Police, a process that Jimmy admits took hours of calculating the tides and where the body would have first hit the water. When Rawls gets the news he's enraged but also slightly amused despite himself.
      Rawls: Fucking Jimmy. Fucking with us just for the fun of it. I gotta give the son of a bitch some credit for wit on this one. [chuckles] Cocksucker.
    • Rawls was also amused at the news that Jimmy called the First Deputy of the FBI "an empty suit" to the Deputy's face during a bit of Jurisdiction Friction between the special unit of the Baltimore PD McNulty was working with at the time and the FBI.
    • During the third season, Lieutenant Daniels' unit comes up with a plan to try to bring down a drug syndicate by busting one of the syndicate's lieutenants in the hopes that the lieutenant's incompetent underling (who happens to be the nephew of the syndicate's kingpin) will be promoted to take over the position, and thus will speak too much on the wiretap the unit has going on this syndicate. When he presents the plan to Commissioner Burrell, Burrell asks why Daniels thinks the wrong man will be promoted. Daniels quips "Well, we do it all the time." After a brief pause, Burrell laughs rather heartily at the joke.
    • Jimmy McNulty frequently chuckles or smirks at the various What the Hell, Hero? speeches he gets when the other person makes a particularly good point, most notably when fellow Great Detective Lester Freamon gives him a speech that amounts to saying "you need to get a life".
    • In the second season two detectives have a frustrating time trying to interview the crew of an international freighter, all of whom are claiming to not speak any English. Eventually the two snap and start trying to get one of the crew to react while they say things like "Yabba dabba doo" and other nonsense. At one point one of the cops can be seen cracking up at what his partner is saying, although that may in fact be the actor Corpsing.
  • In this clip from an episode of Paula's Best Dishes, a Paula Deen cooking show, Deen tells the audience that comedian Melanie Hutsell has something to show them...prompting Hutsell to pop out from behind the counter to do an impersonation of Deen. As Hutsell parodies all of Deen's catchphrases ("Hey y'all!"), manner of speaking, and love of cooking with butter, Deen herself stands in the background and laughs hysterically, proving herself a good sport about the impression.

    Music 
  • "It's Not Funny" from Run-D.M.C.'s album King Of Rock lists a lot of situations that aren't hilarious to the person whom they should happen too, but some of them are pretty amusing to the listener. Others are downright ridiculous.
  • "Shia LaBeouf" by Rob Cantor is about evading, and ultimately defeating, "actual cannibal Shia LaBeouf".note  A live video featuring special guest musicians and extended lyrics ends with LaBeouf himself, alone in the empty theater, delivering a Citizen Kane clap in appreciation before looking around uncomfortably and sitting back down.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic deliberately aims for this trope in his many, many parodies; he makes it a point to ask each artist he's mocking for permission to use their songs, even though it's not necessary (U.S. law protects parodies from copyright issues), as a sign that his work is all in good fun. Most musicians respond positively; Michael Jackson in particular was a huge fan of Yankovic, and loved his material so much that he even gave the comedian permission to recreate the music video for "Bad"—right down to letting Yankovic use the same set—for the parody "Fat."
  • Alanis Morrissette released this parody of Fergie's "My Humps" in 2007, poking fun at the overly sexual nature of the song. The Other Wiki reports that Fergie absolutely loved the alt rocker's version, and sent Morissette a posterior-shaped cake to show her appreciation.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Mick Foley finally gets The Rock back for all the years of "It doesn't matter!" During a promo in 2000, Foley tells Rock he's in the upper echelon of WWE Champions, and asks how it makes him feel. Rock barely gets a word out before Foley bellows "IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL!" Foley promptly runs around the ring celebrating, and Rock can't help but chuckle at that one.
  • John Bradshaw Layfield, around Wrestlemania 29, was defending Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger's views to anyone who would listen, but then Jerry Lawler commented on Colter: "Somebody needs to tell him Yosemite Sam wants his mustache back!" prompting JBL to say, "I gotta admit, that was pretty funny, King."
  • On Total Divas Nattie gets drunk and leaves several voicemails for Stephanie McMahon. When she goes to meet Stephanie, she replays the messages in front of Nattie. When it comes to "I'm not wearing any underwear and I'm ready to ride" Stephanie clearly finds them funny.
    • In the season 2 premiere Nattie and Ariane get into a drunken argument outside a club. A cop comes up to them and tells them they'll be arrested if they get too rowdy. After he leaves, the two go inside and burst out laughing.

    Radio 
  • In Nebulous, Professor Nebulous reveals that at school, his nickname was "Nobulous", which causes his assistant Rory to laugh and then say "Ahem... kids can be so cruel".

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    Theater 
  • A slightly different version: In a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, after Millie reads back Mrs. Meers's monologue and proving she has enough evidence to send Meersie to prison, Mrs. Meers looks at the audience and says "You can clap, that was good."
  • In 1776, Ben Franklin compares being called an Englishman to "calling an ox a bull—he's grateful for the honor, but he'd rather have back what's rightfully his." Dickinson comes back with "When did you first notice they were missing, sir?" to which Franklin laughs the loudest.note 

    Video Games 
  • From Skies of Arcadia:
    Vigoro: I believe the worth of a man can be measured by his popularity with women.
    Gilder: Hm, I kind of like that. I should remember that for later.
  • In the Sam & Max: Freelance Police game Abe Lincoln Must Die!, Sam is being put down by Chuckles, the President's body guard:
    Sam: What do you do around here?
    Chuckles: I give out free T-shirts to the visitor who asks the dumbest question of the day. Please accept my apologies, but we're all out of husky boys' sizes.
    Max: Oooo! Double-burn!
    Sam: I thought you were on my side, Max.
    Max: I just call 'em like I see 'em, Sam.
  • From Dragon Age: Origins, when Morrigan happens to ask Alistair about his training:
    Morrigan: So I take it you did not enjoy your templar training?
    Alistair: That's directed at me, I take it?
    Morrigan: Do you see any others about who have failed at their religious instruction?
    Alistair: I didn't fail- I was recruited into the Grey Wardens.
    Morrigan: And if you had not been recruited? What would have happened, instead?
    Alistair: [completely deadpan] I would have turned into a drooling lunatic, slaughtered the grand cleric and run through the streets of Denerim in my small clothes, I guess.
    Morrigan: [amused] Your self-awareness does you credit.
    Alistair: I thought you'd like that.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, most of Sigrun and Oghren's conversations involve her being repulsed by his attempts at "flirting". When she learns he half-convinced Velanna (an elf) that dwarves hatch from rocks, however...
    Oghren: Velanna takes herself too seriously. And besides, it was funny!
    Sigrun: All right, it was funny. You should have seen her afterwards; she was huffing like a constipated bronco.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
    • A female Inquisitor who's dating Sera will at one point get a quest where they go around asking other party members what kind of gift Sera might like, as she places no value in material possessions. Vivienne, who despises Sera and sees her as crass and uncultured, sarcastically suggests the Inquisitor shave an inappropriate word into her pubic hair. If you actually do it, Sera finds it absolutely hilarious and is even more amused when she learns it was Vivienne's idea.
    • If the Inquisitor romances the Iron Bull, there will be a scene where Cullen, Josephine, and Cassandra walk in on Bull naked in that order. Cullen is naturally mortified, but snickers when Bull makes a joke about the Inquisitor being the one "taking it" in response to Cassandra's fumbling.
  • From Psychonauts, upon defeating the boss character Kochamara, you're treated to a cutscene with this exchange of dialogue:
    Kochamara: I have the brain of a little girl back in my lab that'll power a whole army of psychic death tanks!
    Raz: (starts laughing uncontrollably)
    Kochamara: What?
    Raz: You have the brain of a little girl?
    Kochamara: I said, "in my lab!"
    Raz: I think you've got the muscles of a little girl too!
    Kochamara: (groan) ...Good one.
  • Knights of the Old Republic
    • One of the ways you can defuse a confrontation with some young Sith is to tell them a Mandalorian joke. If Zaalbar is in your party, The Big Guy will actually get a good laugh out of it.
    • In the same confrontation, Jolee Bindo manages to get a chuckle out of the otherwise stoic Canderous Ordo.
      Lashowe: Do you know how many Sith there are here in Dreshdae?
      Jolee: Twelve! No, wait, Thirteen!
      Canderous: Nice one, old man.
      Jolee: Thank you, it takes effort to be properly irreverent at my age.
  • Occurs in Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, except that it wasn't really funny, or even a joke. Damsel in Distress Jessie just can't help laughing when her captor calls her boyfriend Guy an idiot.
  • In Strong Badia the Free, when Strong Bad asks about the incomplete effigy the protesters have set up:
    Strong Bad: Why'd you bring that ugly, misshapen stick?
    Homestar: She organized the protest rally!
    Strong Bad: Not Marzipan! {softly} Though that's a pretty good one, gotta remember that.
  • It's hard to tell if Osmund Saddler's chuckles at Leon's quips in Resident Evil 4 are genuine or not, but he gets a couple, once at "Saddler, YOU'RE small-time", and again at "Senior Moment".
  • A rather tragic example in Batman: Arkham City. The Joker is dying, having accidentally knocked the only cure for the after-effects of Titan serum out of Batman's hands. As he lies on the floor wasting away, Batman tells him:
    Batman: Do you want to know something funny? Even after everything you've done... I would have saved you.
    Joker: (laughing) That actually is... pretty funny!
  • In G-Senjou no Maou, a girl whose family name is Usami introduces herself as Usami Bin Laden. The joke falls flat in game, but the player may find it pretty funny despite the bad taste.
  • Every now and then, a Griefer in a video game does something that even the moderators admit is this trope, but have to ban them anyways. Second Life is a good example.
  • The Last of Us: Joel finds most of Ellie's jokes groan-worthy, but one does get him to laugh and admit he's never heard it before:
    Ellie: I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now.
    • Also this banter between Bill and Ellie:
      Bill: (To Joel) What are ya deliverin', the little brat?
      Ellie: Ha ha. Fuck you too!
      Bill: (Suddenly cracks up)
  • In Devil May Cry 3, Dante and Arkham's meeting in the bowels of hell has Dante remark that Arkham needs some hobbies over messing with the Sparda family's issues. Arkham starts laughing at this with Dante joining him shortly after, but both for different reasons: Dante at his own joke and Arkham over how much power that meddling has given him (and how he plans on making Dante eat those words in a second).
  • In Life Is Strange, Victoria tells the main character, Max, to "fuck yourselfie". Max is annoyed, but comments that the joke is funny in her journal, as will tell Victoria as much if you decide to make peace with her.
  • From Two Worlds, in a conversation with a one-armed soldier:
    Figar: I think now would be the time to give me a reason not to kill you.
    Protagonist: That's a two-handed sword.
    Figar: ...shit, fair enough.

    Visual Novels 
  • In case 5 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, Phoenix has to present Larry's sketch; either you point out "A major contradiction" (the right answer), "Absolutely nothing" (the wrong answer), or explain "Exactly what happened." Phoenix explains "Exactly what happened" as "Of course the victim was flying through the air! You can see it right in the sketch! Woooooooosh!" accompanied with fitting sound effects. Godot is so amused/baffled by Phoenix's explanation that he waives the penalty.
  • In Akatsuki No Goei's fandisk during Aya's epilogue, she convinces Kaito to play an online game. Not really interested, he names his character Nikaido Reika after Aya's sister, offending both Aya and Reika's new guard Tominori. However, he then proceeds to customize the character's appear to give make her tiny, flat chested and with long pink twintails, at which point they both start giggling at how it looks exactly like her.

    Web Animation 
  • Happened more than once on Homestar Runner Strong Bad has to respect it when normally Dumb Muscle Strong Mad gets a witty retort:
    Strong Mad: (holding up a grease-stained Blubb-O's bag) YOU'RE NOT ON THE LIST!
    Strong Bad: The list? You're looking at a greasy bag of fast food!
    Strong Mad: DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF!
    Strong Bad: Wait, what? Strong Mad, did you just make a joke?! That was pretty good!

    Web Comics 
  • This The Adventures of Dr. McNinja strip features everyone except the titular doctor (including the editor) admit that the woman's diss was good.
  • Tycho and Gabe of Penny Arcade are friendly rivals rather than enemies, but they still mock each other mercilessly. They have very different tastes, but occasionally, one will admit "That was actually pretty clever."
  • Sluggy Freelance has an interesting one when a man is torturing Torg for information.
    Torturer: Just tell us what we want to know, and we'll stop.
    Torg: YOU HAVEN'T ASKED ME ANYTHING YET!
    [torturer starts laughing]
    Torg: Hey!
    Torturer: Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Anyway, we want to know where Doctor Steve's lab is.
    Torg: I don't know that! I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it!
    [torturer starts laughing]
    [after a moment, Torg starts laughing too]
  • Ben's father has to laugh about "dingle-choad" in this strip of Loserz.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, Xinchub laughs at Tagon saying "innocent Marines". Tagon agrees that that's actually funny.
  • Black Mage has a moment of this near the end of Eight Bit Theater where, after having become a super-powerful, super-evil version of himself, he stops in the middle of slaughtering his former allies to admit that a prank they pulled on him 700 or so strips earlier actually was pretty funny.
  • A Brick Joke in Exiern has this effect. An imprisoned barbarian is wondering if she can get freed after accidentally punching the king in the face, if she argues it was meant as a show of respect. The king enters at this point and explains that it won't work, before Recruiting the Criminal. At the end of the scene, now allies and with no hostility between them, the king finally punches the barbarian in the face "out of respect" - those present are terrified only to realise, once the king has left, that she's actually laughing.
  • Shows up in this Exterminatus Now strip.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse: One of the Kais finds Zen Buu's impression of South Kai pretty funny, though he claims that it's just nervous laughter.

    Web Original 
  • This video featuring iJustine and a terrible date.
    Justine: *laughs* I...hate you.
  • Even though most of the movies reviewed by The Nostalgia Critic are bad, he admits that there are occasionally one or two funny jokes.
    • For example, this in Street Fighter: The Movie. QUICK! CHANGE THE CHANNEL!!
    • Despite the Batman & Robin movie being labeled the worst film ever and driving the Nostalgia Critic to homicidal rage over a Bat Credit Card, "the Riddler suit here is kinda clever."
    • The Stinger at the end of the Good Burger review.
    • From Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie, when the villain was talking about how he missed all the evils of the world, and included The Brady Bunch Reunion tour amongst the Black Death and Spanish Inquisition, he said "...I gotta admit that's actually kinda funny."
    • He also liked one scene in Jingle All the Way, when Myron the mailman threatened some police officers with what he thought was a fake bomb in a package, only for it to go off after he leaves the room. However, an unfortunate case of Mood Whiplash ensues when the officer from the bomb squad is shown comically charred but still alive.
    • Although he absolutely hated Baby Geniuses 2 (though not quite as much as the original), he still begrudgingly admitted that the twist was pretty good, in that he didn't see it coming and it made perfect sense in hindsight.
    • During How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, he does it in rhyme:
      Critic: So the Grinch goes crazy and starts attacking the folks.
      Grinch: [to a car spinning out of control] Taxi!...It's because I'm green, isn't it?!
      Critic: ...okay, that's a good joke.
    • Despite finding The Master of Disguise one of the worst comedies ever, he chuckles the first time the villain's Evil Laugh is interrupted by his farting. However, he grows to dislike many of the subsequent uses of it.
    • His review of Water World has him find the death of the old oil technician who lives a miserable, tortured life on the Smokers' ship pretty funny.
    Oil Technician: Oh thank God...
    • In his review for Space Jam, he gets a kick out of the Mon-Stars dogpiling Granny, and replays the clip several times.
  • The Cinema Snob had a couple moments of these:
    • During his Video Violence 2 review where he's seen snickering at the following joke "What's black and white and red all over, and can't get through a revolving door? A nun with a spear through her head!", but tries to cover it up.
    • In Midnight Screenings, they can still find a good joke in some bad movies, but not always. When Jake and Irving saw The Smurfs, they even thought the one funny joke could have only been funny because they thought the rest of the movie was such dreck.
  • Filthy Frank: When Mr. Magic Man says "I wish I was Stevie Wonder so I'd never have to see you again!", Frank calls it "pretty clever".
  • The Nostalgia Chick utterly panned Spice World, until Meat Loaf's character reacts to being asked to unplug the multiple toilets on The Spice Girls' tour bus by saying "Look, I love these girls. And I would do anything for them. But I won't do that." In the Chick's words: "Can it be that this movie has redeemed itself with a mere one joke?!"
  • Despite his extreme hatred for the so-called "great" films he reviews, Confused Matthew does make his best effort to point out the good things about them he sees.
    • In his The Lion King review, he admitted "Circle of Life" was a good song and that the scene with Timon dancing the hula made him laugh hard.
    • He also made note of Samantha Morton's excellent performance in the epilogue of his Minority Report review.
    • He said the end of Titanic (1997) was well done.
  • Spoony
    • In a review of Highlander II: The Quickening. Spoony admitted that MacLeod and Ramirez simply getting into a car and ramming an armed barricade relying on their immortality to protect them from all the times they'll be shot is actually pretty clever. However, he also points out all the Fridge Logic that undermines this, the biggest ones include the fact that they put the (mortal) Love Interest in the trunk of said car, and that the Big Bad didn't simply tell the Corrupt Corporate Executive he's working with about the immortals and to cut their heads off.
    • Similarly, he said the protective collar worn by The Guardian in Highlander: The Source was an ingenious idea for the series. Sure, they never use it again, but still. He also praised the Guardian's "There can be only ME!" line and a scene (which he didn't include in the review itself and only mentioned in the commentary) in which Methos kills a biker by throwing his sword against a tree blade first right in front of the biker, decapitating him.
    • And more literally, during his Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh LP.
      Trevor: I've got a date for dinner.
      Curtis: Tell me about him.
      Trevor: Nooo...okay.
      Spoony: Okay, that was good.
    • In one of his Counter Monkey videos, Spoony describes a Dungeons & Dragons game where he played a half-orc thief. The party's wizard mocked him by asking how someone that big and hard-to-miss could possibly pick anyone's pocket. Spoony responded by clubbing the wizard over the head and then taking the coin purse from his unconscious body. The wizard's player laughed and gladly admitted to losing the debate.
  • ProtonJon of Let's Play hates Invisible Coin Blocks. Yet, in this ROM Hack, he encounters an inventive use of them that's Actually Pretty Funny.
    YOU SON OF A BITCH!!! [chuckles] Okay, that was kinda funny.
  • From a Sonic Unleashed playthrough by Hellfire Commentaries:
    NTom: What's a moray?
    FTA: When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that's a moray.
    NTom: [clapping] Well done, that is actually well deserved.
  • From the Rifftrax of ''300', the guys let out a barrage of Punctuated! For! Emphasis! jokes with Bill ending thus:
    Bill: When he sits down to meal of juice, toast, milk, and Trix cereal—
    Mike: Uh oh, where's he going with this?
    Bill: And he looks at his bowl of Trix and he says "THIS! IS! SPART OF A BALANCED BREAKFAST!"
    Kevin: Wow!
    Mike: Wow, you pulled it out! Nicely done.
  • At the end of the first season of commodoreHUSTLE, the villain Geoff, who's determined to ruin LoadingReadyRun because of their comedy's reliance on the Groin Attack, is kicked in the balls by Paul's ball-kicking robot, Mr. Ballsmotron. As he collapses, he says "That... was actually pretty funny."
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Subverted when Frieza makes a Double Entendre pun while handing out a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Nail. Nail starts to chuckle, and Frieza assumes this trope is in effect. Then Nail tells him the real reason he's laughing: because Nail suckered Frieza into wasting time while a plan by the good guys to use the dragonballs and thwart Frieza was being played out.
    • Nail is good with this trope. Such as the time he and Piccolo are trying to think up a better attack name than "Special Beam Cannon".
      Piccolo: "Rail Beam"!
      Nail: "Nail Gun"?
      Beat
      Piccolo: Shit, that's good...
    • In the second version of Dead Zone Abridged, Evil Overlord Garlic Jr. has this reaction crossed with Dumbass Has a Point twice to things that his mook Ginger says.
      Garlic Jr.: Got to say I'm sort of impressed. How'd you find them [the dragon balls] so fast?
      Ginger: Prize in a high stakes poker game.
      Garlic Jr.: Wow. Never thought you had a poker face.
      Ginger: Never said I played!
      Garlic Jr.: Once again, fair enough.
    • Goes into downright meta levels when the voice actors from the original dub of DBZ met with Team Four Star and outright thanked them for what they did. Apparently they had wanted to rip the cheesy dub apart for years, but never could due to their contracts.
  • Nash of What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? occasionally has this reaction to a particularly clever pun in the news articles he reads, despite hating them in principle.
    • In Nash's review of Castrovalva, he has this reaction to Tegan's snark comparing the Zero Room, "an isolated space cut off from the rest of the universe", to Brisbane. He then asks what a "Brisbane" is.
    • In his review of Robot his reaction to the scene where the Doctor gets the Brigadier to admit that he doesn't think foreigners can be trusted.
  • Blogger Beware: In the "Night of the Living Dummy" review, Troy admitted the joke about Russian and Yugoslavian songs was pretty funny.
  • While Todd in the Shadows spends around a quarter of an hour reiterating that LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" is not funny, but does admit during the end credits that the gag where the lead singer tears off his speedo to reveal another speedo underneath it was funny.
  • Not Always Learning:
    • This student doodled cartoons making fun of his super-serious professor all semester, throwing them out after each class. At the end of the semester, the professor took the student aside and showed him that he'd salvaged all the cartoons.
      Also... I enjoyed these.
    • A precocious kindergartener got bored reading "Dick and Jane", and convinced his classmates that Spot had rabies. The teacher and the principal both thought it was hilarious.
  • In The Blockbuster Buster, ERod has admitted several jokes in the films he's reviewed are pretty funny. In The Shaggy Dog, it was when David knocks the grandmother into the tree; in The Country Bears, it was the "am I adpoted?" joke; and in Josie and the Pussycats, it was the "CD cover" gag.
  • There are actually a few people who have looked at pages in Encyclopedia Dramatica and actually thought they were kind of funny, despite the other 90% of the site being flame bait. Their page on Madagascar is often considered rather humorous, mostly because it avoids racism (for the most part) and plays off of the SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING meme.
  • In the Musical Hell review of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Diva admits that having the Dirty Old Man villain singing "When I'm Sixty-Four" is a rather clever twist on the song.
  • Kyle Kallgren of Brows Held High had this reaction to a joke in Shortbus about one of the characters claiming to use menstrual blood in her avant garde performances after the punchline was revealed: "It's a period piece." Likewise, he admitted that Tromeo and Juliet's twist on the "see how she rest her cheek upon her hand" (specifically, the cheek in question was her butt) was clever. Brad, however, wasn't amused.
  • In a Last Week Tonight video with John Oliver, John made fun of Pom Wonderful juice and said it should be used for "pomegranate enemas." The Pom Wonderful company thought this was funny and sent him a cooler of juice and a letter that said "What you do with it is your own business." John in return thought their reply was quite funny as well and corpsed reading on the show.
  • Jayuzumi runs into this a lot. Some of the players he runs into, while getting annoyed at the soundboards in general, will acknowledge if he does a good joke, even if they're the butt of it.
    • During "Homer Simpson Plays COD Ghosts", viewable here:
      Other player: You might possibly have too much time on your hands. You might want to get a girlfriend.
      Homer Simpson: Yes, master!
      Other player: (starts laughing)
    • In "Jay from Inbetweeners Plays Modern Warfare 3", viewable here, a player calls in a care package and goes into a corner to make sure he doesn't get crushed by it. Jay immediately rams him in and gets joined by another player, causing all three to be crushed. The player who loses his care package and dies is laughing like a hyena, as opposed to raging like you'd expect.
  • In 2014, College Humor put out this video, which parodies the Furry Fandom with an over-the-top cartoon show called "Furry Force." Many genuine furries posted comments on the video about how funny and accurate it was, with a few offering suggestions about how to make it even truer to their fandom. The best part? The writers listened, and produced this sequel which incorporates those suggestions. In that case, several more furries posted about their love for the parody.
  • On Atop the Fourth Wall, one of Linkara's "Top 15 Worst Moments of Countdown" entries was when evil Mary Marvel used Kyle Rayner to beat Donna Troi. He admits that this scene did make him laugh, but in context, it's too silly, harming one's ability to see Mary as either a credible threat or a sympathetic character in need of redemption.

    Western Animation 
  • In The Simpsons:
    • Marge scolds Bart for somehow tattooing "Wide load" on Homer's rear, but then chuckles at it behind his back.
    • She's also done this when Flanders poured his heart out in a letter to Homer. She insisted they take the letter seriously, and then left the room to snicker.
    • In yet another episode (where Homer becomes an astronaut), Marge chastises Bart for writing on the back of Homer's head, but when Homer turns and inadvertently shows her the message ("Insert Brain Here"), she has to hold back her laughter.
    • After Chief Wiggum 'kills' Homer's homicidal toupee in a Halloween special:
      Chief Wiggum: Now, that's what I call a bad hair day!
      [general laughter]
      Marge: May I remind you that two people are dead? Oh, wait, I just got it! [laughs]
    • During a parole hearing, Chief Wiggum is forced to admit this about one of Sideshow Bob's remarks, after finally getting the joke.
      Wiggum: Sideshow Bob has no decency! He called me "Chief Piggum!"
      [entire courtroom laughs]
      Wiggum: Ha ha, oh, now I get it. Ha, that's good.
    • During Sideshow Bob's campaign for Mayor, Bart has this reaction to Bob's suggestion that "Councilman Les Whinen should do more thinking and less whinin'!" despite knowing that Les Whinen doesn't exist.
    • Happens at the end of the Itchy & Scratchy Land episode, Lisa lobs her shoe at Bart's head to prove to Marge that violence is funny when it's not happening to you. Marge does find it funny, but sends Lisa to her room.
    • In a variation, in the episode where Lisa becomes a vegetarian, at one point Homer declares "You don't win friends with salad!", which Bart turns into a Conga Line. They leave the screen and return with Marge on the end of the line; Lisa gets upset, and Marge apologizes, saying it was catchy. Unfortunately this gag is usually cut in syndication.
    • In an obvious parody of 101 Dalmatians, Mr. Burns sings a song about how he wants to kill the Simpsons' puppies to make into a coat. Afterward Bart is humming the tune loudly.
      Lisa: Bart!
      Bart: Sorry. You gotta admit, it's catchy.
    • Again in "Itchy And Scratchy And Marge", Marge is watching one of the kids' cartoons after it supposedly leads Maggie to attack Homer with a hammer. She is left in disgust by the violence, while Homer, despite still suffering from head injuries, is tittering quietly to himself. After she issues a complaint to the studios, they respond by making a squirrel caricature of her being killed by the stars, leaving Homer in hysterics.
    • In "Lisa's Date With Destiny", after the "H" on Superintendent Chalmers' car is stolen, the students are gathered in the hallway; Nelson, Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney are snickering to each other:
    Skinner: Oh, I suppose you think this stolen 'H' business is funny, do you? I'll tell you something that's not so funny. Right now Superintendent Chalmers is at home crying like a little girl!
    (ALL the students laugh.)
    Skinner: Well, (chuckles slightly) I guess it's a little funny... Nontheless, I will get to the bottom of this!
    • In the intro to "Treehouse of Horror VIII", the Fox Censor is seen hard at work on a script for The Simpsons, episode 5F02 (that very episode). As he comes to each line that he decides to remove, he says "No" and crosses the offending line out. Then he reads part of it that he seems to find very funny - it makes him laugh out loud for a few seconds - but then he quickly regains his composure and crosses it out too, saying "No" again.
  • South Park:
    • In one exchange:
      Stan: Come on, fatass, we have to go!
      Cartman: Ay! Don't call me fat!
      [Cartman's mom laughs]
      Cartman: Mom, don't laugh!
      Cartman's Mom: I'm sorry, hun'.
      Cartman: I can't go with you guys now.
      Stan: Yes you can, Porky.
      [Cartman's mom laughs harder]
      Cartman: Mom, seriously!
      Cartman's Mom: That's not funny, boys. Eric's not fat, he's big-boned.
      Kyle: He must have a huge bone in his ass then!
      [Cartman's mom laughs hysterically]
      Cartman: GOD DAMN IT, MOM!
    • From "Imaginationland Part 1": "Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but the son-of-a-bitch knows story structure!" (After their previous portrayal of Mel, very sporting indeed.)
  • Gaz from Invader Zim is usually disdainful of her brother's obsession with Zim, but in one episode when Zim is sent into absolute hysterics after Dib hits him with a muffin (which she had initially dubbed "horrible") she snickers and comments that "Actually, that was kind of funny."
  • On an episode of Mission Hill, Kevin French is brought to the principal's office for using the word "douchebag" in class, which is such awful profanity that the principal is too polite to say it out loud and instead writes it down on a piece of paper. Kevin and his older brother, Andy both crack up immediately when they see how the word's written all neatly and in cursive. Cursive, people. This fits as a written version of Sophisticated as Hell: profanity written in a formal, polite style. And yes, it was actually very funny.
    I'm sorry, I've just never seen it written so neatly.
  • On Futurama, Leo Wong tells the story of how the Native Martians were "scammed" out of most of the planet by trading it for a single bead. Leela chastises the group for laughing at the story, despite admitting that it is funny.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, when Mrs. Gerkin launches into an Evil Laugh over her Zombie Apocalypse, Jimmy asks what's so funny. She points to two of the zombies who keep running into each other. Jimmy admits he's amused.
  • Archer:
    • The mainframe is infected with a virus that shuts down all the computers. And displays an animation of a cartoon pirate with a catchy tune.
      Archer: (bursts out laughing)
      Malory: You think this is funny?
      Archer: Do you not?
    • And in "White Nights":
      Malory: Go see Krieger this instant!
      Archer: I don't need a doctor, mother. Katya doesn't have VD.
      Malory: You haven't had sex with her?
      Archer: (sarcastically) Oh, ha ha. For your— (beat) That was pretty good.
    • When Cyril shows up to rescue everyone in a tank, Pam calls him "Michael Du-cockless." Cyril laughs, as did everyone else but Archer, who was furious that Pam said it before he could—though that might have been what Cyril was laughing at.
    • Pam gives Archer a pretty aggravated tirade for basically stowing her in a space cargo hold for sex purposes, but can't help laughing and saying "Nice!" when he refers to Katya as "R-2-Double-D-2".
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Big Bad Discord makes Pinkie Pie laugh by doing a little dance on the head of an image of Twilight Sparkle. The fans certainly found that animation amusing.
    • In the episode "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie becomes the victim of a running gag. The only way the foals she's baby-sitting will quiet down is if flour gets dumped on her (in one case while she was soaking wet). At the episode's end, the foals do the flour gag to themselves to cheer up Pinkie. She admits they were right, that is funny.
    • In an earlier episode, "Griffon the Brush Off", Pinkie applies this to her love of pranks by pranking ponies in such a way that it evokes this reaction. She won't pull a prank on someone who's sensitive enough to take even a harmless prank seriously, which is why she aborts a prank when Fluttershy winds up the one it would have hit.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2", Tirek admits Discord's stained glass window of the two of them is quite amusing.
  • In an episode of Sabrina: The Animated Series, Sabrina gets her wisdom teeth removed by magic with the result that she starts being brutally honest to everyone around her. In one scene, Sabrina responds to one of Gem's insults with "Oh, real funny, Gem! ...Actually, it was pretty funny."
  • In the second episode of Bob's Burgers, Bob has been complaining about Linda's nagging by calling her things like "Nagatha Christie", which makes her mad, until he calls her "Secretary of Nagriculture", which causes her to laugh and admit that "that was a good one."
    • When Bob and Linda discover Tina's diary entry that details how she, Gene and Louise snuck off to the abandoned taffy factory, there's an unrelated aside that states, "Also, if boys had uteruses, they'd be called 'duderuses'", which, despite their worries about their kids, Bob gets a chuckle out of.
  • On one episode of Family Guy, two mob thugs come to beat up Joe Swanson, bringing a message from their boss that if he doesn't pay his debt to them, he'll make Joe into a "Swanson frozen dinner." Joe can't help chuckling a little at that.
  • In one episode of American Dad!, there's a running gag with a busboy who says "It was kinda funny" after someone says Dude, Not Funny!
  • An episode of Hey Arnold! had Gerald get his tonsils removed. Before, he had an amazing tenor singing voice, given a role to sing the ending lyric of "Moonlight Bay". After, his voice is so raspy and baritone that, during rehearsal, it distracts the other kids and gets them all hysterical. Mr. Simmons tries to calm them down saying "It wasn't that funny," but then admitted "OK, it was.... pretty funny." To his credit, he tried to look serious and understanding the whole time.
  • One episode of Spongebob Squarepants has Karen show Plankton a montage of all his humiliating defeats by Krabs. The last one, where Plankton is left a blubbering wreck after Krabs can't even be bothered with him, always cracks her up.
  • In the Thomas the Tank Engine episode "Dirty Work", Diesel spreads insulting stories about the other engines to try and frame Duck. When Gordon, James, and Henry confront Duck about calling them "a galloping sausage", "rusty red scrap iron", and "old square wheels", respectively, Duck simply tells The Fat Controller that the names are so fitting he only wishes he could take the credit. The Fat Controller himself almost chokes, trying not to laugh.
  • From Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • In the climax of "Operation: T.H.E.S.H.O.G.U.N.", Numbuh Four bursts into Shogun Roquefort's throne room, only to find the villain sprawled out on the floor, Numbuh Two having defeated him already. Numbuh Two apparently has made a Face-Heel Turn, and starts to threaten Numbuh Four. Numbuh Four nervously starts to plead with his friend, saying he'll fight him if he has to... And then Numbuh Two bursts out laughing, saying he couldn't believe Numbuh Four actually believed him. Then Roquefort chuckles, and says, "You gotta admit, that was kinda funny..."
    • In "Operation: B.U.T.T." after Numbuh One quits the team (for no apparent reason) his teammates are upset, confused, and in Numbuh Three's case, crying. Then they find out that the reason was that the Delightful Children from Down the Lane had blackmailed him, threatening to put a photograph of his bare behind in the school paper. All of a sudden, they started to get the giggles, and Numbuh Two started making all sorts of jokes about a big butt, until Numbuh Five (who was usually the first one to call him out for his bad jokes) burst out laughing. (They got over it in time to help him fight the villains later, however.)
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • In "The Mane Event," Blossom goes into seclusion after Buttercup and Bubbles butcher her hair just as a multi-eyed monster is rampaging Townsville. The Professor convinces Blossom to laugh along with everyone, and it works for her, as the Monster is laughing so hard that its eyes are all shut, giving the girls the chance to knock it into space. And Blossom gets the last laugh on her sisters at the end.
    • Similarly in "A Made Up Story," Blossom is the only denizen of Townsville who had not fallen victim to Mask-Scara's reign of defacing people and signs with cosmetics...up until the end, when she falls victim to a Humiliation Conga and now everyone is laughing at her.
  • In Littlest Pet Shop (2012), episode "Frenemies", Zoe and Pepper get competitive each planning a different party for Penny Ling. When Pepper explains her clown rodeo party plan, she includes a moment where Zoe would get hit with pies, then she admits she's just kidding (or is she?). Then Zoe explains her tea party plan, and has her comeback:
    Zoe: And last but not least, there'll be a dunked skunk dunking booth with Pepper at the dunking tank.
    Pepper: WHAT?! What does a dunking booth have to do with a tea party?
    Zoe: Nothing. I just want to see you get dunked.
    Pepper: Well, that is— heh, it's kinda funny, actually.
  • Motorcity: When Chuck is hanging around his crush Claire, who won't give him the time of day, he refers to his cyborg story as "cyboring." Claire manages a chuckle then tries to hide it sheepishly.
  • Inverted and then Invoked in one Tom and Jerry cartoon, where Jerry writes a humorous book about his experiences with Tom. Tom is at first incredibly angry about it and the jokes the book makes at his expense... Until he learns that Jerry is required to share the rather large check from the publisher with him. Then he suddenly finds the book hilarious.
    • One episode has Jerry using an invisibility potion to terrorize Tom, culminating in shaving off much of his fur... just in time for the invisibility to run out, at which point Tom vengefully returns the favor. Then they look at themselves. The episode ends with both of them rolling in laughter.
  • Recess:
    • Spinelli accidentally calls Ms. Grotke "Mama" in the middle of the playground. The other kids immediately burst out laughing. Her friends try to hold back for a few seconds but they burst out laughing with everyone else. Next up is Ms. Finster who orders everyone to stop laughing on the megaphone - but she cracks within seconds too.
    • In another episode, Miss Grotke assigns the kids a project on Ancient Civilizations.
      TJ: Ancient civilizations? You mean like back when Finster was a kid?
      Miss Grotke: We're talking about thousands of years ago, TJ...not hundreds (chuckles).
  • Zigzagged in the Looney Tunes episode "Robin Hood Daffy". After getting angry at Porky for laughing at his expense, Daffy starts laughing too for a few seconds... But then he gets angry again and says, "Aw, knock it off! How jolly can you get?"
  • In an episode of Steven Universe, after Steven's first time activating a Teleporter, shapeshifter Amethyst screams, having transformed into a giant fly, much to Steven's horror. Afterwards, the following exchange occurs:
    Pearl: That wasn't funny!
    Garnet: It was kinda funny.
  • Used on Quack Pack in the episode "Shrunken Heroes". Donald Duck plays a prank on his and Daisy's egotistical boss Kent Powers by replacing his bug spray with maple syrup, causing Kent to attract bugs instead of making them go away. Daisy's response is to say "You didn't" in a somewhat disapproving tone before bursting into laughter.

    Real Life 
  • One of the police forces of Italy, the Carabinieri, is the butt of many jokes. Turns out, the Carabinieri have invented many of them, and have published an anthology of Carabinieri jokes. That said, telling them Carabinieri jokes when they're on duty still counts as offence.