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->''"See, only made you wait a year before explaining what was up with that."''
-->-- ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''

Named after an [[http://www.madfigs.com/parables/brick.php old joke]], which seems at first blush to be a pair of unrelated jokes. At the end of the first joke, a brick is tossed away, leaving the confused listener without a punchline. At the end of the second joke, the brick returns [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee and the listener falls on the floor laughing]]. For bonus points, the teller can tell an actual unrelated joke in between. Sometimes, the Brick Joke structure -- introducing a seemingly irrelevant feature only to return to it much later, after the audience has largely forgotten about it -- can be used for drama as well as comedy, only in drama, it's known as the ChekhovsGun.

Popularized in early 20th-century NewspaperComics by ''KrazyKat''.

TheStinger usually consists of one. Compare and Contrast with the OverlyLongGag, where the humor is in how long it takes to get to the punchline. See also LateToThePunchline, which is where a character who doesn't get a joke ''finally'' gets it, making it a kind of Brick Joke for that character. See ComebackTomorrow if the character finally delivers their late comeback to a confused opponent. See also SomethingWeForgot.

* BrickJoke/FanWorks
* BrickJoke/{{Literature}}
* BrickJoke/LiveActionFilms
* BrickJoke/LiveActionTV
* BrickJoke/VideoGames
* BrickJoke/WebComics
* BrickJoke/WebOriginal
* BrickJoke/WesternAnimation


* There were two different "The World is Just Awesome" ads run by the Creator/DiscoveryChannel. The Series/MythBusters make an appearance in both of them. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at_f98qOGY0 In the first]], Adam lights Jamie's arm on fire (at about :50). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0jZzBEKIMc In the second]], at about :32 in, Adam's tied up in a cauldron, which Jamie has just lit a fire underneath.
** The Discovery Channel had an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_i3PPe3i9Y ad for Shark Week 2013]] that featured a seal named Snuffy being released back into ocean, only to be eaten a Great White Shark. One year later, a fisherman managed to capture the shark, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4s7g1sBUwo who then proceeds to puke Snuffy up]], none the worse for wear.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo0ncg-2zPY One ESPN commercial]] about Shaquille O'Neal and Scrabble premiered when he was playing for the Phoenix Suns, in 2008. In October 2009, after he had signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEJldO6GFIM this commercial]] aired. The videos are filled with other gags if you notice them, such as different analysts in the commercials suggest that he plays Scrabble the same way every game.
* In a Swedish women's magazine, there was an ad for "mini-baguettes", baguettes you baked in the oven. It said: "If you put six mini-baguettes in the oven now..." About ten pages later, there was another ad for them, saying "...they'll be done by now."
* In the US, AT&T wireless aired a commercial boasting about how extensive their service is. The announcer starts flipping through postcards of places they cover onto an 8-foot-wide map of the US on the floor. The commercial ends. You think that's the end, but three or four commercials later it cuts back to the man. He's still flipping the postcards, and the map is nearly covered.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55e-uHQna0 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial]] displays a kid dressed up as Darth Vader. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kjjBe481B0 2012 Volkswagen commercial]] displays a fat dog that gets fit...and Darth Vader choking a viewer for saying it was cuter than him.
* {{Creator/Hulu}} had an ad for a Toyota vehicle that was excited about the "limited commercial interruption". The woman in the commercial asks, "Have you ever seen a 5-second ad before?" When it gets to the first commercial break...
-->'''Woman from earlier:''' Mashed potatoes...oh, you're back! Does this mean it's time for the 5-second a-- ''[commercial ends]''
* A magazine ad from 1977 shows two adjacent mansions (one of which looks remarkably similar to a mini-White House) and two distant human silhouettes in one of the doorways. The ad copy reads: "I was wondering if I could possibly borrow a cup of Johnnie Walker Black Label." About 10 years later, another ad appeared with the same two mansions, but this time with the human figures in the ''other'' doorway, and the copy reading:
-->"I was wondering if you could possibly return the cup of Johnnie Walker Black Label you borrowed."
* Polaner All Fruit preserves makes a ''ten year'' Brick Joke, starting with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hawQ5wobi1Y this commercial in 1989]], and ending with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-zVmdRQqCI this one in 1999.]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' has a scene very early on where someone pulls the pin out of a grenade to blow himself up (as well as half the gymnasium). However, when the grenade doesn't explode, he's pounced on. After Kaneda, his friends, and Kei leave, the grenade goes off in the gymnasium behind them.
* The original ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' has one between Joe and Gomamon. It starts in episode 7 with Gomamon offering to lend a hand when things get too hard, to which Joe replies he kind of...doesn't have hands. Cut to the season finale, where Joe offers to shake Gomamon's hand, and jokes when he actually pulls it off.
** A bit of LullDestruction actually put this one in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''. Early in the episode "His Master's Voice", the principal says, "Would the person who put the jelly donuts in the swimming pool please report to the office?" Later in the episode, someone runs by Kari and says "...And then I put the Jelly Donuts in the swimming pool."
* Happens in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' manga ''Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth''. Kaguya needs to lose weight, so Tewi fixes her a [[UnconventionalSmoothie Banana Yogurt]] ''[[StockYuck Natto]]'' Drink. She doesn't drink it. Ten strips later, after she's tried several other means of losing weight, she comes back from a run with Mokou, thirsty, and Tewi hands her a drink...
* Episode 6 of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' has Togusa try to track Kazatano with a sock for his scent. It seemed like the dog just ran off... but it turns out he did track them down at the end of the episode, just a bit too late.
* In a chapter of ''Manga/KatteniKaizo'', Yoko Tanaka hid behind a brick wall, unnoticed. The series was then cancelled due to a lack of readership. In a completely unrelated chapter of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' '''seven years later''', she finally smashes through the wall and yells her name. Turns out that they share a common fanbase.
* In ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', after Yosuke asks Yu if he'd seen Yukiko's Midnight Channel show, Yu responds that he wishes he'd taped it. Some episodes later, when Rise's is being broadcast, the camera cuts to Yu mashing the record button on his TV's remote.
* During ''Manga/DeathNote'', it's made clear that [[{{Shinigami}} Ryuk]] loves to eat apples. After a few offhand remarks about this, it is left out for a while. When Light [[spoiler: voluntarily becomes incarcerated]], Ryuk asks "So, I guess apples are out of the question now?"
* In ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', after mistakenly believing Kotarou to have experienced his first love and needlessly preparing red beans and rice (see [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] on ''sekihan''), Saikawa promises Ryuuichi that he would prepare ''sekihan'' as well for when Ryuuichi actually ''does'' experience his first love. [[spoiler:A few chapters later, he ''does'' prepare the dish when Ryuuichi receives a love letter in his locker the very day he returns home, as if he were prepared to make the dish for that very moment]].
* The ''Anime/DuelMasters'' [[GagDub dub]] was specially designed to lampshade the hell out of this trope during its television run. When the series was initially premiering on Creator/{{Toonami}}, there was one new episode a week. The closing line for one episode has a tournament announcer placing the game on hold for a commercial break, then the opening line for the next episode:
-->"That commercial break seemed to last a week."
* ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' had one that spanned most of the series. In an early chapter, Sami catches Yuuhi out with a feint while sparring and comments on how bad he is at them. Cut to the second-last chapter where [[spoiler:Yuuhi and Mikazuki are having one last big rematch as Beast Knights, and Mikazuki gets the final blow by calling a punch but throwing a kick, planting his foot straight in Yuuhi's face]].
* In the animated adaptation of ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'', there was the twisted [[PlayingHouse game of house]] that Touka and Yumeha were playing together where they are divorcees keeps popping up in random places.
** It's first brought up in episode 5 after Yuuta comes back home after tutoring Rikka and sees them playing house in his room.
** He finds them talking about it again when he comes back after [[spoiler:he and Rikka confess to each other]] in episode 10.
** The two of them talk about "being able to see the kids" in front of everyone in episode 11 [[spoiler:before Touka leaves for her flight to Italy]] which surprises everyone but Yuuta.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' sounds like the last series that would employ a brick joke, but it does. Kenshiro "convinces" a sleazy bartender to do him a favor and watch over some orphaned kids by hitting a pressure point with a one-month time delay, promising to come back and "turn off" the pressure point's effect. Several gory chapters later, Kenshiro goes back to check on the kids, and finds out that a village has offered to take care of the children. The orphans are thrilled to see Ken...and off in one corner of the page is the bartender, running out to meet Ken in a combination of joy and panic. The scene cuts away after that panel, so Ken probably restored the bartender after that page.
* In the first episode of ''Manga/{{Yuyushiki}}'', Yuzuko mentions the common trope [[TapOnTheHead where someone is knocked out via a karate chop to the neck]], and wonders aloud if the move works in real life. A few episodes later, she unexpectedly tries to knock Yui out with a karate chop to the neck. [[RealityEnsues It doesn't work]].
* Very near the beginning of ''Anime/RODTheTV'', Maggie mentions that she's a fan of ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Two episodes later, while staying in Nenene's apartment, she decides to move into the cupboard under the stairs.
* In ''Manga/{{Alyosha}}'', Chapter 1.2: After Alyosha throws her poison tooth, Miru tells her that you must [[http://mangafox.me/manga/alyosha/v01/c001.2/9.html throw unwanted teeth onto the roof]]. 35 chapters later, she throws her blade on the roof, saying "Miru taught me '[[http://mangafox.me/manga/alyosha/v02/c036/17.html Throw the blade you don't need onto the roof]].'" The pun being that both "tooth" and "blade" are "ha" in Japanese.
* Happen in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' when Hanai fly as a human kite when their ship got lost. He returns few chapters later.
* Fai of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' goes volumes with substituting whistling with a "hyuu~". At first people thought it was to annoy Mr. Grumpy Kurogane, but by the time Recourt comes around, [[spoiler:he whistles for real, which unleashes one hell of a spell and saves everyone's lives]].
* In ''Manga/BinboGamiGa'', Momoji and Kumagai reenact the [[MemeticMutation infamous]] scene from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' when Vegeta screams, "It's over 9000!" and crushes the scouter. Later, when trying to find Ichiko, Momoji comments that it would be a lot easier to find her if Kumagai hadn't crushed the scouter.
* A RunningGag in the beginning of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is Luffy regularly saying that their next crewmate should be a musician (over more important roles like a cook, a doctor and a shipwright.) 337 episodes and several new crewmates into the series, the Thriller Bark arc starts. By the end, they've recruited Brook, a musician.
** Early on, Luffy also makes a crude drawing of what their next crewmate should look like. The drawing looks vaguely like Franky, who eventually becomes the crew's shipwright.
** Most of Usopp's lies and stories have become true at some point. Not all of them, and maybe not entirely, but they are somehow true.
** At one point in the Alabasta arc, Mr. 3 is seen floating on water, despite the fact that as a Devil Fruit user, he should instead be sinking like a rock. The anime made him float on a table to correct this error, but as for the manga version, Oda jokingly explained in an SBS that Mr. 3 was held afloat by a piece of "unbelievably floaty wood". Waaaaay later, at the end of the Fishman Island arc, the Straw Hats use pieces of that exact same wood to reach the surface again.
** After the events of the [=CP9=] Saga, Iceburg was shown, via cover story, to be searching for a new secretary. Among the candidats were a flirtatious young woman, a cute little girl, an ugly woman, a MiniatureSeniorCitizen, and a literal Fishman. Way later, another cover story reveals who he picked: [[spoiler:the cute little girl]].
* Near the start of chapter 6 of ''Manga/SakuraTrick'', Haruka gives Yuu a swimsuit with an UmbrellaOfTogetherness using their names on it, which Yuu promptly tears off. At the end of the chapter, Mitsuki, trying not to worry about Yuu, finds a certain drawing...
* For whatever reason, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fandom took a strong attachment to Pikachu's love of ketchup, that appeared in only one episode back in 1998. It reached CompanionCube levels among the fandom, depicting him and his love of ketchup in countless fanart over the years. ''SIXTEEN YEARS LATER'', an episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} the Series XY'' finally reunited Pikachu with a bottle of ketchup, and the audience was reminded just how much he loves it.
* The mushroom growing on the heads of Team Natsu in the first few chapters/episodes of ''Manga/FairyTail''. Fast-forward to the [[DarkerAndEdgier Tartaros arc]], Happy is seen with a striped mushroom on his head [[spoiler:that is actually one of Tartaros's demons that had latched on to Happy]].
** Remember the Great Demon Lord Dragneel? [[spoiler:Apparently, E.N.D. stands for Etherious Natsu Dragneel.]]
* In the second episode of ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', Naruto takes a ridiculous picture for his official ninja profile, with extreme make-up and an obnoxious pose, and the Third Hokage tells him to retake the picture. Apparently, that never happened, because in the ''Anime/NarutoShippuden'' anime-only arc "Kakashi: Shadow of the ANBU Black Ops" (which follows Kakashi through the years between [[spoiler:the day he killed his teammate Rin]] and into the start of the original series), the Third Hokage is seen with the stat sheets of Kakashi's next team to read in front of him, and we're treated once again to Naruto's obnoxiously-ridiculous photo. It's even funnier for being right next to Sasuke and Sakura's completely normal photos.
* Early in Chapter 29 of ''Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun'', Nozaki explains to Wakamatsu the dangers of working with screentones, such as dropping a knife on one's thigh. The chapter ends with Wakamatsu dropping a knife on his thigh.

* Blog/DeadcodersReviews mixed this with DeadBabyComedy.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'':
** In issue #15, Techno clones Baron Zemo so Techno can put his mind inside the clone. Presumably disturbed by Techno's lack of boundaries Zemo decides to kill the clone. Techno jokes maybe he should clone Creator/KevinCostner instead. A couple years later Zemo is killed in his Central American hideout and a few weeks later Techno finds a gelatinous footprint but he hides it from the other Thunderbolts. The last issue of the first volume of Thunderbolts resolves the mystery of the footprint. A resurrected and seemingly reformed Zemo (now in a new body) shows Hawkeye that he has given his castle to the natives who lived nearby. Hawkeye notices that one of the natives looks just like Kevin Costner.
** In issue #3 of the Comicbook/MarvelNow Thunderbolts series, when after Deadpool finds out that General Ross/Red Hulk is using and holding captive an amnesiac and almost depowered [[spoiler:Leader]] for info and for future use behind the rest of the teams backs. Deadpool notes to Ross that if their teammate Comicbook/ThePunisher finds out, he'll put a bullet right into [[spoiler: Leader's]] forehead. Come the end of the issue, Deadpool is proven right, who happily responds with with "HA! Told you!"
* In ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' objects Mark tosses across the world with his super-strength will occasionally crash down several issues later, with humorous results. For example, when Mark's powers first manifest in issue 1, he is throwing a bag of garbage into a dumpster; it lands in issue 6, in another country, with no explanation. And then we [[RunningGag return in issue 20]], and...
* In ''Comicbook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' #1, a toll booth operator calls Spider a hillbilly. Spider responds, "I'll be back for you, shiteyes."\\
Five years, 60 issues, a renewed career, two assistants, [[spoiler: an impeached president]] and some [[spoiler: brain damage]] later, he comes back and has the guy beaten with bricks.
* In one issue of Batman, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is in Arkham Asylum, seen talking to his therapist in a bit involving a literal Brick Joke.
* About [[OncePerEpisode once an issue]] of ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'', someone will call [[DumbMuscle Groo]] "slow of mind", and near the end of the comic Groo [[IResembleThatRemark will suddenly remark]] "Wait, what did they mean by 'slow of mind'?"
* ''VideoGame/BuffyTheVampireSlayerChaosBleeds'' has Faith suggesting she uses stakes as dildos. For anyone remembering that small detail this comes back on her big time when Giles' aunts stay with her in the [[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer season nine comic series]]: one of them tells Faith she found earplugs where she keeps her sex toys.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Bone}}'', the reason why the Bone cousins were run out of Boneville is because Phoney's campaign balloon ran amok, among other things. This is quickly forgotten as the Bones get caught up in the conflict of the Valley, with the mysterious Hooded One seeking Phoney because of an 'omen'. Halfway through the story it is revealed what this omen is; [[spoiler: a giant balloon of Phoney with a torn banner that reads "Phonicible P. Bone Will Get You" Turns out the campaign balloon drifted across the desert into the valley. The banner used to read "Phonicble P. Bone Will Get You''r Vote''"]]
* ''Comicbook/ZipiYZape'': The "Around the world" story has one. When the family wins a free trip around the world and they're told that any extra cost will also be covered. Once they finish the trip, they find that the company that gave them the trip is now in bankrupt after paying for [[WalkingDisasterArea all the destruction]] caused by the twins.
* ''{{Franchise/Tintin}}:''
** Captain Haddock's difficulties with sticking plaster in ''The Calculus Affair'' are briefly referenced in ''Flight 714.''
** In ''Destination Moon,'' Thompson and Thomson believe that there's a skeleton sneaking around the moon project, due to a misunderstanding involving an x-ray machine. In ''Explorers on the Moon,'' when TheMole has been revealed and is being interrogated, they break in with a vital question: "The skeleton, [[spoiler:Wolff]]. Was that you?"
** In ''The Red Sea Sharks'', a shark swallows a stray landmine and hiccups in all sorts of directions, after it gets lost by a mook trying to sabotage the ship Tintin is on. Several strips later, a hiccup immediately followed by a loud underwater explosion can be seen on the horizon.
** In ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'', Thompson and Thomson are shown fleeing a boat they think is about to explode due to an (unarmed) grenade. After several unrelated panels, including one labeled "Next morning," they are shown to still be waiting for the explosion.
* During the honey harvesting in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue 3, Rarity complains about Flax Seed [[LikeIsLikeAComma using "like" every other word.]] The comic ends with ''Wheat Grass'' calling him out on it.
-->'''Flax Seed:''' Whoa! Anger.
* In one ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'' strip, a Smurf tells Spider-Man that "there is no [[Film/TheUsualSuspects Keyser Soze!]]" On the back of the trade collecting that strip, featuring an ''Unusual Suspects''-style police line-up, Spidey wonders, "What the Hell's a 'Keyser Soze'?"
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'':
** The captain and crew of the oil tanker return at the end of the second comic to be locked up for their crimes. To rub it in, Violine pulls the same bait and switch on them as they did to her.
** Early in the story, a pig falls in love with Violine. Three albums later, the same turns out to have happened to her father.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The stop-motion animation film ''Animation/ATownCalledPanic'' features a literal example when Cowboy and Indian try to order 50 bricks to build a barbecue for their friend, Horse. They accidentally order 50 million bricks, and the day wears into evening as truck after truck deliver loads of bricks, until there is a pile as large as the house. Horse returns home to a brick-free yard, except for the newly constructed barbecue. His birthday party runs well into the night, and it is not until the lights are out at bedtime that we find out where the 49,999,950 other bricks have gone. They are neatly stacked on the roof, forming a cube larger than the house.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'':
** Bernard, the curator at the Metro Man Museum, is zapped into a small cube with Megamind's dehydration gun and kept in his pocket, and Megamind spends much of the movie impersonating him. The real Bernard doesn't reappear [[TheStinger until the credits]], where he is accidentally rehydrated while Minion washes Megamind's laundry.
** In an early scene, snarky DamselInDistress Roxanne complains that the titular villain's gimmicks are getting old, and he needs to make things more exciting. The thing is, Megamind has a habit of [[{{Malaproper}} mispronouncing and misinterpreting words]]. So later in the movie, while exploring Megamind's lair (with Megamind, disguised as Bernard) she opens a door marked "EXIT" to reveal a deep pit full of alligators, some random toys on the ground, and a disco ball hanging overhead: "Bernard, you were right about that room being exciting!"
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'':
** Remember how Mulan does her chores at the movie's beginning? At the end, we see that the chickens now associate Little Brother with food.
** The decapitated ancestor also makes a humorous comeback in the ending.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'':
** Syndrome's death by cape in a jet turbine. When was this [[{{Foreshadowing}} set up]]? During Mr. Incredible's conversation with Edna Mode on the danger of capes and one of the deaths mentioned is the cape caught in a jet turbine.
** Bob's rage over a broken car is seen by a kid on a bike. Guess who shows up at the climax of the film?
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', following Scar's little self-righteous speech at the beginning of the movie, Zazu casually comments about the villain lion that "He'd make a very handsome throw rug." 3 years later in the 1997 Disney movie ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', a short clip of a stressed Herc shows him [[http://imgur.com/gallery/GyE9E tossing a familiar lion's pelt onto the floor in frustration.]] One of the many shout outs to previous movies.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'' granted us another brick joke that took something like fifteen years to hit: after Hakuna Matata, when Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba are laying on the grass, looking up at the stars, Timon comments that they are "fireflies. Fireflies that got stuck up there in that big bluish black thing". Cue ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', when not only does Ray believe the Evening Star is another firefly called Evangeline, but [[spoiler: he himself becomes a star, too, right beside her]]. It also goes off to show that Evangeline is [[Disney/PeterPan the "second star on the right" you follow "till morning" to reach Neverland]]. Two brick jokes for the price of one.
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''
** In the beginning of the movie, Yzma announces to Kronk to "Pull the lever", and [[NoOSHACompliance it sends her down a trap door into a moat with an alligator]] as she shouts, "WRONG LEVER!!". Then she angrily storms back in saying, "Why do we even ''HAVE'' that lever?" and smacking an alligator who was clinging to her. About ¾ of the way through the movie when Pacha and Kuzco walk back into the palace to enter Yzma's "Secret Lab", the first thing shown is a drenched Kuzco walking back in grumbling, "Why does she even ''HAVE'' that lever?" and smacking an alligator who was clinging to him.
** This ends up being an OverlyLongGag AND a Brick Joke in the tie-in Series, where every single time someone pulls that switch, they will always pull the wrong one and comment on how it still hasn't been fixed. Per usual, Subversions, Inversions and Aversions are abound.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', Merida tells the witch she'll buy all her carvings. [[spoiler: Much, ''much'' later in the movie ([[TheStinger after the credits]]) the crow comes up to the castle to deliver all of them.]]
* In ''Piglet's Big Movie'', during one of the flashbacks, Roo is drifting downriver and Eeyore tells Roo to grab his tail so he can pull him out. Roo tries, but misses. Later on at the end, Christopher Robins asks, "Where's Eeyore?" and it cuts back to him still hanging by the river asking Roo if he had grabbed on yet.
* One scene of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has Coraline visit Spink and Forcible, who give her a bowl of saltwater candy that is decades older than Coraline, so old the candies have melted together. Coraline tries to get a piece of candy out only to accidentally send the whole bowl flying onto the ceiling, where it gets stuck. When Coraline is leaving their flat, it falls to the floor and shatters.
* Early on in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', an old man is freed from a cage and falls into a stockade saying, "DANG IT!". During the climax of the movie, the stockade's knocked loose and he's free. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Then he falls into the sewers and shouts, "DANG IT!"]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' towards the begging of the move a slug monster who was trying (emphasis on "trying") to make it to his first class on the first day of school? Well, during [[TheStinger the stinger]] after the credits, we find out that the slug finally made it to class... but it turns out it took him the entire school year for him to get there.
** Another one appears in the ending credits: Near the beginning, there is a poster from a student who's lost an eyeball asking for passersby to help find it. Towards the end of the credits, another poster comes up from another student who has found an eyeball. Hopefully, the two of them will come across each other's posters.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Mike and Sulley are arguing about Boo on Scare Floor F, when Mike realizes mid-sentence that everyone is watching. He tries to spin his line "Put that thing back where it came from or so help me...!" as practice for the company play. During the credits, the cast performs "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me: [[TheMusical The Musical]]."
* In ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'', when Aladdin mentions his father, Genie turns into a waiter and asks him if his father would like chicken or sea bass at the wedding. Later, when Aladdin tells Genie that his father [[spoiler: is the King of Thieves]], Genie seriously demands Aladdin's father to let him know one thing... before [[ComicallyMissingThePoint turning into a waiter and asking if he wants the chicken or the sea bass]].
* In ''Disney/RobinHood'', Lady Cluck jokes that when Maid Marian married Robin, that will mean King Richard will have "an outlaw for an in-law". At the end when Robin and Marian get married, King Richard himself makes the same remark to Friar Tuck.
* The bubble-clucking chicken ends up this way in the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' while Maria, Manolo and Joaquin are children. The whole movie takes place, and far on the outskirts of town, just before the camera zooms in for the end, the bubble-clucking chicken makes another appearance.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMansionsOfTheGods'': Asterix and Obelix first appear arguing over who gets to catch a boar, later having much the same conversation (substituting a legionary for the boar).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'':
** During a "pee break," Oh takes a bite out of a urinal cake, thinking it's a "blue mint." When the rest stop is blown up, a urinal crashes to the ground a short distance away, followed by a urinal cake with a bite taken out of it.
** Tip hit a Boov with a booby trap that covered him in glitter, [[spoiler:and he still has it on during the DancePartyEnding]].
** In addition to going "Number One" and "Number Two" like humans, the Boov also go "Number Three". [[spoiler:The events of the climax almost make Oh go Number Three.]]
** One of the Brain Boov suggests PlayingPossum to ward off the Gorg. Even at the end, she's still pretending to be dead.
** Oh invited the entire galaxy to his party. [[spoiler:Which is why the DancePartyEnding includes species we've never seen arriving on Earth]].
* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', Hiro and Baymax go to the police station to report being attacked by Yokai... leading to Baymax using up a good deal of one cop's tape to patch up some holes in his body. Then, ''much'' later [[CreditsGag during the credits]], we see that they bought that cop a new tape dispenser at some point (complete with a gift bow!).

[[folder:Jokes (And... THE BRICK JOKE(S)]]
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* Once upon a time, there was a man who wanted to build a house. But, being a little eccentric, he wanted to build the house using only 99 bricks. The masonry store would only sell in lots of 100, so he bought 100. After he finished his house he simply chucked the extra brick over his shoulder. ([[AntiHumor End of joke]])
[[AC:Now tell a few more jokes and end with this:]]
* A woman with a dog and a man with a cigar are sitting across from each other on a train. The woman complains about the cigar smoke, the man complains about the yapping dog. The woman, in fury, rips the cigar out of the man's mouth and throws it out the window. The man then grabs the woman's dog and throws it out the window. Both sit in silence. Finally the man says "I am so sorry, I lost my temper. I shouldn't have done that." The woman, also sorry, says she was unladylike in the first place. Then they both look agasp out the window, for running along the side of the train was the woman's dog - and guess what it had in it's mouth???? THE BRICK!

[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* In one of the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' comics from 2004, the {{Kaiju}} Tahtorak randomly awakens in the city of Metru Nui, and goes on a rampage, demanding the other characters to answer a question that no one knows. In 2005, that question is revealed to be "How did I get here?" Later still, in one of the 2006 books, Brutaka reminisces about teleporting a Tahtorak into Metru Nui [[ItAmusedMe out of fun]].

* New Age composer Vangelis invokes a Brick Joke structure in his ''Albedo 0.39'' album. The first track, "Pulstar", ends with the British Post time recording. A voice is heard intoning "At the third stroke, it will be ten-three and forty seconds" followed by three beeps. Likewise for "ten-three and fifty seconds". At "ten-four precisely", the second track kicks in right where the three beeps should be. Just before the ending of track eight, "Nucleogenesis (Part II)", the music pauses and the listener hears a rotary telephone dial. The dialing is followed by three beeps and the climax of the track.
* On [[Music/{{Yes}} Yes's]] album "Fragile," Jon Anderson's solo track "We Have Heaven," which starts out simply enough but quickly moves into an ever-increasing multitracked loop of Jon's voice, ends with a closing door blocking out the sound and footsteps running away. At the end of the final track, "Heart Of The Sunrise", which finishes abruptly on an imperfect cadence, there's a pause...and then the door opens, revealing "We Have Heaven" still going on, as presumably it has been throughout the rest of the album. Who says prog rockers have no sense of humour, eh?
* In the song "We Like Sportz" by Music/TheLonelyIsland, Guy #2 says "...except for that cunt-hole Steve." Later, during "We'll Kill U", Guy #1 says "You're still a cunt, Steve. Go [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] your snake."
* The Canadian Progressive band, {{Rush}}, pulled something akin to one: the last song of their album, ''AFarewellToKings'', is "Cygnus X-1", the tale of an astronaut who pilots his vessel into the eponymous black hole, hoping to use it as an "astral door"; it ends with him seemingly torn apart. The "A" side of their next album, ''Hemispheres'', details the struggle between the gods of Reason and Passion to "rule the hearts of man". The struggle erupts into all-out war, which is only interrupted when... the astronaut from "Cygnus X-1" emerges into their midst.
* The Music/WeirdAlYankovic song "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" details the road trip the narrator once took with his family to the eponymous attraction. Early on, he makes brief mention of picking up a hitchhiker named "Bernie". Numerous verses later, they finally reach the twine ball.. and ask Bernie to take their picture. He instead runs off with their camera.
** Another Weird Al song, "Albuquerque", starts with him explaining that the only problem with his early life was that his mother fed him nothing but sauerkraut until he was twenty-six and a half. Over the course of the eleven minute song, Al details his move to the eponymous city and the changes in his life. Near the end, he finally admits the entire song was a roundabout way of saying "I HATE SAUERKRAUT!"
* PeterSchickele did this with the Music/PDQBach grand opera "Oedipus Tex". In the introduction speech at concerts, or alternatively in the introduction track on records/[=CDs=], he mentions that, while concert halls and lecterns and various parts of theatres often get corporate sponsorship, it's generally considered uncouth for them to sponsor the songs themselves. This digression is completely forgotten until forty-five minutes (or six tracks) later when suddenly one of the lines of one of the songs is replaced with "Drink Pepsi."
* The Dubliners' "The Sick Note" could arguably work as one of these. The song is sung by a man who calls himself "Paddy" and in the first verse he states that this is a letter written to his boss to explain why he won't be coming to work today. Over the course of the song, he continues to get into various forms of accidents, such as darting fourteen stories to hit a trolly with his head and having broken bricks land on him. The final words of the song then go: "Me body is all black and blue, me face a deathly gray / so I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today."
** Also known as "The Bricklayers's Lament", "Why Paddy's Not at Work Today", or "The Barrel of Bricks", the song is based on a comic monologue by the comedian, musician and cartoonist Gerald Hoffnung, delivered at The Oxford Union on 4th December 1958.
* Music/TheLonelyIsland does this in their song "Dreamgirl". The song opens with a monotone voice stating "The following song is brought to you by Chex Mix". They then proceed to sing a song about a "dream girl" who's actually horrible in every way, and for the last couple verses of the song (and the final chorus), it switches to a full-on song about how delicious Chex Mix is.
* On one of Christine Lavin's live albums, she performs her song "Doris and Edwin: The Movie", which has a rather dark ending. She offers the audience the choice of having it turn out happily due to Doris wearing something that saves her from her fate. They usually say 'no', and do here. Later in the show (about 20 minutes later), she performs "Shopping Cart of Love- a play" in which the song's protagonist passes an accident-scene and the song's love-interest suggests everything would've been okay if only she had a prototype airbag-dress.
* "I Hope You Die" by The Bloodhound Gang has one of these.
-->''I hope you flip some guy the bird,''\\
''He cuts you off and you're forced to swerve...''
** Then later...
-->''And when you finally regain consciousness,''\\
''You're bound and gagged in a wedding dress,''\\
''And the prison guard looks the other way,''\\
'''Cause he's the guy you flipped the bird the other day!''
* The Music/{{Genesis}} album ''Duke'' has a short track at the start called ''Guide Vocal'' where the eponymous character claims that "nobody must know my name, for nobody would understand, and you kill what you fear." At the end of the penultimate track the guide returns to complete his statement: "Nobody must know my name, for nobody would understand, and you kill what you fear, ''and you fear what you don't understand''."
* Music/CaptainBeefheart's album Strictly Personal begins with a blues parody called "Ah Feel Like Ahcid". The song goes into a phased section which leads into the next track "Safe As Milk", meaning we don't hear "Ahcid"'s real ending. Or so it appears at first. After the third track, "Trust Us", we hear more of "Ahcid", but it fades out and much later on, after the last (8th) track, Kandy Korn, we hear the final words of "Ahcid", "I ain't blue no more, wooo it's like heaven ahcid, ahcid" which close the album.
* Power Metal band ''Dragonheart'' does this on their album ''Vengeance in Black''. The first song on the album, ''Eyes of Hell'', begins with a heavy, mid-tempo riff. The last song on the album, ''Spreading Fire'', uses the same riff during the bridge section.
* The video for Music/FallOutBoy's Thnks fr th Mmrs includes Pete Wentz getting a phone call from William Beckett of The Academy Is.... The video for We've Got a Big Mess on Our Hands, by The Academy Is..., has William making the call.
** In the video for "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" pretty much everything from their previous videos shows up at Pete Wentz's dream funeral, including Pete rising from the casket as a vampire, which he was in the "Less Than Sixteen Candles" video.
* Music/{{Queen}}'s album "A Day At The Races" starts with an "Intro" of which the last 20 seconds are exactly the same as the last minute of the last track "Teo Torriate".
* The insert for the Creator/AlexDay album Parrot Stories include the out-of-nowhere line "No horses were drowned in the making of this album." You finish the last listed track... and you hear the secret track The Drowning Horse Song.
* An odd one occurs on Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'' album. The last thing you hear at the end of the album is a quiet voice asking, "Isn't this where...?" This matches up with the first thing you hear on the album: the same quiet voice saying, "...we came in?"
* Music/JimmyBuffett pulls this off with two of his songs, released a year apart. 1986's "Who's the Blonde Stranger" (from his album ''Riddles in the Sand'') details the travails of a husband and wife, Frankie and Lola, who each cheat on each other during a vacation trip to Galveston Bay, Texas. 1987's "Frankie and Lola" (from the album "Last Mango in Paris") returns to Frankie and Lola's life just as they're patching their marriage up after a short-term separation by taking "a second honeymoon in Pensacola", when each realizes that they truly do love each other.
* Music/ArloGuthrie does this several times in "Music/AlicesRestaurant".
* Music/BenFolds's "Rockin' the Suburbs" warns that he's going to curse in the first half of the song. Half a song later he says fuck.
* Music/TheMoodyBlues did this at least once: On the album ''On the Threshold of a Dream'', the first track ("In the Beginning") begins with a howling-wind sound effect which also ends the last track, "Have You Heard? Part 2".
* While not a joke by any means, Music/NineInchNails had a very weird line that stood out in the song "The Wretched": "The clouds will part and the sky cracks open and God himself will reach his fucking arm through." Eight years later, the album ''Year Zero'' had as one of its central concepts The Presence, a giant otherworldly hand that reaches down from the sky. It was featured on the cover art and several of the AlternateRealityGame sites, plus the song "The Warning" specifically is about it. The last song on ''Year Zero'' ("Zero Sum") seems to echo the lines from "The Wretched" directly: "They're starting to open the sky / They're starting to reach down through."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1984/ga840629.gif Once]] in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', Garfield kicked Odie into next week for eating his food. Odie was absent in the strip for the [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1984/ga840630.gif remaining]] [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1984/ga840701.gif two]] days of the week (and in the Saturday strip, Garfield comments that "Lunch isn't the same without Odie"). Sure enough, [[NotHyperbole on the Monday of the next week]], Odie [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1984/ga840702.gif came crashing down]] into the strip. Onto Garfield.
* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'''s TenMinuteRetirement, Stephen Pastis was sent to court and sentenced for life, because [[JerkAss Rat]] advocated the overthrowing of the government. He convinced the judge to run one more Croc StoryArc. Said arc was about Zebra building a wall to keep the Crocs out, and eventually they strap tons of dynamite to a Croc named "Melvin", but he goes in the bathroom to read the newspaper and do the crossword. So, to keep their house from blowing up, two Crocs drag him out of the house, and launch him a great distance with Junior's see-saw. Where did he land? [[spoiler: The courthouse Pastis was in. The dynamite then exploded, [[DeusExMachina blowing it to smithereens and freeing Pastis.]]]]
** There was [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2003/12/29 a short arc]] at the very end of 2003 where Pig teaches his army men toys to be Oprah-loving hippies, much to Rat's annoyance. It heavily influenced the Viking characters that would appear a few years later. 3 years later, there was [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2006/04/13 a strip]] where Rat gets a bunch of girl magazines in the mail, and says they had better not be for The Vikings. He then enters the house to see that Pig is reading a magazine about guns with them. Rat says "Uhhh...Nevermind." and leaves. After a BeatPanel, we see that the same army men are next to him, with one saying "If that Cosmo's not here today, I will just '''SCREAM'''."
* In an old ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' strip, Wanda thinks she should wean Hammie off of the pacifier because she read a magazine article that says babies could become too attached to it. In a later strip, Zoe learns that Hammie still sucks his pacifier in secret, at six years old.
* In ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'', Mike bought a doll named Naked Ned at a yard sale, thinking it an interesting curio. During college, he kept the doll suction-cupped to his dorm window; when he graduated, Mike and his roommate, Weed, argue over who gets to keep the doll. After Mike has retrieved the doll from Weed's girlfriend, it is flushed down the toilet. Years later, it's removed from the pipes.
* The [[http://www.gocomics.com/brevity/2012/01/15 January 15, 2012 Brevity]] featured a pair of kids stepping out of a box. The boy points at something, and says "It worked!". Many readers were perplexed, others thought it to be a reference to the 2011 ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special. Come [[http://www.gocomics.com/brevity/2012/01/22 January 22]]...[[spoiler: The same pair stand in front of the closed box, which reads 'Time Machine'...on the 15th, he'd been pointing at the strip's date.]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' once had [[http://john.seikdel.net/gocomics.php?date=880301&comic=blm a string of 4 strips]] where Opus repeatedly called 911 for non-emergency purposes like "There's a 465-pound woman across the street pruning her azaleas wearing pea-soup-green hot pants!!" [[http://john.seikdel.net/gocomics.php?date=880310&comic=blm Five days later]], Steve Dallas was abducted by aliens, and the punchline to the scene was Opus calling 911 and their immediately hanging up.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' did a ''literal'' brick joke in August of 1974 at the height of the Watergate scandal. As dialogue from President Nixon's secret tapes were shown, a brick wall was built in front of the White House. After Nixon's resignation, another strip was published on September 2nd showing the wall coming down.
* A week-long arc of ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' sees Huey and Riley struggling to find the perfect birthday present for their Granddad. Every potential gift turns out to be too expensive or hard to find in the suburbs; at the end of the week, they surprise Grandad with...absolutely nothing, to his disappointment. Later, Riley starts a campaign protesting rapper Shyne's jail sentence. While Riley's sitting outside with a sign that reads ''FREE SHYNE'', a white man (who assumes that Riley can't spell) asks the boy to polish his Prada shoes. Riley steals the shoes and runs back home...where he gives them to Grandad as a belated birthday present.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* In Issue #41 of Magazine/{{MAD}} (from 1958), the cover picture of Alfred E. Neuman is half-finished because the artist got a call from Time magazine. Cut to the article "The Next Day's Headlines" which shows disastrous headlines based on the advice columns shown on the previous page... and one about Time firing their new artist because all their people looked like Alfred E. Neuman.
* TheOnion did it with pictures. The front cover of the February 21, 2011 issue shows a picture of Blake Griffin jumping over a car with the headline "Car Blake Griffin Dunked Over Vows Revenge". Cut to the March 21, 2011 issue which has the cover showing a picture of Blake Griffin run over by a car with the headline "Car Blake Griffin Dunked Over Exacts Bloody Revenge".

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In one episode of ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Wrestling/MondayNightRAW'', The Hurricane was trying to teach his sidekick, Rosey (an over-300-pound Samoan), how to be a superhero. His lesson for the day was how to change into his costume in a phone booth. Roughly an hour later in the show, we see Steve Austin walking backstage... and he happens across the phone booth, in which Rosey is trapped by his own girth.
-->'''Rosey:''' (pleading) Can you let me out? Please? I'll pay you!
* Near the beginning of an episode of Wrestling/{{WWE}} Wrestling/MondayNightRaw, Wrestling/BookerT starts his CatchPhrase ("Can you dig that... SUCKA!") to Wrestling/ChrisJericho, who [[CatchPhraseInterruptus cuts him off and leaves]]. About an hour and a half later, as Jericho's heading to the ring for his match, Booker pops up to finish: "--SUCKAAAAA!"
* In 2009, Wrestling/{{Edge}} mocked Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, comparing him to Beaker. Two years later, when the Muppets appear on Monday Night Raw, Sheamus tells Beaker that he "can't make it to the family reunion this year."
* During the three-way Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/CMPunk, and Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio feud for the WWE Title, Cena and Punk would frequently mention mullets and skateboards to new General Manager John Laurinaitis for seemingly no reason. After the jokes became less frequent, CM Punk played a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxKms8bh9JY montage]] of Laurinitis clips from the early 90s, during his time wrestling in the Dynamic Dudes with Wrestling/ShaneDouglas, complete with skateboard and mullet.
* WWE pulled off one of the longest Brick Jokes in ''history'' -- a 14-year long joke. Back in 1998, [[DirtyOldWoman Mae Young]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice gave birth to a hand]] in an angle that [[CanonDiscontinuity has never been spoken of since]]. On the 1000th episode of Raw (2012-07-23), AJ Lee and Layla El opened their dressing room door to [[FlatWhat a guy dressed as a hand]] and Mae, introducing her "son". [[SarcasmFailure There are no words.]]
* One potential Brick Joke stems from a segment on the June 23rd, 2003 edition of Raw in which Kane [[http://3.imgland.net/620vRz.gif breaks a mirror]] shortly before his unmasking against his will. A seven year run of big losses and bad breaks follows this, concluding on the June 22nd, 2010 edition of Smackdown where he loses to CM Punk. ''Immediately'' after this seven year run ended, he went on an eleven match winning streak, including his first World Heavyweight Championship victory in over a decade. The incident is never brought up or referenced in any way until one Reddit user [[http://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/1nhqjv/on_062303_kane_broke_a_mirror_backstage_before/ notices]] in late 2013.


* A brick with relatively short air-time -- in one episode of ''Radio/HelloCheeky'', Tim announces that they'll be broadcasting ''{{Rigoletto}}'' in two parts. This is immediately followed by a cry of "Rigo--", and fifteen minutes later, we hear a yell of "--letto!"

* "Radio/RoundTheHorne" managed a clever two-stage joke: early in the episode, Kenneth Horne is phoned by a listener, and Horne asks him "can you give me your name?", to which the man replies "Elias Mooseblaster." Elias then asks Kenneth to give him his name. They then say goodbye, apparently literally having given each other their names. Later on, the Australian character, Judy Coolibah, makes fun of a man called "Dunnet", which sounds rather like "done it", and she remarks that men with suggestive names should have them changed. She then asks Horne what his name is. Horne then gives his name as "Elias Mooseblaster."

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' has a handful of these. Namely Dave, a mostly pathetic robot who was repeatedly summoned, and repeatedly destroyed. Not many people found it funny though.
** More successful recently. Upon being reminded of this by the Wiki/TVTropes page (stated by him in the post), the owner of Dave proceeded to summon him again. One game after his most recent death.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Ron White had one happen to him, thanks to being a smartass. When Ron was 17 years old, he was arrested, and the arresting officer asked if he had any aliases. Ron responded "Yeah. They call me 'Tater Salad,'" as a joke. Seventeen years later, after getting thrown out of a bar in New York City, Ron was arrested again. The arresting officer asked "Are you Ron 'Tater Salad' White?"
* Many Comics may point out something in their anecdotes then later on use it as a punchline, leading those that come in later confused at why people are laughing so hard at something that seems unimportant.
* The first Series/BlueCollarComedy [[TheMovie movie]] has Creator/JeffFoxworthy recounting a story told to him about a man who, upon hitting a beaver with his car, picked up said beaver upon mistaking it for dead, and managed to have it bite his nipple off. On a signature redneck joke to close the movie: "If you've ever had your nipple bitten off by a beaver, you might be a redneck."
* In MargaretCho's stand-up special ''I'm The One That I Want'', she talks about how her [[AllGaysArePromiscuous gay friends]] taught that the best way to quickly finish a guy during oral sex is to finger his ass while blowing him. She quotes, "You wanna go home don't you? You can wash your hand at home!" and mimics driving home with one finger off the wheel. Much later in the show, she mentions how someone once asked her if she's worried about embarrassing her Korean family. She replied, "I'd embarrass ''any'' family!", and once again starts "driving" with one finger up.
* Creator/GabrielIglesias tends to have these [[OncePerEpisode for each standup special]] he does. The longest one he does references a gag he did in the previous stand-up special about his friend Philippe, who always gets Gabriel in trouble.
* On Hannibal Buress' album ''My Name is Hannibal'', Hannibal talks about buying prosthetic metal arms just in case something happens to his real arms. Near the end of the album, after joking about one of his cousins flipping out and cutting his arms off, Hannibal brushes it off with "Whatever, I got these metal arms!"
* Danny Bhoy has a bit where he mocks the Australian term for a liquor store, "bottle shop", by acting out the meeting during which Australians voted on it (it narrowly beat out "shop bottle"). At the end of the meeting the leader tells everyone to come back next week because "apparently there's already a place called South Wales somewhere, we'll need to think of something else".
-->'''Danny:''' A lot of you won't get that joke, but one day, maybe years from now, you'll be at an airport, and just by chance you'll look at a map of Australia and see "New South Wales" written there, and you'll just burst out laughing and nobody else around you will know why.

[[folder:Theater/Stage Shows]]
* British mentalist/illusionist Derren Brown did it in two different stage shows.
** In his third show, ''An Evening of Wonders'', during the show broadcast on TV, he played a game of ''20 Questions'' with several members of the audience. One, he sent back, saying he was too unsure of her object (brick number 1). Later, he performed the "Oracle Act" (it's billet reading). Seems one teenaged boy, on a dare from his friends, had written only the word "cock" on his billet, much to everyone's amusement (except Derren's, obviously) (and, by the way, brick number 2, although unintentional). Both bricks pay off at the end of the show, when he unrolls a big scroll that had been in a box since the beginning. On the scroll, he had written the word "bracelet" ''three times'', and the lady that he had sent back revealed that she had thought of a bracelet during the ''20 Questions'' segment. Upon finding this out, Derren said, "That kid's right, I ''am'' a cock!"
** And then in his fourth show, ''Enigma'', at the beginning of the show, he asked people in the audience to write down a list of their three favorite things, and he would have a member of the audience draw one, and then by the audience member saying random words, Derren would guess the items. The first item that was written down on the chosen slip, he guessed was a favorite band, but couldn't identify the band. Upon finding out that the band was McFly, he simply said, "Never heard of them." Guess who performed a song revealing one of his predictions at the end of the show?
* The [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine comedy pair Rahmens]] uses Brick Jokes in their routines.
** The best example is probably this one:
-->(about namehage) "Who drove the demons out of Akita?"
-->"This mystery will be unraveled in... (looks at watch) 14 minutes."
** It is indeed revealed about 14 minutes later. [[spoiler:A pun reveals it was Momotaro.]]
* Creator/BillCosby has a story about the time him and Old Weird Harold went to a scary movie. They got so scared that they got down on the floor and didn't get up until 10 o'clock. They were so frightened on the walk home that when a wino stumbled a little too close to them, they trampled him in terror. Later, he tells another story about a game called "Buck Buck", which involves one team trying to get the other team to collapse under their weight. After their opposing team shows confidence in the fact that they would never collapse, Cosby's team brings out their secret weapon: WesternAnimation/{{Fat Albert|AndTheCosbyKids}}. The opposing team surrenders the second they see him. "Now, I told you that story to tell you this one". Cosby then tells the story of the time they scared Fat Albert, but Cosby forgets that he was standing behind Fat Albert. He ends up in the hospital and shares a room with a wino who was trampled by two kids, and they both agree that frightened children are very dangerous.
** Bill enjoyed this technique. His famous "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast" starts with his wife waking him up at weird o'clock in the morning so he can start making their children's breakfast. After some protest about how it's not healthy to eat this early, he heads down and gets to work, leading to a long and hilarious story about how his youngest asks for chocolate cake and he realizes how HEALTHY it is. (Eggs! Milk! Wheat! Oh, goody!) By the time, his wife comes down, all the kids are eating chocolate cake; she grows furious and they blame him...
---> "And my wife sent me ... to my room." (Smile) "Which is where I wanted to be in the first place."
* In EllenDeGeneres's stand up special ''Here and Now'', early on, she talks about procrastination, and, quite appropriately, gets sidetracked. About an hour later, she returns to the topic out of the blue.
** Also, in her later special ''The Beginning'', she talks about needing silence in her life. Then she tells an increasingly bizarre story involving a vegan food shop, and a sex toy store, culminating in her being arrested while wearing nothing but a captain's hat and a paddle, along with her new blow-up doll [[ICallItVera named "Linda".]]
-->'''Cop (In story):''' You have the right to remain silent.
-->'''Ellen''': And I was like "Thank you! That's what I've been looking for all along!"
* The juggling pair [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2GiXeU-pss Strahlemanne and Söhne]] do one of these at Carl-Einar Häckner's 2013 variety show and at least one another performance. At the start, they both take a bow, with Söhne reaching into his breast pocket to display his pocket handkerchief. Strahlemanne digs around in his own pocket, but finds nothing. They begin juggling, and as they do, they take off their clothes and throw them to one another. When they're both stripped to the underwear, they begin putting on the other's clothes. At the end, when they're fully dressed again, Söhne moves to adjust his handkerchief but finds nothing. Strahlemanne reaches into his own breast pocket and tugs it up with a smile.
* In the final scene of the 2013 musical adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', a bit of BreakingTheFourthWall reveals that [[spoiler: Willy Wonka's going to enter the audience's world to continue his creative work]]. This becomes a brick joke when, during the curtain call, [[spoiler: he initially reappears in one of the theatre's box seats to applaud Charlie as he takes his bow]].

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* When Ooblar breaks into Jimmy's laboratory in ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'', he creates a large, Yolkian-shaped hole in the wall. Later, at the end of the ride, this hole is now seen patched up with a bunch of wood, only for the hole to be opened up again when King Goobot blasts his way in.
* When the ride vehicle gets hijacked on ''Ride/TheGreatMovieRide'', the tour guide tells the riders that they’ll be back after they get some popcorn. Later after the hijacker is killed, the tour guide returns, saying, “See, I told you I was just going for some popcorn!”

[[folder:Real Life]]
* On July 8, 1958, New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel gave testimony before the Senate Anti-Trust and Monopoly Subcommittee. During the mid-20th century, Stengel and Yogi Berra were both thought to be {{Baseball}}'s premiere {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s. However, with his [[InnerMonologue Stream Of Consciousness]] "Literature/{{Jabberwocky}}"-like [[http://www.baseball-almanac.com/quotes/casey_stengel_senate_testimony.shtml testimony]], Stengel revealed that he was really the BunnyEarsLawyer of baseball. And the brick joke? That would be Mickey Mantle's OneLiner at the very end.
* In 2008, someone created a [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Frank N. Furter]] Twitter account and tweeted "I see you shiver with antici..." ''Five years to the day later'', they tweeted "...pation." Both tweets promptly went viral.
* Admit it--you've had something like this happen in real life.

[[SelfDemonstratingArticle The boomerang has returned!]]
->'''Statler:''' I just don't understand this brick joke trope. (brick lands on head)\\
'''Waldorf:''' Now THAT'S what I call a brick joke! Do-ho-ho-hoh!