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[[caption-width-right:350:[-It seems jokes are something ComicBook/TheJoker ''doesn't'' like to kill.\\
Get it? It's because he's a murderer with a comedy theme!]]-]

->''"Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind."''
-->-- '''E. B. White'''

In short, explaining the punchline of a joke just makes it not funny, whether or not it would be otherwise. Jokes can be hard to do, and sometimes not everyone will get it, but while explaining the context might help, the punchline should stand on its own.

Explaining a joke, for better or worse, can come in a number of variants:

# Someone doesn't get the joke, and has to have it explained. Then again, that doesn't actually kill the joke; it was already dead, since the listener didn't get it in the first place. It can still work, but only if the joke actually is that someone doesn't get the joke. (This includes private in-jokes which even intelligent people would never understand without explanation.) Sometimes that someone tries to guess at what the joke is until everyone becomes exasperated and actually has to explain the joke instead of offering subtle hints which make that someone even more confused.
# Explaining the joke with no prompting. This may be done as an attempt at PostModernism, but it's usually done with jokes that wouldn't need any explaining. It can still work if the explanation is tongue in cheek. Sometimes [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny the real joke is about killing the joke by explaining it]] (cf. HypocriticalHumor).
## A common variant involves killing a joke by [[ComicallyMissingThePoint giving an erroneous explanation for why the joke is funny]] (e.g. "A man walks into a bar and says, 'Ow!' It's funny because [[BlackHumor he died from the blunt force trauma.]]"). This can be seen as a form of AntiHumor.
## Highlighting a DoubleEntendre actually is part of the joke, and by "part of the joke", I mean, "have sex with me".
# The joke-teller or writer has a tin ear for comedic timing, and overdoes the joke without knowing better.
# The ''listener'' has only the dimmest idea of what constitutes humor, and will blurt out the punchline to ensure that everyone knows s/he's got a sense of humor and they were laughing at something funny.

Note that the lines between these can be blurred. And despite the title, sometimes you can get away with explaining the joke. A way is hinting to the pertinent parts of the joke. That way you don't have to actually explain it completely.

It's very common to have the character explaining the joke [[AsideGlance wink at the audience]], which can lead to homicidal mania towards winks.

It's worth noting that this is often PlayedForLaughs, where the ''actual'' joke is the botched telling (or the joke-teller explains the joke wrong, so that it's clear he does not ''himself'' understand why it's funny).

A SubTrope of MeasuringTheMarigolds.

Compare LampshadedDoubleEntendre and EuphemismBuster (close cousins of Variant 3), JustJokingJustification. Often goes with an [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Pun]] and is how such pun can lead to a CollectiveGroan.

Contrast StealthPun (where absolutely no explanation is given), AmIRight, and NoSenseOfHumor. See also FanDislikedExplanation. Also AlternateCharacterReading, where puns based on this trope might LostInTranslation for those not knowing the language used for the pun and has to be explained, killing the joke in the process. Not at all like AntiHumor jokes, where the whole point is that the listener doesn't get the joke. [[LampshadeHanging Oh, wait -- did I just explain the joke?]].

Administrivia/InUniverseExamplesOnly. This isn't [[Headscratchers/HomePage headscratchers]] for bad jokes.

On a related note, when making jokes involving obscure references and memes here at Wiki/TVTropes, please ''do'' explain the joke: tropers tend to find the [[TheyWouldCutYouUp dissected innards of humor fascinating]], and {{Zero Context Example}}s highly irritating. [[note]]Linking to MemeticMutation is not an explanation, by the way.[[/note]]


* DontExplainTheJoke/LiveActionTV
* DontExplainTheJoke/WesternAnimation


* There is a 2009 T-Mobile commercial with a part where the customer is in her dummy studio and states that she wants a phone plan that "...doesn't cost one of these and one of these." while holding up a dummy arm and leg then immediately stating that they are in fact "...an arm and a leg."
* A Cheez-It commercial does this with the cheese before it "matures" when a cheese wheel asks, "What do you call cheese that isn't yours? Nacho cheese! Get it? It's not your cheese, but I said 'nacho.'"
* From a commercial for a certain pizza chain:
-->'''Basketball Coach:''' Now if only Pizza Hut could do something about their free-throw percentage.\\
'''Player 1:''' Hey!\\
'''Player 2:''' What?\\
'''Basketball Coach:''' It's bad.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has a RunningGag that if anyone comes up behind Miu, she'll throw them. ''Every single time'' this occurs, there's a [[FootnoteFever little caption box]] that says something like "Miu has a habit of throwing anyone standing behind her." It gets to the point that the caption itself is its own RunningGag.
* In the beginning of the 26th episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', Excel has an argument with director Nabeshin about making a musical episode (musicals, after all, take a lot of effort to produce). They conduct this argument while singing the melodies of the series' music. At the end of this segment, Hyatt chimes in, noting that it's already a musical (with Hyatt's enigmatic personality, it may be variant 4 or 5, though).
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''[='=]s dub is absolutely rife with bad puns, and sometimes {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this: "Looks like I'm all in one... PEACE! Haha, see, it's funny, because I'm making a 'peace' sign!"
* Black☆Star of ''Manga/SoulEater'' sometimes overexplains the meaning of his jokes... which is necessary, because they're pretty incomprehensible.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}''this sometimes happens with the more obscure manga references, such as one in which Nobuhiro makes a reference to the little brother of "Sally the Witch". Justified because these are, in-universe, seen as exceptionally obscure and only funny to manga enthusiasts.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', when the Ginyu Force meets the unlikely alliance of Gohan, Krillin, and Vegeta, Ginyu decides that he and his men will "play" with the heroes (and Vegeta).
-->'''Jeice:''' And by "play", we don't mean peek-a-boo! We're gonna beat you up!\\
'''Ginyu:''' You don't have to explain it, Jeice!
** The gag is repeated in the Ginyu Force theme song from ''Anime/DragonBallKai'', where Jeice again feels the need to explain that when he says he's going to "pat" you with his [[KiManipulation Crusher Ball]], he doesn't mean a pat on the head.
* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Crazy Crazy Cabbie constantly explains his innuendos.
* In ''Manga/NonNonBiyori'', Natsumi attempts to make a pun, but is met with silence. She then explains the basis of the pun, and Komari replies that Natsumi shouldn't have done it if an explanation was necessary.

* Once during the UK panel show "Never Mind the Buzzcocks," the panelists had to pick out a celebrity from a line-up. One of the female panelists turned to the host Simon Amstell (who is gay) and said:
-->'''Nerina:''' You'd appreciate this: number two's quite cute, isn't he?\\
'''Simon:''' Yes, I would because I... ''[turns and looks straight at the camera]''... am a homosexual.
* Many stand-up comics use this as part of their act, especially to single out a heckler to explain the joke ''very slowly'' to them. Examples include Creator/StevenWright (who already has a notably slow delivery), Creator/RonWhite, Creator/JimmyCarr, and Creator/DanielTosh (his trademark involves explaining a particularly complicated or obtuse joke). Also helps to SPEAK VERY LOUDLY, in case they don't understand English in a normal (i.e., amplified through microphone) tone.
* Subverted by Craig Shoemaker who will find a young person in the audience and explain the older jokes (like his Barney Fife impression) to them, making age jokes at their expense.
* Japanese humor can have a lot of this. A common "gag" is one character blurting out a non sequitur and another character shouting "THAT DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE!" For more information, see BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine.
* During the roast of Creator/BobSaget, Creator/NormMacDonald did this with lame and predictable jokes, turning his roast into a {{Post Modern|ism}} mockery of roasts themselves.
-->'''Norm [=MacDonald=]:''' You have lot of well-wishers here tonight, and a lot of them would like to throw you down one... a well. [[MoodWhiplash They wanna murder you in a well]], which seems a bit harsh, but that's what it says here on this cue card.
** This is a regular part of Norm's comedy. From a well-known appearance on [[Creator/ConanOBrien Conan O'Brien's]] show:
--->'''Courtney Thorne-Smith:''' It's like "9 1/2 Weeks", but with CarrotTop.\\
'''Norm:''' Is it called "9 1/2 Seconds"?\\
({{Beat}}) \\
'''Norm:''' Because he prematurely ejaculates.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'': Shown in the Trope Image: in ''Mad Love'', Harley Quinn tries to explain the {{deathtrap}} she built for Batman and how it is humorous (thus meeting Joker's standards for Batman having a hilarious death), but it backfires -- partly due to this trope and partly because of Joker's conviction that he is [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the only one allowed to defeat Batman]]. Faithfully done in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode based on the one-shot comic.
* Given the stuff he [[ViewersAreGeniuses thinks he doesn't need to explain]], it's surprising that Creator/AlanMoore does this in ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: The Black Dossier'' story "What Ho, Gods of the Abyss!" The idea that Gussie Fink-Nottle can continue operating without a brain is fairly obviously a comment on [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster the Wooster set]] being "brainless" to start with; it doesn't need to be followed by Mina and Allan explaining it to each other.
* The punchline of the "Short Circuits" of the first issue of ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' is a MythologyGag which is promptly explained in a footnote.
* In an early issue of ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Robotnik sends a robot that looks a lot like [[Series/FamilyMatters Urkel]] after Sonic, who notes that he "sounds familiar". A footnote immediately explains that [[ActorAllusion the same guy plays Sonic]] on [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog the then currently]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM running Sonic cartoons]].
* In ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'', O5 Beast awkwardly tries to converse with Magneto, eventually explaining:
-->'''Past!Hank:''' The thing is, Magneto, it was not so long ago you were trying to kill us in a murderous rage. So it's very strange to be standing here talking to you like this.\\
'''Magneto:''' I understood the unspoken subtext of the conversation.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had its infamous CowTools cartoon, which absolutely zero people got. Gary Larson ended up having to explain it. Of course, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity all the debate over it ended up boosting Larson's circulation]].
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' creator Scott Adams once released a compilation called ''Its Not Funny If I have to Explain It''. Let us explain the irony in that title: it's a compilation of strips, each one ''commented by the creator''. Get it?
* [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/bloom-county-to-get-republished-at-last,23496/ The upcoming treasury collections]] of the legendary comic strip ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' will probably runneth over this trope. Since much of the humor is a product of the 1980s, the collections will include "context pages" to help explain the cultural and political references to anyone born after the Reagan administration. Because of that, it might be born out of necessity to explain the background of the Meadowcrats... Not wanting to have to explain the joke was a ''huge'' factor in Breathed's decision to let the collections go out of print and not release any further reprintings.
* On [[https://garfield.com/comic/2012/04/26 April 26, 2012,]] a spider about to be swatted said it was okay as long as ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} didn't sit on it, and then explained he said it because Garfield was fat.
* In one ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strip, Steve Dallas, who is representing Bill the Cat, who has been arrested for selling secrets to the Soviets, asks a guy at the FBI building just what these secrets were (Keep in mind, the strip was released before 1988):
-->'''FBI guy:''' Secrets? (''looks at clipboard'') The Secret of the Sierra Madre, the secret recipe for Coke, and the secret of George Bush's appeal.\\
'''Steve:''' Secret of George Bush's appeal?\\
'''FBI guy:''' Yep.\\
'''Steve:''' George Bush doesn't have any appeal.\\
'''FBI guy:''' (''frantic'') Well, that's the secret!![[note]]Of course, this would prove HilariousInHindsight, as George Bush would eventually gain enough appeal to be elected President.[[/note]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'': "Geddit cuz im goffik?" Except sometimes, it's actually necessary to distinguish between [[{{Pun}} an attempted joke]] and another misspelling. Sadly, those are the ones that ''aren't'' explained, merely marked with a [[LampshadeHanging "geddit?"]]
* ''Fanfic/AvatarsIIWhenQwaritchTakesRevenge'': "It was a long flight so [[ColonelBadass he]] put on You Could Be Mine by Music/GunsNRoses (get it because that song was in ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay The Terminator II]]'' which was also by Creator/JamesCameron so its an injoke!)"
* [[LemonyNarrator The author]] of ''Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure'' tends to explain any jokes he can.
-->Queen Meanie! Got it? That's what Pinkie Pie said as the black fog pony appeared in that one episode [[ContinuityNod it's a nod to that episode.]] That makes it funny, even if this is a sad, sad story.\\\
Got it? P. Resident -- President. [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Just remove the dot and put the P before the R of the name.]] It's funny.\\\
Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}! Get it?
* In the third chapter of "LPS: Galebreak REDONE" on Website/DeviantArt, Pepper calls [[RobotDog LQ84-i]] a [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Tin Mutt]]. The bot then proceeds to dissect what makes the joke work (even calling it amusing on 2 levels), much to Pepper's infuriation.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
** Joey:
--->'''Joey:''' Man, that is one girl I'd like to play card games with. And by "play card games" I mean "have sex".
** Bakura in Episode 18. "Run while you can mortal, soon I will rule the world, and then we'll see who smells. (pause) It'll be you!"
** Also Kaiba in Episode 21, while inside a computer simulation: "Time for a trip to the recycle bin, Phantom. And then once you're in the recycle bin, I'm going to right click on it and select "empty recycle bin". Because otherwise, you'll just be taking up unnecessary space. In other words, I'm going to kill you."
** A failed example that wasn't intentional is when Tristan's voice changes, and Joey later punches him when he insults his fighting ability. According to Joey, "Ever since your voice changed you've been like a completely different person." He then continues with "Actually, you've been like the same person, just with a completely different voice".
** "It is funny because "wang" means "penis"."
** Marik combines this with LateToThePunchline after Melvin telling Bakura 'I always knew you wanted me inside you Bakura'.
--->'''Marik:''' Oh I get it he was implying that you wanted me to sleep with you.
* Team Four Star's ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''.
** This exchange:
--->'''Goku:''' Hey, King Kai.\\
'''King Kai:''' What the hell, Goku?\\
'''Goku:''' I just realized. While trying to introduce the blooper special, we're ''making'' bloopers for it. Isn't that funny?\\
'''King Kai:''' No. No it's not.
** Also this pretty blatant (but hilarious) example:
--->'''Vegeta:''' Now it's time to reveal my '''giant monkey'''... (''camera over his crotch, crowd gasps'') ...form. (''camera pans to face. Crowd sighs in relief'')\\
'''Man in Crowd:''' Thank God, I thought he meant penis!
** On Fake Namek the impostors get confused by their own plan, leading to the comment "It's funny because 'wang' means 'penis'."
** In the ''Bardock'' special, Zarbon has one.
--->'''Frieza:''' Oh forget about it, he's already on a direct course for Planet [[EarthShatteringKaboom S.O.L]].\\
'''Zarbon:''' ...Planet what?\\
'''Frieza:''' (''long-suffering sigh'') Planet--\\
'''[[IronicEchoCut Bardock]]:''' Vegeta!
** One time, explaining the joke turned out to be the setup to another joke:
--->'''Krillin:''' Geez, these aliens are scary. Especially that one in the front -- looks like a total FAG.\\
'''Gohan:''' Krillin!\\
'''Krillin:''' What? A [[FunWithAcronyms Freaky Alien Genotype]]. What'd you think I meant?\\
'''Gohan:''' Oh. I thought you were calling him a derogatory term for a homosexual.\\
'''Krillin:''' [[UnsettlingGenderReveal THAT THING'S A GUY?]]
* ''WebVideo/JojosBizarreAdventureAbridged'':
-->'''Joseph:''' Do you know where the building in this photo is?\\
'''Bartender:''' Depends. Do you know where my foot will be if you don't order anything?\\
'''Joseph:''' (''sigh'') Alright, we'll have four iced teas--\\
'''Bartender:''' It will be up your ass. Just saying.
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperTherapy'' session "Joker & Harley Quinn Therapy!", the Joker himself falls into it, starting to explain the joke about "having Poison Ivy on his junk". Then he gets depressed that he, of all people, would resort to that.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Fanfic/AChangedWorld''. Discussing FirstContact between the Federation and the Bajorans (borrowed from the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] novel ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse Allegiance in Exile]]''), Bajoran viewpoint character Eleya comments that Leonard [=McCoy=] had to make Kirk a cure for banta fever. Gaarra, also Bajoran, nearly falls over laughing, but Biri, a Trill, doesn't get it. Then Eleya explains that [[ReallyGetsAround banta fever is a Bajoran STD]] and Biri breaks out in giggles.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'': "It's funny because the squirrel gets dead!"
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has one, though Lawrence would have genuinely had trouble ''hearing'' Naveen.
-->'''Naveen:''' Now you're really into the music! Do you get my joke? Since, well, your head, it is in the tuba.
* In ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', during an IronicEcho moment:
-->'''Mittens:''' We had a deal!\\
'''Bolt:''' The deal just expired.\\
'''Louie:''' [[LampshadeHanging She said the same thing to me about ten minutes ago! The irony!]]
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'':
-->'''Kuzco:''' Okay, I admit it. Maybe I wasn't as nice as I should have been, but, Yzma, do you really want to ''kill me?''\\
'''Yzma:''' [[IronicEcho Just think of it as, you're being let go, that your life's going in a different direction, that your body's part of a permanent outplacement.]]\\
'''Kronk:''' [[LampshadeHanging Hey, that's kinda like what he said to you when you got fired!]]\\
'''Yzma:''' I know. It's called a "cruel irony" -- like my dependence on ''[[StealthInsult you]]''.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'':
-->'''Batman:''' We'll [[{{Pun}} wing it!]] (''beat'') It's a Bat-pun.
* ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'' has this exchange during the fight with the [[DemBones Gashadokuro]]:
-->'''Beetle''': I've got a bone to pick with you! (''aside'') Get it? Because he's made of bone?
-->'''Monkey''': You're an embarrassment.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', talking about the Cozy Cone Motel:
-->'''Lightning:''' Haha. Yeah, it's like a clever little twist. The motel's made out of caution cones, which, of course, cars usually try to avoid, and now we're gonna stay in them. Haha. That's funny.\\
'''Sally:''' Figure all that out on your own, did you?\\

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AustinPowers'':
** In the first movie, one of the evil spies (a superstitious Irishman with a charm bracelet that has a unique trinket on it for every man he kills and is of vital interest to international law enforcement) proclaims "they're always after me lucky charms!" which causes the audience and everyone sitting at the table with him to snicker. He asks why everyone always laughs when he says that, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNEvSOx7j4A Frau Farbissina tries to tell him about the commercials]]. Her ridiculous description of the commercials (in reality an ad-lib that was [[ThrowItIn Thrown In]]) makes it even funny.
** "I like to see girls of that... caliber. By 'caliber,' of course, I refer to both the size of their gun barrels and the high quality of their characters... Two meanings... caliber... it's a homonym..."
** The third movie starts right away with this. The joke in the opening is that we're watching an ''Austin Powers'' movie starring Creator/TomCruise, one of the most recognizable humans alive, and the movie helpfully labels him. It does the same to Kevin Spacey and Danny [=DeVito=], as well as Gwyneth Paltrow, putting her character's name on screen one second after she said it. Cut away to Creator/StevenSpielberg, who is not only in a chair labeled "Steven Spielberg", but is referred to by Austin by name, with his job helpfully mentioned. It gets better. When Austin sees Music/BritneySpears, he helpfully yells, "It's Britney Spears!"
* Mike Myers is still at it in ''Film/TheLoveGuru'':
-->'''Guru Pitka:''' Rajneesh, I'd like an alligator soup, and make it snappy! Because alligators are snappy, and at the same time, I want it prompt. (''grins for camera'')
* Although it was a threat instead of a joke, after the sheriff in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' threatens to CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon, Sir Guy of Gisborn doesn't get the comment, so the sheriff says, "Because it's ''dull'', you twit. It'll hurt more!"
* There is a German movie called ''Französisch für Anfänger'' ("French for Beginners") that contains a dialogue that goes something like this:
-->'''Boy:''' French is friggin' boring. And those French people... selfish, arrogant baguette munchers!\\
'''Girl:''' I guess you won't be getting along with my mother too well...\\
'''Boy:''' No?\\
'''Girl:''' She's French.
* ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'':
** Ron Burgundy plays this well. First he uses subtle innuendo to get across the joke without explaining it. Then he dives right in and explains what everyone was thinking. Despite this, everyone in the film still considers him a smooth individual, making for a third level of funny.
--->'''Shelly (former cheerleader):''' I've got a big story for you, and it's right here. (''points to her breasts'')\\
'''Ron Burgundy:''' Well hello... you pointed to your boobies.
** From the soundtrack of the film:
--->'''Ron Burgundy:''' You know what I'm talking about... (''implied wink'')... I'm talking about sexual intercourse.
** He goes further, in that explaining what he's doing often becomes the joke.
--->'''Ron Burgundy:''' We are laughing and we are very good friends. Good buddies sharing a special moment...\\
'''Brian Fantana:''' Don't say anything, Ron, and just let it happen.\\
'''Ron Burgundy:''' ...laughing and enjoying our friendship, and someday we'll look back on this with much fondness.\\
'''Ron Burgundy:''' I'm storming your castle on my steed, m'lady.
* In ''Film/{{Predator}}'', Hawkins tells two jokes to Billy about his girlfriend, but since he CannotTellAJoke, both times he ends up explaining the punchline when it doesn't get a laugh. It's possible that Billy is messing with Hawkins on both occasions, since he parodies his own role as TheStoic from time to time.
* ''Film/TheHangover'': Mr. Chow insults Zack Galafinakis and then explains... "It's funny because he's fat!"
* At the end of ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'', the comic-relief sidekick Jonathan declares that he's going someplace where there aren't any mummies to deal with, and adds, "On to Peru!" A caption then informs us that ''"Soon thereafter,'' mummies were ''discovered'' in Peru."
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'':
** A good example during Scott and Ramona's first date:
--->'''Ramona:''' I just wanted to move somewhere more chill, y'know?\\
'''Scott:''' Well, it's certainly "chill" here!\\
'''Ramona:''' (''smiles'') Yeah.\\
'''Scott:''' ...it's "chill" as in "cold."\\
'''Ramona:''' (''deadpan'') Yeah.
** Additionally:
--->'''Todd:''' Tell it to the cleaning lady on Monday.\\
'''Scott:''' What?\\
'''Todd:''' Because you'll be dust by Monday... because you'll be pulverized in two seconds. The cleaning lady? She cleans up... dust. She dusts.\\
'''Scott:''' So, what's on Monday?\\
'''Todd:''' Cause... it's Friday now, she's the weekends off, so... Monday, right?
** The second one there is an example of one you HAVE to explain since it makes no sense on its own. Also, it wasn't exactly a joke, more than an overly wordy threat. Still loses its punch by having to be explained, but then again, Todd's just like that.
* The African guides in ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' get one of those rare times when explaining the joke actually manages to ''enhance'' the humor:
-->'''Guide 1''': (''[[NoFourthWall to the camera]]'') Bad guy falls in [[ToiletHumour poop]]: ''[[LampshadeHanging Classic]]'' element of [[{{Slapstick}} physical comedy]]! [[ThisIsThePartWhere Now comes the part where]] we throw our heads back and laugh! Ready?\\
'''Other Guides:''' Ready!\\
(''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hizytskAmuo all burst into laughter]]'')
* In ''Film/GetHimToTheGreek'', there is a song in there by Aldous' ex-wife Jackie Q called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRJjPXqxRis Ring Around My Posy"]], full of innuendos about anal sex. At the very end she says, "I'm talking about my ''asshole''."
* In the documentary ''Film/TheAristocrats'', this trope is ''completely inverted''. The entire point of the movie is to explain the joke "TheAristocrats" but because of the ''nature'' of the joke, which is ad-libbed and [[CrossesTheLineTwice unspeakably]] [[BlackComedy profane]] in all its variants, the joke does not die.
* In ''Film/RoadTrip'', Kyle's joke about dogs and their testicles goes awry because of him repeating the punch line.
* In ''Film/PitchPerfect'', during one of the competitions, the announcers John and Gail end up doing this when talking about a high-pitched male singer:
-->'''John:''' It sounds to me, though, Gail, like his boys haven't dropped yet, if you know what I mean.
-->'''Gail:''' If you mean his testicles, then I do, John. I do. I really do.
* Toots in ''Film/KeyLargo'' is called out on his habit to explain his jokes.
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos''. When Ned Nederlander sees a biplane flying overhead he makes a joke about it being a mail (male) plane because of the "little balls hanging down". When his fellow Amigos don't immediately get the joke, he explains it to them at length.

* OlderThanRadio: From ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', When the King of Hearts tries to explain the rather nonsensical poem at the trial scene:
-->'''King:''' Then againó ''"before she had this fit"'' ''(to the Queen)'' You never had fits, my dear, I think?\\
'''Queen:''' Never! (''[[IResembleThatRemark angrily throws her ink well at Bill the Lizard]]'')\\
'''King:''' Then the words don't ''fit'' you.\\
(''dead silence in the court'')\\
'''King:''' It's a pun!\\
(''everyone laughs'')
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' often has characters who, after making a pun(e) or other clever word play, would usually start to explain the joke before the other character even has the time to react to said joke. [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Death]] tends to be the biggest offender -- being TheSpock of the series. Fred Colon and Nobby Nobbs are repeat offenders, too.
** The ''Discworld Companion'' indicates that this is an old tradition among the Fool's Guild, whose founder, Jean-Paul [[NamesakeGag Pune]], was considered notable for having figured out a way to pronounce brackets, as in "Q. When is a door not a door? A. When it's ajar (a jar)!" -- which [[PungeonMaster got him tarred and feathered and left for dead]].
** The Fool in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' does this in the ''middle'' of a joke: "Marry, nuncle, if'n I had a Knighthood (Night Hood), why 'twould keep my ears Warm in Bedde."
** Willikins, Sam Vimes' butler, explains a reference in the ''Ankh-Morpork Times''' political cartoon to his employer in ''Thud!'' Considering it's a reference to ''stakeouts'' in a cartoon about vampires, lifelong policeman Vimes is the last person to actually need the pun pointed out to him. Possibly a BrickJoke, as Vimes made the same pun to Carrot a dozen novels earlier in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. He didn't get it.
** ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad''. Granny Weatherwax tells a joke, [[TheComicallySerious or tries to anyway]]: "So he said, 'Get me an alligator sandwich -- [[StealthPun and be quick about it!]]'"
** After much speculation on alt.fan.pratchett ([[http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/witches-abroad.html it says here]]), Creator/TerryPratchett explained it thus:
--->''It is (I hope) obvious that Granny Weatherwax has absolutely no sense of humour but she has, as it were, heard about it. She has no grasp of how or why jokes work -- she's one of those people who say "And then what happened?" after you've told them the punchline. She can vaguely remember the one-liner, "Give me an alligator sandwich -- and make it snappy!" but since she's got no idea of why it's even mildly amusing she gets confused... all that she can remember is that apparently the man wants it quickly.''
** [[AC:Death]] has a similar problem with the concept of humor, as seen in this line from [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Hogfather]]:
--->'''Death:''' [[AC:Let's get there and sleigh them. Ho. Ho. Ho.]]\\
'''Albert:''' Right you are, Master.\\
'''Death:''' [[AC:That was a pune, or play on words, Albert. I don't know if you noticed.]]\\
'''Albert:''' [[ServileSnarker I'm laughing like hell deep down, sir.]]
** The phrase "Pune, or play on words" tends to [[RunningGag show up pretty often]] in ''Discworld'' books... presumably the Disc's humorists will eventually come up with a pun which would actually be funny without having to be explained. Because, you know, the jokes are so bad that no-one laughs, and the people who tell them think people didn't get the joke because they didn't understand it so that they have to explain them.
** Carrot does this a couple times when writing to home, which [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] because his parents are dwarves. Dwarves have less of a sense of humor than Granny Weatherwax and think that "{{Irony}}" means "something like iron."
** An even worse example happens in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'': during a meeting between Ankh-Morpork's various leaders, the Alchemists' Guildmaster mentions how a piece of lab equipment earlier levitated and shattered, whereupon the representative from the Fool's Guild responds "Verily, it was a ''sharp retort''." No one gets it, he explains the joke, and everyone else makes a forced chuckle. Then the alchemist adds, "What makes it even funnier was that it was an alembic." Argh.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', after [[EmbarrassingFirstName Moist Von Lipwig]] cons the city into thinking the gods gave him a ton of cash, his business competitor comments that they will handle this in the newspaper by stating that they are interested in "profits, not prophets." Since he's saying this out loud, no one in the room gets it. He tries to explain the joke by repeating it, but it goes over their heads again, so he sighs and remarks that it will look better in print.
* The puns in the later ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novels are often explained rather than actually showing their pun nature. Take the "Hippo-Crite". Does it actually do things that are hypocritical? No. It just says, "I never mean what I say." Well, since it's a series of books built exclusively on puns, anymore, it's not hard to imagine that Piers Anthony would run out of steam eventually. A he did -- a lot of the puns are [[RunningTheAsylum fan-submitted]], although some of the setup is still Anthony's.
* Creator/KurtVonnegut does this constantly in ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions'' to emphasize the [[LemonyNarrator narration's ironic and misanthropic point of view]]. He even explains and illustrates things which would be ridiculously familiar even to not very smart readers, which gives the weird impression that readers are not expected to be familiar with life on Earth.
* Daphne's father in ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' does this, as the narration mentions that this is something no-one should ever do, [[spoiler:not even the king]]. Then the Gentlemen of Last Resort tactfully explain why the joke still doesn't work, and advise him what change he needs to make for it to make sense.
* In ''First Lord's Fury'' of ''Literature/CodexAlera'', a joke is flayed to a bloody mess on the carpet:
-->'''Antillus:''' When we get back, you and I are going to have a talk in which you lose your teeth. Because I'm going to knock them out of your head. With my fists.\\
'''Phrygia:''' I think we all understood what you meant at the end of your first sentence, dolt.
* From Thomas Mann's ''The Magic Mountain'':
-->''"You mean... oh, I see now -- how marvelous!" Hans Castorp laughed. "What a jokester you are! 'At half past nine' -- did you hear, cousin? Herr Settembrini is saying that it's too early for some of 'last year's participants' to spend a little time at the ball. Ha, ha, how spooky. He means the people who have finally put aside all 'lusts of the flesh' -- [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre if you know what I mean]]."''
* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Pattern, Shallan's BondCreature, is a LiteralMinded creature alien to the physical world who finds anything not literally true a "lie," and wants to learn more about them. He is especially interested in jokes, and spends a lot of time picking them apart, trying to find what makes them funny. Shallan has to explain that the first rule of humor is that there's nothing less funny than doing exactly that.

* The Basement Jaxx song "Oh My Gosh", a girl sings about a guy she's met (not that THAT narrows it down, but, you know); their conversation at one point goes:
-->''He said "how many sugars do you like in your tea?"\\
I said "Forget about the sugar, have a spoonful of me!\\
'Cause I taste so sweet!"''
* As [[http://rapgenius.com/posts/Get-it-why-do-rappers-explain-their-own-lines-in-the-age-of-rap-genius one blog post]] points out, rappers in general are prone to explaining their own jokes in-song, much to the disdain of the blogger.
--> '''[[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Biggie]]:''' If Fay' have twins, she'll probably have two 'Pacs... Get it? [[Music/TupacShakur Two...Pacs]]?"
* brentalfloss's [[http://brentalfloss.bandcamp.com/track/ducktales-with-lyrics-moon-theme Ducktales with Lyrics (Moon Theme)]] (yes, this was sung in its entirety):
-->''Keep on finding gold and jewels, just lay off the quack.\\
Off the quack! It's a pun and it's about ducks.''
* "It's Halloween!" by Music/SongsToWearPantsTo: In one verse Andrew is listing off costume-appropriate treats to hand out, which ends with:
-->''Swine flu guy gets some bacon strips\\
And for the robot, a bag of really small chips\\
Get it? It's a joke about microchips...''
* "Smell The Color 9" by Christian singer Chris Rice, in which he compares trying to find God for oneself to attempting the song title. At the very end, he sings "Nine's not a color, and even if it were, you can't smell a color. That's my point exactly."
* Any rapper who says "Get it" or similar after dropping a punchline. Music/LilWayne in particular is notable for it.
* Music/RichardCheese's live cover of the Darth Vader theme, on his album ''Back in Black Tie'', reuses a joke he's used previously, in which he calls out for a piano solo, a drum solo, a bass solo, and a [[StarWars Han Solo]]. Then he tells the audience: "See, because, his name is Solo, and they were playing solos. So I go, 'Han Solo'."
* In the spoken-word preamble to Music/TheDeadMilkmen's "Bitchin' Camaro," off their ''Big Lizard in my Back Yard'' album, Jack mentions that his parents drove his new car up from the Bahamas. His dim interlocutor says, "You're kidding!" Jack retorts, "I must be. The Bahamas are islands."
* Music/{{Macklemore}}'s "Thrift Shop" has him complain that the used clothes he bought smell like R. Kelly's sheets. As in...
* From Music/TimMinchin's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVN_0qvuhhw "Prejudice"]]: "they'll be pretty smart because they'll be well read. And by read I mean read and the other kind of red, it's a homophone!"
* Music/BoBurnham spends a large chunk of his raps explaining the rapid-fire jokes that make them up, from why a girl dating a "large" man should wear African neck rings to interrupting a love song portraying him as a southern aristocrat in a relationship with one of his slaves to explain that he'd still have to work her full time because "there's a difference between romantic language and complete disregard for socio-economic trends."
* Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart once wrote a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFPoRmsiFzc four part "musical joke,"]] which is pretty funny without explanation. But here, the trope is inverted because this particular joke gets ''even funnier'' when the joke is properly explained.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' used to do this. Whenever they cracked a TakeThat joke, they'd always add "That's a joke; we kid the (target attacked)!" One fan letter pointed this out and said that it kills the joke; he should know, he went to a comedy school. NP responds with, "You tell us you took a comedy class and then write us a letter that's not funny? Some comedy teachers you have! That's a joke; we kid your teachers!"
* Creator/DaveBarry briefly indulged in this after receiving one too many letters from people who didn't grasp that he was joking when he wrote something. The rest of the article was written with "closed-captioning for the humor-impaired", in which he explained every single joke he made immediately after making it.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Believe it or not, the subtitles that explain what is going on is beneficial to the Website/{{Botchamania}} series. As a lot of the clips (botches) are taken from some of WCW's older stuff, explaining the context of the match, stipulations, etc., help the viewer understand why it's considered a botch in the first place (it should; this IS old WCW, after all). Plus Maffew explaining the joke sometimes underscores the hilarious inanity of segments ("THEY BRAWL OUTSIDE IN A CAGE MATCH").
* Wrestling/{{WCW}} commentator Wrestling/TonySchiavone had a bad habit of calling Wrestling/HughMorrus "humorous" as if we wouldn't get his PunnyName on our own.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Film/TheMuppets'':
** In the final spoof trailer for the film, Pepe says "It's Twilight. Almost time for Breaking Prawn." Not only does he address the audience "Get it?" but then a narrator explains that Pepe is a shrimp, also called a prawn.
** Done in-universe in the blooper reel, with a bunch of muppet hoboes explaining a joke they'd just made to Hobo Joe, ''repeatedly'' pointing out that when you have to explain a joke, it's dead. [[spoiler:After they give, Joe bursts out laughing.]]
* On one episode of ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', there was Seymour and Pepe's attempt at telling the "Elefino" joke, which is made even funnier by [[OverlyLongGag the diagrams and placards they use to explain it]]. The audience still doesn't get it.

* BBC Radio 4's ''Radio/TheNowShow'' has a RunningGag that, before the audience has time to react to particularly lame puns (and there's [[HurricaneOfPuns a lot of them]]), they'll be {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with "Do you see? Do you see what we did there?" Most notably:
-->'''Jon Culshaw:''' (''as [[Series/TheApprentice Alan Sugar]], as the coroner in the Diana inquest'') Your task was to try to prove a conspiracy by Prince Philip to kill Diana. You've offered no real evidence and wasted my time. I have no choice -- You're Fayed!\\
'''Hugh Dennis:''' You see? Because it sounds like "fired"! Fayed! It's his name!
* Used in ''Fags, Mags and Bags'':
-->'''Rameesh:''' Ted, do you like kids.\\
'''Ted:''' Yeah... but I couldn't eat a whole one! You get it? I'm implying that I eat children!
* Long before ''The Now Show'', ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' was deliberately introducing lame puns and then undercutting them.
-->'''Grytpype:''' That would certainly deter them.\\
'''Seagoon:''' Yes. They'd have to make a detour. Hahahahahaha! Get it? Detour? Hahahahaha! ...ahem.
* Mr. Boynton on ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' occasionally does this.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} on ''Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation'':
-->'''Jeremy:''' Now, at the risk of explaining what you've just heard in a way that sucks all mirth from life, in a similar manner to Nicholas Parsons on ''Radio/JustAMinute''...
* The cast of ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' occasionally attempt to explain jokes that haven't got a laugh, including one occasion when Jack Dee told Tim "No, the audience is right", and the following exchange:
-->'''Barry:''' ''Hello'' magazine: Queen's potato goes out, exclusive pictures? (''lukewarm response'') The Queen tried to smoke a potato.\\
'''Graeme:''' Instead of a cigarette?\\
'''Barry:''' Yes.\\
'''Tim:''' That would be a mistake on her part.\\
'''Fred [=MacAulay=]:''' That would have great comic potential!\\
'''Barry:''' Yes! Not ''now'', but...
* If {{WebVideo/MK}} is anything to go by, radio host Charlamagne Tha God is fond of hitting on women using an extremely corny line - "Hey baby, let me shoot your club up!" and then explaining it to them ("It's when a man ejaculates in you"). The pickup line is neither clever nor funny in the first place, but it only gets worse when it's explained. But as MK points out, men who use stupid lines like that on women get what they're after far more often than they deserve to.

* In UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} on Creator/{{FOX}}'s pre-race coverage of the 2011 Daytona 500, this occured during the segment where the analysts were giving their choice of winning driver for the Pizza Hut Race Prediction. Mike Joy had selected Tony Stewart, Larry [=McReynolds=] had chosen Kurt Busch, but this is what Darrell Waltrip said:
-->'''Darrell Waltrip:''' Call me sentimental, but I'm picking the #103 car.\\
'''Mike Joy:''' (''off mike'') What?\\
'''Darrell Waltrip:''' That's the #88 (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) and the #15 (Michael Waltrip) coming to the line together.
:: ItMakesSenseInContext if you knew that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Michael Waltrip used to be teammates at Dale Earnhardt, Inc (the race team created by Dale Earnhardt, Sr, who had been killed at Daytona 10 years previously).
* This is Ben Roethlisberger's schtick on [=ProFootballMock.com's=] ''Website/NFLQuarterbacksOnFacebook'', to the other quarterbacks' constant annoyance. He is known to explain every joke in all caps.

* In ''Theatre/MaryMary'' after Mary and Bob light their cigarettes, they both exclaim, "Mmmm--that's ''real'' coffee!" Tiffany is puzzled by this, and demands an explanation of this private joke:
-->'''Bob:''' We once heard this announcer on television. It was late at night and I suppose the poor joker was confused from having to talk about so many products all day. Anyway, he started to do a cigarette commercial. He sucked in and smiled and said "Mmmm---that's ''real'' coffee." (Tiffany does not react) You see, it ''wasn't'' worth going into.
* [[http://www.slate.com/id/2121214/ An article]] criticises ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' for explaining a joke (which wasn't explained in the original film), and thus going against the whole point of Pythonesque humour.
* The play ''Picasso at the Lapin Agile'' features a joke about a man who walks into a bakery to order a pie shaped like the letter "E". When everyone doesn't get it, Einstein has to explain why they had to use the letter E by explaining why they didn't use most of the letters, such as a C-shaped pie is the same in capital and lowercase, and an O-shaped pie is basically a regular pie. He says he'll get back to D, but never does... [[spoiler: maybe because a D-shaped pie is basically half a pie.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Whoever wrote the {{cutscene}}s for the earlier ''VideoGame/HarryPotter'' games had a tendency to murder Creator/JKRowling's wit by reformatting her jokes into the most obvious, overstated manner possible. Combined with the bad voice acting and the occasional CaptainObvious moments ("This leads to the dungeons."), the result borders on SoBadItsGood.
%%* Ernie Steele from ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' does Variant 2 a lot.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' has a "Don't Explain the Insult" variant at the beginning of the satellite admins segment of the first game, when [[KidHero Geo]] gets pissed off at [[{{Ojou}} Luna]] for following him everywhere and trying to get him to go to school, and calls her a "satellite". Luna doesn't get it, so Geo tells her what he meant, also adding that it's a [[StellarName play on her name]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'':
** In the end credits song.
--->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' Maybe you'll find someone else to help you. Maybe Black Mesa... THAT WAS A JOKE. HA HA. FAT CHANCE.
** ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has both antagonists pull this one on separate occasions. [=GLaDOS=] because she's a DeadpanSnarker and [[spoiler:Wheatley]] because he's genuinely stupid. The latter is adorned with heavy LampshadeHanging.
--->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' Remember when I was talking about smelly garbage standing around being useless? That was a metaphor. I was actually talking about you. And I'm sorry. You didn't react at the time, so I was worried it had sailed right over your head. Which would have made this apology seem insane. That's why I had to call you garbage a second time just now.\\\
'''[[spoiler:Wheatley]]:''' You [...] are going to love this big surprise. In fact, you're going to love it ''[[ImpliedDeathThreat to death]]''. Love it until you're dead -- until it kills you. I don't know if you're picking up on what I'm saying...\\
'''[[spoiler:[=GLaDOS=]]]:''' Yes, thanks, we get it. (''later'') Alright, so he's not even trying to be subtle anymore. Or maybe he still is, in which case, wow, that's kind of sad.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'': "I'm on cloud control! Ha ha! Get it? Instead of "crowd," I said... Aww, never mind."
* The Wii version of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' plays this outright for laughs:
-->'''Eggman:''' Nothing will stop me now! I know I say that every time, but really, this time nothing will stop me!\\
'''Orbot:''' Er...boss...\\
(''Orbot points to behind him; the camera pulls back to reveal Sonic'')\\
'''Sonic:''' Who you calling nothing?\\
'''Cubot:''' (''scratches head'') Huh...?\\
'''Orbot:''' Since the boss said that "nothing's going to stop me", and Sonic here is going to stop him, it's like boss was calling Sonic "nothing".\\
'''Sonic:''' Great! I thought no one would get that!
** After that line, there's about another minute's worth of banter between Sonic and Eggman, the level boss enters, and Sonic dashes over to fight him, [[BrickJoke and only]] ''[[BrickJoke then]]'' [[BrickJoke does Cubot exclaim "I get it!"]]
* A random conversation between Joker and EDI in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has Joker telling her a joke about a krogan and a salarian. When he's finished, EDI breaks this rule and then proceeds to dissect the stereotypes behind the joke. Even when EDI does make jokes, she tends to be bad at conveying sarcasm, and often has to clarify "That is a joke." when people take her seriously.
* An incident at the inn in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' offers a {{discussed|Trope}} Type 1. [[SociopathicHero Qara]] calls [[CuteMonsterGirl Neeshka]] "tail-for-brains". When Neeshka complains that her brains aren't in her tail, Qara says said brains must be next to it, and that she should loosen the back of her pants because they're obviously not getting enough air.
-->'''Neeshka:''' Okay, explain that one to me.\\
'''[[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Khelgar Ironfist]]:''' Well, she said your brains are next to your tail... which would imply that your brains are in your rear end. And that means you breathe through your--\\
'''Neeshka:''' Okay, okay, I get it, all right? Little witch.\\
'''Khelgar:''' Don't take it so hard. I had to explain it, which means the insult's a failure.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'':
** Handsome Jack explains it:
--->'''Handsome Jack:''' Once you've eaten prime rib for free, it's hard to go back to suckin' down hamburgers for cash. If you know what I'm talking about. Do you know what I'm talking about? (''{{beat}}'') Dicks. I'm talkin' about dicks.
** During the side-quest "The Ice Man Cometh", Claptrap has the Vault Hunters sabotage the heaters in a bandit camp in the hopes that the bandits will "chill out". When this [[LamePunReaction fails to get a laugh]], Claptrap [[ComicallyMissingThePoint assumes the Vault Hunters have]] NoSenseOfHumor and launches into an excessively detailed explanation of the concept of puns and why his joke was supposed to be funny.
** In the same game, Scooter makes a pretty obvious, humorous euphemism for sex, and after a brief pause blatantly says, "That's sex."
* In the flash game ''Crystal Story II'' (available at Armorgames.com), the Orcacle insist in explaining the pun of her name combining oracle, her job, with orc, her species. She finds it hilarious; the player character doesn't, but then again, he's aghast whenever he's talking with almost anyone.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': The Rose of Sharon Cassidy, when explaining the NCR building a massive statue as part of a Mojave-sized dick-waving contest.
-->'''Cass:''' Nobody's dick that's long! Not even Long Dick Johnson, and he had a fuckin' long dick. Hence, the name.
* In one chapter of ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', [=McQueen=] is called out to a campground to investigate the disappearance of a scout leader. After examining the scene of the crime (campfire, a couple of portable canvas shelters, etc.) he attempts to cheer up the scouts with a joke about the situation being "two tents". When it doesn't get a laugh, he attempts to explain it, which doesn't go over any better.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' goes through several layers of this, along with an implied Type 1 and unnecessary LampshadeHanging, when Strong Bad reads through a computer catalog.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' (''reading the catalog'') The Roomy-Vac is a real power-HOUSE... Get it? Oh, you don't? Well, because it's the size of a... Oh, you were kidding? You do get it? Pretty good, huh? No?\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Why would they print that whole exchange?
* ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob'': [[http://www.weebls-stuff.com/onthemoon/On+The+Moon+ep.17/ Episode 17]] of "On the Moon" inverts this when Insanity Prawn Boy mistakenly thinks the Toast King is making a knock-knock joke.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Andy does this quite a few times, so much with Martha that it is essentially his catch phrase.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* This occurs in ''VisualNovel/{{Sickness}}'' the middle of an innuendo-laden dialogue about fighting:
-->'''Markus:''' There's no need to be shy. I brought some fresh meat, and now you want to beat it.\\
'''Markus:''' ...Heh. Get it? I called him meat, and implied that you want to beat his--\\
'''Andrei:''' Okay, that's enough of you.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* An example of Variant 1 happens in ''Webcomic/AdorableDesolation''. [[http://adorabledesolation.comicgenesis.com/d/20090227.html Shopclerk doesn't get it,]] she doesn't explain it. She laughs even harder when he realizes he's missing something. He's not even sure what he's not getting.
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' tended to do this frequently in early strips, by telling a joke in the strip, then explaining the (incredibly simple) joke in the newsfeed.
* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' does this quite a bit.
** For example, [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000548.html Programming Advice: Jokes Explained.]]
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=18 That's not what she said. Last night. When I had SEX with her!]]
* ''Dinosaur Comics'' author Ryan North once took the concept to its comedic height in his [[http://www.insaneabode.com/roboterotica/jokesexplained/jokes.html Jokes Explained website.]] The Comic Irregulars continued with [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained.php Jokes Explained Explained,]] [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained.php and so on]] and [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/singles/jokes_explained_explained_explained_explained.php so forth.]]
* Double lampshading in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20050305.html a strip]] of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''.
-->'''Ennesby:''' I think this means that you, um... won't be needing to kill your sister after all. You know, because she's already dead. Get it?\\
'''Kevyn:''' If you have to say "Get it?" you've ruined the joke.\\
'''Caption:''' Get it?
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0455.html Belkar makes one]] during the battle for Azure City.
--->'''Belkar:''' Get it? Because he said "Fire!" and then you used a "Fire"-ball, and now they're all dead!\\
'''Eye of Fear and Flame:''' [[YesMan Yes, sir. Very funny, sir.]] Please don't hurt me.
** Later, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0605.html Lord Shojo in Belkar's hallucination]]. Although you could just say he's rubbing it in. It's still a pretty good line.
--->'''Belkar:''' OK, wise guy, answer this: If this is my dream, why did I just turn into a line?\\
'''Lord Shojo:''' Yes, let's think about this: Why would your subconscious mind represent you as a line -- a completely one-dimensional figure?\\
'''Belkar:''' Oh, I get it. Ha ha.\\
'''Lord Shojo:''' A figure without depth; one lacking any sort of hidden meaning or interest. Shallow. Banal.\\
'''Belkar:''' Yeah, OK, OK, I get it!\\
'''Lord Shojo:''' Simplistic. Predictable -- even painfully obvious. Overdone.\\
'''Belkar:''' Knock it off!\\
'''Lord Shojo:''' Going in exactly one direction, and not even a particularly interesting one at that.\\
'''Belkar:''' You can't see my face, but I'm glaring at you violently.
* ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'': [[http://concessioncomic.com/index.php?pid=20071130 "See, it's funny because you're a pedophile."]]
%%* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' (severe case of Weblinks are not examples)
%%** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=316 This strip.]]
%%** Dale does it in [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1895 this one.]]
* ''Webcomic/VGCats'':
** Leo does a lengthy [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=284 menstruation joke,]] and then top it.
** [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=269 It's not the first time Leo did that.]] Also the final panel could be considered the creator explaining the comic's joke.
* ''Webcomic/ChugworthAcademy'' has [[http://chugworth.com/archive/?strip_id=65 a]] [[http://chugworth.com/archive/?strip_id=71 gag]] where an extremely apathetic StraightManAndWiseGuy act has the DopeSlap replaced by the narrator Explaining The Joke.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'''s "Randy Pinkwood" enjoys this. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/03/15/ "If you know what I'm talking about. And I think you know what I'm talking about. I'm talking about my penis."]]
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'': [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1333/ And by "have sex with her" I mean use my penis on her...]]
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Red Mage explains his already [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Puns]] about [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/04/22/episode-275-clash-of-styles/ Drizz'l]] and [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/06/21/episode-298-a-natural-response/ Astos.]]
* ''Webcomic/PunchAnPie'': [[TheDitz Karen]] [[http://www.punchanpie.net/daily/20070606.html demonstrates.]]
* The ''Webcomic/RonPlanet'' webcomic has one: "Ron Planet Astronauting: 'Cause planets are in space!"
* In the ''Webcomic/PvP'' arc when Robbie starts his own brewery, one of the first buildings they look at is an incredibly bad choice - so much so, that Max quotes Creator/HaroldRamis' line from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' about the firehouse more or less verbatim. Then, hearing him, Robbie barges in talking about how great the building is, and namedrops the movie, just to be sure that the dozen readers outside the actual target market get the joke.
* [[http://gunshowcomic.com/ Gunshow]] has a whole load of comics under the [[http://gunshowcomic.com/tag/that%27s+the+joke "That's the joke" tag.]]
* ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' describes [[http://www.basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/12/14/how-to-retroactively-ruin-a-joke.html?rq=how%20to%20ruin How to Retroactively Ruin a Joke.]]
* Happens in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=1928 a strip]] of ''Webcomic/ShortPacked''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' gives us [[http://spacetrawler.com/2012/02/21/spacetrawler-208/ this exchange,]] as the Eebs are just about to rain fiery death upon the planet below them:
-->'''Crimson 57:''' We'd like to apologize beforehand, in case this causes any inconvenience.\\
'''Eeb #2:''' Hey, that's funny! Because one would think that getting melted alive was ''more'' than just an "inconvenience".\\
'''Crimson 57:''' No, it ''was'' funny until you explained the joke.
* In ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'', [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/274 Zalanna is eager to expound]] on how she made a joke through exaggeration and her apparent humorous qualities, since Tanna missed the joke when it was made.
* The mouseover-equivalent text of [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2778 a strip]] of ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''.
* In one installment of [[Webcomic/DarASuperGirlyTopSecretComicDiary DAR!]], the artist is holding a very hairy pussy cat. [[http://www.darcomic.com/2008/09/30/shaved/ She talks about shaving it.]] (She also misspelled "euphemism".)
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/622 has this pearl]]:
-->'''Richard:''' We should leaf this place. That was funny because I'm impaled to a tree.
* ''Webcomic/MuhPhoenix'': [[Comicbook/AntMan Hank Pym]] has a habit of doing this.
* ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff:''
** Comic #38 is a Charlie Brown ball-pulling gag parody, accompanied by the actual Charlie Brown strip, [=SBAHJified=] as usual, and the words "CHORLIE BROWN [[AC:"this is what the refrance"]]".
** The same gag was imported in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' for the sake of MoodWhiplash, this time with "WIZORD OF OZ", right as [[spoiler:Jade was killed by Aranea dropping her house on her]].
* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', dealing with cultures that aren't as familiar to worldwide audiences as others may be, frequently has to explain punchlines in the author's notes to every comic. However, this can actually make the comics ''funnier'' if you re-read them after reading the explanations. Longtime followers will also feel less inclined to check the notes as the characters & the stereotypes they represent will become more familiar to them; those who keep up with the news and/or have a good background of world history will also not need them as often. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs And you can imagine how it would be for someone familiar with the characters, current events, and world history.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'', the humour is often intentionally ruined in TheRant.
* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Inverted. Gravedust, easily the member of the cast most lacking in comedic ability, ends up having to pretend to be a comedian on a stage. He [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-7-page-17/ tells a mediocre joke]] about misfortune which the audience finds increasingly hilarious as he begins to explain how the joke actually depicts a very tragic situation and questions the audience's mirth.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkmeoYKYctw This fake deck sealant commercial]] pokes fun at the New Zealand accent pronunciation of "deck", then at the very end says "Don't put it on your penis."
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic falls into this all of the time when targeting comedies, oftentimes substituting explaining a joke rather than pointing out why it isn't funny. This is most blatant in his review of ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' when he calls out the movie's use of a WhosOnFirst joke by asking whether or not it's supposed to be a WhosOnFirst joke.
* Carson Baye was a particularly unpopular character in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest V3'' due to his habit of referencing anime, then immediately explaining the references. Although, there were a number of other (mostly [[InAndOutOfCharacter out of character]]) reasons for this too.
* In ''WebVideo/TheGuild'', season 1 episode 3 "The Macro Problem":
-->'''Zaboo:''' You like my helm? It's +5 sexterity... Get it ? It's like "dexterity" but... with "sex", in the front. Like a prefix... I'm kind of a linguist.
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'':
-->'''Captain Hammer:''' 'Cause she's with Captain Hammer. And ''these'' -- (''lifts fists'') -- are not the hammer. (''walks out'')\\
'''Dr. Horrible:''' ...\\
'''Captain Hammer:''' (''walks back in'') ...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny The hammer is my penis]].
* This [[http://cgi.cs.indiana.edu/~oracle/digest.cgi?N=1169#1169-03 Internet Oracularity]] is a really meta example that's somewhat hard to explain without spoiling the joke itself.
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': "Space Mountain is my penis."
* Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg do this all the time, a fact that was mocked heavily in ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun''[='=]s parody video "'Movie' Movies Movie".
-->'''Fartinidus:''' Spartans! My name is Fartinidus, which is a clever play on the name of the hero from the movie ''Meet the Spartans'', which in turn was making fun of Leonidas, from the movie ''300'', which was popular.\\
'''Random Everygirl:''' Wait! I'm just a lonely single girl trying to make it in the big city! You see I used to be quite comically overweight, but then my cowboy friend gave me a makeover! He's gay! Like in that movie, ''Brokeback Mountain''!\\
'''Bitterman:''' I have a confession -- I'm not actually a gay cowboy. I'm actually... a space alien! It's a twist, like in an M. Night Shyamalan movie!"
* The whole point of ''[[http://marmadukeexplained.blogspot.com/ Marmaduke Explained]]'': explain obvious, non-funny jokes in [[TheComicallySerious a deadly serious manner]], thereby making them funny.
* ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' blog "The Comic Strip Doctor" once [[http://wondermark.com/the-comic-strip-doctor-recontextualization/ demonstrated]] what's up with ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
-->''How could a comic that incorporated any of the following panels ''not'' be funny? Somehow, ''Garfield'' manages. And the secret, it turns out, is through overkill: Here, the punchline is set up twice and delivered twice (visually and through dialogue).''
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'':
** From the article "[[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-5-craziest-presidential-campaign-ads-all-time The 5 Craziest Presidential Campaign Ads of All Time]]": "Russians were encouraged to vote for Cracked's favorite evil mastermind, UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin, with an ad campaign that equated casting a ballot for Putin with playing with his Tetris block, if you know what we mean. (We mean having sex with him.)"
** From the article [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18600_6-laws-that-were-great-paper-and-insane-everywhere-else_p2.html 6 Laws That Were Great On Paper (And Insane Everywhere Else)]], discussion of the fact that enforcing boxers wearing gloves meant they chose more frequently to aim for the head, thus causing more brain injuries: "bare-knuckle fighters, on the other hand, prefer to avoid the head altogether: The skull is the hardest part of the body. The likeliness of breaking a hand against the head meant that fighters often chose to hit the body, thus saving their hands for more important things. If that was too subtle an entendre, we meant masturbating. That was a masturbation joke."
* WebVideo/{{Phelous}}, in his review of ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010'', inserts lines of "Teddy" (his name for the remake version of Freddy) explaining all of his "brilliant" jokes in the movie, presumably to demonstrate how unintelligent the jokes are.
-->'''Freddy:''' (''after killing Kris' dog'') I was just petting him. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh...\\
'''Phelous!Freddy/Teddy:''' Ah, ah, ah... cause you see, dogs usually like to be petted. But...but...but I did it with my claw hand y'know... which is sharp... blades on it... cut it up when I petted it... killing it! That's why it's funny! Ah ah ah ah!
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'':
** "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1779769 Turn that everyman into a BEVERYMAN! Bevery stands for BEVERAGE!]]"
** "[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1910868 It plays movies instead of books.]]"
* The {{surreal|Humor}} video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysDU7zf9ZnI GABE NEWELL FINDS HIMSELF]] features ANNOTATIONS FOR THE SUBTLETY IMPAIRED.
* Any entry on Wiki/TVTropes which potholes a trope title for snarky commentary. SarcasmMode is the main victim of this.
* Done all the time in ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'', and even lampshaded at one point:
--> (talking about Ring King) "Holy shit! It looks like they're getting blowjobs! What do you mean explaining the joke ruins it? Fuck you!"
* Done in ''Why Lying is OK!'' by [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro]]. Matt talks about a hacktivist group that had been wreaking havoc on the net for the last 50 days.
-->'''Matt:''' The group's name is Lulz Sec, which stands for Lulz Security. They call themselves that because, unlike other hacktivist groups like Anonymous, these guys hack just for the laughs. Or, just for the lulz. "Lulz", meaning "lol", which means "laugh". Yeah, it's all very clever!
* The subtitle for ''There, I Fixed It!'' (a website that catalogs photos of scary DIY projects)'s picture book is a rather unnecessary [[CaptainObvious (No You Didn't!)]].
* It's a RunningGag on Wiki/TVTropes to {{pothole}} [[PotholeMagnet an explained joke to this article]].
* Website/{{Fark}}:
** One common stock gag on this news aggregator is for a submission to ''woodenly'' summarize what happens in a news article using increasingly ''stretched'' {{Unusual Euphemism}}s for a ''prominent'' [[ToiletHumour "impolite"]] concept, then ''stiffly'' [[{{Anvilicious}} drop the anvil]] in the last word. Penis.
** Also common is for someone to actually explain an overused headline joke in the comments: "See, it's funny because Creator/SarahJessicaParker's face is hideously elongated, not unlike a horse's face."
* [[http://notalwaysright.com/the-genie-ate-the-punchline/13625 This entry]] from Website/NotAlwaysRight.
* In the Chicago Cubs fan podcast [[http://www.ivyenvy.com Ivy Envy]], a RunningGag is that submitters to the weekly photo caption contest need to [[http://ivyenvy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/WINNER-41.png explain every pop culture reference in parentheses]], due to the hosts' ''extreme'' case of LimitedReferencePools / PopCulturalOsmosisFailure.
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has the humorous [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-005-j-ex SCP-005-J-EX]], a "cognitohazardous meme" that causes people to think that jokes are still funny after they've been explained. The Foundation is suppressing its spread by telling people that doing so is "really annoying".
* In one episode of ''LetsPlay/AnalogControl'', MJTR makes a joke about the rather squicky fetish of saline inflation. This was obviously an attempt to get Thayne to have a disgusted reaction, but goes one step further when MJTR asks Thayne to explain why he is disgusted. In order to keep from [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digging himself deeper]], Thayne quickly ends the conversation.
* Blog/MarkDoesStuff - in his video for ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'''s episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS6E24LifeLine Life Line]]", when the character turns around and says something dramatic, Mark comments "You know, we hadn't had a dramatic turn like that in a while.... get it? It's both a dramatic turn...literal and meta-- stop."
* The [[http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page explain xkcd]] website is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a wiki solely dedicated to explaining each and every joke and reference in the Webcomic/{{xkcd}} webcomic. Because, you know, ViewersAreMorons.
* Completely subverted/parodied as a running gag at Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon, where the underlying horror of the strip is explained instead of the joke itself.
--> ''(Under a ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus strip in which Jeffy asks if the weatherman can be sued for not predicting the rainstorm that's currently raging at their campground, preventing them from leaving their tent)'' Ha ha! Itís funny because the litigious nature of society, which is tearing our civilization and sense of community apart, is ingrained in children at an age so young that itís impossible to dislodge! Also, itís funny because their vacation is ruined!

''[[{{Stinger}} Geddit?]]''