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[[SelfDemonstratingArticle 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]]



* 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.

* 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the episode "Meat Jerking Beef Boys'" of ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'', the guys are asked by a realtor not to drink on the roof while she's having an open house. Their response:
-->'''Blake:''' Alright, you got it, no problem. Weed only. Super blunt Sunday!\\
'''Adam:''' Super bowl Sunday! We'll just smoke bowls!
* On ''Series/ModernFamily'', Mitchell and Cam were having dinner with an old friend who was jealous of their baby Lily. At one point she refers to Lily as Yoko.
-->'''Friend:''' Get it? Because she's Asian and she broke up our group!
* There was a "don't make the joke at all" example in a David Letterman monologue -- close enough. The setup was "President Clinton banged the ceremonial gong". Letterman stopped at this point and said "you don't need my help with this one", then, apparently not happy with the audience response, yelled "'CAUSE HE'S BANGED EVERYTHING ELSE!" See, he ruined it, 'cause it would have been funnier if he'd left it to the imagination.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'':
** Actor Creator/RussellCrowe makes a comment that falls flat with the audience and then remarks, "[[{{Pun}} And the crowd goes mild]]." After Jon Stewart attempts to correct him on his phraseology, Russell is forced to Explain the Joke.
** [[http://www.cc.com/video-clips/njmn0d/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-word-war-ii Explaining how "Obama got served".]]
** And yet, somehow ''inverted'' during Jon's [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-28-2011/louis-c-k- interview with Louis CK]] He began dissecting ToiletHumour during the interview, leaving Jon and the audience in stitches.
** The June 24, 2013 episode has a clip of Al Franken needlessly over-analyzing a straight-forward political cartoon for over thirty seconds.
** Quoth John Oliver, in the December 11th episode, while making suggestive hip motions, and while Jon keeps trying to interrupt to say everyone knows what he means, and he can stop now: "Our elected representatives all head home for... a merry triple-xmas. There's going to be a lot of stockings being ''stuffed'', John, if you know what I mean. Do you get what I'm saying? I'm talking about a {[[SoundEffectBleep beep]]}''fest'', Jon."
* ''Series/FatherTed'':
** The episode "Flight into Terror" features this example:
--->'''Ted:''' When everything's going OK, I just keep imagining all the terrible things that can happen, but when one of those things actually happens, it's just a rush! I am fearless. Like that film with Jeff Bridges.\\
'''Dougal:''' I haven't seen that one.\\
'''Ted:''' Not a lot of people have, Dougal, so it's probably a bad reference.
** Ted would often go a bit too far in trying to explain why what Dougal just said was stupid, though Dermott Morgan's delivery would usually make it work as its own joke.
* ''Series/TheTonightShow'':
** Johnny Carson was a master at telling jokes that nobody gets. His sheepish explanation would get the laughs.
** Happens quite often on ''Series/TheTonightShow with Jay Leno'', when Kevin Eubanks doesn't get the joke, and Jay has to take time out to try to explain it. Sometimes Jay just explains the joke even when everybody gets it for some reason.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the episode "Killed by Death":
--->'''Cordelia:''' Oh, right. Your obsession with protecting Buffy. Have I told you how attractive that's not?\\
'''Xander:''' Cordelia, someone's gotta watch her back.\\
'''Cordelia:''' Yeah, well, I've seen you watch her back.\\
'''Xander:''' What is that supposed to mean?\\
'''Cordelia:''' Well, I was using the phrase "watch her back" as a euphemism for looking at her butt. You know, sort of a pun.\\
'''Xander:''' Oh! Right. Hey!
** In the episode "Gingerbread":
--->'''[[AlphaBitch Cordelia]]:''' And If you hang with them, expect badness, 'cause that's what you get when you hang with freaks and losers. Believe me, I know. (''begins to walk away, turns back'') That was a pointed comment about me hanging with you guys.
** In "Out of My Mind", Willow teases Buffy about her new-found academic prowess:
--->'''Willow:''' Should I be watching my occipital lobe?\\
'''Buffy:''' Your what?\\
'''Willow:''' Occipital, the lobe in the back of your brain? You know, like, should I be watching my back? But, you know, the back of your brain.\\
'''Buffy:''' Apparently not.
::: Even funnier because the occipital lobe contains the brain's visual processing centers. Which process the watching. Of the back. Of the brain.
** Taken to extremes by Anya in "Restless", where, in Giles' dream, she takes up stand-up comedy and is so abysmal at it that she has to explain every joke just to get the crowd to laugh.
--->'''Anya:''' And then the duck tells the doctor that there's a man that's attached to my ass! You see, it was the duck and not the man that spoke.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' does this all the time, mostly via Sheldon.
** Like when he summarizes the entire point of one episode:
--->'''Sheldon:''' It's the juxtaposition of the high-tech nature of space exploration against the banality of a malfunctioning toilet that provides the comic fodder here. (''beat, then his weird laugh'')
** Plus, he notes all of his own "hilarious pranks" with his {{catchphrase}} "Bazinga!" Sometimes the "hilarious prank" is simply telling a lie and then immediately taking it back.
--->'''Sheldon:''' Howard, your shoes are amazing. Where did you get them? (''{{beat}}'') Bazinga! I don't care.
** Somewhat subverted in a later episode, when it's explicitly stated he does this on purpose, ''because he thinks it makes the jokes funnier''.
** Howard also almost did this in ''The Vengeance Formulation'' when Bernadette didn't get a joke. Luckily, she stopped him in time with a ShutUpKiss.
* ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher'': Bill Maher sometimes feigns a halfhearted explanation of a joke, if there's not enough laughter. Sometimes he still does this when there is (to more laughter).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the ChristmasEpisode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], the Doctor locks the TARDIS by pointing the key at it, at which point it chirps, and the light on top flashes. He then rather desperately tries to explain to Ood Sigma (TheComicallySerious) why this is funny.
--->'''10th Doctor:''' Like a car? You see? I locked it... like a car...
** There's a rare straight example in the last story of the original series, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival "Survival"]], where a shopkeeper fails to understand the joke his friend is telling him, about two friends confronted by a lion, and the Doctor explains:
--->'''7th Doctor:''' He doesn't have to outrun the lion, only his friend. Then the lion catches up with his friend and eats him. The strong survive, the weak are killed -- the law of the jungle! Yes, very clever, if you don't mind losing your friend. But what happens when the next lion turns up?
* A variation on ''Series/{{Angel}}'': the Host (who has green skin) tells everyone his name is Lorne, but he doesn't like to use it for obvious reasons.
-->'''Angel:''' Right, like Lorne Greene!\\
(''the others stare at him blankly'')\\
'''Angel:''' You know, from ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''.\\
(''the others keep staring at him blankly'')\\
'''Angel:''' Come on, [[LongRunners that show had 15 seasons]]!\\
(''[[RuleOfThree the others keep staring at him blankly]]'')\\
'''Angel:''' ...I feel old.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** From season one:
--->'''Robin:''' I got highlights.\\
'''Ted:''' Oh, for the waiting room of your dental practice? (''awkward pause'') ''Highlights'' is a children's magazine.
** And when Barney hits on a girl in a hula dancer costume at Halloween:
--->'''Barney:''' So, what does a guy have to do to get ''laid'' around here?\\
'''Hula Girl:''' Riiight. 'Cause I'm wearing a lei. (''walks away from him'')\\
'''Barney:''' (''angrily'') It's not funny if you explain the joke!
** Another, not strictly a joke.
---> '''Hammond:''' I'm an architect without a home. You see the tragic irony in that?\\
'''Ted:''' Yeah, I do --\\
'''Hammond:''' Because I design homes --\\
'''Ted:''' I see it --\\
'''Hammond:''' But I don't have a home.\\
'''Ted:''' Not lost on me at all.
* Used often in ''Series/{{Monk}}''.
** Such as in this example from the episode "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever":
--->'''Lt. Randy Disher:''' Glad you like numbers, Billy. You're gonna be wearing some numbers on your shirt.\\
'''Billy Logan:''' Is that right?\\
'''Lt. Randy Disher:''' And they won't be lottery numbers.\\
'''Billy Logan:''' I get it.\\
'''Lt. Randy Disher:''' 'Cause you're going to prison.\\
'''Billy Logan:''' Yeah, I get it.
** In "Mr. Monk Is on the Air", Monk, Natalie and Linda Riggs show up at Max Hudson's house:
--->'''Linda Riggs:''' I don't think he's home. \\
'''Adrian Monk:''' Did you tell him I was coming? (''points to the welcome mat, which has the words "GO AWAY" written on it'')\\
'''Natalie Teeger:''' No, Mr. Monk, that's not for you. It's a joke.\\
'''Adrian Monk:''' It's a joke? How--how is that funny?\\
'''Natalie Teeger:''' Um, well, I guess it's funny because it says the ''opposite'' of what a welcome mat would normally say.\\
'''Adrian Monk:''' S-so it's an opposite joke?\\
'''Natalie Teeger:''' Yeah. That's right.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Martin does this sometimes. "Tomorrow, I'm going to the birthday party of one of my old friends from the force, he'll be 16... Because you see, tomorrow's the [[LeapDay 29th of February]]... It only comes every four years... He's really 64..."
** "The previous act was a guy with a parrot -- Sargent Joe and Officer Chirpy. Dick Chirpy was one of the finest men I ever worked with... Did you see what I did? Chirpy sounds like it would be the parrot but it's actually the man... Dick Chirpy, you see, you'd think he'd be Sargent Joe... Joe is the parrot."
** When Frasier and Martin realize that they can't stand to live together without Daphne around:
--->'''Martin:''' You know how an Oreo has that soft creamy filling between two hard cookies? That's what keeps them together?\\
'''Frasier:''' See your point, Dad.\\
'''Martin:''' Daphne's kind of the centre.\\
'''Frasier:''' I'll go and talk to her.\\
'''Martin:''' Now, you and me, we'd be the cookie part.\\
'''Frasier:''' I get it!
** In one episode, Frasier has a particularly awkward time trying to charm some of Martin's cop buddies, joking about a monkey murderer.
--->'''Frasier:''' Who do you suppose the monkey will get to defend him? Clarence Darrow?\\
'''Cops:''' (''silence'')\\
'''Frasier:''' The Scopes Monkey trial... You know, Darwin's theory of Evolution? It was turned into a Pulitzer Prize winning novel? "Inherit the Wind?" (''exasperated, he turns to a cop'') Is that gun loaded?
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': "So it wasn't so much an Eskimo roll, as a case of rolling right Inuit!" (blank look) (Delivered in the same tone) "Inuit's another word for Eskimo!"
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** Creator/NormMacDonald as Burt Reynolds in the Celebrity Jeopardy sketches [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/99/99cjeopardy.phtml finds]] an over-sized cowboy hat backstage. "It's funny. It's funny because it's ah, bigger than, ah... you know, a normal hat."
** Darrel Hammond's impersonation of Creator/SeanConnery did this [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/01/01tjeopardy.phtml frequently:]]
--->'''Alex Trebek:''' Where did you get that magic marker? We frisked you in on the way in here.\\
'''Sean Connery:''' I didn't have it in my pocket.\\
'''Alex Trebek:''' That's disgusting. Please.\\
'''Sean Connery:''' I bet if you frisked me, you would have found it.\\
'''Alex Trebek:''' All right, that's enough.\\
'''Sean Connery:''' Because I was keeping it in my butt.
** One of the many [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/97/97iupdate.phtml highlights]] from Norm [=MacDonald=]'s term as ''Weekend Update'' anchor:
--->'''Norm [=MacDonald=]:''' Who are safer drivers? Men, or women? Well, according to a new survey, 55% of adults feel that women are most responsible for minor fender-benders, while 78% blame men for most fatal crashes. Please note that the percentages in these pie graphs do not add up to 100% because the math was done by a woman.\\
(''uneasy laughter, groans'')\\
'''Norm [=MacDonald=]:''' For those of you hissing at that joke, it should be noted that that joke was written by a woman. So, now you don't know what the hell to do, do you?\\
(''laughter increases'')\\
'''Norm [=MacDonald=]:''' Nah, I'm just kidding. [[CrossesTheLineTwice We don't hire women.]] (''riotous laughter and applause'')
** When Wayne ends up in [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93tmelrose.phtml Melrose Place:]]
--->'''Jake:''' What are you doing in Amanda's apartment?\\
'''Wayne:''' Hi Jake. Jake, I'm, ah, I'm the new handyman.\\
'''Jake:''' What do you mean?\\
'''Wayne:''' You know, I'm unclogging her pipes.\\
'''Jake:''' What are you getting at?\\
'''Wayne:''' I've been having sexual intercourse with Amanda, repeatedly in different positions for many, many hours.\\
'''Jake:''' What are you trying to say?
** Creator/JohnCleese and Creator/MichaelPalin explained the main premise of the Dead Parrot sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' while performing it on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Fans of the sketch probably seem to think it is surreal due to a) not understanding British culture and b) not understanding that customer service is much, much better now than it was when the sketch was originally made. Case in point, the parrot itself is not actually that important to the sketch. A sketch with the same premise was written for another show by Graham Chapman and Creator/JohnCleese about a car. Palin and Cleese {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in a live performance when [[spoiler:Palin handed Cleese a full refund immediately, leaving Cleese dumbfounded and saying, "You can't say Thatcher hasn't changed some things."]]
* Frequently PlayedForLaughs by Creator/ConanOBrien, in a high pitch laugh as a follow-up to a joke that no one in their right mind could possibly not get in under a second, as if the joke required any amount of explaining. "BECAUSE HE'S FAT!" According to a DVD commentary, back when Conan worked on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', he pitched that if a joke was obscure and might not work, his head would appear on the scene for a split second to explain the joke. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog also deliberately does this for humor, often explaining some of his most obvious insults to the insultees.
-->'''Triumph:''' You're nominated in the polka category. You're a polka musician. So what's your day job? (''laughs'') Because people hate polka!
* Played with several times on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', where the characters (usually Servo or Crow) would sheepishly explain a joke or {{Pun}} that they knew was bad.
* From ''Series/NoHeroics'':
-->'''The Hotness:''' I've got a risotto to heat up, and there's a certain little lady called Vicci who wants to play with fire... by that, I mean my cock and balls.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'':
** When Larry is forced to play Santa he suggests that store visitors would enjoy seeing him "unwrap his package." When Mimi doesn't like the idea, he helpfully explains that "when I said 'unwrapping my package' I meant 'expose myself!'"
** On another episode, Drew attends the wedding of Nicki, his former fiancée. In a toast Nicki's dad mentions whom she's been involved with.
--->'''Nicki's dad:''' losers, characters, and ne'er-Drew-wells. I mean ne'er-''Drew''-wells. (''points to Drew'') Hell, I mean that guy right there.
* On ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'', deluded failed light-entertainer Richie Rich makes a poor joke implying that his minder, Eddie Catflap smells. When Eddie remains silent, Richie feels the need to explain the joke ("Because ''you're'' so smelly.") Eddie bluntly responds that he got the joke, he just didn't think it was a very good one. Hence the lack of laughter.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Max embarrassed herself repeatedly during student-body presidential elections by trying to get people to laugh at her burns against Cody by explaining them.
* On ''The Rotten Tomatoes Show'', while reviewing the baseball movie ''Sugar'', Brett Erlich says "And he tries to steal home, [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre if you know what I mean]]. By having sex with her."
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' does this, in "The Runway Job". And if ''[[NoSocialSkills Parker]]'' thinks you're going too far, you already did:
-->'''Eliot:''' Dated a ''lot'' of models. Lot of private fashion shows, [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre if you know what I mean]].\\
'''Parker:''' Yes, yes.\\
'''Eliot:''' Most of the dresses ended up on the ground.\\
'''Parker:''' Yup, I get it, [[AllMenArePerverts you're a guy]].\\
'''Eliot:''' It means they were naked.\\
'''Parker:''' Okay, seriously?
* On ''Series/PushingDaisies'', Olive knows that Lily is [[spoiler:actually Chuck's mother]] and talks to her at a convent:
-->'''Lily:''' This place knows things about me nobody knows.\\
'''Olive:''' You mean that you holidayed here thirty years ago and found a baby in a cabbage patch? And by cabbage patch, I mean your lady parts?
* Anytime someone tells a joke on ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'', it'll probably end up like this, probably with Thornton delivering the over-done line. For instance, in an episode where a character is killed by a screwdriver:
-->'''Sanchez:''' Let's all go for a drink.\\
'''Liz:''' As long as it's not a screwdriver!\\
(''[[OhCisco everybody laughs]]'')\\
'''Thornton:''' I'd prefer a beer!
* A certain skit on ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' featured Kevin [=McDonald=] and Dave Foley as the burlesque comedy duo [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDo4JeRsVE4 McGillicutty and Green]], with Dave's character as the overly literalist straight-man. Two lines into Creator/AbbottAndCostello's "WhosOnFirst" routine, Dave's character interrupts and says, "Oh, I see what your problem is! You're confused by their names because they all sound like questions!" and proceeds to go on spouting excessively detailed descriptions of all the baseball player names.
-->'''Kevin:''' So, I understand you manage a baseball team!\\
'''Dave:''' No, I'm a vaudevillain.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', Cameron attempts to imitate House by holding his red coffee mug, leaning on the white board and asking "Foreman, are you going to contribute? Or are you too busy stealing cars?" Everyone one stares at her blankly, prompting her to say, "I'm being House. It's funny."
* In an episode of ''Series/TopGear'', the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car was asked if he knew Creator/TomCruise well. The response was a rather clever joke about not knowing him well because of attending different churches. After getting a respectful nod from Jeremy Clarkson, the guest then proceeded to ruin his own joke by adding "I'm in the one with Jesus, baby."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** When [=LaForge=] is telling a joke to Data, the android. But then, Data is well known for literally not having a sense of humor, [[HypocriticalHumor so his failure to get the joke is, in fact, the joke]]. (Which, of course, makes one wonder why [=LaForge=] tried telling him a joke in the first place.)
--->'''[=LaForge=]:''' ...so the guy staggers to his feet, and goes back to the girl, right? Well, she smiles, looks him straight in the eye, and says, "Just try that in hyperspace!"\\
(''[=LaForge=] laughs while Data remains silent'')\\
'''Data:''' I see. So the difficulty in attaining such complex positioning in a zero gravity environment, coupled with the adverse effects on the psychological well-being of the average human male is what makes this anecdote so amusing! Yes. Very humorous, indeed. Hysterical, in fact.
** In the following example, Guinan's explanation not only fails to save the joke, it reveals that the joke was never funny to begin with (although that was probably not the show writer's intention):
--->'''Guinan:''' Look, it's just you and I here. We're talking, we're having an intimate conversation. Why? Because you're a droid and I'm annoyed.\\
'''Data:''' But why?\\
'''Guinan:''' Because that's what I am.\\
'''Data:''' Have I said something to offend you?\\
'''Guinan:''' No.\\
'''Data:''' Then why are you annoyed?\\
'''Guinan:''' Because you're a '' 'droid'', and I'm a '' 'noid''.\\
'''Data:''' Humanoid.\\
'''Guinan:''' Yes.\\
'''Data:''' You told a joke.\\
'''Guinan:''' Yes!\\
'''Data:''' I am not laughing.\\
'''Guinan:''' Yes!\\
'''Data:''' Perhaps the joke was not funny.\\
'''Guinan:''' No. The joke was funny, it's you, Data.\\
'''Data:''' Are you sure?
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Workforce", where the crew is brainwashed by an alien society and used as part of its... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, yeah]].
-->'''Jaffen:''' ...So, the man kept making these rude comments -- all of them about my father -- and he couldn't figure out why I wasn't insulted. Finally, I just had to tell him I'm ''Norvalian''; I don't ''have'' a father.\\
'''Tuvok:''' (''laughs raucously'')\\
'''Jaffen:''' It wasn't that funny, Tuvok.\\
'''Tuvok:''' On the contrary! The man was ignorant of how your species procreates. His attempt to disparage you ultimately humiliated ''him''. Irony is often a source of humor.\\
'''Jaffen:''' Well, when you put it that way... it wasn't funny at all...
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Temperance Brennen has long had trouble understanding humor. So when she does understand a joke, she's quick to point out to anyone, including the teller of the joke, ''why'' it's humorous. For example, in the episode "The Predator in the Pool", she asks FBI Supervisory Special Agent Andrew Hacker if he is allowed to date her (due to regulations prohibiting relationships between agents and consultants). Hacker says he got permission, from himself:
-->'''Hacker:''' In fact, I not only granted permission, but I insisted that I see you socially.\\
'''Bones:''' (''Pauses, then laughs'') That's funny, because you're satirizing bureaucratic rules by adhering to the letter of the regulations instead of the spirit of it. (''laughs again'')
* ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'':
** [[TheTag Every episode]] end with Geraldine telling [[TheDitz Alice]] a joke, which Alice would completely misinterpret and Geraldine would have to explain. In the episode that ends with Alice and Hugo on their honeymoon, Geraldine tells David the joke, then starts explaining it out of habit even though he already laughed.
** The final episode of the entire series throws in a subversion. [[spoiler:Once again Alice doesn't get the joke or Geraldine's attempts to explain, but then the camera pans back to reveal Geraldine's new husband, Harry, who very drily explains the actual mechanics of the joke's humour (in just about the most unfunny way possible). Alice finally gets it and bursts into hysterical laughter, leaving Geraldine speechless with disbelief.]]
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' featured an episode where their house was invaded by a vampire. Mikel tried phoning Battersea Dog's Home to help, Ric suggested he should have gone for Doggersea Bat's Home. Cue half a minute of wrangling as Ric tried to explain why that joke worked.
* In ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' when Pete learns that Artie has used an artifact to regrow his appendix about once a year in order to have an excuse to meet Vanessa, the cute Warehouse doctor.
-->'''Pete:''' If only there were some way for you to... interact... with Vanessa, that did not involve invasive surgery. Perhaps some kind of... I don't know... social ritual... one involving the sharing of food or the enjoying of... filmed entertainment with maybe some duds that have been milked. (''{{beat}}'') I mean a date.\\
'''Artie:''' I know what you mean!
* Several of the commentators on [=TruTV=]'s ''The Smoking Gun Presents'' need to learn and live this trope's title. Not ''all'' ViewersAreMorons, after all, and several are repeat joke-killers by way of explaining something that was funny until it got explained to death.
* Parodied on ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'':
-->'''Greg:''' So a man with a wooden eye walks into a bar and as you can imagine he feels very self-conscious--\\
'''Mr. Montgomery:''' (''astutely'') Because he had a wooden eye!
* The teaser for a ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' episode had Woody not falling for a prank call, even though the caller [[spoiler:revealed to be Frasier]] tries to explain it to him... and vice versa.
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'': "It's like puddle, but spelled differently!"
* On ''Series/TheGruenTransfer'', Wil Anderson fell victim to this when talking about ads tied to the legs of flies in a bookstore:
-->'''Wil Anderson:''' [[TakeThat The flies were especially attracted to the]] Creator/DanBrown books. (''{{beat}}'') 'cause they're shit.
* In a season four ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode, "Masterpiece", Dr Spencer Reid attempts to explain a joke that totally bombs:
-->'''Reid:''' (''to a lecture hall full of college students'') How many existentialists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?\\
'''Rossi:''' Don't.\\
'''Reid:''' (''smiles at Rossi in attempted reassurance'') Two. One to change the lightbulb and one to observe how it symbolizes an incandescent beacon of subjectivity in a netherworld of cosmic nothingness. (''Reid laughs, everyone else in the room is silent'') Um, an existentialist will question --\\
'''Rossi:''' Okay! Before he does his quantum physics knock-knock joke...
* In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', after Elliot accidentally gives a patient an orgasm during an exam:
-->'''J.D.:''' I've never heard a woman make sounds like that before.\\
'''Elliot:''' Oh, I'm sure you haven't.\\
'''Turk:''' (''laughing'') See, it's funny because you've never really satisfied a woman.
* Daniel Tosh violated this rule on his show when he showed a picture of dozens of Chinese packed shoulder-to-shoulder into a swimming pool. He said that that must be the shallow end. "({{beat}}) Get it? Because they're short!"
* ''Series/{{Suits}}'':
** In a season two episode, Harvey and Mike are investigating a bank, regarding a prime real-estate deal. Mike uncovers evidence and a motive about a nasty trick the bank is trying to pull on several real estate agencies, and gives it to Harvey. Harvey quips "We can take this to the bank," as they go to confront them. Mike remarks "Oh yeah...cuz we're actually going to the bank."
** From a season one episode:
--->'''Jessica:''' Unlike some people I know, Louis's references don't begin and end with ''Film/TopGun''.\\
'''Harvey:''' Hey, I love Louis, and I don't care ''what'' you say, I am not leaving my wingman. (''{{beat}}'') See, that's funny, because that's from ''Top Gun''.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime:'' Graham claims that Emma staying is "bad for local signage."
-->'''Graham:''' It's a joke... because you ran over our sign.
* A ''Series/MrShow'' sketch has Creator/DavidCross once crack a joke in a flashback no one laughs at ("[She's] injested so much soil [from not washing her vegetables], her stomach ought to be listed in the 'Worm Apartment Guide!'"), that in the present day, he tries to explain himself ("You have soil, worms live in soil, worms would have an apartment guide if...").
* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', the police officers have a rivalry with a local fire department which frequently expresses itself in bickering. The firefighters, when insulting the cops, tend to spell out their insults, suggesting that they're not quite as intellectually sharp as the quite witty detectives -- an impression strengthened by the fact that they nevertheless seem to consider doing this the height of wit. Such as this moment after a firefighter has presented Detective Peralta with a file that has a donut squashed between it:
-->'''Firefighter:''' (''gleefully'') It's a donut! Because you're cops!\\
'''Peralta:''' Are you sure?
* ''Series/{{Community}}''. "Comparative Religion" opens with the Dean making generic, non-denominational holiday greetings over the PA.
-->'''Shirley:''' I'm so sick of the Dean jamming his PC-ness down my throat!\\
'''Jeff''': Pierce, I'd like to commend you for letting that one go.\\
'''Pierce:''' (''after a beat, laughs'') PC-ness -- now I get it!\\
'''Troy:''' (''laughs'') It sounds like 'penis' -- I just got it too!
** In "Basic Rocket Science" all of the group's problems are a result of the fact that Jeff explained to the Dean that the Greendale flag was a butt flag, which the Dean failed to see despite the fact that it said "E pluribus anus."
* ''Series/TheRevolutionWillBeTelevised'' does this on occasion. Many of the segments not featuring recurring characters begin with intros in order to explain what issue is being satirized.
* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', a member of the Brotherhood introduces himself to Shaw as Mini, explaining that it's an [[NonindicativeName ironic nickname]] that pokes fun at his heavy build. It's a subversion, as Mini is lying because he doesn't want Shaw to know why he's really called that.
* This was the basis of a running joke on ''Series/ShootingStars''. Here's an example:
--> '''Bob''': What is the name of the inventor of the steam engine?
--> [''The teams offer no answers'']
--> '''Bob''': Well, I'm surprised you didn't get that. The clue was in the question: '''Watt''' is the name of the inventor of the steam engine?
--> '''Vic''': What is it, then?
--> '''Bob''': No, Vic, '''Watt''' is the name of the inventor of the steam engine?
--> '''Vic''': Oh! Yes, right! [''Beat''] What is it, then?

* 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 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 said that before 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 nothin'?\\
'''Cubot:''' (''scratches head'') Huh...?\\
'''Orbot:''' Since the boss said nothing's going to stop him and Sonic here is going to stop him, it's basically like the boss is calling Sonic nothing.\\
'''Sonic:''' Great! I though 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.

[[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.

[[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."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** In Omashu, the Gaang is trying to guess the name of an Earthbender. Sokka comes up with:
--->'''Sokka:''' Wait! I got it! He's an earthbender, right? Rocky! (''{{Beat}}'') You know? Because of all the rocks?
** Sokka also gives us this gem:
--->'''Aang:''' Hey guys, I think this river is polluted.\\
'''Sokka:''' Well that explains why I can't catch a fish around here. Because normally my fishing skills are off the hook... Get it? Like a fishing hook.\\
'''Toph:''' Too bad your skills aren't '''on''' the hook.
** Azula also falls into this.
--->'''Azula:''' That's a sharp outfit, Chan. Careful, you could puncture the hull of an Empire-class Fire Nation battleship, leaving thousands to drown at sea... (''{{beat}}'') Because it's so sharp.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''. "But I got a buzz-y signal! Get it? Buzz. It's the sound bees make."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "We're on the Road to D'owhere", with customary LampshadeHanging:
--->'''Chief Wiggum:''' Save it, Ma Peddle.\\
'''Lou:''' Ma Peddle?\\
'''Chief Wiggum:''' It's a reference to Ma Kettle, a movie character from the 1940s.\\
'''Lou:''' Chief, [[HypocriticalHumor if you have to explain it, it's not very good]].
** Inverted in "The Last Temptation of Krust" during the family's visit to a comedy club.
--->'''Comedian:''' I finally got around to reading the dictionary. Turns out the zebra did it.\\
(''crowd laughs'')\\
'''Homer:''' I don't get it.\\
'''Lisa:''' Dad, the zebra didn't do it, it's just a word at the end of the dictionary.\\
'''Homer:''' I still don't get it.\\
'''Lisa:''' It's just a joke.\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, I get it! I get jokes! (''laughing'')
** And there's the time Skinner and Chalmers try to do Creator/AbbottAndCostello's "WhosOnFirst" routine, with Skinner (in Costello's part even) explaining exactly what the gag is at the first opportunity.
--->'''Chalmers:''' Well, Seymour, it seems we've put together a baseball team, and I was wondering; who's on first?\\
'''Skinner:''' Yes, not the pronoun, but rather a player with the unlikely name of 'Who', is on first!\\
'''Chalmers:''' Well, that's just great, Seymour. We've been out here six seconds and you've already managed to blow the routine!
::: [[HypocriticalHumor Get it? Because Lou Costello is supposed to be the one who DOESN'T understand what's going on while Bud Abbot is the one trying to tell him who's on first. Instead. The idiot explained the joke!]]
** In one episode Principal Skinner leads into the reveal of a school mural with a joke...it doesn't go terribly well.
--->'''Skinner:''' You know, when Superintendent Chalmers suggested a school mural, I almost thought he said a, "school Muriel!" Heh heh!\\
(''crowd is silent'')\\
'''Skinner:''' Muriel's his sister.\\
(''crowd remains silent'')
** This excerpt from "[=McBain=]: Let's Get Silly" attained memetic status:
--->'''[=McBain=]:''' You ever notice how men always leave the toilet seat up? (''pauses, but nobody laughs'') That's the joke.\\
'''Heckler:''' You suck, [=McBain=]!\\
(''[=McBain=] machine-guns the crowd'')
** From "Girls Just Want to Have Sums":
--->'''Bart:''' I can finally walk around with Bart Jr. out. (''pulls out frog and kisses it'')\\
(''Bart Jr. croaks; subtitles read "I thought he meant his penis."'')
** In "Bart of Darkness", Nelson pulls the "your epidermis is showing!" joke on Bart, and not only feels the need to explain it to Kearny, he explains it ''wrong''. (He claims "epidermis" means "hair"; it actually means "skin".)
** From "I'm Going to Praiseland":
--->'''Wiggum:''' This place is more like "Crazeland". (''confused murmurs from crowd'') Instead of "Praiseland". (''crowd gets it'')\\
'''Moe:''' It's a play on words.
** In "Homer the Moe", Homer is in charge of Moe's Tavern briefly, and ends up taking one of Bart's prank calls.
--->'''Bart:''' Uh, yeah, I'd like to speak to a Mr. Tabooger, first name Ollie.\\
'''Homer:''' Ooh, Bart, my first prank call! What do I do?\\
'''Bart:''' Just ask if anyone knows Ollie Tabooger.\\
'''Homer:''' I don't get it.\\
'''Bart:''' Yell out "I'll eat a booger".\\
'''Homer:''' What's the gag?\\
'''Bart:''' [[FacePalm Oh, forget it...]]
%% Sadly the Simpsons seems to have transitioned from using this ironically to actually using this trope straight. Almost as if it's not as funny as it used to be.
%% Not denying this (point above), but we need examples. Commenting out in the meantime.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
** They likewise allude to this Creator/AbbottAndCostello routine with a shot of The Fourth Doctor from ''Doctor Who'' standing on first base eventually waving exasperatedly "Do you get it?!" ...Which is more like alluding that there's a joke present without saying what it is.
** In the Yo Momma fight between Luke Skywalker and Emperor Palpatine, the latter tries retorting, "Yo momma is so stupid, she thinks a lightsaber has fewer calories!" No one cheers. Palpatine tries to explain that it's a {{pun}} off of "{{lite|Creme}} saber", but still doesn't get a point.
** A RunningGag in the ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook Baloo]] [[Film/TheBourneIdentity Identity]]'' skit is someone making a pun and then explaining the pun before someone else interrupts with "We get the wordplay".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Shades of Gray", Danny needlessly explains the joke "Who let the dogs in?". Embarrassed, he goes ghost, and Sam shouts at him to bring back better jokes.
* Fozzie on ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' killed his already tepid jokes by explaining them.
* Occasionally done by O'Farrell on ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' This one followed a ChaseScene in which the perp was caught with a roll of bubble wrap.
-->'''O'Farrell:''' I'd say you two ''wrapped'' this case up rather nicely. Bubble wrap, that is! Get it? It's basically a play on the word "wrap"...
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** The eponymous character is called upon to decide where the family should take their trip. Arthur decided upon Washington, D.C.:
--->'''Arthur's father:''' That's a ''capital'' idea! (''chuckles'') Washington's the nation's capital.\\
'''Arthur:''' We got it the first time, Dad.
** Another scene had Arthur's father tell a joke to Muffy's parents. The viewers come in when he delivers the punchline: "The snail said, 'Look At that S-car go!" He proceeded to explain that "S-car go" sounds like "escargot," the French word for, "snails." Muffy's father replies that he already knew that, but still didn't find the joke funny.
* One of the most frequent criticisms of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is that it explains the jokes.
** For example, during the FCC song. This might be a subversion though, since the explanation is probably funnier than the joke itself.
--->''And if you find yourself with some young sexy thing,\\
You'll have to do her with your ding-a-ling! \\
...'Cause you can't say "penis."''
** In one episode, Brian catches a rerun of ''Series/OneDayAtATime''. Mocking Schneider's comic schtick:
--->'''Schneider:''' I'm here to fix your sink Ms. Romano, and by "fix your sink" I mean I'll have sex with you, and by "I have sex with you" I mean I'll fix your sink. And by "sink" I mean your reproductive organ. And by, "reproductive organ" I mean the thing between your knees, and by "the thing between your knees"? I... I guess that one's kind of self-explanatory.\\
'''Brian:''' Woo! Damn, Schneider; what ''won't'' you say?!
** FunnyForeigner Fouad does this all the time.
--->'''Guy:''' Hey, Fouad, can I buy you a cup of coffee?\\
'''Fouad:''' Ho, ho, ho, yes, it's funny cause it's free... anyone can have.\\
'''Guy:''' That's right...\\
'''Fouad:''' Ohhh ho ho ho!\\
'''Guy:''' That's the joke.\\
'''Peter:''' I think Fouad is an illegal immigrant. I cannot stand by while he steals wages and opportunities from citizens. I mean this is an American company, you don't see Nike or Microsoft or General Motors or Ford or Boeing or Coca Cola or Kellogs profiting from non-American labor.\\
'''Fouad:''' Ohhh ho ho ho... it's funny because they all do!
** In the episode where Stewie goes to the performing arts school, his antagonist Olivia puts down a performance of his by giving an appraisal: "[[Series/TheWeakestLink You are the weakest link. Goodbye.]]" Stewie then expounds ''very'' sarcastically about how ''totally'' not grossly misapplied, inappropriate, and uncreative it was (in an attempt to shame her and castrate the comment).
** "I don't know who to feel worse for, Meg or the pig!" "I feel worse for the pig!"
** Lampshaded in the episode "Screwed the Pooch" when Peter is playing poker with Carter and his celebrity friends.
--->'''Michael Eisner:''' Are aces high or low?\\
'''Peter:''' They go both ways.\\
'''Bill Gates:''' He said they go both ways!\\
(''eveybody starts laughing'')\\
'''Ted Turner:''' Like a bisexual!\\
'''Michael Eisner:''' Thank you Ted, that was the joke.
* Numbuh Two does this a lot on ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', which is one of the biggest reasons most of his jokes are [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny downright lame.]]
* A diner worker in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'': "No more burgers until I see some lettuce, cat. It is ''money'' to which I refer."
* John Kennedy from ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', who often used the joke type: "I'd like to X her Y... and by Y, I mean SEX!"
** "... because the X is my PENIS."
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** This:
-->'''Klaus:''' I'd buy you ten muffin kiosks if I still had my human body. I'd do ''lots'' of things if I still had my human body. Because, you know, I'd have a penis.
** Also:
--->'''Stan:''' (''showing Steve his favorite example of wood-burning'') "You Want It When?" (''laughs'') "You Want It When?"! Get it? It expresses disbelief at an unreasonable deadline.
** Also happens in "Can't Stan You", when Stan convinces the government to force his neighbors out of their houses.
--->'''Stan:''' There goes the neighborhood! (laughs) [[DiscriminateAndSwitch Ordinarily that would have racist implications]], [[LampshadeHanging but I've actually done something far worse]].
** Played for laughs with Steve a few times through "Live and Let Fry:"
--->'''Stan:''' That's what transfat is? The stuff that makes everything taste wonderful? Why doesn't the city council just declare war on flavor?! Like the English did years ago.\\
'''Steve:''' (''aside to Francine'') Their food is atrocious.\\
'''Francine:''' I miss Lady Di.\\
'''Steve:''' (''aside to Stan'') She was the people's princess--\\
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'':
-->'''Prisoner:''' Hey Gary, I got a worm for your right here... I'm talking about my penis...\\
[[spoiler:(''Bird then tears off the guy's penis so he and Gary can eat it'')]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'': The OverlyLongGag explaining Caitlyn's charity kissing booth [[{{Dissimile}} which costs nothing, isn't for charity, has no booth, is more than just kissing, and doesn't require customers to be male]] ends with "Dude, she's cheating on you."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** First:
--->'''Cartman:''' Eh, too bad drinking scotch isn't a paying job, or else Kenny's dad would be a millionaire. (''silence'') I said your dad would be a millionaire, get it?! Kenny?! Your family is poor, Kenny!! Your family's poor!!!
** Several of the Intervention-style captions in "Crippled Summer": "Mimsy has put the black mamba snake in the wrong canoe"; "Nathan's frustration with Mimsy has caused a momentary lapse in judgment. He has played the B flat himself, thus causing his plan to literally backfire on him."
** Subverted. In "Fishsticks", the fishsticks joke becomes funnier when, upon Cartman repeating the joke to Clyde and delivering the punchline, Butters runs up and explains the joke.
--->'''Butters:''' [[WhatAnIdiot You said you like to put fish sticks in your mouth, that makes you a gay fish!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** Zapp Brannigan does this a lot. But there are several others, like:
-->'''Bender:''' You may have to metaphorically make a DealWithTheDevil. And by "devil", I mean "Robot Devil", and by "metaphorically", I mean "get your coat".
** And from "Reincarnation":
-->'''Bender:''' "Byte my 8-bit metal ass!" ''(Aside)'' "That's 'byte' with a Y. Heh, heh, heh."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Starfire subverts this trope.
-->'''Beast Boy:''' Hey guys, why are ducks so funny? (''beat'') Cuz' they're always quacking jokes!\\
(''others groan'')\\
'''Starfire:''' Oh I see. It is humorous because ducks lack the large brain capacity required for telling jokes. (''giggles'')\\
'''Robin:''' Actually, Starfire, it just wasn't humorous.\\
'''Raven:''' Because Beast Boy lacks the large brain necessary for telling jokes.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** In the episode "[[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi Chez Platypus]]", the boys go to an elegant restaurant to have dinner with their parents.
--->'''Phineas:''' Dad, can I borrow your glasses? I can't see my entree. (''beat'') You know, because it's so small.\\
'''Lawrence:''' Yes, I think we got that.
** In "The Beak":
--->'''The Beak:''' All right, let's wrap this up. ''(ties up [[UnfortunateNames Khaka Peü Peü]])'' Hey, my first superhero pun!\\
'''Khaka Peü Peü:''' Well, don't quit your day job, Mr. Comedian.\\
'''Spectator 1:''' Actually, I thought it was pretty clever.\\
'''Spectator 2:''' Yeah, because, see, it wrapped around the legs.\\
'''The Beak:''' If you didn't like that one, maybe this'll be a hit. ''(hits Khaka Peü Peü)''\\
'''Spectator 2:''' Yeah, see, because -- Because he hit him.\\
'''Spectator 1:''' I'm not an idiot, Charles.
** How about the time when the [[CreatorCameo creators]] explain jokes. Which for some reason, makes them funnier.
** Doofenshmirtz does this ''all the time.''
--->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' ''Wire'' you doing this to me? Get it? Wire? Cause I'm in wire?\\\
(''when he captures Perry with duct tape'')\\
'''Doofenshmirtz:''' I have captured the rare duct-billed platypus! Ya know, like, duck-billed?
** Major Monogram slips into this, too.
--->'''Major Monogram:''' I guess for ''you'' it'll be a walk in the park. <beat> Heh heh, cause you're going to the park.
** Not even Isabella is immune.
--->'''Kid in leaves:''' Hi, I'm [[PunnyName Russel.]]\\
'''Isabella:''' Oh, Russel! Like the leaves!
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'':
-->'''Lucius''': We will fight over the [[BottomlessPits Abyss of Nothingness]]! To the winner goes victory! The loser gets... nothing! Get it? Abyss of Nothingness! Nothing!
** Oh, so they're fighting ''over'' nothing!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'':
** In "Tragical History", Archer pulls one and immediately regrets it:
--->'''Cyril:''' I've got one bullet left.\\
'''Spelvin:''' Does he?\\
'''Archer:''' I don't know. Who am I, Count Bullets...ula? Like Dracula -- [[LameComeback that was bad]].
** In "Pocket Listing":
--->'''Archer:''' I think Ray deserves a hand.\\
'''Everyone but Ray''': ''(laughing)''\\
'''Ray:''' God DAMMIT! ''(exposes the stump where his hand used to be)''\\
'''Pam:''' Oh, come on. Everyone was thinking it. ''(beat)'' 'Cuz you got no hand, stupid!
* In season 2, episode 1 of ''WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist'', Dr. Katz tries to explain a joke to Julie, noting that "it works on so many levels." Stan tells him "You gotta stop explaining the joke. If you do that, life's not worth living."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967'' ends the episode "The Way It All Began" with the Thing remarking that they probably won't see Doctor Doom again until "Doomsday". Thing then points out that word has Doom's last name in it, but Johnny says the rest of them already knew that, and no-one except Thing laughs at the pun.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'' episode "Closed Circuit TV," the animals are staging a show in the bears' cave which Peevly and Botch are watching on their monitor in the office. Hair Bear cracks a joke:
-->'''Hair:''' Did you hear the one about the zookeeper who was so weird looking the people fed ''him'' peanuts?\\
'''Botch:''' (''laughing'') Hey, that was a good one!\\
'''Peevly:''' (''slow-burning the whole time'') Yeah? Well, ''I'' didn't think it was so funny.\\
'''Botch:''' Did you get it, chief? The zookeeper was so weird--\\
'''Peevly:''' (''angrily'') '''''I got it! I got it!'''''
* Tex Avery's 1941 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon ''Porky's Preview'' has a skunk trying to get into the movie house where Porky is screening his homemade cartoon:
-->'''Skunk:''' (''to cashier'') Hey, lady. How much to get in here?\\
'''Cashier:''' The charge is five cents.\\
'''Skunk:''' Gee, that's tough. All I got is ''one scent.'' (''to us'') Get it?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Legend of the Gobblewonker", Grunkle Stan makes the mistake of trying to make a joke in front of a man proposing to his girlfriend.
-->'''Stan:''' My ex-wife still misses me...but her aim is gettin' better! (''beat'') Her aim is gettin' better! (''beat'') You see it's funny, because marriage is terrible.\\
'''Couple:''' (''angrily rows away'')\\
'''Stan:''' ''[[DefensiveWhat What?!]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ComicBook/TheJoker, surprisingly, subverts it during "Wild Card, Part 1".
-->'''Joker:''' The good news is that the Bat is getting warm. (''{{beat}}'') '''Getting warm''', I said. (''{{beat}}'') He's next to a volcano! [[note]]A fake volcano inside a Las Vegas casino.[[/note]] (''the camera crew finally responds with obviously fake and insincere laughter'') That's enough, nobody likes a brown-nose.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Boogie Frights", the snarky InteractiveNarrator does this, as the Girls, instead of their usual pose, are sleeping peacefully in bed:
-->'''Narrator:''' {{So once again the day is saved}}! (''snicker'') Get it? The ''day'' was ''saved''? Because it was going to be ''[[TheNightThatNeverEnds eternal night]]''! They saved ''the day'' -- literally! (''Buttercup opens one eye and glares daggers at the camera; his voice sinks to a whisper'') Thanks to the Powerpuff Girls!
* This is why WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman is a bad stand-up comedian. He thinks he needs to explain his jokes to the audience or ask if they get it. Even after he gets better as a comedian and lands a starring role in a sitcom [=BoJack=] still has this problem, thinking that a script needs to be rewritten to explain a GilliganCut.
* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' episode "Chained Reaction".
--> '''[[TheComicallySerious Tigress]]:''' My friends are the twins...Discipline..and Sacrifice.
--> '''Po:''' Heh..I don't think they'll like me.
--> '''Tigress:''' *dryly* That's okay, you'll never meet them.
--> '''Po:''' OH-HOH! You made a funny!
--> '''Tigress:''' *proud* That was funny, wasn't it? It has meaning on two levels: You can't meet them because they're an abstract idea and you WON'T because you're laz-
--> '''Po:''' *unamused* Yeah... okay, now you're just wrecking it.
--> '''Tigress:''' Right...
* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'':
--> '''Wander:''' See ya always wanted to flee, but all ya really needed to do was ''flea''.
--> ''(Wander and Sylvia are traveling away)''
--> '''Wander:''' F-L-E-A "flea", y'know bzzz like the bug, cuz they're livin' on the dog.
--> '''Sylvia:''' ''(looking annoyed)'' Look, if you're gonna explain the joke-
** Sylvia herself does this in "The Boy Wander"
--> '''Sylvia:''' I guess this is no ''laughing matter''. Heh, get it? Because of the- Oh great, now he's [[GotMeDoingIt got me doing it.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw,'' this seems to be a RunningGag between [[TimePolice Dakota and Cavendish]]--Dakota makes a joke at Cavendish's expense, and then feels the need to explain it when Cavendish tries to ignore him.
-->'''Dakota:''' ''(on Cavendish's ascot)'' The last time I wore something that big they brought me a ''lobster.'' ({{Beat}}) What I'm saying is it looks like a lobster bib. ({{Beat}}) When you're in a restaurant and you order a lobster--
-->'''Cavendish:''' ''I get it!''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' has these whenever Luan gets the joke or not.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In "Mathmagic", Star burst out laughing when Janna tells her the ChickenJoke. When [[SternTeacher Miss Skullnick]] demands to know "What's so funny?", [[LiteralMinded Star]] tries to explain what makes "Why did the chicken cross the road?" an example of "classic AntiHumor".
''[[{{Stinger}} Geddit?]]''