->''Finalism finger fink.... Obligatory quotient yokefellow... Coconut kachina cosmological argument... Bank swallow fish story... Inculpate minuteman... Stress certifyer in lecithin. Hard hearted dill... Divine minded domineer... Mind reader sextuple... Garden fly honey suckle garbage... Palter rimfire.... Green.... Peace... Change is the ultimate solution.''
-->-- "The funniest joke in the universe", as told by [[http://www.startrek.com/article/exclusive-morn-talks Morn]] on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''

So a fictional setting has, as a plot point, something that is supposed to be very funny. The other characters treat this joke or ShowWithinAShow as the funniest thing they have ever heard. The problem is, according to SturgeonsLaw, few writers can actually write a joke that funny, and even a competent writer will have difficulty living up to the hype the characters give it. As a result, the joke just isn't that funny, and can become cringeworthy much more easily because the show is presenting it as the pinnacle of humor. This is one of the cases where TakeOurWordForIt would have been a better way to present the story element.

Of course, this can be [[IntendedAudienceReaction done deliberately]], for example to make the audience think "My god, what kind of [[CrapsackWorld twisted world]] is it where ''this guy'' is considered ''funny?''" Or, could also be either played for laughs or to present everyone as sadistic if laughter would actually be considered [[DudeNotFunny a downright inappropriate response]] to something.

Please keep in mind that this applies only to things the show explicitly labels as funny; this isn't a place to complain about normal jokes you didn't find funny or about the overuse of the LaughTrack. If we don't see the actual joke that is supposedly funny, it's TakeOurWordForIt. For the inverse, when genuinely funny jokes are ignored in-universe, see ToughRoom. Also contrast {{Narm}}, where the audience find something funny that wasn't supposed to be.

See also EverybodyLaughsEnding. May be a result of TrailerJokeDecay. Often an example of StylisticSuck.



[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Played with in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' with a [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine manzai comedy duo]] who tell bad jokes, but when they perform for an audience, they have the entire crowd in hysterics except for OnlySaneMan Kenji. In fact, the ''entire show'' the comedians perform on is like this, complete with a rock band that the entire audience loves and [[AudienceParticipation sings along to]], but Kenji finds horrible. It's heavily implied that everyone in the audience except him has been brainwashed by [[BigBad Friend]].

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Chester Gould could offer truly funny stuff in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''. However, too often, he fell into having a character pushed as "hilarious" when in fact he wasn't.
** A clear case is a would-be bumbling detective who makes bad jokes and goofy gags. Characters are seen in the background howling at his antics which just come off annoying.
** Gould took a shot at "experimental" comic strips in the 1960s with a lame strip that everyone was howling as genius.
* In an issue of DC's ComicBook/{{Countdown|ToFinalCrisis}} [[Comicbook/WonderGirl Donna Troy]] calls Jason Todd "Re-Todd", [[DontExplainTheJoke a pun on "retard"]]. [[Franchise/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner]] tells her "good one", with a goofy expression as if it was an expert burn. Not only is it a bad joke, it's entirely out of character for Donna and Kyle, something [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] took special issue with in his review, as well as pointing out it was an ableist joke.
* Apparently a common deal with the Creator/HarveyComics' character Jackie Jokers. [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics38.html Some examples are further down this page.]]
-->One thing Jackie does provide is an example of how to live for aspiring young comedians. For example, Jackie teaches us the number one way to stay focused and confident is: surround yourself with people who are REALLY EASILY AMUSED.

[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* The writer of ''Fanfic/EigaSentaiScanranger'' ''really'' seems to want his audience to like the comic relief team member and other characters constantly praise his sense of humor. Even though he tells jokes like this:
-->'''Imperiled Friend of the Week''': "Your friends are all that, and a bag of chips.."
-->'''B.C.''': "No..[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne Nacho Cheese tortillas]], actually.."

[[folder: Film -- Animation]]
* Averted in the commentary for ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', where it's mentioned that they refused to have Boo laugh at anything that didn't make them laugh too.
* In-universe example: In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', the most popular (and as far as we can see, only) television program in Bricksburg is a sitcom called ''Where Are My Pants?'', which appears to consist only of a pantsless man asking the titular question to his wife in a broad, affected tone. Main character Emmett finds this ''hilarious'', but the rest of the characters see this as just one more example of how incredibly bland he is.
* ''WesternAnimation/RoverDangerfield''. Oh so so much. Apparently he has the InformedAbility for making jokes and one liners funny enough that his dog friends constantly laugh and compliment him on his humor.

[[folder: Film -- Live Action]]
* This is a problem in the {{Biopic}} ''The Life and Death of Creator/PeterSellers'' -- the attempts by the film's writers and actors to distill Peter's work in ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', ''The Millionairess'', ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series and ''Film/DrStrangelove'' aren't as funny as the real thing (no actual film clips of Sellers are used, unlike in ''Chaplin'' below), despite the in-film reactions to them. ''The Goon Show'' sequence especially suffers for this if you're unfamiliar with the show -- and most non-U.K. viewers are. Most of the rest of the movie relies on TakeOurWordForIt, which is also problematic for viewers who don't know his early films up through 1959's ''Literature/TheMouseThatRoared''. This might actually be a reason the film wasn't released to theaters in the U.S., since if you can't fill in the blanks with regards to his talent, the downbeat portrayal of the RealLife Sellers (which takes up much of the film) makes it hard to understand why anybody liked him, much less loved him, at all.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/AustinPowers'' where Dr. Evil and company's EvilLaugh goes on for so long, as if they are laughing at something genuinely hilarious, that it becomes a bit of an OverlyLongGag.
** Mike Myers comedies often play this straight, with any jokes from the main character that are not specifically singled out as awkward being treated as adorable and charming. This tendency can get troublesome when said main character is not at least ''somewhat'' sweet and charming (like Austin or [[{{Film/WaynesWorld}} Wayne Campbell]]), but self-evidently obnoxious or even repellent ([[Film/TheCatInTheHat The Cat]], [[Film/TheLoveGuru Guru Pitka]]).
* Used intentionally in ''Film/{{RoboCop|1987}}'', where everyone seems to watch the same crappy ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''-like sitcom and burst into laughter at the CatchPhrase "I'd buy ''that'' for a dollar!" The show looks [[StylisticSuck completely brainless]] and we only ever hear the catchphrase devoid of context, so it's never funny to the viewer. All of the television segments in the show are satirical social commentary. [[BreadAndCircuses In the midst of economic collapse and political strife, the population is distracting itself with lowbrow escapism]], even the crooks.
* In ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'', there is an overweight performer at the strip club who makes a string of self-deprecating jokes. While the patrons of the club are in stitches, the jokes themselves are painfully flat.
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' has an example of this during a holodeck program of an actual sailing ship during Worf's promotion ceremony. Riker causing Worf to fall into the ocean was supposedly hilarious, but Data throwing Dr. Crusher in the water was so awful and not funny that Data had to install his emotion chip before he could be forgiven. To the audience, however, Riker comes off as a bit of a {{Jerkass}} (if you assume that he meant to make Worf fall and it wasn't just an accident) while Data's actions, coming in response to Dr. Crusher's explanation of how throwing people in the water was all in good fun, were ActuallyPrettyFunny. There are at least a couple episodes in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the show]] like this too, where Data doesn't understand a joke that is only nominally funny but treated as hilarious, and quests to figure it out, since no one on board is able to break it down for him. See under Live-action TV for examples.
* Used deliberately in ''Film/WetHotAmericanSummer'': the host for the talent show tells extremely corny jokes that should only get an eye-roll from an audience but have the characters roaring in laughter. This is far from the most surreal thing to happen in that movie though.
* In ''{{Film/Twilight}}'' on Bella's first day of school, Mike and Jessica talk to her about why she's so pale if she's from Arizona. Bella says "maybe that's why they kicked me out?" - which is worthy of maybe a chuckle or two. Mike reacts as if she told the best joke ever and Jessica vapidly says "you're so funny".
* ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' (the 1981 version) is a triumphant inversion of the trope -- when the title character is cracking jokes trying to get a positive rise out of people he's the only one laughing at said jokes most of the time...but that's because most of these people are terminally humorless. And he finds ''more'' joke fodder in the {{Tough Room}}s he deals with. His quips are funny, the constant stream of them makes them funnier, and his laugh becomes almost a gag in itself. The result was a huge box-office hit that netted Creator/DudleyMoore a Best Actor Academy Award nomination.

[[folder: Jokes ]]
* This is used to create humor at someone else's expense. What you do is let people know what the "punchline" of the fake joke is so they know to laugh then. Everyone laughs - the people not in the know will chuckle like it's funny, their expressions are usually pretty funny. Usually after a person ends up as the victim they are then filled so they can be in on it next time. Example:
-->Two frogs were sitting in a bathtub. One frog says "pass the soap". The other frog says "What do you think I am, a typewriter? The first frog replies, "No, you just need a GREEN RADIO." cue laughter"

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'':
** Book 3, ''Brisingr'', has an InUniverse example where Eragon and Arya witness a group of spirit orbs turning a lily into a gem. Eragon points out that they literally gilded a lily like the phrase "gilding a lily" and thinks it's the funniest thing ever. Arya is only vaguely amused.
** Happens again in Book 4, when Saphira kills a bunch of giant mutant snails for them to eat. Eragon finds the idea of eating snails absolutely hilarious, to Saphira and Glaedr's bewilderment.
* Sometimes done deliberately in Literature/{{Discworld}}; most of the narration is absolutely laugh-out-loud, split-your-sides, pee-your-pants hilarious, but what characters point out as a joke is often just an [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Pun]], [[RunningGag Or Play on Words]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** An in-universe example occurs in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. After Ron makes a lame quip about Goyle's ugliness, everyone laughs, but recently-introduced {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Luna keeps laughing on and on, prompting him to ask [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny if she's taking the mickey]]. Apparently, nope, that's just Luna.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Ginny Weasley invents the nickname "Phlegm" for her prissy sister-in-law to be, [[LovableAlphaBitch Fleur]]. Maybe mildly funny only once, if you're being generous, but everyone acts like it's the most hilarious, witty thing ever every time she uses it.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys are all seated at the dinner table the night before all the kids are going back to Hogwarts. Percy, the oldest Weasley student, asks his dad the good question, why the Ministry is supplying them with cars to escort them all to the railway station. His brothers Fred and George interject that it's all in honor of Percy being Head Boy and that the cars will even have insignias with "HB" on them to stand for "Humongous Bighead". Everyone at the table except Percy and his mom snorts with amusement. The audience is supposed to find the twins behavior towards Percy to be hilarious, while Percy should be regarded as the humorless jerk who needs to lighten up. But not only is both the setup and punchline for this joke excruciatingly obvious and unfunny, it's a mean-spirited jibe at a brother who at that moment wasn't doing anything to deserve it.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Harry's on the train to Hogwarts when he sees that Cho Chang's friend Marietta still has Hermione's jinx on her face from six months ago, and he smirks at the sight of it. [[WordOfGod Rowling herself has commented]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor that she loathed Marietta for her "betrayal"]] so we are evidently supposed to be just as amused as Harry is to see the jinx still on her. For many readers, it had the opposite effect of making Marietta UnintentionallySympathetic.
* Inverted in one ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book. Tobias asks Ax, "What's up?" to which Ax replies, "Up is the opposite of down. However, these terms are meaningless outside of a localized gravity field." Despite this being a fairly good joke, it's played as yet another example of Ax's utter inability to grasp human humor.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had the comedy team of [[Creator/PennAndTeller Rebo and Zooty]], supposedly the most popular performers of their kind on Earth. Not that the audience could tell from the short samples we got. (Apparently, broad humor is popular again in the future.) {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the alien ambassadors not getting many of the jokes either, not being intimately familiar with human cultural references and mores. Heck, even some of the ''human'' characters (Lockley, most prominently) displayed only annoyance at their antics. You could tell the two actually ''did'' know their jobs, since they told a joke to Ambassador Delenn, who thought it was the funniest thing she ever heard, while Sheridan had the confused look. It turns out to be based on a multi-layered pun involving several Minbari dialects, greeting rituals, and attaining enlightenment, which doesn't remotely translate.
* PlayedForLaughs on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Xander is constantly wisecracking, some hilarious, some awful, but all are [[ToughRoom ignored by the other characters.]] Then he makes an [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Pun]] about moon pies, and Giles just can't stop ''giggling''. The other characters shoot him weird glances.
* Usually averted in Irish show ''Custer's Last Stand Up'', where a teenager is trying to succeed as a comedian. In one episode where he was disguised as a grown-up to perform at an adults' only gig he attempted to write what he thought grown-ups would laugh at. When it fell flat he started tearing off his disguise and telling silly humor about being a spy instead, and was far funnier. There was actually quite a bit of deconstruction of the effect of humor. Another episode had a veteran comedian trying to coach him into being a better comedian, telling him all the time that his material isn't funny enough. It turns out at the end of the episode that he was just trying to steal his jokes so he could tell them himself. The "funny" stand-up segment segments were absolutely the funniest part of the show.
* ALL of Joey's routines on ''Series/FullHouse''.
* Played with in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Barney sets up an anecdote as ''the funniest thing you will ever ever encounter [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment ever]]''. The real joke is that causing Marshall to have to attend an important meeting ''sans'' trousers is not nearly as funny as he thinks it is.
*** Made even less funny when it's revealed that Barney manufactured the entire situation by taking a pair of scissors to Marshall's pants when Lily entrusted them to him.
** Then there's the joke that's "the funniest joke ever", but only if you're a guy. "What's the difference between peanut-butter and jam?" Barney tells it to Lily, who is so disgusted that she refuses to see or speak to Barney for a month. The guys, while upset that the group has been divided, still think it's the best joke ever. The punchline of the joke is never uttered out loud on the show, but if you look it up on the web, it definitely fails to live up to hype: [[spoiler:"I can't peanut-butter my dick up your ass."]]
* ''Series/ICarly'' uses this in regards to most of what goes on the web show, although the incident that inspired the show had some fairly funny insults towards the SadistTeacher. One episode two characters saying "Mom..." "No!" 10 times in a row on their Web show was presented as an example of their humor surpassing everything on TV.
* The entire premise of the ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' sketch "Coffee Twins" revolves around this. A woman at an office setting cracks an incredibly lame joke, and then she and her another female co-worker break out in laughter, as if it was the funniest thing they've ever heard. Everyone else at the office doesn't see the humor, so when the original worker [[DontExplainTheJoke futilely tries to explain the joke]], she gets angry and throws a fit.
* Played with in ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Hawkeye tells BJ his favorite joke, "the funniest joke I've ever heard," but BJ is unimpressed by it. Later, Hawkeye learns BJ has been telling the joke to the rest of the unit, who (with the exception of Margaret) all think it's the funniest joke they've ever heard. It's clearly pretty lame as almost all jokes of its type are.
* Another intentional example: A ''Series/MrShow'' sketch features a hack-comic Kedzie Matthews who does a lot of . . . observational fast-paced jokes. Creator/{{David|Cross}} and the audience thinks he's hilarious but Creator/{{Bob|Odenkirk}} doesn't, but that also has to do with him being possibly jealous.
* Used rather well in ''Series/NewsRadio'': Everyone keeps telling Dave that Lisa's ex-boyfriend Stewart is one of the funniest people they've ever met. When Dave and Lisa go out to lunch with Stewart, he gets her rolling with a number of inside jokes and references to things Dave (and the audience) has never heard of.
* In ''Series/TheOC'', Summer dates a guy who almost everyone finds uproariously funny, much to the bewilderment of Seth (her jealous ex) and Sandy. His style is described as "big", and not in a good way.
* In the final episode of ''Series/PoliceSquad!'', Frank Drebin goes undercover as a stand-up comedian for a nightclub. His jokes are pretty basic (and nowhere near as good as the material Zucker, Abrams and Zucker wrote for the rest of the show) yet the audience is falling out of their seats with laughter, and the management of the nightclub tells him that it was the best performance he'd ever seen.
** Most (all?) of what you see is Frank delivering punchlines, and most of those punchlines come from infamously filthy jokes -- the implication being that Frank works dirty, and he's really good at it. One can assume that it's really just a case of ZAZ GettingCrapPastTheRadar; ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' used the same trick.
* Early episodes of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' would open and close with samples of Jerry's stand-up that typically weren't even ''close'' to the caliber of humor in the actual show, yet still had the audience in stitches.
* Deliberately used on ''Series/ShootingStars.'' A RunningGag was that during the Dove from Above round, Vic would tell a joke ending in an [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Pun]]. These jokes would generally elicit the kind of response they deserved - except on the rare occasions when another of the regulars told them, whereupon they would receive gales of laughter, applause and praise for the joke-teller.
* There was an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' where Data was trying to learn what humor was. Some of the jokes in that episode were meant to be funny, some of them were not. Any correlation between whether or not a joke was supposed to be funny and whether or not it actually was funny is entirely coincidental. ([[FridgeBrilliance No wonder Data has so much trouble understanding what humor is.]]) Of particular note, this joke which Guinan absolutely '''''insisted''''' was absolutely hilarious, and the only reason Data wasn't in stitches was because he's a robot;
-->'''Guinan''': You're a droid and I'm a 'noid (pronounced to sound like "Annoyed")
** It's even worse. As Website/SFDebris pointed out in his review of the episode (The Outrageous Okona) the joke that appears is actually a rewrite, the original joke (which he actually reads out) is even worse: ''My job here places me under some obligations, like a vow of secrecy. I can't repeat anything I hear or see. Now the obligation of the patron is to tell the truth otherwise I'm being placed under a commitment to keep a secret about nothing. That's not fair, it's called wasted honor. Do you understand?'' Yeah really, that's the joke, check it [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/startrek/t130.php]]. Its around the 10:40 minutes mark.
*** What makes this really bad is that Guinan is played by Creator/WhoopiGoldberg. Couldn't they have just [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny asked her to adlib]]? Chances are it'd at least elicit a chuckle or two!
*** Even worse that "The Comedian" is played by Joe Piscopo. They had two quality comedians in the room (three to some who know Brent Spiner) and there's barely a funny joke between them...
*** On the other hand, as someone on the series's Funny Moments page points out, it's entirely possible that Brent Spiner, knowing the material was crap, was deliberately waffling it to make fun of Joe Piscopo, which might be enough to make it funny again.
*** It's even worse when you learn that the jokes the Comedian gave during the episode were actually Joe's own ad-libs, meaning that either the jokes in the script were of such bad quality that Joe felt his were better, or he wanted to do his own material anyway, and they ''still'' failed. It's worse when you realize that they could've hired any number of actually funny comedians at the time before they shot the episode, like, say, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, to do the role with ''their'' ad-libs and they would've turned out ''much'' better, especially in comparison.
** On the other hand, Data's ''failed'' jokes, which are ''supposed'' to be unfunny to demonstrate his failure to understand humor, are, if not actually good, at least capable of eliciting a smile, and at any rate are better than the jokes that the audience is ''supposed'' to laugh at.
** And of course, leave it to Data to pull off an inversion come [[Film/StarTrekGenerations the TNG cast's first big-screen outing]]; the weird hazing/promotion ceremony on the Holodeck culminates in Riker causing Worf to fall in the sea, possibly by accident. Data fails to comprehend exactly why this is funny, and decides to improve his understanding of the confusing phenomenon that is humor by pushing Dr Crusher in as well. Geordi promptly responds with an almost word for word use of DudeNotFunny. The audience disagreed.
** Similar to the ''Babylon Five'' example above of different species having different standards for humor, in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Kira (a Bajoran) finds the idea of an away team being shrunk by a space anomaly hysterically funny, doubling over in laughter. Worf is unamused, and Nog (a Ferengi and therefore short) finds her laughter mildly offensive. Sisko gets a little chuckle out of it, but probably just because Kira's laughter is contagious.
** A TNG novelization has Riker not getting the punchline of Morn's joke posted above.
* One of the causes of the downfall of ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'': the fact that characters constantly refer to the sketches in the ShowWithinAShow as hilarious, when more often than not, they fall flatter than Kansas to the people at home. This may be one reason ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is more successful. The in-show sketches are portrayed as mindless dreck that appeals only to the lowest common denominator. They do not disappoint.
* Ultimately subverted in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. Dee's stand-up career ends up taking off after she decides to channel her depression into some fairly decent material that goes over pretty well. As she gets more successful, her act degrades into a trite, annoying shtick consisting of little more than a bunch of stupid voices and sound effects, but the audiences still goes nuts for it and it leads to a network rep offering her a guest shot on Conan O'Brien's show. The subversion comes when Charlie, Mac and Frank reveal that [[spoiler:it's all a prank they were playing on Dee so she would stop bumming them out with her depression. The agent she slept with, the network talent scout, and every single fan of her comedy was just an actor hired by Frank.]]
* In a ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' episode, the aliens struggle to understand the concept of humor after seeing a stand-up comedian. The episode is funny throughout... except for the comedian's routine. It's apparently supposed to be funny since it garners laughs within the episode (but not on the LaughTrack) and Dick has a LateToThePunchline moment at the end.
* Played for laughs in a scene in ''Series/{{Titus}}''. Chris and other mechanics laugh at completely random sentences. Erin wonders why and Chris mentions they've been up for two days working on a car and will laugh at anything.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' [[ToughRoom is normally one of those shows where everyone is super witty and spends all day firing hilarious remarks back and forth, and hardly anyone ever cracks a smile]]. The teaser of the episode "He Shall, from Time to Time..." calls for the senior staff to be standing around laughing so that the mood can be shattered by the sound of the president collapsing with a crash in the other room. The joke that causes them to lose their poker faces for one of the only times in the series? Sam lamenting, "I'll never live it down!" in reference to a typo the president caught while rehearsing his State of the Union address. Ho, ho, ho.
* Set up in ''Stacked''. Katrina wants a guy to think she's funny so she asks Harold and Skyler to laugh as if she's just told a joke. Harold goes overboard and says it was the funniest thing he's ever heard. Katrina avoids having to tell a joke by saying it was actually incredibly racist.
* Played straight and later subverted in ''Raising Dad''. Sarah develops a dislike of her nose. Her father and sister rattle off a series of jokes about her nose being huge - which they have a good giggle over. Emily's in particular just come across as really mean-spirited. Sarah of course ends up considering a nose job. Emily is then horrified that Sarah wants to do that to herself and realizes her mistake.
* In vintage adventure or dramatic series, a common way to end an episode was to have [[EverybodyLaughsEnding entire cast laughing at someone's joke, which was never really funny.]] This is often parodied these days.
* Invoked on ''Family Tree'', which features spot-on imitations of crappy '70s British sitcoms, one about a police station and one about an Indian woman dealing with culture clashes.
* Invoked in a ''Series/SpittingImage'' U.S. election special. Johnny Carson mentions on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' that Creator/SylvesterStallone is the Republican nominee for president. His sidekick, Ed [=McMahon=], laughs uproariously. When Carson says that wasn't a joke, [=McMachon=] says, "Oh, there's a joke, too?" and laughs so hard paramedics end up carrying him out on a stretcher.
* Averted in the ''Creator/MontyPython'' "Killer Joke" sketch with the funniest joke ever written, which causes people to die laughing. We never hear the joke in English, which is just as well, since a translator who had heard two words from the joke landed in intensive care. The viewers get to hear the joke in German several times, but it's mostly [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign German-sounding nonsense]] rather than an actual joke.
* A plot point in ''Series/TheMuppets 2015'' has Fozzie finding unexpected success with a new stand-up routine poking fun at his girlfriend Becky's foibles. It ''is'' funnier than his normal stand-up routine, which is [[StylisticSuck portrayed as even more terrible than usual]], but that's only relative; the audience reacts as though it's hilarious when it is, at best, passable.
* In the ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' episode "Last Laugh", Noah is criticized for over-analyzing jokes rather than simply relaxing and laughing at them. The problem is, the jokes in question are legitimately awful (unless you're, say, a seven-year-old), and he comes off more like the OnlySaneMan in some sort of world gone mad, where people will break into laughter at the slightest provocation. Especially the monster's last resort: a good old-fashioned fart. It gets Troy, but not Noah.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': InUniverse example when O'Neill, upon hearing that Jaffa do in fact tell jokes, prompts Teal'c to tell one. Teal'c does so, and laughs uproariously afterward, but the Earth-born characters all just stare blankly and then change the subject.
-->'''Teal'c''': A Serpent Guard, a Horus Guard, and a Setesh Guard all meet on a neutral planet. It is a tense moment. The Serpent Guard's eyes glow. The Horus Guard's beak glistens. The Setesh Guard's... nose drips.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' invokes this with the "America's Funniest Pets" sketches. Each one begins with the show's host delivering a GagDub of a pet's home movie. Then he/she invites the hosts of the French spin-off, Joelle [=LaRue=] (Cecily Strong) and Noelle [=LeSoup=] (Creator/KateMcKinnon), onto the stage. They perform Gag Dubs that sound rather macabre by American standards, even after they try following the American host's suggestions for levity.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Enlightenment", one of the sailors on Captain Striker's [[SpaceSailing space yacht]] tells his mates a joke. The joke is "Here, know why a pig can never become a sailor? 'Cos he can't look aloft!" The crew all find this hilarious. Admittedly, they're all Edwardian seamen who've been drugged into accepting they're on a space yacht, so they aren't exactly thinking straight, but still.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' does the deliberate version as a running gag. Ben's accounting jokes are all [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] (for example, "Calc you later"), but other accountants find them uproariously funny.
* Sonny in ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' is stated to be hilarious, but the times we see her comedy sketch ideas they range from mediocre to plain bad.
* ''Series/TheMarvelousMrsMaisel'' is widely heralded as a very impressive subversion, with all the funny jokes actually being funny and vice versa. Especially amazing is a montage showing Midge's jokes evolving, for which the writing process was basically "Come up with three different punchlines for a certain setup, which get funnier as they go, but none of them are bad."

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]

* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Nuwisha (werecoyotes) are depicted as hilarious tricksters, but your mileage may vary as to whether they're funny or just annoying.
** This also hold true in-universe. The Nuwisha ''think'' that they're teaching hilarious lessons to other through their snarking and practical jokes, but if the other tribebooks are any indication, the Garou and Fera find them confusing or annoying.


[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Played with in ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars - Days of Ruin]]''. Dr. Morris is full of himself and his horrible jokes. Sometimes others groan at him, and other times they tell him to be serious when he's not joking.

--> '''Dr. Morris''': "I used to be a resident, but now I'm the [=PRESIDENT=]! Ho ho! Did you hear me? I said - "
--> '''Brenner''': "I heard you."

--> '''Dr. Morris''': "...not so good. In fact, our supplies are lower than a snake in a wheel rut!"
--> '''Brenner''': "This is no time for jokes."
--> '''Dr. Morris''': "I was joking?"
* Also played with with Yukiko from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[TheHyena who will laugh hysterically at anything that could subjectively be considered funny.]] The only time she doesn't is to drive the point home of just just how bad one of [[PungeonMaster Teddie's]] puns was.
** Her completely undiscriminating sense of humor is even a plot point - Chie realizes Yukiko's gotten stronger from her experience inside the television world when she starts laughing her head off around other people; before her kidnapping, that was something she'd ''never'' do around anyone but Chie.
* Punny Bones from ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' is a gnome jester who tells ''really'' bad jokes and puns because his humor was stolen by Literature/BabaYaga. After you restore his humor...his jokes don't really get any funnier, he just tells more of them (if anything, his humor gets even ''worse''. The trio of hecklers in the audience with ad libbed dialogue consistently manage to be funnier than him.) Mercifully averted with the Ultimate Joke he teaches you (guaranteed to make ''anyone'' break out in laughter when they hear it,) since the player never hears it in full, leaving more to the imagination. Considering the person who ''does'' hear it in full doesn't think it's funny but laughs ''anyway'', there's likely some magic behind it.

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* Website/TheEditingRoom lampshades this whenever it happens by including "this is very funny" or a variation after describing a scene.
* ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' has a sub-series where the actors play exaggerated versions of themselves. While the episodes are the same kind of humor as the rest of the series, the ShowWithinAShow they're making is just a bunch of bodily function humor which is treated as hilarious.
* Inverted with the ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' strip "[[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20080602 Loss]]". It was meant to be crushingly sad and dramatic, but was formatted ''exactly'' like every strip (intro, setup, expectation, gag) and appeared in an already lighthearted and funny comic, leaving readers expecting it to end in a joke. Fans were so amused by this they memed the hell out of it with the "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/cadbortion-loss-edits Loss Edits]]".

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* Played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' Buster invents a lame joke for his report(King Tut saying "I want my mummy") which he tells to Binky, who later tells it to the class before Buster can use it for his report. Though only a select few students chucked at the joke, Buster's imaginations concluded it was the only reason Binky got a higher grade from their teacher, while he got a bad one. It's revealed at the end that Buster [[CriticalResearchFailure studied the wrong topic]] for his report.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' had Jimmy alter his father's brain to make him "500% funnier." An example of one of the jokes he told under said influence: "I can smell the learning, oh wait, that's Butch. Do you ''ever'' shower?" Well, 500% of 0.000001 still isn't much.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' has a lot of this for a movie everyone except Vince has seen. Possibly justified in that Vince not knowing the context of the quotes is the driving force of the plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
** The episode "Fields of Honey" had this in spades. The cartoon shown at the episode's climax is, at best, very slightly amusing, but the audience present react as if it's the funniest thing they've ever seen. A fat guy laughs so much that he [[BodyHorror explodes]]. The whole sequence had a very forced, weird atmosphere about it. Particularly if one had seen the "real" Honey in the Bosko cartoons, who basically just prances around going "La,la,la!"
** This trope also happens in the episode "Stand Up and Deliver" with some of the jokes told by the Creator/RobinWilliams {{Expy}}. The audience finds him *hilarious* and Babs is terrified to go on after him (i.e. she can't follow that). Some of the other (terrible, in context) comedians fall under SoUnfunnyItsFunny though.
* Satirized in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' in a segment in which Boo the giant chicken is mistaken for a TV executive, and when asked for the punchline for various gags on TV, keeps saying "B'gawk!" All of the other execs are in hysterics except for one other who doesn't understand why it's supposed to be funny, yet when she suggests the same punchline, no one gets it. Well of course not. Her delivery was awful.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** There's ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'', where the Simpsons are always shown to be guffawing and laughing until their sides split watching [[BloodyHilarious Itchy violently kill Scratchy.]] Of course, the unfunny nature of the over-the-top gore was initially the point I&S was supposed to be a parody of traditional cartoon violence.
** The Krusty the Clown Show in general has a lot of this - deliberately, of course. It's a mega-franchise in-universe and Bart basically worships Krusty, but the only things we see are painfully awkward skits, stolen, hackneyed gags, clunky, painful-looking slapstick, and routines straight out of a 40s sideshow. One article described him as "somebody who grew up watching classic comedians, but could never figure out why they were supposed to be funny." It's been implied quite frequently that Krusty only gets by on the LowestCommonDenominator and the FleetingDemographic; one episode has him bomb out of a comedy club after trying a flapping dickey routine.
** Parodied in "Last Exit to Springfield". At the dentist, Lisa ends the episode by making a ridiculously cringeworthy "tooth/truth" pun. The rest of the family, and the dentist, burst out laughing as though it's the greatest joke ever told... at which point the dentist realises he's accidentally left the laughing gas on.
** In "Bart the Genius", Bart defrauds his way into a school for the gifted. The teacher writes the equation y = (r^3)/3 on the board and asks the students to calculate the derivative. Everyone except Bart does and finds it hilarious. The solution is given as "RDRR" or "har de har har". Even though that's not the proper way to write the solution (it should be dy/dr = r^2), apparently gifted children find it funny?
** Intentionally done in "The Last Temptation of Krust" where the Springfielders go to a comedy club. The first comic utters a pretty weak one ("I got around to reading the dictionary. The zebra did it") but the entire audience laughs like it's the funniest thing ever, with the exception of Homer. Lisa then has to [[DontExplainTheJoke explain things to him]] and when that fails just states it was supposed to be a joke, to which Homer then goes "Oh, I get jokes!" and starts laughing anyway.
*** Unfortunately, played straight later on in the episode, when Krusty reforms his material - plenty of reviewers thought he just came off as a Creator/GeorgeCarlin knockoff and found his [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny attempts to eke observational humor from the yellow pages]] to be the real treat of the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Invoked intentionally in "Spies Reminiscent of Us" when Peter tried to impress Creator/DanAykroyd and Creator/ChevyChase with a flat joke. The two comedians and Lois recognized it as unfunny, but absolutely everybody else in the show's universe thought it was the most hilarious joke ever.
--> Here's John Wayne at the first Thanksgiving! "I'm John Wayne, pilgrims! Happy Thanksgiving, Pilgrims!"
** Later on, Quagmire tries to get Peter and Joe to do improv with him, but Peter keeps forcing this joke (and other slight variations). Glenn doesn't think it's funny either, but for him improv is SeriousBusiness.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' plays the dissonance for comedy.
** Jimmy is supposed to be a very funny stand-up comedian that all the other characters find hilarious. He has yet to tell a single joke that is funny, though he has had several funny lines (none of which were in his comedy routine). In the episode "Fishsticks," Jimmy coming up with (and Cartman taking all the credit for) what is supposed to be the funniest joke ever. It goes thus: "Do you like fishsticks ([[DontExplainTheJoke fish dicks]]) ?" "Yes." "Do you like putting them in your mouth?" "Yes." "What are you, a gay fish?" The joke makes the rounds in all the talk shows and becomes a nationwide phenomenon. The only person not to get it is rapper Music/KanyeWest, who is so self-centered that he takes it as a personal insult and starts looking for the originator of the "rumors", [[spoiler:only to eventually come to the conclusion that the joke means ''he must actually be a gay fish'' and everyone was just trying to help him realize it]].
** The "Funnybot" episode features a robot that is programmed to be the perfect comedian, but it tells lame cut-and-paste tabloid jokes, mostly ending with the punchline "Awkward!" It sells out amphitheaters across the world. The Funnybot is so successful that the world's most famous comedians are rendered unemployed and destitute, and an angry mob consisting of Creator/ConanOBrien, Creator/AdamSandler, Creator/JimCarrey, and dozens of other famous but now-unemployed comedians storm South Park Elementary.
** Veronica Crabtree's standup career was justified as it was AllJustADream.
** Native American stand-ups consist of the performer more or less flatly stating that white-skins are stupid, and then the audience laughs. In unison.
* The Joker played with this in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' with an episode where he took a studio audience hostage and hooked Batman up to an electric chair. The chair was directly connected to a "laugh meter" and since he knew he would never get the audience to laugh legitimately, he got the audience so high on laughing gas that Harley reading the phone book had them rolling in the aisles.
* This is ''mostly'' averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' where Timmy wishes he was the funniest person on Earth: His dialogue doesn't change at all and everyone is simply magically forced to laugh at it. This trope shows up briefly with the jokes the supposedly funny kids tell at the start of the episode, though.
** Parodied and exaggerated to the max with Cosmo, who will laugh at ''absolutely'' '''''ANYTHING.'''''
-->'''Wanda:''' Just watch. ''(flies up to Cosmo)'' Pudding.
-->'''Cosmo:''' ''(burts into laughter)'' You said "Pud" and then "Ding"!
** Played straight with The April Fool: A famous stand up comedian in Fairy World and the spirit of April Fool's Day. A lot of people in the show find him funny despite his routine being mostly made up of lame and predictable jokes and puns and adding rim shots and his {{catchphrase}}: "What's up with that?"
* Every single episode of ''WesternAnimation/WidgetTheWorldWatcher'' (not to be confused with a WidgetSeries) [[EverybodyLaughsEnding ended with everyone laughing]] at some "cute" thing someone said that was distinctly not even remotely funny.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' has an entire episode of this trope, beginning with Peppermint Larry telling some jokes consisting of truly awful puns and continuing into a joke-telling contest between Larry and another character. Eventually said other character speaks ''[[RapidFireComedy entire sentences]]'' in [[HurricaneOfPuns nothing but puns]], soon after which it curves in on itself, implodes, then becomes genuinely funny.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has [[TheQuietOne Ferb]] going up on stage and saying "So, how about that airline food?" This prompts everyone in the audience to burst out laughing, pound their fists, and even overturn a table because they find it so funny. Not only that, but then Stacy -- who was laughing along with everyone else -- says she doesn't even know what airline food is.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TomGoesToTheMayor'' Christmas episode has Tom trying to sell t-shirts that have a sketchy drawing of a rat tipping a top hat with the caption "Rats Off To Ya!" - the Mayor finds it unbearably funny, and it becomes a massive cultural phenomenon. In the spirit of the show, it's all snatched away from Tom, who doesn't see a cent from it.
* During an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' in which [=SpongeBob=] unwittingly one-ups everything Squidward tries to do with a used gum wrapper, [=SpongeBob=] makes an incredibly lame joke, after which several dozen fish appear out of nowhere and start laughing hysterically, though this is more to YankTheDogsChain and reinforce Squidward's status as the ButtMonkey than anything.
* Used deliberately in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', where the extraordinary unfunny Ned Frischman, a man from the future, travels back in time to the middle ages in order to tell his jokes before they have turned old. He manages to become the funniest man in recorded history by using simple "Why did the chicken cross the road"-class jokes (recorded history having begun two weeks earlier).
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Jimmy is described as being able to cheer up anyone and make them laugh, even in [[{{Hell}} Miseryville]]. Yet the things he does seem like stereotypical grade-school stuff. It's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at the end of "The Mysterious Mr. Ten", when Lucius can't believe Jimmy is funny.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': In "The City Of Frownsville," the ep's villain, Lou Gubrious, sets a crying ray on Townsville, making everyone cry tears heavy enough that it threatens to flood the city. The girls--crying their eyes out as well--attempt to make the people laugh. Approaching mic:
-->'''Blossom:''' (''taps the mic'') *''sob''* Is this thing on? We just flew in from Las Vegas...
-->'''Bubbles:''' *''sob''* Because we can!
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', where Duckman (and the audience) can recognize comedian Iggy Catalpa is painfully unfunny but no one in-universe can. [[spoiler: Catalpa is cheating using AppliedPhlebotinum supplied by King Chicken; Duckman had unknowingly taken an antidote.]]
* The Al Brodax ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} cartoon "It Only Hurts When They Laugh" has Olive making Popeye and Brutus laugh while she's doing the dishes so she'll know they're not fighting. But while Olive is busy, Popeye and Brutus are beating the hell out of each other while they're laughing. Made even more dissonant with Winston Sharples' music which is the stock serious action {{leitmotif}}.
* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "What About Discord?": Twilight's friends apparently started up an inside joke with Discord while she was away. Twilight (along with the viewer) never sees the event that started the joke, and fails to see what's so amusing about it. Most of the conflict of the episode revolves around Twilight's frustration at being left out.
* Despite all its very legitimate ability to generate laughs, there were a couple times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' when BJ would do standup as "Shecky Juice" and come out with a series of truly painful jokes that are nonetheless received as brilliant comedy. In "Ship of Ghouls" this is so bad that the audience busts out laughing ''just from him greeting them,'' even though the only thing indicating he told a joke at all was Lydia doing a rimshot.
* It was once [[InvokedTrope invoked]] InUniverse on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987''. The MadScientist villain of the week had an invention that made unfunny jokes funny; so funny that people who hear the joke will lose all self-control as they burst out laughing. Raphael was forced to provide the jokes, and even the worst jokes he could think of would still produce a very extreme laughing reaction.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'', where Rad and KO inexplicably find [[PungeonMaster Joe Cuppa]] and his terrible, repetitive coffee puns uproariously funny. They're pretty much the only people who like his jokes and [[OnlySaneMan Enid]] spends a great deal of time trying to figure out ''why'' they think he's so funny, to no avail.