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

Some lines are so good even the humorless can't help cracking up. Whether it be The Chessmaster's witty comeback, the Heroic Comedic Sociopath's cutting insult, the Naïve Newcomer's innocent (or the Deadpan Snarker's not-so-innocent) observation, or even an Incredibly Lame Pun that somehow manages to be humorous despite the sheer stupidity of it (or maybe because of its stupidity), though by all standards being really low hanging fruit, still makes for a surprisingly sharp and clever quip worth acknowledging, albeit often grudgingly.

Any joke that successfully Crosses the Line Twice will naturally receive this reaction from people who would otherwise cry "Dude, Not Funny!"; even if it will make you hate the person who made it, you'll certainly hate yourself more for laughing at it, because something so blatantly offensive has no business being this funny. Occasionally, even the target of an insult can admire the sheer comedy value of the joke, in which case it can border on Insult Backfire. May go hand-in-hand with Self-Deprecation jokes.


Compare Actually a Good Idea, Not So Above It All, The One Thing I Don't Hate About You, Touché, Not Bad, and Crosses the Line Twice. Contrast Tough Room; Dude, Not Funny!. Compare and contrast Too Funny to Be Evil, where the target of the abuse does not see it as humorous but everyone else does. See also Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales.

In general, this trope is In-Universe Examples Only, but Real Life examples are allowed if the target of the joke thought it was funny:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Mai-Otome, Haruka is laughing uproariously over Nao getting Natsuki arrested for indecent exposure while trying to hitch a ride to Aries, prompting Yukino to tell her that she's being rude. When Haruka shows Yukino the photo, however, Yukino briefly cracks a smile before quickly clearing her throat, as Natsuki happens to be in the room with them.
  • In My Hero Academia, Bakugo, of all people, bursts out laughing when Camie uses her Quirk to imitate Todoroki.
  • Starmon's reaction to the Digimon Emperor (who he works for) being called an "Earth reject" in an episode of Digimon Adventure 02.
  • In the fifth episode of Kotoura-san, Manabe gives Kotoura an embarrassing photo of Moritani, a girl that had recently befriended Kotoura after previously tormenting her. Kotoura tells Manabe off because giving that photo is a mean thing to do. Once alone though, she can't help but crack up and spends the whole of the next day trying not to around Moritani. She uses the photo as a pick-me-up at the episode's end after a failure in a relay race.
  • Kimi ni Todoke has an arc where someone is spreading rumors about Ayane and Chizuru. Most of them were rather unflattering, but there is one rumor that they both found hilarious where it is believed that Sawako is the mastermind of a gang and orders them around.
  • Kirby: Right Back at Ya!: King Dedede starts his own TV channel and all the residents of Capi Town are obsessed with it, including Meta Knight, much to Tiff's horror.
    "King Dedede may be a despicable dictator, but you got to admit he's got some funny schtick."
  • Sailor Moon:
    • At the start of Ami's introduction episode, Usagi is laughing her head off at a comic book. Her mother scolds her for the noise but then Usagi shows her the comic — and she bursts out laughing too.
    • Luna gets this a lot as well. Particularly when Artemis is having a bad day, she joins in with a good amount of the teasing too.
    • At the end of the radio episode, Usagi is writing a love letter to Tuxedo Mask — which Naru snatches off her. Miss Haruna comes into the room and — rather than scolding Usagi for doing it during class — chases the two around the room, just as excited to read the latter as Naru. The English dub changes this to Serena lying that it's homework — which Haruna is still excited to see as Serena's notoriously lazy.
  • In one episode of Little Witch Academia, Akko journeys into Sucy's subconscious and sees a movie composed of (Sucy's perception of) her memories. Several of these memories consist of her playing tricks on Akko, which offends Akko up until a memory plays of Sucy pulling the old Banana Peel gag on her, at which point Akko cracks up laughing.
  • In Cross Ange, Ange tells Hilda not to die, because the cell they're locked in will stink if she dies. Hilda laughs at the joke and asks how selfish Ange can be.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Yukari is caught infiltrating a rival school to spy on them right before their match. When she frantically identifies herself as Sgt Third Class Oddball, Kay, the leader of the school, doubles over giggling in response and compliments her again the next day.
  • After an intense battle in One Piece where Kaku has been extolling the virtues of his new giraffe transformation powers, he says that him being fired from the shipwright job of his cover identity is unfortunate, as it's hard for assassins to find other work. Zoro gets a chuckle out him by suggesting the zoo.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair has Izana requiring his brother Zen to go on a date with one of his potential suitors. Zen goes out with Kiki, who is a noblewoman. Izana concedes that it was clever, and technically his own fault for not taking Kiki's name off of the list.
  • During the Duelist Kingdom arc of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Bandit Keith and his thugs have kidnapped Joey and taken him to an underground crypt for a duel. Joey is understandably freaked out, and Bonz (Keith's smallest thug and dueling proxy) does his best to keep Joey scared. When Joey finally gets his wits together, what does he say? "All right, I was afraid, but not 'cause of the graveyard or your ooga-booga rap. It's your creepy face that gave me the willies!" This prompts Keith and the others to start laughing at Bonz (who really does have a creepy face) while he looks like he just lost a lot of his bluster.
  • In Saint Seiya, Saga, Shura, and Camus barely survived their battle with Shaka in which they were hit with his sensory deprivation technique four times, leaving them a sense each (with the loss of taste also paralyzing the tongue and preventing the victim from talking). Then they noticed that one of them has only the sight, one has only hearing, and one has only taste, and Saga chuckles.
  • In Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Kobayashi tells Tohru and Kanna (who were using their dragon powers to have a Dragon Ball Z-esque battle) to play more on her level. They respond by hunching over and complaining that their backs hurt, imitating Kobayashi. She calls it mean, but then quietly admits that their impressions are spot-on.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, when Goku starts addressing Zen'O, the Top God of all creation, in a very casual and friendly manner, most other characters start freaking out at how inappropriate and rude he's being. On the other hand, Zen'O's retainer, the Grand Priest finds this all very amusing and is frequently seen trying to suppress a chuckle at Goku's antics. Even he has his limits though, as he tells Goku to cut it back and show a little decorum when Goku attends a gathering among the gods of all universes.
  • High School Dx D: When here Issei starts going on and on about how his ideal life would be a peaceful one in which he gets to have sex with Rias every day, Kiba finally points out that Rias's elder brother Sirzechs (who also happens to be one of the most powerful devils alive) is in the room. Issei freezes in sheer terror, expecting a My Sister Is Off-Limits! reaction, but the camera shows that Sirzechs ('hiding' behind his chair) is desperately trying not to burst out laughing.
  • Gundam Wing: In the backstory, Duo Maxwell, who was a child at the time, caused a case of this with the Christian priest who raised him. At one point, he says he doesn't believe in God, because he's never seen a miracle, but he does believe in the God of Death, because he's seen a whole lot of dead people. While a nun reprimands him, the priest bursts out laughing and admits he can't fault that logic.

    Comic Strips 
  • One Calvin and Hobbes strip has Calvin combing his hair, putting on his dad's glasses, and marching up to his parents saying, "Calvin! Go do something you hate! Being miserable builds character!" Calvin's mom literally falls off her chair laughing, and his Dad, while annoyed, admits that "okay, the voice was a little funny". They currently provide the page image.
  • In Bloom County, Oliver Wendel Jone's father is outside his room, telling him he got a call from the FBI that Oliver had programmed NASA's computers to have the Space Shuttle land in their neighbor's bean field. He breaks up in the Third Panel.
    Dad: Actually, that's a pretty good one son...
    Oliver: [peeking out of his room] Yeah!
  • One comic from The Far Side has a chimpanzee find blonde hairs in her mate's fur and accusing him of "conducting a little more 'research' with that Jane Goodall tramp." The Jane Goodall Foundation went ballistic and there were even fears of a lawsuit, but shortly thereafter it was discovered that Dr. Goodall herself loved the cartoon, and was unaware of the ruckus. Gary Larson, the strip's creator, and Goodall then struck up a friendship, with Larson arranging for all profits from a T-shirt featuring that particular strip to be donated to the Foundation. Dr. Goodall even went on to write an introduction to one of the collections and praise Larson for his humor.
  • For Better or for Worse:
    • In-Universe. April once uses Elizabeth's bra as a slingshot and shoots koosh balls at the dog. Elly is too busy laughing to scold April immediately.
    • In another strip, Michael and Lawrence pretend to be superheroes named Burpman and Tootman and they start making rude noises. Elly gives them a brief lecture about how jokes like this are stupid and not funny. Then she goes into the kitchen and starts laughing her head off.
  • Garfield Minus Garfield. When Davis got news of the strip, rather than send out the lawyers as one would expect, he actually thought it was VERY funny. He not only allowed them to continue, but contributed to the edits, and even wrote an introduction for their book.
  • One Pearls Before Swine series features a miniature version of Newt Gingrich, who ends up getting eaten by the crocodiles. One of the treasuries mentions that Gingrich liked the series, but questioned the significance of his character dying. Pastis told him not to worry about it, as everyone in the strip dies sooner or later.
  • In Liō, Lio’s dad ends up laughing at a drawing Lio got in trouble for of his principal getting eaten by a creature at the zoo. Too bad they were both still in the principal’s office when it happened.

    Films — Animated 
  • From Wreck-It Ralph:
    King Candy: [pulls a pair of glasses out of nowhere and puts them on] You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, would you? [Ralph takes off Candy's glasses and breaks them over Candy's head] You hit a guy with glasses. That's... well-played.
  • The bloopers reel of The LEGO Movie has Emmet laughing at something, which annoys Batman. Emmet responds by saying that he laughs at everything, and Batman admits that the laugh was actually good.
    Batman: Man, your laugh is making me... actually, it's a pretty good laugh.
    Emmet: Well then, you're not gonna hear it anymore.
  • In Mulan, during "A Girl Worth Fighting For," Chi-Fu joins in the singing. Yao jokes to "Ping" that "the only girl who'd love him is his mother." Mulan, who's been uncomfortable for most of the song (why wouldn't a woman do so when others sing about how they'll score girls after the war?), can't help but smirk as Chi-Fu glares.
  • In the animated black comedy film Bébé's Kids during a confrontation in the woman's bathroom between Robin and Dorthea, they start cracking Yo Mama jokes and Robin fires off one that makes Dorthea's friend Vivian crack up.
    Dorthea: That's ok, yo mama so dumb she thought a quarterback was a refund!
    Robin: Well ain't that a little... yo mama so dumb, they told her it was chilly outside she went and got a bowl!
    Vivian: [cracks up]
  • In The Lion King, Zazu and Mufasa are discussing what should be done about Scar; Zazu suggests that he'd make a handsome throw rug. Mufasa chastises him, but he continues that you could take him outside and beat him when he got dirty. Mufasa can't help but laugh.
  • At the end of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Mr. Krupp, now in a good mood gives George and Harold their comics back and admits that while they're juvenile he did find them funny.
  • 101 Dalmatians:
    • Roger and Anita laugh following the Meet Cute scene when Anita tries to wipe herself dry with a handkerchief, only to find it's sodden, to which Roger offers his own handkerchief, which is soaked as well.
    • Pongo enjoys Roger's song and impression of "Cruella de Ville" after she barges in and asks about Perdita's unborn puppies. Anita tries to put on an invoked Dude, Not Funny! front since she's trying to be civil to Cruella but eventually she breaks down giggling offscreen when Roger waltzes with her to the melody.
  • Zootopia:
    • When Judy turns Nick's "It's called a hustle, sweetheart" back at him in an effort to enlist his help with a case, Nick's partner-in-embezzlement Finnick breaks down laughing and takes off to leave them to work.
    • When Judy and Nick are getting help from Bellwether, who is a sheep, Nick asks Judy if she counts herself to fall asleep. Judy can't help but snicker when she tells him to shush.
    • At the end when Nick and Judy are getting their first assignment, Nick states that Bogo should have a line of inspirational greeting cards, which causes the rest of the officers in the room to chuckle.

  • An old Soviet joke uses this trope as the punchline:
    A man needed to travel to Moscow in order to take care of some government business. Having to stop at night at an inn, the man asks if there's any room available — the clerk replies that there is a free bed, but it's in a room with three other people. Seeing no other choice, the traveler takes the bed.
    As it turns out, the three other men in the room know each other very well and are traveling together, wanting to drink and carouse late into the night. The traveler wants nothing else but to get some sleep, but the men keep him awake, telling loudly ribald tales and joking disparagingly about the government. Having heard tales about microphones hidden in rooms, the traveler grows a bit concerned about people listening in, but nothing seems to stop the men from going on and on.
    Then, the man gets an idea. He sneaks out of his bed, unseen by the others, and goes to the front desk, asking if he can have some tea sent to the room. The clerk responds that yes, it will take about 20 minutes. "Perfect," says the man, and he asks for tea to be sent up. The traveler slips back into the room and makes to join the raucous group.
    After 10 minutes have passed, as well as a few more jokes about the government, the traveler asks the others if they'd like to see a trick. Quite inebriated and mirthful, the men agree. The traveler stands up, walks over to one of the lamps in the room and says to the lamp, "Comrade Captain, would you have some tea sent up?" This gets a roar of laughter from the other men, and the traveler smiles as he comes back to the table, and listens to more stories.
    That is, until, right on cue, there is a knock on the door, and a woman comes in with tea, ready for drinking. This sobers the men right up, as they "realize" the truth about how they were being listened to. All four of them drink tea in silence, only the traveler gently smiling, knowing what had happened. After the tea is consumed, all four men retire to bed.
    The next morning, the traveler wakes to discover that the three other men had disappeared. Their beds are slept in, but their things are gone. Wide awake at the realization, the traveler runs to the front desk and asks what happened to the three other men in his room. When the clerk stammers out, "I know nothing about that!" — an obvious lie — the truth is confirmed to the traveler: While he slept, the other three men must have been taken by the secret police. As a chill runs down his spine, the traveler says to himself, "But why not me?" This was loud enough for the clerk to overhear, and he responds helpfully: "Well, Comrade Captain thought the bit with the tea was a riot."
  • In John Mulaney's Stand-Up special "The Comeback Kid", he describes a time where, when he was a child, he and his three siblings were were on a road trip to his grandparents’ house. As they got closer, the kids started getting rowdy because they were hungry, but their dad wouldn't stop anywhere because they were almost there. This culminated in the children chanting, "McDonald's!" over and over to bug him into stopping there. Their dad, being a lawyer focused on people’s Exact Words, pulled into a McDonald’s to the cheers of the children... and only ordered one black coffee (which John called "the only thing on the entire menu no child would like") for himself and drove off. John admits that, while it made him mad then, as an adult it's the funniest thing he's ever seen.
  • Somewhat mixing with meta and inversion, there is a standard joke in dictatorial regimes which goes around "X has good humor — he collects the jokes made about him!" "So does Y — only he also collects the people that make the jokes!"

  • Greek Mythology: Zeus was amused by Hermes' pranks and antics, but because they interfered with the duties of the other Gods he couldn't allow them to continue. Zeus made Hermes the messenger of the Gods to keep him out of trouble.

  • "It's Not Funny" from Run–D.M.C.'s album King of Rock lists a lot of situations that aren't hilarious to the person whom they should happen too, but some of them are pretty amusing to the listener. Others are downright ridiculous.
  • "Shia LaBeouf" by Rob Cantor is about evading, and ultimately defeating, "actual cannibal Shia LaBeouf".note  A live video featuring special guest musicians and extended lyrics ends with LaBeouf himself, alone in the empty theater, delivering a Citizen Kane clap in appreciation before looking around uncomfortably and sitting back down.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic deliberately aims for this trope in his many, many parodies; he makes it a point to ask each artist he's mocking for permission to use their songs, even though it's not necessary (U.S. law protects parodies from copyright issues), as a sign that his work is all in good fun. Most musicians respond positively; Michael Jackson, in particular, was a huge fan of Yankovic, and loved his material so much that he even gave the comedian permission to recreate the music video for "Bad" — right down to letting Yankovic use the same set -- for the parody "Fat." "Smells Like Nirvana" is another good example because the parody is actually about Nirvana, about how you can't understand what they're singing and the song will bug your parents. "Perform This Way," a parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," is another example. Despite Al viewing it as Old Shame, Billy Joel loved "It's Still Billy Joel to Me" and has performed it live.
  • Alanis Morissette released this parody of Fergie's "My Humps" in 2007, poking fun at the overly sexual nature of the song. The Other Wiki reports that Fergie absolutely loved the alt rocker's version, and sent Morissette a posterior-shaped cake to show her appreciation.
  • The Who's song "My Wife" is about a husband who's spent the weekend in prison, and is now going to cartoonish lengths to escape his angry wife. When John Entwistle (who wrote the song)'s wife heard it, she thought it was hilarious.
  • One of the more memetic lines from Lulu is "I am the Table", sung by James Hetfield, which has largely become a case of Never Live It Down. However, Hetfield actually finds jokes about it hilarious, and since he has no control over it, he might as well laugh at it.
  • Michael Jackson had a song called Dirty Diana, about a groupie called Diana who slept with members of music bands to get famous. A while after the song's release, Princess Diana happened to be present at one of his concerts. Being afraid that the Princess would be offended, he took it out of the performance. However, Diana's reaction when he told her that was to tell him that it was her favorite song and insisted that he played it. It was too late by that time to put the song back, though, so he couldn't sing it at that concert, but he performed it normally in later concerts.
  • Mojo Nixon released a song entitled "Don Henley Must Die" — and Don Henley showed up at a concert to perform it with him.
  • The 2019 Super Bowl halftime performance of Maroon 5 was something of a Fountain of Memes, and among them was a comparison to Bleeding Through vocalist Brandan Schieppati, whose own heavily tattooed appearance was, all things considered, quite similar to Adam Levine's. Schieppati was amused by the memes and shared several of them.
  • Eminem's "Guilty Conscience" with Dr. Dre has the lyric "You wanna take advice from somebody who slapped Dee Barnes?" Em was worried that Dre would take offence to this. Dre laughed upon hearing it.
  • Filipino-Chinese singer Jose Mari Chan became a staple of memes in recent years, largely due to the enduring success of his 1990 Christmas album which has since been a yearly tradition — so much so that public establishments such as shopping centres play "Christmas In Our Hearts" as early as September. He did acknowledge this and found the jokes rather funny, but remarked that some of the memes were crossing the line especially as he views the song in question as "a gift from Our Lord," never to be trivialised or made irreverent.
  • Youtube user Paranoidave posted a series of 'reinterpretation' videos taking the piss out of various songs by bands he hated, featuring Mondegreens of the lyrics and accompanying images. One of the most popular ones featured the Trivium song 'Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr' (video here). Singer Matt Heafy saw the funny side of it, and mentioned that fans at Trivium's gigs would hold up signs saying 'BOAT RUDDER STRANGE MOUNTAIN' note . Heafy also referred to it on his Instagram.
  • Pepsi actually ended up listening to the album Dispepsi by Negativland. Pepsi responded with "It's no Odelay, but it's quite a good listen." This came as a relief to Negativland who were afraid that Pepsi would sue them as the album samples a lot of Pepsi commercials and constantly repeats the brands name.

  • Decoder Ring Theatre:
    • Black Jack Justice
      • Jack and Trixie are Vitriolic Best Buds to the point that no conversation between them can pass without some bickering and there is a Bottle Episode that consists exclusively of them arguing. One thing that can make it hard to separate the vitriol from good-natured ribbing is that one will often acknowledge a particularly good shot from the other with a "Nice" or by noting "It's probably true, but you still shouldn't say it."
      • Trixie carries a small pistol strapped to her leg as a surprise weapon. Only in her Private Eye Monologue will Trixie admit that she thinks Jack's nickname for it, the Mousetrap, is funny.
    • Red Panda Adventures: Card-Carrying Villain the Mad Monkey genuinely likes it when the Red Panda and Flying Squirrel call him things like "Sinister Simian" or "Babbling Baboon". His first encounter with the heroes in the episode "Monkeyshines" has him complementing such lines while becoming furious when the Red Panda insists on using the Monkey's real name.
  • In The Fallen Gods, Delilah considers the party's plans to reunite her and her sister Missandere (such as stuffing them in a get-along shirt or disguising Delilah as Groucho Marx) rather amusing, though totally ineffectual.
  • Pokémon World Tour: United:
    • During Cobalt's gym battle with Kent, Rose gets fed up with the Hurricane of Puns everyone else is throwing around and flips off the camera broadcasting the fight. Right after, Rose's Togepi, Scramble, imitates the gesture. Kent states that, while he can not condone the act, it was adorable.
    • In episode 53, Jake describes Rose's outfit for the day as "tough and cool", prompting the GM, Alan, to ask if that makes Rose a "tool". Jake admits Alan got him with that, as he walked right into it.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Mick Foley finally gets The Rock back for all the years of "It doesn't matter!" During a promo in 2000, Foley tells Rock he's in the upper echelon of WWE Champions, and asks how it makes him feel. Rock barely gets a word out before Foley bellows "IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL!" Foley promptly runs around the ring celebrating, and Rock can't help but chuckle at that one.
  • John "Bradshaw" Layfield, around WrestleMania 29, was defending Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger's views to anyone who would listen, but then Jerry Lawler commented on Colter: "Somebody needs to tell him Yosemite Sam wants his mustache back!" prompting JBL to say, "I gotta admit, that was pretty funny, King."
  • Total Divas:
    • Nattie gets drunk and leaves several voicemails for Stephanie McMahon. When she goes to meet Stephanie, she replays the messages in front of Nattie. When it comes to "I'm not wearing any underwear and I'm ready to ride" Stephanie clearly finds them funny.
    • In the season 2 premiere Nattie and Ariane get into a drunken argument outside a club. A cop comes up to them and tells them they'll be arrested if they get too rowdy. After he leaves, the two go inside and burst out laughing.
  • At the start of the Tessa Blanchard-Sonya Strong match at WWR Adios Aurora on September 9, 2017, Sonya noticed that the fans were cheering for Tessa and said that she knew Tessa had two daddiesnote , and that she was going to be her third. Tessa couldn't help but laugh at that.
  • Jim Neidhart faced Marty Jannetty at ECW's July 28, 1995 event in Middletown, NY, and laughed when the fans chanted "WE WANT BRET!"

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

  • Hamilton:
    • Burr mentions that a tomcat was named after Hamilton because he was such a ladies man. Hamilton acknowledges the anecdote with a smile.
    • Jefferson can't help but clap during the First Cabinet debate when Hamilton does a dance about Jefferson doing "whatever it is you do at Monticello". Then again, as he and a smug Madison put it, Hamilton's arguments for a bank is futile since he doesn't "have the votes".
  • A slightly different version: In a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, after Millie reads back Mrs. Meers's monologue and proving she has enough evidence to send Meersie to prison, Mrs. Meers looks at the audience and says "You can clap, that was good."
  • In 1776, Ben Franklin compares being called an Englishman to "calling an ox a bull — he's grateful for the honor, but he'd rather have back what's rightfully his." Dickinson comes back with "When did you first notice they were missing, sir?" to which Franklin laughs the loudest.note 
  • In The Complete History Of America Abridged, one of the actors explains in brief why the fifty years between The American Civil War and World War I just wasn't a very funny time:
    Reed: Here it is. There was labor unrest...
    All: Not funny.
    Reed: There was land-grabbing on an unprecedented scale...
    All: Not funny.
    Reed: There were seven-year-olds working themselves to death in workshops...
    All: ... well, that's pretty funny, actually...
  • West Side Story: When Detective Schrank finishes giving the Jets and Sharks an earful over their latest fight and Bernardo asks him if he could translate his tirade into Spanish, even Riff cracks up.

    Video Games 
  • From Skies of Arcadia:
    Vigoro: I believe the worth of a man can be measured by his popularity with women.
    Gilder: Hm, I kind of like that. I should remember that for later.
  • In the Sam & Max: Freelance Police game Abe Lincoln Must Die!, Sam is being put down by Chuckles, the President's bodyguard:
    Sam: What do you do around here?
    Chuckles: I give out free T-shirts to the visitor who asks the dumbest question of the day. Please accept my apologies, but we're all out of husky boys' sizes.
    Max: Oooo! Double-burn!
    Sam: I thought you were on my side, Max.
    Max: I just call 'em like I see 'em, Sam.
  • Dragon Age, being home to a lot of Deadpan Snarker characters, is abundant with this trope.
    • From Dragon Age: Origins, when Morrigan happens to ask Alistair about his training:
      Morrigan: So I take it you did not enjoy your Templar training?
      Alistair: That's directed at me, I take it?
      Morrigan: Do you see any others about who have failed at their religious instruction?
      Alistair: I didn't fail — I was recruited into the Grey Wardens.
      Morrigan: And if you had not been recruited? What would have happened, instead?
      Alistair: [completely deadpan] I would have turned into a drooling lunatic, slaughtered the grand cleric and run through the streets of Denerim in my small clothes, I guess.
      Morrigan: [amused] Your self-awareness does you credit.
      Alistair: I thought you'd like that.
    • Alistair in general tends to approve when you engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat with him. In once instance, having already told you he's a Heroic Bastard, he'll admit his father was King Maric. Quipping "So you're not just a bastard, you're a royal bastard" will get a chuckle from him and have him muse he should use that line.
    • In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, most of Sigrun and Oghren's conversations involve her being repulsed by his attempts at "flirting". When she learns he half-convinced Velanna (an elf) that dwarves hatch from rocks, however...
      Oghren: Velanna takes herself too seriously. And besides, it was funny!
      Sigrun: All right, it was funny. You should have seen her afterward; she was huffing like a constipated brontonote .
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
      • A female Inquisitor who's dating Sera will at one point get a quest where they go around asking other party members what kind of gift Sera might like, as she places no value in material possessions. Vivienne, who despises Sera and sees her as crass and uncultured, sarcastically suggests the Inquisitor shave an inappropriate word into her pubic hair. If you actually do it, Sera finds it absolutely hilarious and is even more amused when she learns it was Vivienne's idea.
      • If the Inquisitor romances the Iron Bull, there will be a scene where Cullen, Josephine, and Cassandra walk in on Bull naked in that order. Cullen is naturally mortified, but snickers when Bull makes a joke about the Inquisitor being the one "taking it" in response to Cassandra's fumbling.
      • When Varric tries to needle the Iron Bull for getting winded in a fight, he has to laugh and concede to Iron Bull's retort:
      "Hey, some of us have to swing a giant hunk of metal instead of pulling our girlfriend's trigger from the back ranks."
      • The credits sequence of the Trespasser DLC includes a voiceover of Cassandra reading excerpts of the book Varric wrote about the game's events, providing commentary, and doing hilariously bad impressions of the other characters. Near the end, she gets quite upset at not seeing herself anywhere, until she finds herself in the story... begging Varric for forgiveness for her behavior in the previous game's framing device. Instead of being offended (since that obviously did not happen), Cassandra is delighted to see herself in the book and declares that she is "going to read the shit out of this!"
  • From Psychonauts, upon defeating the boss character Kochamara, you're treated to a cutscene with this exchange of dialogue:
    Kochamara: I've got the brain of a little girl back in my lab that's strong enough to power a whole army of psycho-blaster death tanks!
    Raz: (starts laughing uncontrollably)
    Kochamara: What?
    Raz: You've got the brain of a little girl?
    Kochamara: I said, "in my lab!"
    Raz: I think you've got the muscles of a little girl too!
    Kochamara: (groan) ... good one.
    • Earlier, we have one of Raz' unsuccessful attempts to convice the rest of the campers of the ongoing sinister plot:
      Raz: Hey, Bobby. Someone's stealing kids' brains!
      Bobby: Well in that case, you've got nothing to worry about! Ah-ha-ha-ha!
      Raz: ... good one.
  • Knights of the Old Republic:
    • One of the ways you can defuse a confrontation with some young Sith is to tell them a Mandalorian joke. If Zaalbar is in your party, The Big Guy will actually get a good laugh out of it.
    • In the same confrontation, Jolee Bindo manages to get a chuckle out of the otherwise stoic Canderous Ordo.
      Lashowe: Do you know how many Sith there are here in Dreshdae?
      Jolee: Twelve! No, wait, Thirteen!
      Canderous: Nice one, old man.
      Jolee: Thank you, it takes effort to be properly irreverent at my age.
  • Occurs in Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, except that it wasn't really funny, or even a joke. Damsel in Distress Jessie just can't help laughing when her captor calls her boyfriend Guy an idiot.
  • In Strong Badia the Free, when Strong Bad asks about the incomplete effigy the protesters have set up:
    Strong Bad: Why'd you bring that ugly, misshapen stick?
    Homestar: She organized the protest rally!
    Strong Bad: Not Marzipan! {softly} Though that's a pretty good one, gotta remember that.
  • A rather tragic example in Batman: Arkham City. The Joker is dying, having accidentally knocked the only cure for the after-effects of Titan serum out of Batman's hands. As he lies on the floor wasting away, Batman tells him:
    Batman: Do you want to know something funny? Even after everything you've done... I would have saved you.
    Joker: (laughing) That actually is... pretty funny!
  • Every now and then, a Griefer in a video game does something that even the moderators admit is this trope, but have to ban them anyway. Second Life is a good example.
  • The Last of Us: Joel finds most of Ellie's jokes groan-worthy, but one does get him to laugh and admit he's never heard it before:
    Ellie: I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now.
    • Also this banter between Bill and Ellie:
      Bill: (To Joel) What are ya deliverin', the little brat?
      Ellie: Ha ha. Fuck you too!
      Bill: (Suddenly cracks up)
  • In Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Dante and Arkham's meeting in the bowels of hell has Dante remark that Arkham needs some hobbies over messing with the Sparda family's issues. Arkham starts laughing at this with Dante joining him shortly after, but both for different reasons: Dante at his own joke and Arkham over how much power that meddling has given him (and how he plans on making Dante eat those words in a second).
  • In Life Is Strange, Victoria tells protagonist Max, whose signature photograph is an instant selfie, to "fuck yourselfie". Max is annoyed but comments that the joke is funny in her journal, as will tell Victoria as much if you decide to make peace with her.
  • Undertale:
    • Early in Snowdin, the brothers Papyrus and Sans (both of whom are skeletons) have an exchange where Sans keeps blowing off Papyrus and making smart ass remarks, which causes Papyrus to smile, despite his best efforts.
    Sans: hey, take it easy. i've gotten a ton of work done today. a skele-ton. [zoom in on Sans winking at the camera complete with rimshot]
    Papyrus: SANS!!!
    Sans: come on. you're smiling.
    Papyrus: I AM AND I HATE IT!
    • Later, in Hotlands, during Mettaton's quiz show, he decides to troll Alphys by asking you who she has a crush on. If you guess yourself, he tells you that you're totally wrong, but he respects the sheer audacity of saying it and laughs at the reason why you could come to the conclusion (Alphys watching your every move on cameras) and gives you the point anyway.
    • If you're enough of a sucker to try to spare Sans at the end of a No Mercy run, you immediately get killed by him, leading to a unique ending screen where he tells you to "geeeeeeeeeeet dunked on!". Given that this forces you to restart the unbelievably difficult fight, this would normally be a Rage Quit moment, but the game plays its "humour" tune, "Dogsong", at this ending screen, which instead makes it absolutely hilarious. You do still have the redo the fight, though.
    • If you talk to Gerson (the turtle shopkeeper in Waterfall) when you first see him, he'll call Asgore "King Fluffybuns", but won't remember why if you ask him. Talking to him in the Playable Epilogue of a True Pacifist run will reveal it to have been an example of this trope: Asgore and Toriel were giving an address to the citizens, and when Toriel went to hand the mic to Asgore, she told him "Your turn, Fluffybuns", which was picked up by the microphone. As the audience laughed, Asgore took the mic and sternly raised his hands to silence everyone, before beginning his segment with "I, King Fluffybuns..."
  • While most of the attempts at humor in Injustice 2 are shot down or repartee'd, this one actually sticks the landing:
    Superman: This won't be a fair fight.
    Superman: That was actually kinda funny.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda: Drack often responds to people's quips about him or the krogan in this way. For example, after criticizing the team for being proud of "not dying" on a mission, Cora asks what right a krogan whose ancestors nuked their own homeworld into a radioactive rock has to say that. Drack laughs and replies "Fair point."
    Drack: The rest of the crew doesn't seem to know a lot about you, Peebee.
    Peebee: Way I like it.
    Drack: Then why are you telling me all this stuff?
    Peebee: Eh, you're almost dead anyway.
    Drack: [laughs uproariously]
  • Home Run Solitaire features a sports announcer duo, one of whom spends the entire game making bad puns and tortured analogies. The other one asks for a score prediction when the home team is up against the Nevada Aliens.
    Frank: I'm going to call it 5-1 for the Strikers. Somewhere in that area.
    Sam: Hah. Area 5-1. That's actually a pretty good one.
  • In the skirmish battles with Tyran in Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Lofty is annoyed with the excuses Tyran keeps making for why he keeps running off. After a particularly cheeky one, however, he admits he's starting to become entertained by them.
  • Of all the gods in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, it's surprising that Rymrgand, god of entropy and destruction is prone to this. You can go to their realm and mock them to their face, and they'll respond with only languid amusement. But only because you're the Herald of Berath. They're quite open about the fact that you'd be Deader Than Dead for simply entering their realm were you any other mortal. And there are still a few things you can say that will get you killed.
    • Back in the first game, cracking a Your Mom joke to Hiravias makes him laugh his ass off, though he also adds that, for future reference, only he’s allowed to insult his mother. He lets it slide because he appreciates your dedication to banter.
  • One mission in The Secret World features the player sending an agent to gatecrash a party arranged by the Kingdom in order to learn what debaucheries the undead crime lords get up to in their spare time. Among other things, it requires your agent of choice to be carefully disguised with prosthetic makeup in order to look like a mummy, and have enough charisma to outfox the millennia-old party guests. Should you succeed, the Kingdom are genuinely amused by the trick and actually offer your agent additional work for keeping them entertained.
  • In Fate/Grand Order, Archer of Shinjuku ( James Moriarty) has the moniker "The Napoleon of Crime"... much to the amusement of the actual Napoleon, who is a fellow Archer-class servant in the game.
  • In Divinity: Original Sin II, there's a Pro-Royalist song about Beast, a disgraced noble-turned-pirate, falling out with his cousin Queen Justinia and being kicked out of her court. When Beast hears the song himself, he thinks it has some clever lyrics and that overall it's too funny to get mad at.
  • In God of War (PS4), after one sidequest turns sour, Atreus tells his father to go ahead and say "I Told You So", briefly imitating Kratos' voice as he says "You are naive, foolish boy." Kratos is clearly trying to hold back laughter as he tells his son to just consider it a lesson.
  • In Disco Elysium, your first interaction with Klassje has a Suggestion check to attempt to flirt with her. Failing it causes your character to blankly stare at her while grunting out "I want to have fuck with you." This causes Klassje to burst into laughter, even asking you to say it again just for her.
  • In Battletech, Commander Markham started using the nickname "Bob Kurita" for Reynald Yamaguchi, one of his mercenary liaisons, in order to unbalance the latter during negotiations. After a while, Yamaguchi began finding the nickname genuinely funny and Sumire will still occasionally refer to him as "Bob" during conversations.
  • In Stardew Valley, if you turn Mayor Lewis's Lucky Purple Shorts into the wearable version and then talk to Marnie with whom Lewis is having a secret affair, she's laughing too hard to reply.
  • In Stellaris, if a diplomat is assigned to a country to improve relations, a Random Event can occasionally happen where said diplomat insults your leader with various Xeno Slurs. Quick investigation turns up that this was caused by a Playful Hacker messing with said diplomats' Translator Microbes. You can pick your empire's reaction from two choices: consider the incident to be actually pretty funny, strengthening your diplomatic relations for a while and giving you extra Amenities for a bit as your population laughs off the incident, or take it as the mild diplomatic incident that it is, temporarily harming your relations but giving you more influence.

    Visual Novels 
  • In case 5 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, Phoenix has to present Larry's sketch; either you point out "A major contradiction" (the right answer), "Absolutely nothing" (the wrong answer), or explain "Exactly what happened." Phoenix explains "Exactly what happened" as "Of course the victim was flying through the air! You can see it right in the sketch! Woooooooosh!" accompanied with fitting sound effects. Godot is so amused/baffled by Phoenix's explanation that he waives the penalty.
  • In Akatsuki no Goei's fandisk during Aya's epilogue, she convinces Kaito to play an online game. Not really interested, he names his character Nikaido Reika after Aya's sister, offending both Aya and Reika's new guard Tominori. However, he then proceeds to customize the character's appearance to give make her tiny, flat chested and with long pink twintails, at which point they both start giggling at how it looks exactly like her.
  • In Long Live the Queen, Elodie happens upon an unflattering poem involving her and a squid. You have the option to choose whether or not she can find the humour in it, and her emotional state will alter accordingly.
  • In the epilogue of RE: Prince of Nigeria, a visual novel about a 419 Scam, talking with Rich Hastley about his scambot, Horai Owen comments that the bit on the Prince's ID about the Nigerian Football Federation and the portrait of Right Imagay were the last straw, but "The communism was a nice touch, though."

    Web Animation 
  • FreedomToons: In the Sincerity Mode video "Snopes vs. Babylon Bee", Seamus admits that he finds the controversy Snopes got into for thinking Babylon Bee, a satirical Christian website, was a serious news source unintentionally hilarious. That being said, despite finding the situation funny, he does admit he's troubled that Snopes couldn't tell apart satire from serious news.
  • Happened more than once on Homestar Runner. Strong Bad has to respect it when normally Dumb Muscle Strong Mad gets a witty retort:
    Strong Mad: (holding up a grease-stained Blubb-O's bag) YOU'RE NOT ON THE LIST!
    Strong Bad: The list? You're looking at a greasy bag of fast food!
    Strong Bad: Wait, what? Strong Mad, did you just make a joke?! That was pretty good!
  • In the Double Dragon episode of Sonic for Hire.
    Sonic: Consider it done, A.C. Slater.
    Mario: Okay, wait, hold on, what?
    Sonic: No, because Mario Lopez.
    Mario: ... okay, that actually wasn't bad.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device:
    • The Emperor, despite being the (barely) living incarnation of grumpiness, will occasionally acknowledge a good quip at his expense.
      Rogal Dorn: Father, are you familiar with the saying "You are what you eat"? Considering you increasingly resemble a pile of screaming psychic children.
      Emperor: [beat] Wow, Rogal. Way to bring down the fucking hammer!
    • Cegorach, being the Eldar God of comedy (among other things), doesn't seem to have a problem with others making fun of him, as long as they are clever about it.
      Cegorach: Maybe you could be my ghostwriter?
      Magnus: No but I can... turn YOU into a ghost!
      Cegorach: ... shit, that was good. I need him on my team.
  • RWBY: When Ruby sheepishly admits that the Atlesian military airship she and her companions arrived on was indeed stolen, General Ironwood visibly suppresses a chuckle.
  • Minilife TV: In "The Vampodcast", Zach tries to gain access to the Burton Night Club, a monster-exclusive club, by disguising himself as a zombie so he could help Snowball the vampire with his podcast. When the bouncer asks Zach how he became a zombie, Zach says that he watched too much television, which causes the bouncer to laugh so loudly that it shakes the entire city.
    Bouncer: Good one. It is refreshing to see a zombie with a sense of humor.

  • This The Adventures of Dr. McNinja strip features everyone except the titular doctor (including the editor) admit that the woman's diss was good.
  • Tycho and Gabe of Penny Arcade are friendly rivals rather than enemies, but they still mock each other mercilessly. They have very different tastes, but occasionally, one will admit "That was actually pretty clever."
    Gabe: (smugly holding up the book Tycho suggested for him to read) Dune? It sounds dry.
    Tycho: (with a strained expression) I'm trying not to be amused by that.
  • Sluggy Freelance has an interesting one when a man is torturing Torg for information.
    Torturer: Just tell us what we want to know, and we'll stop.
    [torturer starts laughing]
    Torg: Hey!
    Torturer: Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Anyway, we want to know where Doctor Steve's lab is.
    Torg: I don't know that! I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it!
    [torturer starts laughing; after a moment, Torg starts laughing too]
  • Ben's father has to laugh about "dingle-choad" in this strip of Loserz.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, Xinchub laughs at Tagon saying "innocent Marines". Tagon agrees that that's actually funny.
  • Black Mage has a moment of this near the end of 8-Bit Theater where, after having become a super-powerful, super-evil version of himself, he stops in the middle of slaughtering his former allies to admit that a prank they pulled on him just shy of 700 strips earlier actually was pretty funny in hindsight.
    Black Mage: I'm going to look back on this one day and think it's hilarious. I'll kill them all anyway, but at least we can laugh about it.
  • A Brick Joke in Exiern has this effect. An imprisoned barbarian is wondering if she can get freed after accidentally punching the king in the face if she argues it was meant as a show of respect. The king enters at this point and explains that it won't work, before Recruiting the Criminal. At the end of the scene, now allies and with no hostility between them, the king finally punches the barbarian in the face "out of respect" — those present are terrified only to realise, once the king has left, that she's actually laughing.
  • Shows up in this Exterminatus Now strip.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse: One of the Kais finds Zen Buu's impression of South Kai pretty funny, though he claims that it's just nervous laughter.
  • In The Order of the Stick, despite being Evil, Loki opposes his daughter Hel's plan to bring about the end of the world, in order to become Top God of the Norse pantheon in the new world which will be created. After Hel declares her first act will be to take the soul of Thor's High Priestess and give it as a chew toy for her hellhound, Loki responds, "Humiliating Thor is not enough reason to do this, Hel. It's a pretty funny reason, sure, but not enough of one."
  • Girl Genius:
    • The comic has this exchange between a young student, and Klaus Wulfenbach, ruler of a large chunk of Europe:
      Itto: I heard the story of how you fought the dragon from Mars — and how it captured Lucrezia Mongfish — and then she turned into Von Pinn and I wanted to see what could do that!
      Klaus: [concealing a smile] Snort. I'd have given a lot to see that myself.
    • In the novelizations of the comic, it's mentioned that Klaus also allows the traveling "Heterodyne Shows" to continue their increasingly unflattering portrayals of him because he finds them funny.
  • In this strip of Grrl Power, Ariana cannot bring herself to chew out Maxima for making snide remarks because, in her own words, "That was a pretty good one though." The remark in question: in response to a comment about succubus glamour being impenetrable, Max said, "That's the only thing about a succubus that's designed to be impenetrable."
  • Gunnerkrigg Court:
    • Most people are too scared of Coyote's power and unpredictability to tell him off. Annie makes a point of ignoring this at first, even going so far as to spank Coyote when he pokes his nose up her skirt. Coyote usually finds Annie's refusal to take shit from him highly amusing, but eventually, she has to be reminded that Coyote is a Physical God, and not a benevolent one, and he will kill her (or worse) if she angers him too much.
    • While Parley is initially unamused by Mort making fun of how she thinks you're supposed to talk to ghosts, once they get to know each other it becomes a shared joke.
  • Dumbing of Age: When Carla (a trans woman) finds a penis drawn on her whiteboard, she declares it a hate crime. Then she realizes they're drawn on everyone's whiteboards, and she declares it hilarious.
  • Ennui GO!: In "Invitation" (652, NSFW), during a threesome with Izzy, Noah and Hashim decide to impersonate Darcy. Izzy warns them that Darcy could kill them for that, but Darcy actually finds the impersonations pretty good.

    Web Original 
  • This video featuring Justine and a terrible date.
    Justine: *laughs* I... hate you.
  • Even though most of the movies reviewed by The Nostalgia Critic are bad, he admits that there are occasionally one or two funny jokes.
    • For example, this in Street Fighter: The Movie. QUICK! CHANGE THE CHANNEL!!
    • Despite the Batman & Robin movie being labeled the worst film ever and driving the Nostalgia Critic to homicidal rage over a Bat Credit Card, "the Riddler suit here is kinda clever."
    • From Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie, when the villain was talking about how he missed all the evils of the world and included The Brady Bunch Reunion tour amongst the Black Death and Spanish Inquisition, he said "... I gotta admit that's kinda funny."
    • He also liked one scene in Jingle All the Way, when Myron the mailman threatened some police officers with what he thought was a fake bomb in a package, only for it to go off after he leaves the room. However, an unfortunate case of Mood Whiplash ensues when the officer from the bomb squad is shown comically charred but still alive.
    • Although he absolutely hated Baby Geniuses 2 (though not quite as much as the original), he still begrudgingly admitted that the twist was pretty good, in that he didn't see it coming and it made perfect sense in hindsight.
    • During How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, he does it in rhyme:
      Critic: So the Grinch goes crazy and starts attacking the folks.
      Grinch: [to a car spinning out of control] Taxi!... it's because I'm green, isn't it?!
      Critic: ... okay, that's a good joke.
    • Despite finding The Master of Disguise one of the worst comedies ever, he chuckles the first time the villain's Evil Laugh is interrupted by his farting. However, he grows to dislike many of the subsequent uses of it.
    • His review of Water World has him find the death of the old oil technician who lives a miserable, tortured life on the Smokers' ship pretty funny.
      Oil Technician: Oh thank God...
    • In his review for Space Jam, he gets a kick out of the Mon-Stars dogpiling Granny and replays the clip several times.
    • In Richie Rich when the villain breaks into the vault only to find it's loaded with sentimental (but financially worthless) items, the Critic admits the entire Reality Ensues moment provides two very good jokes in a row:
      Lawrence Van Dough: Where are the negotiable bearer bonds? The gold bullion? Where's THE MONEY?!
      Richard Rich: In banks. Where else? Oh, and the stock market.
      (GOOD JOKE 1 dings on the screen.)
      Lawrence Van Dough: Shoot them. Shoot them now, please.
      (GOOD JOKE 2 dings on the screen.)
      • He also admits that the joke about the President calling to ask for a loan is pretty much timeless.
    • Despite otherwise thinking Ernest Scared Stupid is a complete waste of time, he admits the "I'm not one to quit" joke is pretty funny.
    • After finding the entirety of Good Burger to be cheesy and thoroughly unfunny, this happens during the review's Post Credits Scene. The shock of it is enough to make the Critic dive for cover.
      Dexter: Listen. What do you say we just tear up this contract?
      Ed: You don't want to be partners?
      Dexter:Well, no... I...
      Ed: ... is it because I'm black?
      Critic: AAAAGH! A FUNNY JOKE!!!'
    • During the crossover review of The Smurfs, Black Nerd stifles a giggle at Grouchy Smurf's deadpan "I find [the song] annoying". The Critic is very unamused:
      Critic: Did you just laugh at a Smurfs movie?
      Black Nerd: No.
      Critic: Did you just laugh at a Smurfs movie?!
      Black Nerd: No!
      Critic: Just remember, every time you laugh at a Smurfs movie, God kills a kitten! It's in the Bible!
    • During his review of Last Action Hero he admits that it's kind of funny that The Terminator is played by Sylvester Stallone in the TVLand Movie Within A Movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't exist and is instead the fictional action star Jack Slater.
  • The Cinema Snob had a couple moments of these:
    • During his Video Violence 2 review where he's seen snickering at the following joke "What's black and white and red all over, and can't get through a revolving door? A nun with a spear through her head!", but tries to cover it up.
    • In Midnight Screenings, they can still find a good joke in some bad movies, but not always. When Jake and Irving saw The Smurfs, they even thought the one funny joke could have only been funny because they thought the rest of the movie was such dreck.
    • The "I'll miss you most of all, Scarecrow," joke from Playmate of the Apes got this reaction.
  • The Music Video Show has the host admitting this in Episode 52, with the nerds dancing and saying it may be the only Chris Brown video (the Kiss Kiss video) he'd watch again.
  • Filthy Frank: When Mr. Magic Man says "I wish I was Stevie Wonder so I'd never have to see you again!", Frank calls it "pretty clever".
  • The Nostalgia Chick utterly panned Spice World, until Meat Loaf's character reacts to being asked to unplug the multiple toilets on the Spice Girls' tour bus by saying "Look, I love these girls. And I would do anything for them. But I won't do that." In the Chick's words: "Can it be that this movie has redeemed itself with a mere one joke?!"
  • Despite his extreme hatred for the so-called "great" films he reviews, Confused Matthew does make his best effort to point out the good things about them he sees.
    • In his review of The Lion King, he admitted "Circle of Life" was a good song and that the scene with Timon dancing the hula made him laugh hard.
    • He also made note of Samantha Morton's excellent performance in the epilogue of his Minority Report review.
    • He said the end of Titanic (1997) was well done.
  • Spoony:
    • In a review of Highlander II: The Quickening. Spoony admitted that MacLeod and Ramirez simply getting into a car and ramming an armed barricade relying on their immortality to protect them from all the times they'll be shot is actually pretty clever. However, he also points out all the Fridge Logic that undermines this, the biggest ones include the fact that they put the (mortal) Love Interest in the trunk of said car, and that the Big Bad didn't simply tell the Corrupt Corporate Executive he's working with about the immortals and to cut their heads off.
    • Similarly, he said the protective collar worn by The Guardian in Highlander: The Source was an ingenious idea for the series. Sure, they never use it again, but still. He also praised the Guardian's "There can be only ME!" line and a scene (which he didn't include in the review itself and only mentioned in the commentary) in which Methos kills a biker by throwing his sword against a tree blade first right in front of the biker, decapitating him.
    • And more literally, during his Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh LP.
      Trevor: I've got a date for dinner.
      Curtis: Tell me about him.
      Trevor: Nooo... okay.
      Spoony: Okay, that was good.
    • In one of his Counter Monkey videos, Spoony describes a Dungeons & Dragons game where he played a half-orc thief. The party's wizard mocked him by asking how someone that big and hard-to-miss could possibly pick anyone's pocket. Spoony responded by clubbing the wizard over the head and then taking the coin purse from his unconscious body. The wizard's player laughed and gladly admitted to losing the debate.
  • ProtonJon famously hates Invisible Coin Blocks from the Super Mario Bros. franchise. Yet, when he plays a ROM Hack by a user called Gamelun, he encounters an inventive use of them (long story short: Gamerlun essentially tricks the player into going down a path that leads to a dead end, then when the player tries to jump back out of the dead end he gets sealed in by invisible blocks) that he admits is Actually Pretty Funny.
    ProtonJon: [After getting sealed in a dead end by invisible blocks] YOU SON OF A BITCH!!! [chuckles] Okay, that was kinda funny.
  • From a Sonic Unleashed playthrough by Hellfire Commentaries:
    NTom: What's a moray?
    FTA: When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that's a moray.
    NTom: [clapping] Well done, that is actually well deserved.
  • From the Rifftrax of 300, the guys let out a barrage of Punctuated! For! Emphasis! jokes with Bill ending thus:
    Bill: When he sits down to meal of juice, toast, milk, and Trix cereal—
    Mike: Uh oh, where's he going with this?
    Bill: And he looks at his bowl of Trix and he says "THIS! IS! SPART OF A BALANCED BREAKFAST!"
    Kevin: Wow!
    Mike: Wow, you pulled it out! Nicely done.
  • At the end of the first season of commodoreHUSTLE, the villain Geoff, who's determined to ruin LoadingReadyRun because of their comedy's reliance on the Groin Attack, is kicked in the balls by Paul's ball-kicking robot, Mr. Ballsmotron. As he collapses, he says "That... was actually pretty funny."
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Subverted when Frieza makes a Double Entendre pun while handing out a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Nail. Nail starts to chuckle, and Frieza assumes this trope is in effect. Then Nail tells him the real reason he's laughing: because Nail suckered Frieza into wasting time while a plan by the good guys to use the dragonballs and thwart Frieza was being played out.
    • Nail is good with this trope. Such as the time he and Piccolo are trying to think up a better attack name than "Special Beam Cannon".
      Piccolo: "Rail Beam"!
      Nail: "Nail Gun"?
      Piccolo: Shit, that's good...
    • In the second version of Dead Zone Abridged, Evil Overlord Garlic Jr. has this reaction crossed with Dumbass Has a Point twice to things that his mook Ginger says.
      Garlic Jr.: Got to say I'm sort of impressed. How'd you find them [the dragon balls] so fast?
      Ginger: Prize in a high stakes poker game.
      Garlic Jr.: Wow. Never thought you had a poker face.
      Ginger: Never said I played!
      Garlic Jr.: Once again, fair enough.
    • Goes into downright meta levels when the voice actors from the original dub of DBZ met with Team Four Star and outright thanked them for what they did. Apparently, they had wanted to rip the cheesy dub apart for years, but never could due to their contracts.
    • Then there's semi-perfect Cell's response to Vegeta's understandable confusion when he literally speaks out of his ass.
      Vegeta: Did... did you just talk out of your ass?
      Cell: Well, to be fair, Vegeta, you are part of my DNA.
      Vegeta: Oh, that is the closest thing to damage you've done since I got here.
    • Vegeta again in response to a quip by Future Trunks:
      Vegeta: Boy, do not make me come up there and be a parent!
      Trunks: First time for everything!
      Vegeta: Oh-ho-ho!
  • This exchange during the confrontation between Alucard and the Dandy Man in Hellsing Abridged:
    Alhambra: I may or may not have fed a lie to the local policia that in return for your capture, I would give them immortality.
    Alucard: And they fucking bought that?
    Alhambra: Like discount peixe.
    Alucard: (legitimately amused) You cheeky dick-waffle!
  • Nash of What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? occasionally has this reaction to a particularly clever pun in the news articles he reads, despite hating them in principle.
    • Tara once told a story about her father's wake where her niece asked why only the top of the casket was open. Her response was "Oh, because Grandpa's not wearing any pants." Her mother found this hilarious.
    • In Nash's review of Castrovalva, he has this reaction to Tegan's snark comparing the Zero Room, "an isolated space cut off from the rest of the universe", to Brisbane. He then asks what a "Brisbane" is.
    • In his review of Robot his reaction to the scene where the Doctor gets the Brigadier to admit that he doesn't think foreigners can be trusted.
  • Blogger Beware: In the "Night of the Living Dummy" review, Troy admitted the joke about Russian and Yugoslavian songs was pretty funny.
  • While Todd in the Shadows spends around a quarter of an hour reiterating that LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" is not funny, but does admit during the end credits that the gag where the lead singer tears off his speedo to reveal another speedo underneath it was funny.
  • Not Always Learning:
    • This student doodled cartoons making fun of his super-serious professor all semester, throwing them out after each class. At the end of the semester, the professor took the student aside and showed him that he'd salvaged all the cartoons.
      Also... I enjoyed these.
    • A precocious kindergartener got bored reading "Dick and Jane", and convinced his classmates that Spot had rabies. The teacher and the principal both thought it was hilarious.
    • "I guess that is technically correct. Full credit for that answer."
    • This teacher's assistant once answered the phone using "Captain Redbeard's room", referring to the teacher who, true to the name, had a red beard and was once the captain of the football team. Given the reaction of the teacher's assistant to the caller, it's implied that the caller was the teacher himself (certainly someone she didn't want to hear that), and the laughter on the line — and the fact that the staff called the teacher "Captain Redbeard" for the rest of the year — further implies this trope.
    • This law teacher made and used an exam using the students' names for Dumb Crooks or other silly situations, as a way to vent stress from putting up with them in class. The students loved it.
    • This student's goofy ad-lib during a rehearsal was used in the performance, according to the last line.
    • "Oh, my God, that's a lot of rabbits!"
  • In The Blockbuster Buster, ERod has admitted several jokes in the films he's reviewed are pretty funny. In The Shaggy Dog, it was when David knocks the grandmother into the tree; in The Country Bears, it was the "am I adpoted?" joke; and in Josie and the Pussycats, it was the "CD cover" gag.
  • On Death Battle during The Joker's fight against Needles Kane, Joker has his own car blown up, jumps into and gets knocked out of Needles... and then the Sweet Tooth turns into a mecha!
    Joker: Okay, that's... funny.
  • There are actually a few people who have looked at pages in Encyclopedia Dramatica and actually thought they were kind of funny, despite the other 90% of the site being flame bait. Their page on Madagascar is often considered rather humorous, mostly because it avoids racism (for the most part) and plays off of the SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING meme.
  • In the Musical Hell review of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Diva admits that having the Dirty Old Man villain singing "When I'm Sixty-Four" is a rather clever twist on the song.
  • Kyle Kallgren of Brows Held High had this reaction to a joke in Shortbus about one of the characters claiming to use menstrual blood in her avant garde performances after the punchline was revealed: "It's a period piece." Likewise, he admitted that Tromeo and Juliet's twist on the "see how she rest her cheek upon her hand" (specifically, the cheek in question was her butt) was clever. Brad, however, wasn't amused.
  • In a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver video, John made fun of Pom Wonderful juice and said it should be used for "pomegranate enemas." The Pom Wonderful company thought this was funny and sent him a cooler of juice and a letter that said: "What you do with it is your own business." John in return thought their reply was quite funny as well and corpsed reading on the show.
  • Jayuzumi runs into this a lot. Some of the players he runs into while getting annoyed at the soundboards, in general, will acknowledge if he does a good joke, even if they're the butt of it.
    • During "Homer Simpson Plays COD Ghosts", viewable here:
      Other player: You might possibly have too much time on your hands. You might want to get a girlfriend.
      Homer Simpson: Yes, master!
      Other player: (starts laughing)
    • In "Jay from Inbetweeners Plays Modern Warfare 3", viewable here, a player calls in a care package and goes into a corner to make sure he doesn't get crushed by it. Jay immediately rams him in and gets joined by another player, causing all three to be crushed. The player who loses his care package and dies is laughing like a hyena, as opposed to raging as you'd expect.
  • In 2014, CollegeHumor put out this video, which parodies the Furry Fandom with an over-the-top cartoon show called "Furry Force." Many genuine furries posted comments on the video about how funny and accurate it was, with a few offering suggestions about how to make it even truer to their fandom. The best part? The writers listened and produced this sequel which incorporates those suggestions. In that case, several more furries posted about their love for the parody.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall:
    • One of Linkara's "Top 15 Worst Moments of Countdown" entries was when evil Mary Marvel used Kyle Rayner to beat Donna Troy. He admits that this scene did make him laugh, but in context, it's too silly, harming one's ability to see Mary as either a credible threat or a sympathetic character in need of redemption.
    • During his review of Ultimatum #1-2:
      Thing: "Hey, can you tell me what the Hell is going on in twenty-five words or less?"
      Mr. Fantastic: "I don't know!"
      Thing: "Ya did it in three. Didn't think ya had it in ya."
      Linkara: "Hey, another legitimately funny line. It almost distracted me from the widespread death and destruction."
    • In his review of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four: Brain Drain, while the comic is bad enough for him to have a literal Heroic BSoD, there's one line that he did like.
      Teacher: Oh Doomsie, gaze upon my radiant beauty and despair!
      Linkara: [hysterical laughter] Okay, that just made this whole thing worth it!
  • Arby 'n' the Chief's infamous "Wedding" episode ends with Arbiter and Master Chief crashing an online wedding between two Xbox-Live Players. The Calm, Mature Arbiter's dialogue with the Juvenile Master Chief after doing so goes like:
    Arbiter: What the hell was that?!
    Arbiter: I can't believe you.


    Arbiter: You know, that actually WAS kinda funny.


    Arbiter: ... you wanna do it again?
    Master Chief: DAYUM RITE SOOON
    Arbiter and Chief high-five.
  • In one of Team Four Star's Dragon Ball Xenoverse videos, Lanipator and Kirran try to prank KaiserNeko by telling him "If your hand is bigger than your face, you have cancer"note . Kaiser refuses to fall for it, quipping "How about you check me for prostate cancer?"; Kirran responds "Fuck you! That was a good one."
  • In Anna Akana's "Over my dead body", after she learns that the expression dates back to at least the 1800s, she decides to look up what passed as a joke back then. She finds one amusing Pun-centric anecdote, which she acts out for the viewers.
    Boy: "Mother, it strikes me that you are very lazy just now."
    Mother: (gasps) "How dare you say so! Why? Don't you see I'm making bread?"
    Boy: "True, but that is neither more nor less than loafing!"
    Narrator: "The juvenile prankster got no hotcakes several days thereafter. The mother is slowly recovering."
    (cut back to modern day)
    Anna Akanas: "That was pretty good." "Yeah, for 200 years old, that's not that bad. I'm sure that's, like, comedy gold back in the day."
  • It's not uncommon for CinemaSins to remove sins for genuinely good or funny moments, but the GIRL scene from Inside Out gets nothing but near hysterical laughter followed by one sin removed. The scene of Miles on the ledge of the building with triumphant music cutting to him silently walking down the stairs in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse got similar treatment.
  • In Movie Rehab Sag admits that he found the line "Mom it's Mars." from Mars Needs Moms to be kind of amusing.
  • Doug Walker (done As Himself rather than as the Nostalgia Critic)
    • In his review of Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World, he struggles to find any redeeming qualities in the video. Eventually, he admits that two of Lumiere's lines during his and Fifi's runaway sleigh ride sounded witty.
      Fifi: What shall we do?
      Lumiere: There is only one thing to do. We must scream like bloodless cowards.
      (They do.)
      (Later, the couple and their sleigh fall off a ledge, but get caught on a branch above a pit)
      Belle: Hold on, Lumiere!
      Lumiere: Considering the options, I have no intention of doing otherwise.
    • Doug's Disneycember 2017 series of Disney Channel Original Movie reviews also have several examples. Among others, his Twitches reviews admit that stars Tia and Tamera Mowry have good comedic timing if one can get past their overdone attempts to act cute. (He also applied this compliment to the twins' TV show, Sister, Sister.)
  • Whenever BlastphamousHD watches a "BlastphamousHD Roast" video, at least one joke will have him cracking up.
  • This video of a prankster, posing as a FedEx employee, convincing a Saudi Arabian man that his iPhone's shipment was stolen by looters. note  First comes a long runaround meant to annoy the victim, including transferring him back to the same person when he asks to speak to a manager and calling him "habibi," the Arabic equivalent of "honey/sweetheart." Finally:
    Victim: Put yourself in my place, you spend almost $2,000 to ship an iPhone as a gift... and it's late. What would you do?
    Prankster: Yeah, I would be upset, but then I would realize, oh shit! I'm from Saudi Arabia! I can buy another one.
    Victim: Heh heh heh.
  • During The World Cup in 2014, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard had a record-breaking 15 saves, leading a Wiki Vandal to make him United States Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia. The Other Wiki's founder was amused.
  • Episode 15 of Critical Role Season 2 has Beauregard describe her staff as a simple tool, prompting Mollymauk to ask if "simple tool" is her new nickname.
    Beau: You know what? I'll take that, that's fair, that was a good one.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd:
    • When playing The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World he admits the ghost with Waylon Smithers' face is actually pretty funny.
    • As much as he utterly despises The Three Stooges game on the NES, he admits that the Ghostbusters II fake title screen is actually pretty clever, charming, and funny:
      Nerd: What? Ghostbusters 2?
      Curly: Hey fellas! We're in the wrong game!
      Larry: Hey! this looks like a kid's game!
      Nerd: Now that's funny!
      Moe: You imbeciles! (Smack)
  • Normally, Twitch streamer Kitboga will call a phone scammer, waste their time for a while, reveal the scambait to the scammer, and try to chat with them for a bit. On one stream after a reveal, Kit stuck around and told jokes to the scammer he had on the phone at the time. The scammer had a pretty quick response to one, which Kit laughed at and admitted was pretty clever.
    Kit: Is your name wi-fi? Because I'm feeling a connection here.
    Scammer: No.
    Kit: Oh, okay.
    Scammer: I'm not the wi-fi, I'm the hotspot.
    Kit: [beat] Oh, oh! Are you saying that — *laughs* Wow, you know what? That's not a bad one! Wow. You're quicker on your feet than I expected.
  • Folding Ideas: During Dan's three-video-long autopsy of the Fifty Shades of Grey film series, he takes the time to point out the films' few deliberate attempts at comedy, since they're usually the only pieces of writing in the franchise that actually... well, work. Of note, he laughs at the scene where a drunk Ana is mocking Christian's Tsunderenote  behavior, and at another scene later where Ana has to do a Verbal Backspace after being a little ''too'' quick to offer something to restrain a home intruder.
  • SCP Foundation: During the Ethics Committee Orientation, the interviewer tells a joke at the Ethics Committee's own expense, and brushes off the interviewee laughing by explaining that they're "supposed to laugh". Turns out they encourage the jokes and subsequent stereotype that the Ethics Committee is useless so Foundation personnel don't catch on that the Ethics Committee is technically more powerful than the O5.
  • In Farce of the Three Kingdoms, Cao Cao finds Chen Lin's anti-Cao Cao propaganda hilarious after his initial shop, and ends up giving the man a job.
  • Shipwrecked Comedy's music video "Bertha's Attic Song" ends with Jane Eyre admitting that the picture Bertha did of her is pretty good, and then subscribing to the channel.
  • JonTron uploaded "Dr Ho: License to Practice", which had a joke about him as the hunchback of Notre Dame, on the exact same day as the Notre Dame Cathedreal fire. With that came a slew of memes blaming him for the fire, which he found hilarious.
    Jon: This gothic-ass building has been STANDING IN FRANCE for like, one thousand years, but it's gotta come down TODAY, when I'm uploading a Notre Dame joke, of which how many of them out there are there?

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!:
    • In one episode, there's a running gag with a busboy who says "It was kinda funny" after someone says Dude, Not Funny!
    • In another episode, after Steve takes the last cookie, Roger pranks him by making him think that he's adopted and that he was really a child who went missing at a boat show years ago. He destroys all the baby photos of Steve and get him to put on a blonde wig and a sailor suit to go and meet his "birth parents." Upon realizing the truth, Steve admits that he legitimately thinks that it was a totally hilarious prank.
  • On Arthur, in "Pageant Problems" D.W. tricks Arthur into performing as the chimp for a two-person poem she wrote for her preschool's pageant by pretending that none of her friends or classmates would agree to perform the poem for her. Afterward, Arthur talks with her classmates, who loved his performance and says that he bets they wished they hadn't refused her offer and nobody has any idea what he's talking about. His friends rib him for being tricked by D.W. He says he's going to get her back, but Francine says that D.W. is just too smart. He admits the whole thing was pretty funny and they crack each other up acting like chimps.
  • Archer:
    • The mainframe is infected with a virus that shuts down all the computers. And displays an animation of a cartoon pirate with a catchy tune.
      Archer: (bursts out laughing)
      Malory: You think this is funny?
      Archer: Do you not?
    • And in "White Nights":
      Malory: Go see Krieger this instant!
      Archer: I don't need a doctor, mother. Katya doesn't have VD.
      Malory: You haven't had sex with her?
      Archer: (sarcastically) Oh, ha ha. For your— (beat) That was pretty good.
    • When Cyril shows up to rescue everyone in a tank, Pam calls him "Michael Du-cockless." Cyril laughs, as did everyone else but Archer, who was furious that Pam said it before he could — though that might have been what Cyril was laughing at.
    • Pam gives Archer a pretty aggravated tirade for basically stowing her in a space cargo hold for sex purposes, but can't help laughing and saying "Nice!" when he refers to Katya as "R-2-Double-D-2".
    • In "The Papal Chase," Archer finds himself riding on top of a speeding car and shouting commands while holding a lit lighter:
      Archer: Lana, head toward Swiss Guard HQ!
      Lana: What, while you request "Free Bird?"
      Archer: (laughs sarcastically) Actually, that was pretty good — for you, at least…
    • Pam does it to herself, oddly enough, in "A Going Concern." Freshly returned from a Noodle Incident that got her deported from Jamaica, she spends the episode immersing herself in Rasta culture. When Archer tries and fails to think of a clever insult, she sportingly supplies one, chuckling at it as Archer walks away.
      Archer: God, would you give it a rest, uh... damn, I had something for this.
      Pam: Blob Marley. [beat] Heh.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • In a season 1 episode, Katara, then a novice but potentially powerful waterbender who is frustrated that she can't master the art faster, wants to buy an instructional scroll on waterbending from a pirate captain. The captain sets a very high price on the scroll: 200 gold pieces. Aang privately tells Katara that pirates love haggling over prices, and takes over negotiating for the scroll. He makes his offer to the pirate: a single copper piece. The pirate is truly amused by the sheer audacity and Aang's chutzpah, and genuinely laughs at the whole situation. When Aang makes a second offer of two copper pieces, however, the pirate is no longer so amused, saying a joke isn't as funny if you repeat it.
    • In a season 2 episode, Aang can't help but laugh at a beginning of a Mêlée à Trois when Zuko's sister calls him by his Embarrassing Nickname, "Zuzu".
  • On the PBS version of The Berenstain Bears, once they get over the initial shock, this is Mama and Papa's reaction to the "Trouble with Grownups" play. With the idea that turnabout is fair play when Mama and Papa dress up as the cubs.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • In "Crawlspace", Bob has been complaining about Linda's nagging by calling her "Nagatha Christie". He later apologizes... saying he should have thought of something more clever, like "Secretary of Nagriculture", which gets a laugh out of Linda and her father and makes Linda admit "that was a good one."
    • In "The Belchies", when Bob and Linda discover Tina's diary entry that details how she, Gene and Louise snuck off to the abandoned taffy factory, there's an unrelated aside that states, "Also, if boys had uteruses, they'd be called 'duderuses'", which, despite their worries about their kids, Bob gets a chuckle out of.
  • In the Netflix series Castlevania (2017), Trevor (who is born from a long lineage of Vampire Hunters) and Alucard (being Dracula's son) frequently trade barbs and threats with one another, but do have their moments when they make one another laugh.
    Alucard: I'm disturbed to find that I had more of a childhood than you did.
    Trevor: And your dad's fucking Dracula!
    [both laugh]
  • In Central Park, Season 1 "Dog Spray Afternoon", when Cole shows Helen a new trick he taught Shampagne, placing a stick on his nose to make it look like he has a mustache, Helen almost smiles at it until she goes back to being serious. This moment is what changed her mind about killing Shampagne.
  • From Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • In the climax of "Operation: T.H.E.S.H.O.G.U.N.", Numbuh Four bursts into Shogun Roquefort's throne room, only to find the villain sprawled out on the floor, Numbuh Two having defeated him already. Numbuh Two apparently has made a Face–Heel Turn, and starts to threaten Numbuh Four. Numbuh Four nervously starts to plead with his friend, saying he'll fight him if he has to... And then Numbuh Two bursts out laughing, saying he couldn't believe Numbuh Four actually believed him. Then Roquefort chuckles, and says, "You gotta admit, that was kinda funny...". Numbuh Four is not amused, as he crowns Roquefort on the head with a loose chunk of cheese, knocking him out.
    • In "Operation: B.U.T.T." after Numbuh One quits the team (for no apparent reason) his teammates are upset, confused, and in Numbuh Three's case, crying. Then they find out that the reason was that the Delightful Children from Down the Lane had blackmailed him, threatening to put a photograph of his bare behind in the school paper. All of a sudden, they started to get the giggles, and Numbuh Two started making all sorts of jokes about a big butt, until Numbuh Five (who was usually the first one to call him out for his bad jokes) burst out laughing. (They got over it in time to help him fight the villains later, however.)
  • One episode of Disenchantment has Luci and Elfo become roommates, with Luci being (unsurprisingly) a terrible person to live with. When Elfo demands some say in how the house is run due to being his roommate and Luci responds with "Then get out of my room, mate", Elfo can't help but admit it was a funny and clever response.
  • In one episode, Doug finds himself in hot water with Assistant Principal, Mr. Bone, when the school paper runs a cartoon that he drew making fun of the Mystery Meat in the school cafeteria, and he actually bans the paper. The whole thing ends up getting defused in the end when the principal calls Mr. Bone saying he saw the cartoon and thought it was really funny.
  • In "Emmy's Dream House" from Dragon Tales, Emmy is bossing everyone around when it comes to building the treehouse. Zak and Wheezie try to theme the steps in black and white like a piano, but she dumps red paint on them and it also gets on Zak and Wheezie's toes. Wheezie tells her that they didn't like the way she re-painted their steps. "Or our toenails!" comments Zak, lifting his foot, though Wheezie comments "Actually, I thought the toenails were kinda pretty."
  • On one episode of Family Guy, two mob thugs come to beat up Joe Swanson, bringing a message from their boss that if he doesn't pay his debt to them, he'll make Joe into a "Swanson frozen dinner." Joe can't help chuckling a little at that.
  • In "Franklin and the Mooseratops" from Franklin and Friends, Mr. Fox can't help but chuckle at one point at Franklin and Bear's antics as mooseratops (wearing branches on their heads as antlers), even though everyone's getting a bit annoyed with him and neither he nor Mr. Owl really want to encourage them.
  • Futurama:
    • Leo Wong tells the story of how the Native Martians were "scammed" out of most of the planet by trading it for a single bead. Leela chastises the group for laughing at the story, despite admitting that it is funny.
    • In the revival episode "Saturday Morning Fun Pit", Richard Nixon's head plays censorship-happy Media Watchdog to a G.I. Joe parody, but comments that their Nebulous Evil Organisation "ACRONYM", "A Criminal Regiment Of Nasty Young Men", is "clever" and doesn't change anything about it.
    • In "The Inhuman Torch," Leela, Fry and Bender have to rescue several miners who are trapped in a helium mine. Bender takes advantage of their Helium Speech by suggesting that they sing "Camptown Races" to keep their spirits up. Even Leela can't hide her laughter.
  • An episode of Hey Arnold! had Gerald get his tonsils removed. Before, he had an amazing tenor singing voice, given a role to sing the ending lyric of "Moonlight Bay". After his voice is so raspy and baritone that, during rehearsal, it distracts the other kids and gets them all hysterical. Mr. Simmons tries to calm them down saying "It wasn't that funny," but then admitted, "OK, it was... pretty funny." To his credit, he tried to look serious and understanding the whole time.
  • House of Mouse: Pete seems to have developed this regarding his and Mickey's interactions. After watching an episode of himself and Mickey racing up a mountain that involved him constantly getting hurt (including being repeatedly mauled by a polar bear) he is seen laughing at it and calling it "delightfully entertaining".
  • Gaz from Invader Zim is usually disdainful of her brother's obsession with Zim, but in one episode when Zim is sent into absolute hysterics after Dib hits him with a muffin (which she had initially dubbed "horrible") she snickers and comments that "Actually, that was kind of funny."
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, when Mrs. Gerkin launches into an Evil Laugh over her Zombie Apocalypse, Jimmy asks what's so funny. She points to two of the zombies who keep running into each other. Jimmy admits he's amused.
  • In Littlest Pet Shop (2012), episode "Frenemies", Zoe and Pepper get competitive each planning a different party for Penny Ling. When Pepper explains her clown rodeo party plan, she includes a moment where Zoe would get hit with pies, then she admits she's just kidding (or is she?). Then Zoe explains her tea party plan, and has her comeback:
    Zoe: And last but not least, there'll be a dunked skunk dunking booth with Pepper at the dunking tank.
    Pepper: WHAT?! What does a dunking booth have to do with a tea party?
    Zoe: Nothing. I just want to see you get dunked.
    Pepper: Well, that is— heh, it's kinda funny, actually.
  • Zigzagged in the Looney Tunes episode ''Robin Hood Daffy". After getting angry at Porky for laughing at his expense, Daffy starts laughing too for a few seconds... But then he gets angry again and says, "Aw, knock it off! How jolly can you get?"
  • M.A.S.K.:
    • At the end of the episode "Mystery of the Rings", after Scott Trakker is chewed out by his father Matt for disobeying him and is told that he'll be grounded, Scott's robot friend T-Bob asks to take Scott's picture because it may be the last time they see Scott smile for a while. T-Bob's statement gets a chuckle out of Matt.
    • In "Bad Vibrations", Gloria Baker asks Scott how he cleaned the ice cream off of T-Bob after he got covered in it while M.A.S.K. was looking for the last of Julian Long's vibration bombs. Scott hesitates before sheepishly answering that he didn't like seeing all the ice cream on T-Bob go to waste, so he ate it. After Matt Trakker and the other members of M.A.S.K. laugh, Scott eventually starts laughing with them.
  • From Milo Murphy's Law:
    Lieutenant Tennant: (mumbling, mockingly) I'm Colonel Niblet, I have to stop everything just so I can...
    (stops as Colonel Niblet walks on-screen)
    Colonel Niblet: ... actually, that was pretty good. It sounded just like me. (leaves)
    Lieutenant Tennant: (mumbling, mockingly) Actually, that was pretty good. It sounded just like me.
  • On an episode of Mission Hill, Kevin French is brought to the principal's office for using the word "douchebag" in class, which is such awful profanity that the principal is too polite to say it out loud and instead writes it down on a piece of paper. Kevin and his older brother, Andy both crack up immediately when they see how the word's written all neatly and in cursive. Cursive, people. This fits as a written version of Sophisticated as Hell: profanity written in a formal, polite style. And yes, it was actually very funny.
    I'm sorry, I've just never seen it written so neatly.
  • Motorcity: When Chuck is hanging around his crush Claire, who won't give him the time of day, he refers to his cyborg story as "cyboring." Claire manages a chuckle then tries to hide it sheepishly.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Discord makes Pinkie Pie laugh by doing a little dance on the head of an image of Twilight Sparkle. The fans certainly found that animation amusing.
    • In the episode "Baby Cakes", Pinkie Pie becomes the victim of a running gag. The only way the foals she's babysitting will quiet down is if flour gets dumped on her (in one case while she was soaking wet). At the episode's end, the foals do the flour gag to themselves to cheer up Pinkie. She admits they were right, that is funny.
    • In an earlier episode, "Griffon the Brush Off", Pinkie applies this to her love of pranks by pranking ponies in such a way that it evokes this reaction. She won't pull a prank on someone who's sensitive enough to take even a harmless prank seriously, which is why she aborts a prank when Fluttershy winds up the one it would have hit.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2", Tirek admits Discord's stained glass window of the two of them (Depicting one holding a gleaming sword and the other holding a baguette) is quite amusing.
    • When Discord attempts stand-up comedy at the Grand Galloping Gala, he bombs spectacularly. Except with one joke he makes about Twilight's bad flying. No one laughs and Twilight gives an angry "hey!" — but Celestia giggles at the joke.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • In "The Mane Event," Blossom goes into seclusion after Buttercup and Bubbles butcher her hair just as a multi-eyed monster is rampaging Townsville. The Professor convinces Blossom to laugh along with everyone, and it works for her, as the Monster is laughing so hard that its eyes are all shut, giving the girls the chance to knock it into space. And Blossom gets the last laugh on her sisters at the end.
    • Similarly in "A Made Up Story," Blossom is the only denizen of Townsville who had not fallen victim to Mask-Scara's reign of defacing people and signs with cosmetics... up until the end, when she falls victim to a Humiliation Conga and now everyone is laughing at her.
  • Used on Quack Pack in the episode "Shrunken Heroes". Donald Duck plays a prank on his and Daisy's egotistical boss Kent Powers by replacing his bug spray with maple syrup, causing Kent to attract bugs instead of making them go away. Daisy's response is to say "You didn't" in a somewhat disapproving tone before bursting into laughter.
  • Recess:
    • Spinelli accidentally calls Ms. Grotke "Mama" in the middle of the playground. The other kids immediately burst out laughing. Her friends try to hold back for a few seconds but they burst out laughing with everyone else. Next up is Ms. Finster who orders everyone to stop laughing on the megaphone — but she cracks within seconds too.
    • In another episode, Miss Grotke assigns the kids a project on Ancient Civilizations.
      TJ: Ancient Civilizations? You mean like back when Finster was a kid?
      Miss Grotke: We're talking about thousands of years ago, TJ... not hundreds (chuckles).
  • In an episode of The Real Ghostbusters, Peter is captured by the ghost of Casey Jones and forced to stoke a train's furnace with coal. The only thing the ghost ever says to Peter is "More coal!". Peter finally decides to make the most of the experience and starts singing "Sixteen Tons" as he shovels coal. The ghost looks back at him and smiles. (This is also clever foreshadowing that the ghost isn't evil.)
  • In "What's the Time, Hickory?" from Rhyme Time Town, time keeps rapidly switching between day and night. Daisy and Cole tell Dish and Spoon they're going to go talk to Hickory to find out what's going on. Dish says to tell him that if it's some kind of joke, then it's not funny. Spoon, however, giggles and says that it is a bit funny.
  • In Rick and Morty, though Rick normally is either completely disinterested in what Morty says or outright mocks him for it, it absolutely kills him when Morty calls the president "Commander-in-Queef."
  • Rocket Power had one episode wherein Sammy made a game that made him into The Ace and made his friends look like total dorks (Aside from Reggie). While the kids get offended at their portrayals, they giggle at a game over being "You have been trapped in one of Rumando's boring sixties flashbacks", and laugh at a Tito expy giving some vague "Ancient Hawaiian saying" (Even Ray laughed at that one). Tito thought it was funny (aside from that one part), and by the end, the characters learn to laugh at their hilarious portrayals.
  • In an episode of Sabrina: The Animated Series, Sabrina gets her wisdom teeth removed by magic with the result that she starts being brutally honest to everyone around her. In one scene, Sabrina responds to one of Gem's insults with "Oh, real funny, Gem! ... actually, it was pretty funny."
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Cape Feare", Marge scolds Bart for somehow tattooing "Wide load" on Homer's rear but then chuckles at it behind his back.
    • She's also done this when Flanders poured his heart out in a letter to Homer. She insisted they take the letter seriously and then left the room to snicker.
    • During a parole hearing, Chief Wiggum is forced to admit this about one of Sideshow Bob's remarks, after finally getting the joke.
      Wiggum: Sideshow Bob has no decency! He called me "Chief Piggum!"
      [entire courtroom laughs]
      Wiggum: Ha ha, oh, now I get it. Ha, that's good.
    • In "Deep Space Homer", Marge chastises Bart for writing on the back of Homer's head, but when Homer turns and inadvertently shows her the message ("Insert Brain Here"), she has to hold back her laughter, and actually does laugh when Homer frantically tries to see it, resulting in him spinning on the floor Curly-style.
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror IX" segment "Hell Toupee", Chief Wiggum 'kills' Homer's homicidal toupee:
      Chief Wiggum: Now, that's what I call a bad hair day!
      [general laughter]
      Marge: May I remind you that two people are dead? Oh, wait, I just got it! [laughs]
    • In "Sideshow Bob Roberts", during Sideshow Bob's campaign for Mayor, Bart has this reaction to Bob's suggestion that "Councilman Les Whinen should do more thinking and less whinin'!" despite knowing that Les Whinen doesn't exist.
    • Happens at the end of "Itchy & Scratchy Land", Lisa lobs her shoe at Bart's head to prove to Marge that violence is funny when it's not happening to you. Marge does find it funny but sends Lisa to her room.
    • In "Itchy and Scratchy and Marge", Marge is watching one of the kids' cartoons after it supposedly leads Maggie to attack Homer with a hammer. She is left in disgust by the violence, while Homer, despite still suffering from head injuries, is tittering quietly to himself. After she issues a complaint to the studios, they respond by making a squirrel caricature of her being killed by the stars, leaving Homer in hysterics.
    • In "Lisa's Date With Destiny", after the "H" on Superintendent Chalmers' new Honda is stolen, the students are gathered in the hallway; Nelson, Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney are snickering to each other:
      Skinner: Oh, I suppose you think this stolen 'H' business is funny, do you? I'll tell you something that's not so funny. Right now Superintendent Chalmers is at home crying like a little girl!
      (ALL the students laugh.)
      Skinner: Well, (chuckles slightly) I guess it's a little funny... Nonetheless, I will get to the bottom of this!
    • In the intro to "Treehouse of Horror VIII", the Fox Censor is seen hard at work on a script for The Simpsons, episode 5F02 (that very episode). As he comes to each line that he decides to remove, he says "No" and crosses the offending line out. Then he reads part of it that he seems to find very funny — it makes him laugh out loud for a few seconds — but then he quickly regains his composure and crosses it out too, saying "No" again.
    • In "Dead Putting Society", Homer and Ned Flanders hold a bet over their sons' mini-golf tournament. Bart and Todd declare it a draw but due to Exact Words (Ned preferred the terminology "the father of the boy who doesn't win" instead of "loses"), they both end up having to mow the other's lawn while wearing their wife's best Sunday dress. Homer goes along with it because he thinks it'll humiliate Flanders, but Ned ends up having fun, saying it reminds him of his college days.
    • In "New Kids on the Blecch", when Bart, Milhous, Nelson and Ralph start a boy band, the band’s manager, L.T. Smash goes to New York to destroy MAD upon finding out they’re going to be mocked in a upcoming issue. In the end, when boys find out, they’re all upset because they they loved the idea of being made fun of by Mad.
  • South Park:
    • In one exchange:
      Stan: Come on, fatass, we have to go!
      Cartman: Ay! Don't call me fat!
      [Cartman's mom laughs]
      Cartman: Mom, don't laugh!
      Cartman's Mom: I'm sorry, hun'.
      Cartman: I can't go with you guys now.
      Stan: Yes you can, Porky.
      [Cartman's mom laughs harder]
      Cartman: Mom, seriously!
      Cartman's Mom: That's not funny, boys. Eric's not fat, he's big-boned.
      Kyle: He must have a huge bone in his ass then!
      [Cartman's mom laughs hysterically]
      Cartman: GOD DAMN IT, MOM!
    • From "Imaginationland Part 1": "Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but the son-of-a-bitch knows story structure!" (After their previous portrayal of Mel, very sporting indeed.)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • One episode has Karen show Plankton a montage of all his humiliating defeats by Krabs. The last one, where Plankton is left a blubbering wreck after Krabs can't even be bothered with him, always cracks her up.
    • In the episode "April Fools", this is how each customer, in turn, reacts to SpongeBob's harmless japes, culminating in one of the show's most memorable scenes:
      SpongeBob: April Fools'!
      Customer: *angrily grabbing SpongeBob's shirt* WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY DRINK?!!
      SpongeBob: *trying not to laugh*' I... I...
      Customer: YOU WHAT?!!
      SpongeBob: You asked for a couple of ice cubes in your drink, and I only put in one!
      Customer: I guess that is pretty funny. [chuckles and walks away]
    • In "The Chaperone", after SpongeBob triggers a Disaster Dominoes at Pearl's prom, Pearl gets upset at him for ruining everything, but cools off after an ashamed SpongeBob gets even more upset and runs away crying. While trying to lure SpongeBob back for another dance, Pearl admits, "Actually, it was kinda funny when that hot dog landed in Judy's hair".
  • Steven Universe:
    • In "Island Adventure", after Steven's first time activating a Warp Pad, shapeshifter Amethyst screams, having transformed into a giant fly, much to Steven's horror. Afterward, the following exchange occurs:
      Pearl: Amethyst, that wasn't funny!
      Garnet: Eh, it was a little funny.
      Pearl: Regardless...
    • In "Gem Harvest", the Gems are trying to butter up to Greg's cousin Andy. In the interest of "combining as many celebrations in the human lifespan" as possible, the Gems bring a wedding cake, a balloon for a baby shower, and a tombstone with Andy's name on it to the family dinner. Andy looks annoyed and baffled at all this before busting out laughing.
  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • Raven actually finds Robin's "Uncle Jokes" from the titular episode to be funny.
    • Robin's ventriloquist act in "Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star" has Robin mocking the Justice League members who are the judges through a dummy of himself. The judges find the jokes so hilarious that Robin is admitted to the final round.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • In "Dirty Work", Diesel spreads insulting stories about the other engines to try and frame Duck. When Gordon, James, and Henry confront Duck about calling them "a galloping sausage", "rusty red scrap iron", and "old square wheels", respectively, Duck simply tells The Fat Controller that the names are so fitting he only wishes he could take the credit. The Fat Controller himself almost chokes, trying not to laugh.
    • "Donald's Duck": a tiff between Duck and Donald starts a playful prank war between the railwaymen. First Duck's crew leaves a duckling in Donald's tender — and the amused crew keeps her around as a sort of pet. Then Donald's crew leaves an egg under Duck's bunker at night, and Donald insists he laid it. This is enough to make Duck laugh and tell Donald he's won.
  • Inverted and then invoked in one Tom and Jerry cartoon, where Jerry writes a humorous book about his experiences with Tom. Tom is at first incredibly angry about it and the jokes the book makes at his expense... Until he learns that Jerry requested to share the rather large check from the publisher with him. Then he suddenly finds the book hilarious.
    • One episode has Jerry using an invisibility potion to terrorize Tom, culminating in shaving off much of his fur... just in time for the invisibility to run out, at which point Tom vengefully returns the favor. Then they look at themselves. The episode ends with both of them rolling in laughter.
    • Inversely invoked and then inverted in Jerry's Diary, where Tom laughs off the first incident described in the titular diary, but then becomes steamed as he reads about Jerry's other slights against him.
  • The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat had an episode called "The Punderground", where Felix ends up on an island called Mirthless. The king of Mirthless has outlawed puns, but is eventually tricked by Felix into making a pun on the phrase "cat got your tongue". When the king realizes that he just made a pun, he laughs hysterically and decides to repeal his law against puns.
  • Young Justice:
    • Batman shows Ollie and Dinah (who are dating) a video from the Cave's security footage. It shows Dinah having a sparring session with Superboy... and then suddenly making out with him. The two act horrified, and Dinah quickly says that that never happened, before the tape reveals that "Dinah" was actually Superboy's Shapeshifter girlfriend, M'gann, engaging in some kind of roleplaying game. Dinah is still understandably pissed, but Ollie finds it hilarious.
    • Season 2 has Sportsmaster and Cheshire go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to kill Black Manta and Aqualad as payback for killing Artemis. When Sportsmaster learns that the entire thing is a con meant to slip a pair of moles into Manta's organization which he also fell for, he finds it hilarious and even helps out:
    Sportsmaster: So you and Aqualad are playing Manta and The Light for chumps. Hah! I can live with that, Babygirl!

    Real Life 
  • The entire concept of roasts is based around this. If you're a witty enough comedian, you should be able to make even the target of your jokes laugh.
  • Likewise, jokers are said to have been the only people who could get away with insulting the king or queen. Even today it's considered bad form for a political leader to be unable to take a joke at their expense.
  • One of the police forces of Italy, the Carabinieri, is the butt of many jokes. Turns out, the Carabinieri have invented many of them, and have published an anthology of Carabinieri jokes. That said, telling them Carabinieri jokes when they're on duty still counts as offense.
  • During the 2016 occupation of an Oregon wildlife preservation facility by a pro-Second Amendment militia, the occupiers repeatedly asked for snacks and supplies from those who supported them. Instead, they were mailed sex toys, glitter, penis-shaped candles, and other such paraphernalia. John Ritzheimer filmed a video of him unboxing the "supplies" and while he did throw everything off of the table, he did remark that he found the Bag of Dicks (a bag of gummy penis-shaped candies) pretty hilarious.
  • This was George W. Bush's response when Vladimir Putin brushed off allegations of human rights abuses in Russia by referencing the fact that at least they didn't have Dick Cheney shooting people in their forests. Cheney himself said this more or less verbatim regarding Putin's comment, shortly after the infamous hunting accident that critical statements Cheney had made were "like a misaimed hunting shot."
  • During the final months of Barack Obama's presidency, Vice President Joe Biden became the subject of a number of memes depicting him coming up with pranks to play on the incoming administration. Biden thought it was hilarious.
  • This former white supremacist tells the story of a defiant black reverend who makes a joke that gets even the Ku Klux Klan to laugh, of all people. (Also counts as a Moment of Awesome and Badass Pacifist.) This happened when he and several KKK members surrounded the reverend to intimidate him while he was eating in a restaurant.
    I said "I promise you we're gonna do the same thing to you that you do to that chicken [dinner]. So you think real hard before you touch that chicken." So he looked at me and looked at the Klan, then he picked up the chicken and he kissed it... Even the Klan was laughin'! "You gotta admit, that was funny!"
  • Bill O'Reilly made a joke that the cover of Earth (The Book) features a picture of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The cover actually features Jon and a chimpanzee. Colbert liked it.
  • In the middle of the Enron debacle, which created power outages in California, Jeff Skilling, the CEO of the company, made a joke at a meeting: "What's the difference between California and the Titanic? At least when the Titanic went down, the lights were on."
  • During a monologue about his artificial right foot, Adam Hills talked about how his family would constantly crack jokes about it. The best came from his brother who broke up an argument between Adam and a (much shorter) friend by saying "You two are both the same — because you both need to grow a foot!" Adam commented, "Have you ever wanted to punch someone but couldn't because you were laughing too hard?"
  • Comedian/motivational speaker John Bytheway has a bit where he laments the lame jokes people make about his last name. He then tells a story where an airport security guy asked him if he was going to name his son "Owen", which actually got a chuckle out of him.
  • A man in Texas receives a $137 traffic ticket, and decides to pay it... with 137 single dollar bills, all of which are folded up into origami pigs and placed into two separate doughnut boxes. While the clerk at the police station was (initially) unamused, one of the officers there actually did find it rather amusing.
  • During the filming of Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick tricked George C. Scott, who intended to take a more subtle approach to his role of General Turgidson, into overplaying his character by assuring him that the cameras were off, and that only Kubrick and the rest of the cast and crew are the only people watching his over-the-top performances. Kubrick used those takes, leading to Scott swearing that he would not work with Kubrick again. Scott eventually saw this as one of his favorite performances and admired Kubrick for his genius behind the deception.
  • One group of German prisoners in an internment camp during World War II. They weren't allowed to have radios, but wanting to know how the war was going, they built a radio into the seat of a chair. The camp commander suspected they had a radio and had their rooms searched repeatedly. Each time, the commander came along to see that the search was done properly. Each time, the prisoners offered him a chair — the one with the radio in it. Each time, the chair wasn't searched, because the commander was sitting on it. After the war, one of the ex-prisoners told the commander how it was done; the commander apparently thought it was pretty funny.
  • Similarly to the John Bytheway example above, Tim Allen copped a lot of jokes when he was a kid resulting from his real full name — Timothy Allan Dick. Yes, you read that right. In Don't Stand Too Close To A Naked Man, he commented that most of the resultant jokes were terrible, except one time when he was telling a woman about it, and she came back with "Too bad you don't have a sister named Anita."
  • The general reaction to John McCain's quip during the 2013 government shutdown, in regard to Congress's approval rating, "We're down to blood relatives and paid staffers now." During a 2014 Letterman appearance, he said "After I made that comment, my mother called. Now it's just paid staffers". Even the biggest Democrats laughed.
  • During the 2013 NBA Draft, David Stern was booed mercilessly by the crowd. Being that it was his last draft, he encouraged the response and a couple times outright trolled the crowd. When he came up to announce Utah's pick, he said, "We've had to explain to our international audience that the boo is an American sign of respect." The crowd laughed and applauded in response to that joke.
  • Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the National Hockey League, is routinely boo'ed in any public appearance he makes, which started around 2004 after the lockdown resulted in that season not taking place and only intensifying since. However, Bettman himself seems to enjoy the boos. He joked that Vegas wasn't a true hockey city till they'd boo'ed him on-stage during the entry draft (which they then did) and he'll repeatedly "admonish" the crowd and demand they try again if their boos aren't loud enough. While not many hockey fans will have nice things to say about him as a commissioner, just about the entire NHL fanbase enjoys the booing back-and-forth he does.
  • Drew Droege is an actor who is known for making videos mocking Chloë Sevigny on the Internet. When Sevigny saw the videos she laughed hysterically.
  • If you browse the Twitter sites of current (or former) child stars from Disney Channel or Nickelodeon KidComs, you find that many of them, if the joke isn't too disrespectful or inappropriate and they're in the mood, love to watch, share, riff on or even participate in many satires and Affectionate Parodies on their personas or their series that comedy shows like Family Guy, The Simpsons or Saturday Night Live make. The ultimate example may be the real Miley Cyrus participating in an installment of SNL's "Miley Cyrus Show" sketch the first time she hosted. This ability to laugh at themselves even extends into the kidcoms sometimes.
  • The Saga of the Liberal Vikings was a long-running series of political cartoons in the Danish newspaper Politiken, which depicted the MPs from the Liberal Party as a clan of goofy and not very efficient Vikings, led by the grouchy, cigar-chomping Chief Erik of Ringe (Erik Eriksen, prime minister 1950-53). The cartoons became immensely popular among the politicians depicted, who would frequently get the good ones framed and keep them on the walls in their offices.
  • Charlie Brooker once wrote a column about a documentary on the case of Jonathan King (a British pop singer who was serving a sentence for committing sexual offenses against underage boys) and ended the column with asking the readers to send in drawings of other acts of depravity involving celebrities. The only reply came from the imprisoned Jonathan King, who sent a drawing of Charlie Brooker writing a column. Brooker thought it was hilarious.
  • In World of Warcraft, one server had a guild named "Razorfen Down Syndrome", which was Bowdlerised by Blizzard due to people being offended. (It was changed to "Razorfen Downsized". On the same server, when Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging, someone made a character named "Saddam", then a guild named "Hanging with Saddam". According to a Blizzard employee who saw the report, they actually thought it was really amusing and didn't order the name to be changed.
  • Some of the reactions on "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! end this way.
    Bill Murray: "I find Bill Murray not funny. I was glad he got shot in Zombieland." [begins cracking up] That's pretty good.
    • In another instance, Lisa Kudrow lost it and was practically howling with laughter when she read a Tweet that simply said, "Hope everyone has a great weekend. Except you, Lisa Kudrow. Fuck you."
    • In their Avengers: Infinity War edition, Benedict Cumberbatch cracks up when he's described as "always looking like he's having an allergic reaction to bad shrimp", Samuel L. Jackson tries (and fails) to keep from laughing at being described as "looking like a snapping turtle", Chris Evans absolutely loses it when a tweet says he plays Captain America "like he's a big dumb hunk of shit", and Chadwick Boseman giggles uncontrollably as a fan wonders how the "coolest black dude in the galaxy ended up with some whitebread-ass name like 'Chadwick.'"
  • The iconic chandelier scene in the Only Fools and Horses episode "A Touch of Glass" — considered one of the funniest moments in British TV history — was based on something that actually happened to writer John Sullivan's father back in the 1930s. Sullivan found the story hilarious, but his father, who'd been sacked as a result of the incident, didn't. After the episode aired, however, Sullivan received a phone call from his father who, having seen the episode, was forced to admit that the incident was funny after all.
  • At the 1998 Academy Awards, after Arnold Schwarzenegger showed a clip from Titanic (1997), host Billy Crystal quipped "That clip cost $15 million." The camera cut to director James Cameron, who clearly says "Yeah, that's about right."
  • Andrew Hussie, author of (and sometimes a character in) Homestuck at one point showed up wearing an outfit themed after Jade's title of "The Witch of Space". Hussie's detractors began calling him the "Waste of Space" as a result. The comic's fans (and Hussie) found this to be highly amusing, and ran with it, to the point that "Waste of Space" is one of Hussie's numerous nicknames among the fans.
  • As any parent or anyone who worked with kids can tell you, occasionally they'll break the rules and do something that's this trope. One parent submitted a story to a magazine where they had two kids with rooms on the other side of the hall from each other. They thought that when they were fighting with each other, they should send them into each other's rooms instead of their own, hoping that they would mess their rooms up. Instead, they yelled at each other through the air vents. They were actually quite amused at how it backfired.
  • Similarly, animals. One episode of Rescue 911 featured a dog who got his head stuck in a vent. The kids who went to check up on the dog thought it was actually quite funny before calling 911 to get the dog free.
  • Ricky Gervais:
  • Even some people who outright hate some shows (Family Guy is a common target) might find a few moments to be this funny.
  • Ronald Reagan :
    • When he watched Back to the Future, he got so amused with the scene where the 1955 Doc Brown balks at the idea of Reagan becoming President by 1985note  that he told the projectionist to stop the film and replay the scene.
    • During a debate against his 1984 election opponent, Walter Mondale, he was asked a question about his age. Reagan replied, "I will not make age an issue of this race. I will not exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." Both Mondale and the debate audience burst out laughing at that quip.note 
    • Reagan was also fond of collecting Russian Humour jokes that he would tell his American audience at various press conferences, highlighting the dark humor of the USSR's citizens. One of thesenote  he told to Secretary Gorbachev, and he actually got a laugh out of the Soviet leader.
  • A story taken from Reddit about how a High School principal who transferred from a reform school really laid down the rule about how hats were not allowed in the school. A technologically savvy student photoshopped a picture of him to resemble Hitler, because students called him the "Hat Nazi", and distributed it around the school. Eventually, the teachers and even the principal got ahold of the image and thought it was actually really funny.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut famously features "Blame Canada," a song about how Canada is the cause of all of America's children's problems. When the number was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1999, the press asked Kim Campbell, the Consul General and first (and, as of August 2014, only) female Prime Minister of Canada, about her thoughts on the piece. She said that it was clearly meant to be funny, and wasn't offended in the slightest. Similarly, one of the lines in the song targets Anne Murray, a famous Canadian singer. Murray reportedly thought this hilarious and was willing to sing "Blame Canada" at the Oscars after Trey Parker and Matt Stone invited her, but couldn't due to a prior commitment.
  • General Sir Garnet Wolesley was immortalised by Gilbert and Sullivan as Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance (the Trope Namer for Modern Major General). However, unlike W.H. Smith (who was the model for another incompetent high-ranking official, namely Sir Joseph in H.M.S. Pinafore), Sir Garnet took the spoof in good humor and would often sing the associated song to amuse his friends at parties.
  • A rather humorous exchange happened about a DotA 2 team named Starladder, where someone said "Darn Russians", and they were corrected with "They are Ukranian, not Russian". However, they were then countered by "Well, soon-to-be-Russians doesn't really flow off the tongue as much, does it?" Someone else then said, "... I should not have laughed as hard at that as I did."
  • Eliot Chang is a stand-up comedian who was once heckled by a drunk bride-to-be. He assured the audience that he had the situation under control since he began his career in Harlem, NY and knew that he wasn't in trouble unless he heard someone say, "Fuck you! *Click Click*". The drunk woman then shouted, "Fuck you! Click! Click!" Chang began to laugh and said, "Okay, that was actually pretty funny".
  • British comedy show The Real McCoy which starred British Black and Asian comedians, parodied the British Army's equal opportunities recruitment campaign by producing a spoof advert with a black soldier insisting he had "the same opportunity to get shot as anyone else." — the Army's recruiters went on to borrow this argument for future adverts.
  • In Bavaria, there is a tradition called "Derblecken", most famously celebrated at the annual "Nockherberg" beer festival, where major politicians (usually Bavarian or federal) are mocked. It's considered an honor to be mocked and politicians in attendance are often scrutinized for their reaction. Finding a joke not funny is the surest way to ruin a political career, but some politicians are clearly shown enjoying being taken down a peg or two.
  • The legendary insult comic Don Rickles was famous for this — in fact, it made his career. While still a young comedian struggling to find his niche, he noticed Frank Sinatra in the audience of a show one night and decided to start mocking the singer. Sinatra loved the jokes, and Rickles realized he had found his gimmick: insults. In this montage from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rickles relates a specific incident in which he, his wife, and Sinatra, along with the singer's whole entourage, went for dinner in an expensive restaurant decorated completely in white. Sinatra, notorious for his Hair-Trigger Temper, became oddly annoyed when a ketchup bottle was brought to the table, and abruptly picked it up and threw it against a wall, creating a massive mess. The entire restaurant went completely silent... except for Rickles, who, without missing a beat, asked: "Frank, can you pass the ketchup?" Sinatra burst out laughing, and the tense situation was defused.
  • Saturday Night Live frequently makes fun of its guest hosts. Jon Heder takes it like a champ. Political candidates have to learn to take a joke to be relate-able ... Most times, that is.
    • Gerald Ford was highly amused by Chevy Chase's impersonation of him. In fact, they later became friendly with each other.
    • George H. W. Bush liked Dana Carvey's impression so much he actually invited him to stay overnight at the White House to perform for him personally. He even had Carvey prank the Secret Service using his voice.
    • Fred Rogers found Eddie Murphy's "Mister Robinson's Neighbourhood" parody amusing. Unlike most parodies, Rogers enjoyed Murphy's skit because it was an Affectionate Parody aimed at a late night adult audience, thereby ensuring that children wouldn't see it and mistake the skit for the real Rogers.
    • Julia Child loved Dan Aykroyd's French Chef sketch so much that she would play it for guests at parties.
    • Frank Sinatra notoriously disliked impersonations of him. When he saw Joe Piscopo's take, he said, "He's good — the little prick".
  • Overlapping with Meme Acknowledgement, Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, saw memes of people photoshopping an image of the game's main characters in the car looking out the left, with something behind them. He thought it was hilarious — and then released high-quality images for people to make memes out of.
  • Kathy Griffin admitted in her autobiography that her appearance in Seinfeld was based on a real-life experience. On few rarely seen stand up shows she told the experience of meeting Jerry Seinfeld and asking him to record something he was being busy and she was annoying. Larry David was financing a stand-up show, and after guaranteeing that his friend Jerry would never see it, he immediately showed it to him, and he begged Larry to incorporate it into his show.
  • At a Lana Del Rey concert, one guy in the audience YELLS at the top of his lungs "Lana, SIT ON MY FAAAAAAAAACE!" Lana proceeds to absolutely lose it and crack up laughing on stage, along with the rest of the audience.
  • Gone Girl features, as a supporting character, a jerkass tabloid hack named Ellen Abbott who relentlessly hounds Nick over his wife Amy's disappearance, and refuses to apologize for leading a media crusade against him even after it turns out that Amy faked her disappearance in order to ruin Nick's life. In the film adaptation, she was played by Missi Pyle as a very thinly-veiled, unflattering parody of former prosecutor turned talk show host Nancy Grace... and reportedly, the real Grace loved the character and thought it was hilarious, saying that she felt "flattered" by the portrayal and even remarking that the scene of Abbott's on-air grilling of Nick seemed to based on her own on-air analysis of the Scott Peterson case. The only point she criticized was that she thought Abbott's necklaces were "way too tasteful".
  • James Milner's reputation for being controversy-free has undergone Memetic Mutation via the 'Boring James Milner' spoof Twitter account. He's not above poking fun at himself by reading some of these tweets out loud.
  • During the 2002-03 English Premier League season, Howard Wilkinson was having a terrible time as manager of Sunderland. During the press conference after a particularly abject performance, Wilkinson got upset at the criticism he was receiving from the gathered journalists, and angrily asked them how many England caps they had. One of the assembled reporters just happened to be 1966 World Cup winner Jimmy Armfield, who promptly shot back, "Forty-three, actually, Howard." note  The journalists burst out laughing — and so did Wilkinson.
  • During a match in August 2003, Birmingham's Robbie Savage was accidentally clotheslined by referee Matt Messias as he signalled for a free kick. As the TV cameras focused on Messias and another Birmingham player laughing the incident off, the commentators wondered whether Savage, a notorious "hard man", would also see the funny side — cut to Savage lying on the ground laughing his head off. To top it all off, Alan Shearer then stole Messias' red card and pretended to send him off, which Messias found equally hilarious.
  • The Furry Fandom actually liked CollegeHumor's Furry Force series, which was intended to make fun of the sexual parts of the Furry Fandom. The second and third parts came about from suggestions they made for it, even.
  • In 2012, a middle school class decided to take advantage of the alleged apocalypse and prank their teacher. On the fated day, one student signaled to the others by coughing loudly in the middle of class, prompting everyone to collapse to the floor in unison, much to their teacher's bewilderment. Once he got over his initial shock, his response was uproarious laughter, having to practically force himself to order his students to, "Stop being dead right now!" Here's the video if you're curious.
  • When Stephen Colbert infamously appeared at the 2006 White House Correspondent's Dinner and more-or-less lit the entire room on fire, most of his targets were so quiet you could barely hear a pin drop... except for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who visibly had a humongous grin on his face when he came under Colbert's crosshairs.
  • It's generally agreed that the cleverest bit about the hacked racist Gengar infamously distributed to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl cartridges by a bearded Team Rocket grunt was the "Truant" ability.
  • A throwaway line in Scream (1996) was about who would play Sidney Prescott in a movie. Sidney says "with my luck they'd cast Tori Spelling". Tori Spelling found the gag funny and sure enough in Scream 2 the Film Within a Film (based on the first's events) she plays Sidney.
  • Mel Brooks recounted an experience where he played on a celebrity week of the game show Eye Guess in 1966. Unaware that host Bill Cullen survived a childhood bout with polio and was in a motorcycle accident in his teenage years, Brooks decided to imitate his jerky walk. Though Brooks was dismayed when he found out, Cullen liked it, telling him he wished more people wouldn't have pity on him for the way he walked.
  • Not the Nine O'Clock News did a sketch parodying The Two Ronnies titled "The Two Ninnies". Ronnie Corbett found it hilarious.
  • While filming The Breakfast Club, John Kapelos warned the young actors not to go too far, reminding them that Martin Sheen had a heart attack while filming Apocalypse Now... unaware that Emilio Estevez was Sheen's son. Estevez was offended, Kapelos apologised and the incident was forgotten, but he still felt awful about it. Years later, Kapelos appeared opposite Sheen in The West Wing and recounted the incident, prompting Sheen to burst out laughing.
  • Being a chap with a good sense of humour, Roger Moore appreciated a parody of him, such as on Spitting Image.
  • Doctor Who writer Terrance Dicks was so annoyed at the changes Robert Holmes made to his script for "The Brain of Morbius" that he requested that his name be taken off it. When Holmes asked what pseudoym he wanted, Dicks replied that any bland one will do. He was greatly amused to read that the story was credited to Robin Bland.
  • South African cricketer Daryll Cullinan's batting average against Australia was just over a quarter of his overall average on account of being Shane Warne's "bunny" — that is to say he couldn't handle his bowling. In 1997, Warne, in the field, repeatedly said to Cullinan "don't you dare get out, Daryll. I've been waiting four years to get you again". note  Cullinan eventually replied "and it looks like you've been spending it eating". Warne laughed and said "not bad from you, Daryll. Not bad."
  • This exchange on Twitter, between '90s footballers Matt Le Tissier (formerly of Southampton), who is something of a Troll, and Kevin Pressman (formerly of Sheffield Wednesday):
    Pressman: (posting a panoramic view of Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday's ground) Memories...
    Le Tissier: Of the penalties I put past you there?
    Pressman: Thanks for that. At least I helped your career lol.
  • Abraham Lincoln went on record as calling the Beefsteak Raid, which inspired the film Alvarez Kelly, "the slickest piece of cattle stealing I ever heard of".
  • Professional baseball pitcher Bob Cain reportedly laughed his head off when he was made to pitch to 3'7" Eddie Gaedel, and was later the only MLB personnel member to attend his funeral.
  • When John Wayne was asked to verify the Urban Legend concerning him and the movie The Greatest Story Ever Told (where he accidentally proclaimed "Aw, truly this was the Son of God!" when asked for more reverence -- "awe"), he denied it, but found the story hilarious.
  • Reportedly, this was the cause of John Romero's Creator Cameo in Doom II. The designers were annoyed at him, and put his severed head in the game as a Take That!. Romero thought it was funny, and even recorded a Sdrawkcab Speech line that would be used for the game's final boss ("To win the game, you must kill me, John Romero").
  • While shooting The Man with the Golden Gun with Christopher Lee, Roger Moore noticed a cave full of bats on Khao Phing Kan island and he couldn't resist making an Actor Allusion: "Master, they are yours to command". Fortunately, Lee saw the funny side, quipping "Not now, Stanislaus".
  • For the 2016 Olympic Games, Great Britain decided to issue all of their athletes matching luggage to further promote an image of national/team spirit. When the flaw in this plan became apparent, the team's official Twitter account went in on the joke even though it was highlighting their own mistake.
  • English comedian Les Dawson made a career out of telling mother-in-law jokes. His own mother-in-law thought they were hilarious.
  • One of Christopher Titus' jokes pokes fun of the fact that his father- and brother-in-law from his second marriage are both in law enforcement by indicating that if his second marriage fails, he'll be on the evening news as a corpse whose demise has law enforcement completely baffled. Both men took the joke in good humor and then turned the joke around by explaining that no one will find Titus' body. Chris doesn't think they're joking.
  • Chuck Norris was quite flattered and amused by the countless "Chuck Norris Facts" ascribed to him, so much so that he capitalised on the meme by incorporating it in some of his works, among them a Gameloft mobile game based on the actor and a reference in The Expendables 2. Though being a staunchly conservative Christian, he doesn't take kindly to said facts which make irreverent references to God and/or Jesus Christ.
  • In 1951, Screenwriter and producer Paul Jarrico was embroiled in legal conflict with Howard Hughes, who had fired Jarrico from the The Las Vegas Story, for which he had written the script, over Jarrico's Communist sympathies. During a hearing in the case, Jarrico's lawyer got a shot in at Hughes by quoting a Times article from 1948, that said that Hughes would "never die in an airplane, he'll die at the hands of a woman with a .38!" Hughes' lawyer protested this, but Hughes himself, who was present at the hearing, reacted by laughing heartily at the quip.
  • Michael Caine found Paul Whitehouse's impersonation of him on Harry Enfield and Chums (Michael Pain) to be very amusing.
  • Canadian Politics: New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton was once laying into the Conservative government's predilection for subsidizing fossil fuel companies when he had a slip of the tongue, inveighing against the Conservatives' chumminess with "Big Oil and Big Ass — uh, Big Gas..." When the laughter died down, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, not usually known for his wit, straight-facedly answered, "Mr. Speaker, we promise to get to the bottom of it." Even the New Democrats joined in the second gale of laughter that ensued.
  • Steve Irwin of Crocodile Hunter caught a whole lot of flack in 2004 for feeding a crocodile while holding his son Bob. His wife Terri acknowledged the headline, "Steve Irwin: Australian For 'Stupid,'" but said her favorite was "Crocky Horror Picture Show."
  • Opening Night 1959 at the old Metropolitan Opera House was a new production of Verdi's Il Trovatore. As the Count di Luna, Leonard Warren was costumed in, among other things, a hat adorned with bright red plumes. When he asked Zinka Milanov (herself a veteran Leonora, but not the one he was singing oppositenote ) how he looked, Milanov laughed at him and said that he looked like a rooster. Then, Leonard Warren laughed at himself.
  • Similar to the Andrew Hussie "Witch of Space" to "Waste of Space" confusion, cricketer Ashley Giles found that mugs created for his Testimonial were printed as "King of Spain" instead of "King of Spin". But instead of getting on his high horse, Giles asked whether they could print more mugs with that mistake on it, and was nicknamed "The King Of Spain" by fans ever since. But don't ever compare him to a Wheelie Bin.....


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"I'll call HR."

When Blitzo threatens to call HR on Verosika for stealing his parking space, it only results in him, her & Vortex sharing a laugh together.

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