National Tell a Joke Day

What happened to the comedian do on August 16th during National Tell a Joke Day? Everyone stole his punchlines! All joking aside, get out there a laugh a little and tell some funny ones.

This day will be filled with smiles and much laughter from morning till night. Jokes consist of humorous stories either written or verbal that often ends with a punchline. While slapstick includes props and even minor stunts on the part of the storyteller, usually the best jokes are short. They involve a little misdirection and a well-delivered punchline.  The more jokes you tell, the more fun you will have and so will those around you.

Jokes have been a part of human culture since at least 1900 BC.

Since jokes come in many forms, try out your favorite. For some, that might a one-liner or a knock-knock joke. While many people groan at the sight of a pun, they bring on chuckles, too. If you aren’t comfortable with the whole comedic act, rely on your sense of irony. Use this approach like seasoning, however. You might have a tough crowd.  Others simply rely on gestures to express humor.

When telling a joke, timing and delivery can be an essential element. Without it, the joke will fall flat. Be sure to know the audience. For example, clown jokes may not go over well at a phobia convention.

In moderation, laughter is healthy, uses the abdominal muscles and releases endorphins (natural feel-good chemicals) into the brain.


How many jokes did the chicken tell? Just one, then it crossed the road. Splat… Tell a joke. While you’re at it, listen to a few, too. Be sure to laugh, celebrate, have fun and enjoy!

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ideas and projects designed for celebrating the day with your students. Enjoy infusing humor into your classroom while watching your students learn more than ever before!

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