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The jokes that have made people laugh for thousands of years

The jokes that have made people laugh for thousands of years

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The Oldest Jokes Are About Toilet Humor

Some of the oldest jokes in history are still in use today.

It is striking that the earliest recorded joke is about toilet humour. The earliest jokes we have on record suggest that crude jokes stand the test of time. 

Flatulence, for example, is funny because it shows our "uncontrolla...

Jokes Through The Centuries

  • Finding a universally funny joke is challenging.
  • Effective jokes are a "benign violation" always walking a delicate balancing act between too soft and too extreme.
  • The purpose of a benign violation is to elicit laughter and disgust at the same time.
  • Jokes in the times...

Stand Up Comedy Is Evolving

Stand-up comedy in recent years has evolved at speed. Kylie Brakeman was one of the early adopters of a new kind of observational comedy that emerged at the start of the pandemic. Her to-camera Twitter videos have attracted millions of views and kicked off an era in which the day's events can be ...

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