The Funniest Anti-Jokes

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Anti-jokes (classified under the heading "Anti-Humor") are forms of ironic or indirect humor that are intentionally designed to not fulfill traditional expectations for "comedy." Instead, anti-jokes are often funny to the listener because of their purposeful ambiguity, lack of sense or because they upset and distort conventions of joke-telling.

Often, anti-jokes function by presenting an audience with a traditional humorous set-up for a joke, only to have the punchline differ in format, purpose or intention. For example, everyone is familiar with the format of a "Knock Knock Joke." The joke-teller begins "knock, knock," the person hearing the joke replies "who's there," and then the joke-teller proceeds to set up a pun or humorous turnaround. However, in an anti-joke version, the "knock knock" scenario is commonly played straight, subverting the attempt at humor.

- Knock Knock
- Who's there?
- Tom. Can you let me in?

In this example, the joke-teller is supposed to proceed into telling a joke, but instead presents a traditional comment someone might make if they were knocking on a door. The more common the set-up for a joke ("Three men walk into a bar..."), the more likely it is to be used ironically as a set-up for an anti-joke. ("Ouch.") In this way, anti-jokes can be seen as deconstructions of the practice of joke-telling, pointing out the way jokes work rather than using the traditional format to get laughs.

What are the funniest anti jokes? What follows are classic examples of funny anti-jokes. Are they funny? That's for you to decide. Vote up the examples that made you laugh the most (or the least?)


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    What did one Japanese man say to the other?

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    What did one Japanese man say to the other?
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    I don't know. I can't speak Japanese.

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    What's worse than finding a worm in your apple?

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    What's worse than finding a worm in your apple?
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    The Holocaust.

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    What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor?

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    What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor?
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    Where's my tractor?

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    What do you call a Jewish cop?

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    What do you call a Jewish cop?
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    Officer

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    Why did the Catholic priest get sent to jail?

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    Why did the Catholic priest get sent to jail?
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    Tax evasion.

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    Why was six afraid of seven?

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    Why was six afraid of seven?
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    It wasn't. Numbers are not sentient and thus incapable of feeling fear.

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    A guy walks into a bar...

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    A guy walks into a bar...
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    Which is unfortunate because he has a drinking problem.

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    What do you call someone who kills a black person?

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    What do you call someone who kills a black person?
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    Murderer

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    Chuck Norris walks into a bar...

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    Chuck Norris walks into a bar...
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    And he's greeted with great respect, because he's such a talented actor.

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    Why didn't Johnny ride his bike to school?

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    Why didn't Johnny ride his bike to school?
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    Both of his legs were amputated. He can't ride a bike ever again.

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    Roses are red, violets are blue...

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    Roses are red, violets are blue...
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    I have Alzheimer's Disease, Cheese on toast

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    What's the difference between a blonde and a bowling ball?

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    What's the difference between a blonde and a bowling ball?
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    A blonde is a human woman and bowling balls are inanimate objects used in the sport of bowling.

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    Your Mama is so old...

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    Your Mama is so old...
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    She is probably going to die pretty soon.

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    Ahmed walks into Abbar...

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    Ahmed walks into Abbar...
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    Knock Knock

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    Knock Knock
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    Come in!

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    What do you call a fish with no eyes?

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    What do you call a fish with no eyes?
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    It doesn't really matter, because it's just a fish and doesn't understand the idea of having a name.

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    What do an elephant and a grape have in common?

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    What do an elephant and a grape have in common?
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    One of them is purple.

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    What is a vampire's favorite dessert?

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    What is a vampire's favorite dessert?
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    Vampires aren't real.

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    A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar.

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    A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar.
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    Legally, bars in America have to serve people of all religions.

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    What do you tell a woman with two black eyes?

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    What do you tell a woman with two black eyes?
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    I'm worried that you're in an abusive relationship and I think you should seek help.

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