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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    I don't know. I can't speak Japanese.
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    What's worse than finding a worm in your apple?

    What's worse than finding a wo... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Anti-Jokes
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    The Holocaust.
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    What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor?

    What did the farmer say when h... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Anti-Jokes
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    Where's my tractor?
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    What do you call a Jewish cop?

    What do you call a Jewish cop? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Anti-Jokes
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    Officer
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    Why did the Catholic priest get sent to jail?

    Why did the Catholic priest ge... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Anti-Jokes
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    Tax evasion.
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    Why was six afraid of seven?

    Why was six afraid of seven? is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Anti-Jokes
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    It wasn't. Numbers are not sentient and thus incapable of feeling fear.
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    What do you call someone who kills a black person?

    What do you call someone who k... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Anti-Jokes
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    Murderer
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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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