What's the difference between a banana and a million dollars? They both have appeal. Don't get it? You will after checking out this English jokes video. In this lesson, I look at five different TYPES of jokes, including "What's the difference between X and Y" jokes, "knock-knock" jokes, and three others. These are standard English joke formats that have been used for thousands of jokes. Especially for social situations, it's great to understand their format and pacing. If you want to share any jokes of your own, please share them in the comments section, and don't forget to check out my other two joke videos if you haven't already done so. Thanks for clicking, and (hopefully) for laughing!
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[Laughs] It's funny because cats don't wear diapers, yeah. Hey, everyone. I'm Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on "5 Types of Jokes". So, specifically we're going to look at five types of English jokes that often play with word meanings. Now, if you're learning a language, learning jokes in that language is usually, like, one of the final barriers you have to punch through before you can claim to be, like, a full mastered speaker person thing in that language. So, today let's see if we can break through that barrier for you and with you so that you can learn five different styles of jokes in English. Now, I'm not saying these are the only types of jokes. Okay? There are tons and tons and tons and tons of joke types in every language, but I'm going to look at five of the more common ones today. So, let's not waste any more time, and... Ready for it? Going to start with number one.
All right. What's the difference between X and Y? A very common joke type. So, for example: What's the difference between mashed potatoes and pea soup? You can mash potatoes, but you can't pee soup. Did you like it? I liked it. I think it's really good. If you don't know the meaning of this joke, because you know, you're a non-native speaker, "pea" is a type of little vegetable... Bean? Is it a bean? A lentil? Something. Anyway, something you can make soup with. And mashed potatoes, so you can mash potatoes but you can't pee... The other meaning of "pee" in this situation. Number two.
Okay, joke type number two is: What does X have in common with Y? So, for example: What does a banana have in common with a million dollars? They both have appeal (a peel). Huh? It's pretty good? Not bad? Okay. Let me explain it for you so you can, like, want to hurt me some more. So, a banana, peel. And if something has appeal it means that it is attractive, like: "Hmm, I want a million dollars." You get it now? Let's just... Let's just move on to number three.
Okay, next: "What do you call a/an...?" jokes. So, for example: What do you call a computer that sings? A Dell (Adele). Yeah, I like it. I like it. I think you like this one, too. Smiled just a bit, right? If you don't know, Dell is a computer brand and Adele is a famous singer in the 2010s to 2012 period and maybe beyond. Who knows? So let's just continue with number four.
So, next we have the "Why?" joke. So: "Why did", "Why do", "Why does", "Why is", "Why was", "Why were". For example: Why was the math book sad? Because it had too many problems. Yeah, that's the reaction. That's what I'm looking for. That's what I want. Okay, if you don't get this joke, math books have questions you have to answer, they have problems you have to figure out. They're just very emotional, emotional books. Too many problems. Okay? Whew. You didn't like that one? Well, let's try for the last one, shall we? Number five.
Next and finally: Knock, knock jokes. You didn't think I was going to do this video without talking about knock, knock jokes did you? So, the general structure of a knock, knock joke goes like this: "Knock, knock." And you say: "Who's there?" And in this case I'll say: "Lettuce." And you say: "Lettuce who?" And I say: "Hey. Let us in. It's cold out here." You're smiling, I can see it. I can feel it. Okay. So, if you don't know, you can probably hear why this is funny. "Lettuce" sounds like "Let us", so: "Let us in. It's cold out here." Did I just touch the mic? I'm not sure. Ah, it doesn't matter really, right, guys? All right, so let's review the jokes and we'll finish this for you.
All right. That's it. All five jokes. But we're going to review them one more time to maximize the pain. Now, you can tell these to your friends, make them laugh, make them cry, or both. So let's go from the top. What's the difference between mashed potatoes and pea soup? You can mash potatoes, but you can't pee soup. Yeah. Number two: What does a banana have in common with a million dollars? They both have appeal (a peel). All right? Number three: What do you call a computer that sings? A Dell (Adele). Yes, yes. And number four: Why was the math book sad? Because it had too many problems.