Any time someone/anyone tells me they have a joke for me I can feel my body tense up and my mind starts to race. What if it’s not funny to me? What if it turns out to be a really stupid joke and this person thinks it’s the most hilarious joke ever? What do I say? What if I don’t get it? I have to laugh! It is a joke. But I’m not good at faking a laugh because they already know I have a hard laugh and if it’s not like that they will know it’s not real. I don’t have one of those cute laughs, I have a laugh that can only be described as “she doesn’t give a crap if it’s too loud and not classy” kind of laughs, I guess you can say it’s a hearty laugh. What if the joke totally sucks? Yes, a hundred questions and worries start racing through my mind and even if the joke ends up being funny I have already worried so much that I didn’t enjoy it.
I love going to comedy clubs. They don’t really tell jokes, they tell funny stories and by the time this comedian made it on stage he/she is obviously (hopefully) considered funny. I laugh like a nut. This is the way to describe the way I laugh… it is the laugh that I’m sure the person on stage appreciates hearing because believe me, they can most likely hear it from where they stand.
I enjoy reading them, maybe because nobody is expecting a response and if I laugh it’s because the joke was actually funny and it could stand alone without having anyone deliver it a specific way.
I have never been able to tell jokes either. I worry too. Was it funny only to me? Am I saying it right? Will they get it? You get the point. I can tell stories that crack people up. I know I’m a funny story/anecdote teller.
My youngest son loves telling jokes and I enjoy them because I don’t stress. If they are funny but not where they crack me up I can always just tell him “that was funny” and he is completely satisfied with that outcome. He is 9 though. Sometimes they are even hilarious to me and it may not be the joke itself but more like the way he delivered it.
I love funny people, I just don’t feel comfortable being told jokes. I had to tell somebody so I’m telling all of you. I feel relieved. HA!