Go-To Joke

  1. 1. You Only Need One

There’s no need to memorize an entire book of knock, knock jokes: you only need to perfect one all-occasion joke. Finding your joke is all about quality not quantity. Tell one joke really well and it will be more successful than having five mediocre ones.

  1. 2. Make it All-Inclusive

Once you’ve found your go-to joke, ask someone you feel comfortable with if there’s any way it could be considered offensive. If it involves politics, religion, or gets dirty, pass and find a different option—your joke should work for any situation!

  1. 3. Save the Giggles

Sometimes a joke is so funny you can’t help but giggle while telling it—which is fun, but can make the punchline fall flat. Practice saying your punchline out loud while you’re driving, to your best friend, or any other place that feels comfortable.

  1. 4. It’s All About Delivery

A punch line is only as good as how it’s delivered. Practice your joke telling cadence, tone, and speed to get the most humor out of the situation.

  1. 5. Don’t Go Rogue

Once you start feeling confident with your go-to joke, you may be tempted to stray from the proven format—don’t do it! However, as you’re perfecting your joke definitely read your audience. If no one laughs, switch it up!

  1. 6. Don’t Be Afraid to Joke!

When you’re ready and feeling confident with your joke, share it with the world!  No matter the situation there will be a lull in conversation and that’s a prime time to ask “Want to hear a joke?”.

Here are a couple of our favorite go-to jokes at Chatbooks. Grab one you like for your own go-to joke!

Jimmy and his brother Ralph both lived in the same town. Jimmy lived with their mother, and Ralph lived across town with his cat, Silky. Ralph asked Jimmy to care for his cat while he was out of town. Every night Ralph would call and ask “How’s Silky?”. The first four nights, Jimmy, holding in his growing irritation at his brother’s cat-obsession, answered, “Silky’s fine,” but the fifth night, in response to the question, he blurted out, “Silky’s dead!” Hearing that, Ralph almost died of shock, himself. When he recovered, he said to his brother, “Jimmy, that’s not the way to break news like that to someone. You don’t just blurt out information like that. You have to prepare a person.”  ” Tonight when I called,” Ralph went on, “You should have said, ‘Silky’s fine, but she’s up on the roof.’ Then tomorrow you could have told me, “Silky fell off the roof and she didn’t make it, Ralph, she’s dead,” and I would have been able to handle the news.  By the way, Jimmy,” Ralph asked, “How’s mom?”

“Oh, she’s fine,” said Jimmy. “But she’s up on the roof.”


A lady goes to a psychiatrist.

“Doctor, doctor,” she says. “My husband thinks he’s a chicken.”

 “Why not bring him in to see me?” says the psychiatrist. “I think I can help him.”

 “I would,” says the lady, “But we need the eggs.”


A violinist is playing a concert at Carnegie Hall. He finishes the piece. Voices in the audience shout, “Again! Play it again!”

The violinist is pleased. He plays the piece all the way through a second time.

“Again!” the voices shout once more. “Play it again!”

    The musician’s self-satisfaction knows no bounds: this is Carnegie Hall, and I’m asked to play not one, but two encores?

    When he finishes, the voices rise yet a third time, and the same thing happens after several more repetitions.

    Incredulous, the violinist finally walks to the front of the stage and addresses the audience: “Seven encores of the same piece at Carnegie Hall? It’s unheard of! Am I that good?”

    The audience members shout as one voice:

                                  “You’ll do it until you get it right!”