If humorists hung out with mathematicians for a while, they’d come up with this equation:
JOKE = SET UP + PUNCHLINE
That neat little line is the formula for the majority of jokes out there.
A “set up” is simply a true statement: “I live in Canada.”
A “punchline” is the twisting of (or a commentary on) the set up. “Because I like complaining about the weather.”
Joke material is everywhere.
Because I’m a geek, one of my favourite things to do is to look for found humor, as you no doubt know if you’ve followed my blog for awhile…
Earlier this month, I took my twins to the pet store to try to compensate for the fact that I won’t buy them a puppy, a kitty, or a Justin Bieber poster.
I found set-up statements everywhere. They were basically labeled.
Feel free to share your punch lines for
“Peas are a laxative for a goldfish”
(or share random opinons related to fish as pets or food)
in the comments.