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August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day
you're looking for something to do today then get ready for some knee
slappers because it's National Tell a Joke Day! Get ready for
some laughter! And let's get right into celebrating National Tell
a Joke Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, it appears that a very funny man died on this day way back
in 1738. That man was Joe Miller, an English comic/actor, and it became
a tradition to tell a joke on this day to pay tribute to him. In fact,
today is often called Joe Miller's Joke Day. And who couldn't use some
laughter, even if it is on someone's death day? So today you have no
excuse not to break out some of your best jokes and get peoples' sides
hurting! A year after Joe Miller's death, a book of jokes was
compiled called Joe Miller's Jests, which contained quite of few of his
jokes and many jokes from other people too. So yes, it wasn't all his
jests and the funny thing was he was illiterate so he wouldn't have
been able to read "his own" book! There were many editions of the book
and it ended up having well over 1,000 jokes. And after a while, if you
used the same joke over and over it became known as a "Joe Miller".
Joe definitely isn't the only funny man or woman out there! So many
people have been telling jokes for years so there is plenty of material
to use today that wouldn't be considered a "Joe Miller". Some jokes
come out without you even trying and suddenly YOU'RE a comedian! So
make today a funny one. Because you're hilarious!
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, that's easy! Just
think up some of the funniest jokes you've ever heard and, when the
time is right, unleash them on the people around you. You'll know
you're doing something right if swarms of laughing people seem to
follow you around all day. See how long you can go without saying a
joke that someone has already heard or maybe even break out your own
If you're a naturally funny person that doesn't like
telling someone else's jokes then maybe you really can entertain a
whole crowd. You know that means, don't you? Get up on stage at a
comedy club! Find a place that will give you some time to test out your
jokes and see how many people you can get laughing. Who knows, you
might have a future in comedy. But if you find that you're
lacking on the jokes and really don't have anything to tell anyone then
why don't you do a little research first? Get some stand up comedy DVDs
or joke books and remember all the good ones that have you cracking up.
Practice your delivery and make sure you remember it correctly and then
go unleash some happiness! It sure beats telling knock, knock or
chicken crossing the road jokes, doesn't it? Have a great day and
enjoy the laughter!