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What would be better than a day filled with laughter? National Tell a Joke Day is observed annually on August 16th, and that’s no joke!

This day will be filled with smiles and much laughter from morning till night as everyone shares their favorite jokes. The more jokes you tell, the more fun you will have and so will those around you.

Jokes have been a part of human culture since at least 1900 BC.

A joke is described as something that is spoken, written or done with humorous intention. They can come in many forms. On National Tell a Joke Day, try a one-liner or a knock-knock joke if you aren’t comfortable with the whole comedic act that can be involved in the short story versions. Some simply rely on gestures to express humor.

With humor, timing and delivery can be an essential element. Without it, the joke will fall flat. Be sure to know the audience. Clown jokes may not go over well at a phobia convention.

In moderation, laughter is healthy, uses the abdominal muscles and releases endorphins (natural “feel good” chemicals) into the brain.


Tell a joke, listen to a joke, laugh, celebrate, have fun and enjoy! Use #NationalTellAJokeDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Tell a Joke Day.

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Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.