New Joke

Learned a new joke (what’s the difference between roast beef and pea soup?) in the morning and told it four times throughout the course of the day scoring two hits and two misses. I thought the key to the delivery was giving only the first half of the punchline while letting the customer supply the rest (well, you can roast beef…) but some customers couldn’t put the rest together on their own (but you can’t pea soup.) Interesting to reflect on how much the joke recipients’ enjoyment of the joke may depend on the level of their intellectual involvement in finding the answer. If they have to think about it (whether before or after hearing the punchline) does that make it funnier or not?

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