Jokes typically include elements of storytelling and often have social commentary (because people like topics familiar to them). Timing and pacing is important and usually there is a “punchline” that subverts their expectations.

Jokes typically include elements of storytelling and often have social commentary (because people like topics familiar to them). Timing and pacing is important and usually there is a “punchline” that subverts their expectations.
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  •  I suppose. I mean, I had a phase where I liked that kind of humor as a teenager.
    But one day it suddenly seemed cruel and it stopped being interesting to me.
    ==
    I’m 50 now. The 80s were a big era for stand-up comedy, launching the careers of many 1990s sitcom stars. I saw them all when they were young stand-up comedians on cable TV.
    It was still an era of speed. One liners, speedy jokes, short stories with fast punchlines.
    Sometimes they’d tell stories. A lot of “did you ever notice?”
    I think the beginnings of shock-jock is when my interest started waning. It was – ah found him: Andrew Dice Clay.
    Some of his standup was really really funny. It was misogynistic and gross but it fit the persona he put on.
    But then he started going further and further and I can’t remember exactly when it was or why, but suddenly, he looked like a fool up there, saying anything to make a buck.===

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