This photo of my brother and me has absolutely nothing to do with anything.

 Okay, some more strong words need to be said today. There is a peculiar disease rotting away at the core of our society. There is a social boundary that has been severely breached. People are committing nefarious acts under our very noses, and it’s time we put a stop to it.

I am speaking to those of you who have the audacity, the audaciousness, and the intrepidity to laugh at your own jokes.

How dare you.

[ahem]

WHAT?! Are you kidding me? Not laugh at your own jokes? How absurd would that be?

My entire life, I’ve been one of “the funny ones”. Sure, sometimes I get deep and personal here at SDL, but when I’m at game night with my friends every week, it takes us twelve hours to play something as simple as Balderdash because every one of us gets sucked into a never-win rivalry of witticism. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What I don’t get, and have never gotten, is the people who constantly declare that you shouldn’t laugh at your own jokes. I’ve heard it over and over throughout my life.

How flippin’ droll is that? Sorry, I’m not buying it.

Here’s the way I see it. If you truly have the gift of wit, which I and my friends obviously think we do, then whatever springs from your mouth is most often times pretty funny.

If you do have wit and you’re like me, you also tend to not think before you joke.

Because of that, whatever rolls off my tongue is something I am hearing for the first time along with everyone else. And if it’s funny, dang it, it’s funny to me too.

Of course, not thinking before speaking gets me in trouble a lot too. I know the taste of my own foot very well. Humble pie is consumed almost as often as M&Ms. Crow has become a standard meal around these parts.

Oh well. That’s why they invented apologies, right?

Do you laugh at your own jokes?

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS, just for fun, tell us about a funny (or not-so-funny) time you ended up with your foot in your mouth. Let’s all have a good laugh today. If you agree to the silliness of asking people not to laugh at their own jokes, please say something funny, laugh, and then share this. We’d love to have you follow us. We have a lot of fun around here.

Also, if you fancy yourself a poet at all, be sure to submit a quick (and witty) poem in the “Pulchritude Poetry Contest” that I launched today. Winner gets a nifty prize.