Forty-Five Ways to Make People Laugh
Now I offer a list in which the techniques are numbered and assembled in alphabetical order. Enumerating the techniques is useful when we want to use them to deconstruct a humorous text. It is a list writers have used for thousands of years.
And here’s why satire matters!
Why Satire Matters: These are the 10 oldest jokes in human history
— and they prove that people have been laughing about their animals and sex lives for 4,000 years
- A joke about a haircut, Ancient Greece, 300-400 AD.
- One about a donkey, Ancient Greece, 300-400 AD.
- An ancient “your mom” joke, Ancient Rome, between 63 BC to 14 AD.
- A sex joke, Ancient Egypt, 30 BC.
- A joke which is also a riddle, Ancient Greece, 429 BC.
- A pun on a name, Ancient Greece, 800 BC.
- A joke about an old married couple, Unknown, 1100 BC.
- A joke about livestock, Sumeria, 1200 BC.
- Another sex joke, Ancient Egypt, 1600 BC.
- A fart joke, Sumeria, 1900 BC.