How to react to a joke that you find not funny…

Philippines
January 17, 2013 1:29am CST
Have you ever been in such situation, wherein you are with your peers and suddenly a friend of yours drags along another friend to come over on the venue you had partied? And along with it that person is putting up segue of jokes which is not appealing or not even funny at all. How can you deal on such situation? In my case, usually I just blend in and try to act decent laugh though it’s not even funny at all. I don’t want the person to feel humiliated or feel that he/she is out of place. So, by tagging a laugh would possibly make him/her more at ease with us. Please share your thoughts…
15 responses
@jaiho2009 (39021)
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
I can't force myself to laugh at any joke that doesn't caught my interest. I might be smiling but cannot pretend to have a laugh (and why should the need to pretend) Let the person know that he or she doesn't need to act overly to attract attention.
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
A smile would do. Thanks for your response...
@sishy7 (27667)
• Australia
17 Jan 13
I agree. Pretending to laugh would be the worst reaction in such situation. Everyone will know the sound of fake laugh and will make everything even more awkward.
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
@sishy7: Most probably if you don't know how to pull a fake laugh. LOL, Thanks for your response...
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@Bionicman (3967)
• Czech Republic
17 Jan 13
I just say hmm, put on a smile for a second and move on with the conversation.
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
This is a good take, it will eventually put up a good impression as well. Thanks for your response.
@enigma13 (372)
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
I'm with Bionicman. I just smile and then move on with the conversation or talk about something else.
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
@enigma13 : right, shifting the subject matter would also be a good idea. thanks for your response...
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
17 Jan 13
Yes, I would try not to make the person feel awkward. I might laugh a little or gloss over the joke and change the subject really quick as to lessen the emphasis on the awkward moment.
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
True, that would be so weird if you put the person in shear awkward moment to by just jiving along the joke and smile as if it's funny would make him/her not feel weird. Thanks for your response...
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
@jhelovested: Riding along the conversation is somehow helpful to put up a good to the person most especially that you know that he is just a newbie in the group.
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
Yes! I've experience this kind of situation many times. And whenever someone says a joke which is not funny at all, I honestly say to the person that his/her joke wasn't funny in a funny way which he/she wouldn't be offended. :)
• Philippines
19 Jan 13
It's a nice comical segue telling someone that it is not funny in a comical way, that in a way shifts awkwardness and turns the mood well in such conversations. Thanks for your response...
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
18 Jan 13
Hahaha ... you are really a very tactful person. I believe you are a very friendly person surround by many friends because you are a nice, easy going person. Yes, I believe I will do the same. At least the person don't feel bad.
• Philippines
19 Jan 13
I am friendly however, i don't like humiliating people most especially someone who i just met over with friends so i don't really am that close to them and don't know them in-depth. so, i rather jive in to the situation. Thanks for your response...
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
i would try my best to fake laugh though i am not good at it, but usually i just smirk or slightly smile just not to offend him/her. :)
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
True, that's a good way to not feel awkwardness over the joke.
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
Just say that is funny.Anyway he is your friend.
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
That could help.
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
17 Jan 13
I guess I try to attempt making a slight chuckle towards their unfunny joke. For me, although the joke was not funny for whatever reason, I still think it's a nice gesture to at least acknowledge your peer's effort in making a joke. Afterwards, I just try to continue with our topic we were talking about or start a new one.
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
true, putting a little smile though you know it's not funny but it's a good composure that you are getting a long with the person.
@airasheila (5460)
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
good day heaytheblogger, i have been once in that kind of situation but one of my friend did a follow-up joke so everybody had laughed after that.
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
Transitioning to one joke to another somehow helps to pull up a funny antic so that the corny one's would be shifted. thanks for your response...
@Shavkat (56489)
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
I will still laugh out loud with the others. It may sounds strange, but I don't want to offend the person who tried to make the world happy. To make the crowd laugh about something or any idea is a gift. I have some friends have punch line that it will not make you laugh, but the corny way of doing the statement is enough to laugh about it.
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
true, playing along with the situation despite that you find it not funny...
@vernaC (1493)
• Romania
17 Jan 13
If it's my friend, I'd tell honestly that it's not funny but of course in a manner that he/she would not be offended. If it's just someone else, I'll wear a smile to show the person his/her joke is heard. Sometimes when you ignore their jokes they just say it again which becomes irritating.
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
True being real in a way that no one will get offended on being true about their reaction.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
17 Jan 13
If I don't find a joke funny, I would not laugh. And if asked, I'm gonna tell my opnion. But, well, in my case, I can laugh about almost anything, maybe except for those jokes which make fun of disabled people and stuff along those lines. Then I would tell them that their sense of humour is rude, trashy and ignorant.
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
being honest and real depends on the person and the mood of the conversation. regardless if its a corny joke or not. it should have decency in some ways.
@SIMPLYD (78094)
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
Well, that's the way it should be my friend. It's disrespect to embarrass a person by not acknowledging a joke thrown for everyone to hear. In my case, i think i would just smile to acknowledge the joke.
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
True, smiling as a means of acknowledging is helpful.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
17 Jan 13
I cannot accept such a situation with genuine pleasantness.I will have a smile just plastered on and would try to leave as early as possible.
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
Smiling would do although yeah you are right, it would be so awkward. Thanks for your response...
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
I could be an angel! But seriously, I'll just try to force myself to laugh and not let herfeel that she isn't appreciated.
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
I would try to act as if it's quite appealing to the situation so that it wont make the person get offended though. Thanks for your response...