how can you "joke", and then excuse yourself from the "joke", by stressing you are "joking" - in that you are actually being serious - with an overtone of what would otherwise be held back subconsciously - stereotypically - how can you tell a "joke" - whereby you subsequently excuse yourself from the "joke" telling others: it was all, but a joke... huh?! that's the most clarifying misnomer of the word joke i've ever heard: i'm not actually telling a joke, but i am, i must let you know, that once i tell the joke, that i've made a joke, and not a degrading comment; aren't jokes supposed to be said with an unconscious uncontrollable *** of laughter?! i don't think jokes that make you think actually exist... esp. those that are said to be supposedly "jokes" in reminder of a schema of generating laughter... these western court "jesters" would have lasted about an hour in vlad the impaler's court... to tell a joke in order to tell the person not laughing: oh, but it's a joke! bad jokes deserve to be moulded by rabie infested rottweilers, salivating froth of being unfed for a week, into francis bacon sculptures of ripped off flesh.