One-line joke

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A one-liner is a joke that is delivered in a single line. A good one-liner is said to be pithy.[1] Comedians and actors use this comedic method as part of their act, e.g. Rodney Dangerfield, Bruce Campbell, Groucho Marx, Jay London, Steven Wright, Emo Philips, Tommy Cooper, Ken Dodd, Mark Linn-Baker, Henny Youngman, Mitch Hedberg, Dan Mintz, Zach Galifianakis, Demetri Martin, Jimmy Carr, Anthony Jeselnik, Tim Vine, Milton Jones, Stewart Francis, etc. Many fictional characters are also known to deliver one-liners, including James Bond, who usually includes short and witty quips after disposing of a villain.


  • "A baby seal walks into a club."
  • "A dyslexic man walks into a bra." (George Carlin)
  • "I have nothing to declare except my genius." (Oscar Wilde, upon arriving at US customs, 1882)[2]
  • "Race is just a pigment of the imagination" (Glen Highland)
  • "Venison's dear, isn't it?" (Jimmy Carr)
  • "Take my wife ... please." (Henny Youngman)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Unuttered Punch Line:Pragmatic Incongruity and the Parsing of “What’s the Difference” Jokes, K.E.L. Miller, [1]
  2. ^ "Number 64300". The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996. Retrieved 2007-06-20.