It Only Hurts When I Laugh

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It Only Hurts When I Laugh is a punchline of a joke which exists in numerous versions since at least 19th century. A typical setup is that someone badly hurt (e.g., a Wild West rancher with an arrow in his chest, a Jew crucified by the Nazis, etc.) is asked "Does it hurt?" — "A am fine; it only hurts when I laugh."[1][2]

the phrase may also refer to:

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  1. ^ Leon Rappoport, Punchlines: The Case for Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Humor, p. 83
  2. ^ "The Joke Stops Here", Memphis Flyer