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, 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.