A good joke can take multiple forms.
It can be light and creamy (for sensitive
or corporate audiences):
A pinch of spontaneity
A tablespoon of wit
Filtered vulgarity in the form of euphemism
It can be dark (for veterans):
One pinch of sarcasm
Two tablespoons of politically incorrect thinking
Three cubes of curse words
It can be black, nothing filtered and
nothing held back
(For those with a strong tolerance for
the previous two):
Two tablespoons of sarcasm
One cup of “too soon”
Three cubes of criminal psychology
Nineteen packets of vulgarity
It may be difficult to succeed at first,
but with the right time commitment
and apprenticeship, brewing the best
joke will become morning routine.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.