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How to Make a Joke Book

Have you heard the one about the joke book? You haven’t? Well, perhaps it’s time you created one of your very own.

There can’t be anyone who doesn’t like a laugh – whether it’s a groan caused by a cheesy old favourite or something cutting edge and topical, but which still raises a smile.

And the good news is that laughter is definitely good for your health and helps alleviate stress. It increases your intake of oxygen rich air, increases your endorphins – our feel-good hormones – and stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles.

So, let’s all use this easy way to feel better and get our favourite jokes down on paper!

Writing Your Own Joke Book

Now that you’ve realised that making a joke book of your very own means you’re in very good company, why not start creating your own?

IT doesn’t just have to be standard jokes either – think of your favourite one liners, funny family stories or relay hilarious anectodes that you can preserve for posterity.

It’s a great way to preserve family history and something you can create to share with future generations.

And the good news is that it’s as easy as slipping on a banana skin to self-publish your joke book – either a cost-effective soft cover format or as something really stylish.

It’s also a great way for a charity or organisation to raise funds. Why not ask your supporters – or even some celebrities – for their favourite jokes that you can compile in one publication that you can then sell in support of your worthy cause.

Take a look at all of our book publishing options and find one that’s the perfect fit for you.

Who invented joke books?

There is a VERY old joke which goes along the lines of “how much does a Grecian earn (urn)?” – “about 10 drachmas a week.”

It might now be consigned to the days of musical halls (particularly since drachmas were replaced by Euros) but it turns out the very first joke book was created by the Ancient Greeks.

The Philogelos was a collection of 265 jokes, first appearing as far back as the 4th century AD, around subjects such as teachers, pupils and eggheads.

While the jokes themselves may not exactly have stood the test of time, it shows that the appetite to be entertained stretches way back into history.

The oldest recorded joke dates back to 1900 BC and is VERY smutty – not something we want to repeat here but you can easily find it for yourselves.

It highlights that toilet humour was alive and well back in ancient times and that the actual purpose of a joke – to poke fun, be rebellious and even confront taboos – hasn’t changed much at all.

What are the best joke book titles?

When it comes to compiling a joke book, there are lots of options to consider. You could of course go for something really simple which does what it says on the tin – My Favourite Joke Book.

It may be that your content is all around a certain theme so how about – 100 top jokes about schools, 100 top jokes about food – you get the idea!

You could also choose something completely obscure, but which is bound to catch attention. Real titles of books have included The Joy of Boiling Water, Men Who Knit and The Dogs Who Love Them, and On The Eighth Day God Created Hairdressers.

If nothing else, these kind of crazy titles will attract interest – even just out of curiosity!

You can even make your title a joke along with the “name” of the author such as The Broken Window by Eva Brick or Lovely Gardens by Teresa Green. Yes, they’re old and they’ll make you groan but that doesn’t mean they’re not a lot of fun.

There’s even an international prize for the most bizarre book title, awarded every year at the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair. So do your job right and you could end up with an honour to your name.

How to write a joke book

The first thing to consider is the theme of your joke book. Is it a random collection of funnies, is it something around a particular topic or an interest and are you compiling it for a reason?

If you’re writing the book from scratch that can be far more challenging than simply asking people to submit a joke or doing your research and gathering tried and tested favourites.

Remember to consider the size of the font you use – they should be easy to read so you don’t want too many jokes on one page. Mix up the fonts you’re using for greater effect and if you can find someone who can illustrate them for you, that’s a huge plus.

Also consider your audience – a joke book aimed at children will require a different kind of content than one for adults.

But there’s no doubt at all that this an enterprise that can be extremely rewarding.

Just a word of warning – we don’t want you to think about printing your favourites on the side of OXO cubes, otherwise you could become a laughing stock….

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