50 Funniest One-Liners That Will Leave Your Friends Laughing

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50 Funniest One-Liners That Will Leave Your Friends Laughing

We’ve all experienced that awkward moment of silence. It happens even in a gathering of old friends. There’s a lull in the conversation, and nobody knows quite what to say. You want to save everybody from the awkwardness, but your mind is a blank. You don’t want to blurt out something stupid, because that just makes the moment all the more awful and cringe-worthy. But if you had a game-plan—a foolproof one-liner, say, that could suck all the tension out of the room—why, you’d be a hero! You’d be the Chevy Chase circa late-’70s of your social circle, the one who could be counted on to say the perfect thing at the perfect time to make everybody feel a little less uncomfortable and silly. If only you had planned ahead and had a few one-liners in your back pocket, ready for whenever you needed them…

Relax, we’ve got your back. Here are 50 of the funniest one-liners that are perfect for any occasion. Commit them to memory, and you’ll have your friends laughing so hard they won’t even remember why the conversation had lagged in the first place. And for some light-hearted humor guaranteed to make you crack a grin, don’t miss 50 Puns So Bad They’re Actually Funny.

lightbulbs against a yellow background

“Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they open their mouths.”

And for more jokes that are guaranteed to leave your ribs aching from laughter, don’t miss 70 Jokes So Corny They’ll Leave You in Stitches.

Salt and pepper shakers

“I always take life with a grain of salt. Plus, a slice of lemon. And a shot of tequila.”

And if you need some jokes to lighten the mood, no matter where you are, check out 30 Actually Funny Clean Jokes for Any Situation.

Obese man living in one of the Fattest Cities

“I don’t have a beer gut. I have a protective covering for my rock hard abs.”

And for more good, clean fun, bone up on 20 Funniest Jokes From Kids’ Books.

female student looking at textbook

“I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and I think, ‘Well, that’s not going to happen.'”

Woman and money, Bad Dating Marriage Tips

“Money talks. But all mine ever says is goodbye.”

tom brady diet nightshades tomatoes peppers

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”


“Life’s like a bird. It’s pretty cute until it poops on your head.”

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“I’m skeptical of anyone who tells me they do yoga every day. That’s a bit of a stretch.”

hold hands

“I don’t have a girlfriend. But I know a girl that would get really mad if she heard me say that.”


“A computer once beat me at chess. But it was no match for me at kickboxing.”

And for more humor, don’t miss 30 Hilarious Jokes No One Is Too Old to Laugh At.

kid asking parent mom a question

“I have a lot of growing up to do. I realized that the other day inside my fort.”

(Credit: Zach Galifianakis)

dad and son fishing

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. But teach a man to fish, and you saved yourself a fish, haven’t you?”

happy nerdy couple

“We have enough youth. How about a Fountain of Smart?”

forgetful woman against a gray background

“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.”

man with therapist

“My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.”

culture shock, arguing with friends

“My first experience with culture shock? Probably when I peed on an electric fence.”

And for more laughs, don’t miss 50 Knock Knock Jokes Guaranteed to Crack You Up.


“Worrying works! More than 90 percent of the things I worry about never happen.”

man angry at printer

“I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.”

mcdonald's happy meal

“Money can’t buy you happiness? Well, check this out, I bought myself a Happy Meal!”

Woman with cast on wrist

“The easiest time to add insult to injury is when you’re signing somebody’s cast.”

(credit: Demetri Martin)

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“The problem isn’t that obesity runs in your family. The problem is no one runs in your family.”


“You don’t need a parachute to go skydiving. You need a parachute to go skydiving twice.”

happy couple Bad Dating Marriage Tips

“Letting go of a loved one can be hard. But sometimes, it’s the only way to survive a rock climbing catastrophe.”

body positive affirmations

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems. But it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”


“Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.”

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“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

College Student Studying at Home 25 Years

“Knowledge is power, and power corrupts. So study hard and be evil.”

Soap pump

“Isn’t it odd the way everyone automatically assumes that the goo in soap dispensers is always soap? I like to fill mine with mustard, just to teach people a lesson in trust.”


“I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.”

And for more lighthearted jokes, don’t miss The 20 Funniest Jokes From Kids’ Movies.

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“Women should not have children after 35. Really, 35 children are enough.”


“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.”

Swollen feet Liver Warning signs

“It’s never a good idea to keep both feet firmly on the ground. You’ll have trouble putting on your pants.”

Man at Vending Machine Corny Jokes

“Change is inevitable—except from a vending machine.”


“Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars but checks when you say the paint is wet?”


“I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.”

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“What’s the difference between a northern fairytale and a southern fairytale? A northern fairytale begins ‘Once upon a time…’ A southern fairytale begins ‘Y’all ain’t gonna believe this…'”

amazon Alexa questions

“The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.”

And for some throwbacks that are bound to make you smile, check out The Funniest Joke From Every Decade Since 1900.

hipsters in an office

“There are three kinds of people: those who can count and those who can’t.”

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“I am not a vegetarian because I love animals. I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.”

people partying at the end of the night

“At every party there are two kinds of people: those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.”

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“If Walmart is lowering prices every day, why isn’t anything in the store free yet?”


“The easiest job in the world has to be coroner. What’s the worst thing that could happen? If everything goes wrong, maybe you’d get a pulse.”

Person handing someone cash money.

“I have all the money I’ll ever need—if I die by 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.”

woman watching tv

“A TV can insult your intelligence. But nothing rubs it in like a computer.”


“When tempted to fight fire with fire, always remember… The fire department usually uses water.”

boat sinking

“You are such a good friend that, if we were on a sinking ship together and there was only one life jacket, I’d miss you so much and talk about you fondly to everybody who asked.”

early bird worm

“The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”

step ladder

“This is my step ladder. I never knew my real ladder.”

happy couple at airport

“Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.”

man falling

“It’s not the fall that kills you. It’s the sudden stop at the end.”

And for jokes you can safely crack from your cubicle, don’t miss 30 Office-Friendly Jokes That Are Actually Funny.

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