They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. Unfortunately, for most of us, that means we only have one chance to win over someone cute at a party, chat up a classmate, or impress that new co-worker. The good news? There’s a better way to break the ice than asking,”so, what do you do?”
We’ve rounded up foolproof icebreakers that will always get people laughing, so you can ace those intros with confidence. And if you’re single and looking for icebreakers, check out these 50 Pick-Up Lines So Bad They Just Might Work.
Get the Other Person Talking
“What are two truths and a lie about you?”
Try a Pun About Puns
“There was a man who entered a local paper’s pun contest. He sent in 10 different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in 10 did.” (That one is from comedian Peter Kay.) And for more hilarity, take a look at 50 Puns So Bad They Are Actually Funny.
Don’t Be Afraid to Keep it Corny
“Excuse me? Do you know how much a polar bear weighs? Enough to break the ice. Hi, I’m….” And for other cheesy jokes that will get people laughing, check out the 75 Jokes That Are So Bad They’re Actually Funny.
Lead with a Question
Ask the person you’re meeting, “If you had to use a fake name, what name would you make up?” Things are bound to get silly quickly.
And for more great ideas for launching into a conversation, Here’s the Secret to Making a Great First Impression.
Be a Hopeless Romantic
“Life without you would be like a broken pencil…pointless.” And for more pointers on keeping the romance going, Here’s John Legend’s Top Secret to a Happy Marriage.
“Do you ever lay looking up at the stars and think of all the messed up things in the world? Like why is there a D in fridge, but not in refrigerator?”
Try a Good Old Knock-Knock Joke
Stopwatch you’re doing and talk to me.
If this made you laugh, you’ll definitely want to read the 50 Knock Knock Jokes Guaranteed to Crack You Up.
Don’t Be Shellfish, Make People Laugh
Here’s an icebreaker from comedian Ken Dodd: “Did you hear about the shrimp that went to the prawn’s cocktail party? He pulled a mussel.” And for more silly humor like this, check out the 50 Dad Jokes So Bad They’re Actually Hilarious.
Ask an Unexpected Question with a Silly Answer
“Are you a keyboard? Because you’re just my type.”
Don’t Be Afraid to Improvise
“At the very start, let me say that we both have something in common. You don’t know what I’m going to say, and neither do I.”
Tell a Joke About Jokes
“A priest, a rabbi and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says, ‘Is this some kind of joke?’”
When You’re Not Sure What To Say Next at the Party
“My email password has been hacked. That’s the third time I’ve had to rename my cat.” And for some great advice on wowing the opposite sex, know the 20 Words Men Use That Always Make Women Cringe.
When You Want To Talk To the Person Next To You at the Bar
“I flirted with disaster last night. Now disaster won’t stop texting me.” And for more great relationship advice, here are the 15 Signs She’s Playing Hard to Get.
A Little Irony Can Go a Long Way
“Don’t you hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do.”
Make it Topical
“When I meet new people, I immediately start talking about global warming. It’s a real ice breaker.”
Roast Your Own Culinary Skills
“I cooked dinner for my family last night and it was going to be a surprise, but the fire trucks ruined it.” And for more tips on what to say when meeting new people, This is the Best Way to Make New Friends!
Try A Pick-Up Line About Pick-Up Lines
“You’re so beautiful that you made me forget the rest of my pick-up line.”
When Getting Ready to Make the Sale
“Catch a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.”
Make It Your First Time Trying Stand-Up
“People used to laugh when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well, nobody’s laughing now.”
When You Want to Impress During a Job Interview
“I’ve only been fired from a job once. It was a calendar factory. All I did was take a day off.”
Try This Joke On a New Friend
“If you had to be a candy bar, what kind of candy would you be?”
Lighten Things Up On a First Date
“Are you a 45-degree angle? Because you’re acute-y”
In the Doctor’s Waiting Room
“I heard an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so I stopped eating apples so they’d let me in here.”
When Texting Someone for the First Time
“I just heard the man who invented autocorrect just died. May he restaurant in peace.”
While Asking Someone to Spot You at the Gym
“The gym is like church. Everyone thinks they can go for an hour and erase their sins from the week.”
In the Dressing Room Line at a Department Store
“If shorts are called shorts, why aren’t pants called longs?”
When Starting Out at a New Job
“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”
When You Want to Stop a Stranger on the Street
“So, do you believe in love at first sight, or do you want to walk by me again?”
Ask For a Confession
“What’s the worst thing you ever did as a kid and got away with?”
Test Out Their Survival Skills
“Other than my sparkling wit, what’s the one thing you would want to have if you were stuck on a desert island?” For more hilarity, take a peek at theses 30 Hilarious Jokes Found in Non-Comedy Movies!
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