- A bull and a bear are taking a bath together. The bull says, "could ya please pass the soap?" The bear replies, "No soap silly, just a radio!"
-There are two ducks in the bathtub. One duck says "hey, gimmie the soap" the other duck says "Radio?!! What radio?"
-A penguin and a polar bear are sitting on an iceberg. The penguin yells..."Radio!" And they both jump in the water!
-Two penguins are standing on an iceberg. The iceberg splits in two pieces, the penguins start to drift away from each other. Just as they are about to loose sight of each other, one of them shouts "Pizza!"
-Two polar bears are sitting in a bathtub. The first one says, "Pass the soap." The second one says, "No soap. Radio!"
-Two elephants are sitting in the bathtub. The first one says, "Please pass the soap." The other responds, "What do you think I am?...a radio!?"
(Actually...) "No soap. Radio." is classic anti-humor.
It has all the telltale signs of a typical joke: (...ya think?)
1. Situation - Mixture of mundane and absurd E.g. Talking animals, taking a bath? (...umm sure! Why not?!?)
2. Cadence - Clipped sentences with inverted-checkmark emphasis. E.g. "Two men walking into a bar."
3. Word Choice - Short, simple words.
4. Basic Form - Situational setup, conversation, punchline.
But in reality... it's simply NOT funny. There's NOTHING to "get." And THAT'S what's funny.
The humor is a result of the cognitive dissonance caused by a violation of the expectation that it was a joke and therefore should be funny. (What the HELL did he just say?)
It works best in a social setting with a group of people who are in on the joke and a single person who has never heard it before. One person tells the "joke" and the rest of the group laughs/snickers/groans. This emphasizes the expectation that the joke should be funny, leaving the poor soul who's not in on it an unenviable choice: Either risk looking foolish by saying "I don't get it", or try to pretend they find it funny and laugh along with the rest of the group. (Ohhh...We get it now, thanks for clearing that up!)
The most classic piece of anti-humor you're probably already familiar with.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: to get to the other side.
(Q: Why did the monkey fall out of the tree?
A: ...Never mind.)
Other similar jokes cross the line from anti-humor to meta-humor. For example:
Q: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
"Fish" isn't a punch line, per se, as it has nothing to do with the question. However, the form of the non-punch line is (arguably) surreal. So, the seemingly unrelated punch line is resolved, but only by forcing the listener to cross meta-levels (which causes the kind of unexpected (here we go again...) cognitive dissonance we perceive as humor.)
(So there you have it! Short and simple...Don’t you think?)