punch line


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punch line

the culminating part of a joke, funny story, etc., that gives it its humorous or dramatic point
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The impact of the punch line is enhanced by adding a tension relief.
Listeners to the joke don't necessarily bring this set of oppositions to mind, but they must recognize it if the joke is to make any sense and the punch line is to be effective.
When used before the punch line a pause sets up the anticipation of "here comes the funny stuff
So I recite the punch line of "The People" when I watch, on CNN, a woman in Keokuk or Terre Haute announce she'll vote for Bush because he opposes abortion and same-sex marriage.
She said that she found herself yelling her old punch line at the TV during the hearings and it had given her a very helpful perspective.
Mencia prides himself on his ``wildly'' ``provocative'' ``politically incorrect'' sensibility, yet he drops every ostensible shocker of a punch line (which most comedians would deliver without a second thought) with a mock-naughty expression -- oops, he did it again.
Soldiers have always lampooned the enemy, so it's notable that in an age of incipient terror, civilians too are happily buying the punch line that what really hangs in the balance is heartburn.
Fortunately, this turned out to be one of those life-and-death situations that had not only a happy ending but a punch line.
Mir's lightness of touch can sometimes also yield a flatness of affect--in Naming Tokyo, she's produced something slighter than it might have been, a project finally more memorable for its winning delivery than for its underwhelming punch line.
The tree roots go deep and are entwined with the roots of the terrified Iraqi people, all precious beyond measure, and I have no punch line.