There are many things about the month of April that lend themselves to tomfoolery. Of course, the month begins with April Fools' Day, after all. But there's more. There's warm weather (if we're lucky), buds poking off of branches, allergens floating through the air, and extended daylight. There are spring breaks, vacations, and sports seasons starting. There's the winding down of the school year, and much excitement about the upcoming summer.
Perhaps all this explains why jokes have been on my mind lately. On April Fools' Day, while I walked outside enjoying the 84-degree weather (which must have been a prank itself), my mind wandered, and I found myself daydreaming about what would happen if I was forced to perform stand-up comedy. This daydream quickly morphed into the territory of nightmare as I pictured myself blushing uncontrollably and nervously laughing and snorting as I struggled to remember any jokes or remotely funny things I've ever thought or heard.
But then I thought, Wait a minute. I have all sorts of jokes to choose from, thanks to Michael Dahl! And not only that, but in Michael's brand-new set of Scoob-tacular jokes, Scooby-Doo's Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes!, Michael imparts expert advice on how best to tell a joke. Here's a hint: his main tip is to know the joke and to know how you're going to tell it. This may seem self-explanatory, but I'll be the first to tell you, it's more complicated than it sounds. (Says the woman who very recently botched the execution of a simple "What do you call a . . ." joke at a five-year-old's birthday party.)
— Eliza Leahy
Associate Editor, Trade and Consumer