Jokes can make us laugh out loud, lighten and brighten our mood, smooth a tense situation, create a feeling of camaraderie. Jokes can also degrade, brutalize, humiliate, and tear down.
I prefer clean humor. No nasty words or vulgarities. If someone can't make me laugh without those, then they really aren't clever or funny. I don't mind if a joke alludes to sex or adult content, as long as it is tasteful. Part of being tasteful is that it has a universal basis that all adult people can relate to.
I despise mean, hateful jokes about ethnicity or any cultural group. Good natured ribbing about things that are generally accepted by the people at large AND the group itself is fine.
For instance, we live a redneck lifestyle. Jeff Foxworthy's humor does not offend us or make us mad. Much of it we can relate to: trucks, hunting, dogs, etc.
Think of the old Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts. They were hilarious! Yet, there was no vulgarity. There couldn't be, as television was still censored then to keep it from pulling our collective conscience down into the gutter. Think of how Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and even Bill Cosby could make us laugh until we had to hold our sides without one disgusting word. Just timing, facial expressions and connecting to a relatable subject.
What about you? What kind of humor do you enjoy? Have you ever been hurt by jokes either on a personal level or as a part of a group?