I’m not sure there is much that’s harder for a human being that trying not to laugh when something strikes you as funny – I know that as a parent of toddlers, I am faced with this particular conundrum pretty regularly these days.

No matter the reason you’re not supposed to laugh – the time, the place, the joke, what have you – trying to hold it in only makes you want to laugh, more right?

You’re gonna be so glad that you’re allowed to laugh, at least, when you read through these 13 responses.

1. I could not have kept it together.

A guy was acting as his own attorney. He was questioning himself in court by standing up, asking a question, then sitting down to answer it.

The judge finally looked at him and said, “Sit down, Mr. X.”

I almost lost it, but managed to hold my court demeanor.

2. I think he would like that.

Great Uncle’s funeral.

The vicar was doing his thing, but when he said “our soul”, in his posh-ish accent it sounds just like “arsehole” and it got me. I managed to keep it together the first time, but after the second one I could barely hold it back….

It was something like, “our soul is something we should cherish, it defines who we are…”

I was stifling laughter to the point of tears, my mum said after she thought I was crying.

There’s an Oasis song called Acquiesce where the same things happens and me and my cousin, who was sitting away from me inside the church, used to make each other laugh by singing that (we were about 13 or 14 at the time). After the service had finished we met outside and were rolling about it fits of laughter – he had had the exact same reaction.

It’s something we still laugh about 20 years later.

3. That is not what he wanted to say.

Our teacher was scolding the class but in his rage induced lecture he accidentally knocked over a stack of graded papers onto the floor ruining the perfect by name order he had them in. That’s not what was funny.

What was funny was he immediately said out loud aw shucks since he wouldn’t swear. This came out of a man who’s face was red as a lobster. I almost choked trying not to laugh

4. This is amazingly terrible.

I was giving a hitting lesson to a 9 year old kid before the pandemic.

After the lesson his dad mentioned that when you get older you can get whatever name or nickname printed on your wood bat.

The kid asked if he could get “c*ck sucker” printed on his bat. I had to put my glove over my mouth so he wouldn’t see me laughing!

5. Laugh and die, kid.

A teacher in middle school tore me apart for being an a$shole in his class because I was being an a$shole. As he finished, he kicked his legs back to look smug, etc. and flipped his chair over.

He shot up so quickly with such a red face that I thought if I made a peep he would probably kill me. I was dying on the inside.

6. Not a spoiler.

Something similar happened when I went to see Hamilton. When he (spoiler!) gets shot by Burr and dies, this girl in front of me audibly gasped and said “oh, no!”

I had no idea the ending was a mystery to people so I was chortling while Alexander was dying.

7. Definitely going to hell.

So one time, me and my class were watching a play where all the actors were both blind and deaf.

At one point, they were walking on the stage with no one to guide them and one of them fell off the stage.

8. Bless.

When my aunt died I was heartbroken, I loved her very very much. She was in a coma and we had a sort of living wake for her.

At her funeral though, I don’t know I must’ve been all cried out or something.

True to her style though, she played the godd*mn Collingwood theme song as the coffin left and I lost my shit. I pretended to sob down the back of the church, but I was pissing myself laughing.

9. Everybody’s a comedian.

I was getting a passport photo taken at a Walgreens. Nice, older man grabs the camera and has me stand in front of the white backdrop and says earnestly “No smiling. The passport people hate their lives so no one can look happy.”

Because that totally helped me keep a straight face lol

10. Everyone is silently panicking.

My first time in Houston, a very large lady was going up a full escalator. Near the top, she suddenly “fell” into a low sitting position as if her legs gave in.

She didn’t fall down the steps or anything, she was just stationary (no longer moving up with the escalator).

Her size prevented anyone from passing around her so everyone behind her began to walk backwards to not crash into her, some picking up their luggage.

11. A forever laugh.

My mother-in-law was basically awful to me early in our relationship. Called me names, made comments about my family, made comments about my upbringing in a trailer home. Really cool. I remember always trying to be the better person. Anyway, there was a big gathering of my wife’s family.

My MIL was “holding court” and made a few shots at me at the dinner. She left to get something out of the kitchen at some point. On her return, someone had closed the screen door, and she walked right into it. Mid stride, mid sentence. She made a hilarious noise. I almost guffawed, but my wife clenched my knee.

I laughed on the inside, and pictured it whenever I needed a pick-me-up from her narcissistic victimhood. We are estranged from her now. Big shock.

12. That didn’t go as planned.

Our class salutatorian started her speech with “today we are here for our graduated cylinders – I mean our graduation” and went “hehe” and at the time that she chuckled at her own joke, which definitely was a joke, I, a lone patron of comedy in a convention center of thousands, who was already on thin ice, let out a very audible laugh and “WOO” and the monitor, which was based on sound, cut to me as I laughed and caught the woo.

I genuinely found it funny and could not stop laughing until well after the ceremony finished

13. Not the right moment.

I was watching hunger games in theaters and the Rue death scene caused a reaction from the person behind me that left me laughing so hard I thought the people who didn’t hear her would think I was a horrible person.

Right when the spear hits her I heard this “O DAMN” from behind me like the most stereotypical dumb reaction gif sound effect of a dude getting kicked in the nads. It clashed with the scene so much and was the only time the person ever spoke it just cracked me up

14. How did you do it??

I’ve watched some children run into glass doors, but I couldn’t laugh I had to be “nice”

As a parent, I hold it back long enough to see that they’re ok (not bloody, broken, etc.) then start laughing.

It seems to make them laugh off small pains. They see that other people are laughing, and they’re less likely to cry for attention.

15. For a whole month.

When I was a kid with my mom and 15 families and 30-40 kids standing in a parking lot.

Mom is trying to get everyone organized by grade and this one kid that was in the year below me was tearing around jumping into people screaming and being a general terror.

Mom turns to me and says, “Can you get him to stop?”. Kid is running straight at me, so I step to the side and sweep his legs clear out from under him as he jumps.

This wasn’t a little trip, the kid hit the pavement/curb so hard both legs flew folded over backwards and almost kicked himself in the back of the head from the momentum.

My mom screams and I knew I screwed up instantly and turned only to see the kids own mother just about folding herself over to keep from laughing. I just said, “What, he stopped now.” Poor kid had to get stitches and I felt terrible about it for like a month.

16.  Not a ghost.

The cd started skipping at my stepmoms funeral.

Everyone thought it was a sign from her but it turned out it was just a sh%tty cd.

17. Insult to injury.

My normally pretty chill, easily distracted science teacher at secondary school went off at a kid for slamming his books on the desk.


Punctuating “stupid” by slamming his fist down on the paperwork in front of him.

However, as he slammed his fist down, I heard a slight tinkle that struck me as odd.

Ten or so minutes later I notice the teacher’s face went bright red as he moves the paperwork that was in front of him to discover the freshly broken glass plate from overhead projector…

18. Well this is awkward.

So the Dean of our college had recently passed away due to cancer, and he was a nice/popular guy so he was well liked by students and faculty.

During an event to commemorate him, all the students and faculty gathered and some people went on stage to share their memories of him.

This one guy (a new student who barely knew him) goes up on stage and starts giving this really emotional speech. The only problem was that he was talking about another faculty member, who was very much alive and had just gone abroad for a few months for training. The dude went into all the details about his life and even called him by name to make it evident what was happening. Turns out he thought the wrong guy was dead, and his attempt at an overly emotional speech made it worse.

Looking at all the confused people on stage, the situation was very funny; but just before him, other students and teachers had given heartfelt eulogies for the Dean so it felt wrong to laugh at the time…

19. The important stuff.

Paramedic here, watched a drunk falling down a bunch of stairs.

He had several broken bones and looked like a pretzel.

He then just screamed at his friend to get him a new beer because he dropped his.

Nearly pissed myself.

20. Kids are always bringing the fun.

You’re not allowed to laugh at a funeral, right?

Well we all did, so I guess this counts: at my grandmother’s funeral, when the priest asked us all for a moment of silence to remember my grandmother, my 5 year old brother, amidst all the silence and hushed crying and tears saw the priest lighting candles and started singing at the top of his lungs, “happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!”

He turned one of the saddest moments of my life into the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

21. Was this an episode of South Park?

While having dinner with my friend who has a 5 year old and a 3 year old:

5yo: “you know what Wyatt said in class today? He said ‘f*ck you!'”

3yo: “f*ck me…..”

22. An excellent question.

There is always hilarity when you have young kids at funerals.

I can still feel the dirty looks from my relatives when I burst out laughing at my grandfather’s funeral and it was damn near 25 years ago!

We were all milling around at the funeral home for the after service wake when my young cousin came up and had this confused look on his face. I asked what was up, expecting him to ask why people were sad or something. Nope. He pointed to the security bars on the windows and asked “are those to keep people in or keep people out?” I laughed so hard that I damn near wet myself.

23. Stop it.

At my friend’s grandfather’s funeral. The first sentence of the pastor’s speech was “We are all here because we love Dick so much.” His name was Richard.

This holy man gave a 15 minute speech about his love of Dick and how Dick changed his life. My wife and I did not make eye contact through the entire thing for fear of busting out laughing in a quiet, crowded church.

It took me about a year to ask my friend his thoughts about it and apparently he was close to losing it too.

24. He got the last laugh.

I was in a cadaver lab for an anatomy class, and that week we were learning hip and upper leg muscles.

My group were at the table and one of the guys proceeded to roll the cadaver leg over, from looking at the hamstring to study the quads.

We didn’t realize that the leg belonged to a male until its d*ck slapped him straight on the back of his hand.

Entire group was breathing super hard trying not to laugh and appear disrespectful in the eyes of the tutors, but I honestly reckon the guy would’ve been laughing with us.

25. I think I would have lost it.

Helping a Grade 2 class (~8 year olds) and one of the kids was just so loud.

He was running around the class when one of the girls held out her arm and clotheslined him.

I was able to keep a straight face for that but she kneeled down and yelled, “Boom!” at him.

He started crying, they both got a detention, and I almost bit through my tongue.

I feel sorry for these folks, because I’m laughing for sure.

What’s your best story like this? Share it with us in the comments!