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You Must Be Joking! – Free Icebreaker

Duration: 5 - 20 minutes

Intended for:

Use this free icebreaker to lighten the mood of a training course. Can be used at the beginning, middle or end and provides a great opportunity for people to mingle or just have a little fun.

Training course contents:

A two-page document with instructions on the icebreaker as well as some example jokes can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.

What you will need – printed cards – one half to have the first part of jokes printed on them and the other half to have the punchlines.

Instructions  – advise participants that they will each be given a card (or selection of cards) with a part of a joke on it. Their task is to pair up with a person that completes the joke.

The activity can become really fun, particularly when participants begin to make up their own jokes!

Variations – instead of jokes you could use:

  • Quotes and who said them
  • Products and their features
  • Departments and the Directors (Induction events)
  • Fire extinguishers and their uses (H&S)

Beware: Ensure you use jokes that are unlikely to offend your audience. The best method of doing this is to search the internet for children’s jokes.

Alternatively, use the examples here…

Example Jokes:
Q. What did the elf use to make him taller?
A. Elf raising flour.

What did the traffic light say to the car?
Don’t look, I’m changing.

How do you catch a squirrel?
Climb up a tree and act like a nut.

Teacher: Give me a sentence with the word ‘analyze’ in it.
Pupil: My sister Anna lies in bed until nine o’clock.

What do you call a girl with the Titanic on her head?
Mandy lifeboats.

Who was the first underwater spy?
James Pond.

What dog smells of onions?
A hot dog.

Why did the orange stop rolling down the hill?
It ran out of juice.

What type of fish performs surgical operations?
A sturgeon.

Have you heard about the magic tractor?
It turned into a field.

Q: What did they award the man that invented the door knocker?
A: The No-bell Prize.

Did you hear about the robbers who fell in the sea?
They started a crime wave.

What do you get if you cross a cow with a grass cutter?
A lawn mooer.

Q: What is bright orange and sounds like a parrot?
A: A carrot.


This icebreaker is useful to help introduce participants or simply lighten the mood.

You Must Be Joking! – Free Icebreaker


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