It is generally held that jokes benefit from brevity, containing no more detail than is needed to set the scene for the punchline at the end.
Jokes are also passed along in written form or, more recently, through the internet.
There are many types of joke books in print today; a search on the internet provides a plethora of titles available for purchase.
They can be read alone for solitary entertainment, or used to stock up on new jokes to entertain friends.
A joke is a display of humour in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and is not meant to be taken seriously.
It takes the form of a story, usually with dialogue, and ends in a punch line.