A Serious Joke

Pauly’s nerves threatened to cause his dinner to reappear as the tip of the knife pierced the skin on his throat.

“You couldn’t tell a joke if your life depended on it, could you?” the Master of Ceremonies asked.

Pauly should have known better than to enter Richard Bachman’s “The Funny Man” contest.

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“Joke” is the one-word prompt on The Daily Post.