Understanding humour in a different culture can be challenging.
There is a type of joke in English called a Good News/Bad News joke.
As is typical with most western jokes, the ending is unexpected.
The pattern of a Good News/Bad News joke is always similar. The first person says, “I have good news and I have bad news. Which do you want to hear first?”
The second person in the joke chooses either the good or the bad news, gets the information, and then says, “Okay, what’s the (other) news?”.
We think the joke is funny if the ending surprises us.
Here’s a good news/bad news joke for you.
A man got a phone call from his doctor.
“I have good news and bad news,” said the doctor. “Which do you want to hear first?”
“Give me the good news first,” said the man.
“You have 24 hours to live,” said the doctor.
“That’s terrible!” exclaimed the man. “That’s the good news?! Nothing could possibly be worse than that! Go ahead; give me the bad news.”
The doctor replied, “I’ve been trying to phone you since yesterday.”