To properly deliver a joke, it's important to remember to smile and stay engaging. To keep the joke lively, the rhythm is very important. The joke should be short enough to hold the audience's attention, but not so short that it's hard to understand. To make the audience receptive, relax, act confident, and say your joke with a smile. Audiences find it boring to listen to a monotone voice, so it's important to use different tones.
When preparing a joke, it's important to know the audience. In a good joke, the content and length are suited to the audience's specific demographics. There are plenty of places to find joke material: online, specific events in your life or by repurposing other jokes. It is useful to use a joke file either on index cards or as a computer document for keeping track of jokes.
The "target" of the joke is what the joke is about. The joke's target suits the audience and keeps them interested. The setup of the joke, or the opening, should be at least partially realistic in order for the audience to relate to it, but should additionally include exaggeration as a humorous element. The punchline, or the ending, is the most crucial part of the joke. This is what the entire joke leads up to, and what makes the joke succeed or fail. To make the audience laugh, the punchline must be surprising.
The joke should be well practiced, but not blatantly memorized. If you tell the joke as if you're reading it off a script, it sounds robotic and wooden. Once you've practiced the joke, embellish it with specific details to make it more interesting.