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Whether it’s April Fool’s Day or any day, these are the states with the biggest jokers. And no joke: Massachusetts made the list.


Massachusetts making a list of jokers should come as no surprise. After all, with Boston’s hilarious history stemming from our rich, decades-long comedy scene, this latest Top 10 placing should come as no surprise. That’s right: Boston is Number One on a recent list of Funniest Cities in America. Dig into the Top 10 here, and enjoy comedy stylings from a diverse list of comedians from each of the cities in the Top 10. Because everyone needs a laugh, whether it’s April Fool’s Day or not.


This recent list that Massachusetts landed on, however, is a bit different. It’s from Gambling.com and it’s called Which States Are the Biggest Jokers? So how, exactly, does one determine what makes a state the “biggest joker” or the residents of said state the “biggest jokers?” The rankers gave each state a “Joker Score” which topped out at 100 points. The criteria considered? Google Interest Score, Comedy Club Score, Comedy Acts Score, and Comedy Meetups Score. You can dig into the data and how they weighed everything here.


Which States Have the Biggest Jokers on April Fool’s Day?

So where did the Commonwealth end up? At lucky No. 13. We like to joke, we like to hear other people joke, and we’re game for a good prank, too. Which brings us back around to April Fool’s Day and this PSA: If you’re going to pull a prank on someone, make sure they have the sense of humor to appreciate it. And make sure it’s not mean. Mean isn’t funny. Period.


What do you say we laugh our way through the other 12 states that Massachusetts shares this jester hat with? I say let’s do it. And that’s no joke.

  • 13) Massachusetts

    Rest In Power to one of the greatest jokers to ever come out of the Commonwealth, Patrice O’Neal.

  • 12) Oregon

    Betcha didn’t know actress and comedian Kaitlin Olson hails from Oregon!

  • 11) Ruth Buzzi

    Laugh In legend Ruth Buzzi is a native of the Ocean State.

  • 10) Indiana

    Saturday Night Live alum Sasheer Zamata grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • 9) Ohio

    Speaking of SNL, current cast member Molly Kearney was born and raised in Cleveland.

  • 8) Washington

    Drag comedian Dina Martina splits time between Seattle and Provincetown right here in Massachusetts.

  • 7) New Jersey

    The legend, Lou Costello, of Paterson, NJ.

  • 6) Arizona

    Are you down with Ana Fabrega? Have you checked out Los Espookys?


  • 5) Colorado

    Any excuse to share the hilarious comedy stylings of Josh Blue.

  • 4) Illinois

    Oak Park’s own Kathy Griffin, forever pissing off all the right people.

  • 3) California

    Aisha Tyler has done so much in her illustrious career, but I fell in love with her stand up.

  • 2) New York

    RIP to the legend, Gilbert Gottfried.

  • 1) Nevada

    Up-and-coming YouTuber/diss rapper/comedian RiceGum is quite the jokester.

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