The world of joke lovers has been stunned today, as Arnold E. Tigame, 34, known worldwide as 'The Laughing Man' for telling hilarious jokes then laughing at them himself, failed to laugh when he was presented with the 'Award for Most Pathetic Attempt to make your Jokes Seem Funny by Laughing At Them' at the annual Humour Awards, presented by JOKE-TV.
As Arnold was given the award, he was asked by Beatrice Votterwood, 58, the president of JOKE-TV and chief judge of the competition (in other words, she got to toss the coin to decide who won the award), to give the world one of his infamously terrible jokes, followed by their equal in infamy and being terrible of laughs.
But Arnold simply stormed off the stage.
It was later discovered that Arnold had been talked into making good TV by ANTI-JOKE-TV (The main rival of JOKE-TV) by starring on a reality show that saw several jokeaholics - including Arnold - be turned into antijokeholics by use of various pills, drugs, medicine, strange red ray guns and chocolate chip cookies.
'It's terrible,' said one of Arnold's closest friends, Joseph Clytamon, 45, who wishes to remain unnamed, afterwards. 'He was such a nice person - well, not when it came to telling jokes. And his laughs were terrible. In fact, I really hated him.'
Arnold is currently undergoing urgent surgery to get him back to his normal joking-and-laughing self - although some wish they wouldn't bother.