An anecdote that has the setup of a joke (background info, character introductions), but as it goes on, it is revealed to be an anecdote, usually ending in a serious or somber way; can be described as a form of dark humor in some cases.
A man has a dream where a gorilla steals his banana. He tells his wife about his strange dream. She ignores him completely and goes back to sleep. The man rolls over, and he cries as he realizes his marriage is in shambles. (This is an example of a non-joke)
by tahutoa June 10, 2016