Jimmy Fallon New Album 'Blow Your Pants Off' Shows What Makes Music So Funny

Comedian Jimmy Fallon released his second album of comedic music, Blow Your Pants Off, on Tuesday.

Music also exaggerates humorous techniques by playing with the timing and rhythm of jokes. Pausing, or including a “beat,” builds suspense for the punchline or lets the audience recognize and react to the joke. On the track “New French Girlfriend,” Fallon jokes about French women by stretching musical phrases and delivering the punchline at the end of every line. For example, he sings, “She ma-ade me gro-ow... a thin mustache” and abruptly stops singing but strums along, allowing the joke to hang in the air. Music allows for unlimited possibilities to take advantage of comedic timing.