35 April Fools’ Day Jokes to Make Everyone Laugh

'Tis the season for pranks and nonstop fun. These witty April Fools' jokes and one-liners will keep you laughing all day long.

They say laughter is the best medicine, but they failed to include a disclaimer that this excludes those who are the brunt of the joke. If you’re like me, you prefer to spend April Fools’ Day hiding from everyone you know in order to avoid the inevitable embarrassment the day brings—but this doesn’t mean you can’t have a few laughs on your own. These April Fools’ jokes are hilarious and at the expense of no one—unless you want to try them out on one of your friends.

If these aren’t enough for you, we have jokes that cover it all, from dad jokes to knock-knock jokes and even some April Fools’ memes. And if your friends and family aren’t into jokes, try out these April Fools’ pranks on them instead.

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1. Believe nothing and trust no one this April Fools’ Day. So it’s just like any other day.

2. April Fools’ Day is like a huge open mic night: Millions of people go out of their way to demonstrate how unfunny they are.

3. What monster plays the most April Fools’ jokes? Prankenstein.

4. Did you hear about the guy who swapped the labels on the pumps at the gas station? It was an April Fuels’ joke.

5. Excuse me, sir. Do you think they named April Fools’ Day in your honor?

6. Why was the donkey annoying his friend? It was April Mules’ Day.

Why was the donkey annoying his friend? It was April Mules’ Day.RD.com, Getty Images (2)

7. You should know that no one understood it was an April Fools’ joke. No one expected you to have a sense of humor.

8. A and C were going to prank their friend … but they just letter B.

9. Which day of the year do monkeys like best? The first of Ape-ril.

10. Which day is the worst to propose on? April Fools’ Day.

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11. A couple of pranksters broke into the local police station and stole all the lavatory equipment. A spokesperson was quoted as saying, “We have absolutely nothing to go on.”

12. What’s a stepladder’s favorite holiday? April Stools’ Day.

13. What did April Fools’ Day say after it won an award? Prank you.

14. Who needs April Fools’ when your whole life is a joke? April fools.

15. Who needs a day for the fools? I’m surrounded by them all year.

16. I don’t always joke on April Fools’ Day. Just kidding, I do.

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17. My favorite April Fools’ Day prank is pretending I’m going to leave my couch … On my way out.

18. There are some friends you know will never pull an April Fools’ Day prank. Because they think it’s still March.

19. I’m going to pull an April Fools’ Day prank on my landlord by not paying rent. Just kidding, rent isn’t due today!

20. What do you call a hammer bought on April 1? An April tool.

What do you call a hammer bought on April 1? An April tool.RD.com, Getty Images (2)

21. Why was everyone so tired on April 1? Because they just finished a long 31-day March.

22. Babies born on March 31 are the easiest to prank on April Fools’ Day. They were literally born yesterday!

23. Joke’s on you, April Fools’ Day. I can be fooled any day of the year.

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24. April Fools’ Day is a great day to pull pranks. Except on me, if you’re smart.

25. What’s the biggest difference between Thanksgiving and April Fools’ Day? On one you’re thankful, and on the other you’re prankful.

26. Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


April who?

April Fools!

27. Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Noah who?

Noah-body—April Fools!

28. Why can April jump so high? It’s spring!

29. What do you say when it’s raining chickens and ducks on April Fools’ Day? It’s fowl spring weather.

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30. Why do eggs like April Fools’ Day? They love practical yolks.

Why do eggs like April Fools' Day? They love practical yolks.RD.com, Getty Images (2)

31. What is a prankster’s favorite toy? Silly String!

32. What’s one bone a prankster doesn’t want to break on April Fools’ Day? The humerus.

33. What’s the April Fool’s lucky card in the deck? The Joker.

34. April Fools’ Day is the favorite holiday of which animal? The silly goose!

35. What do you call a realistic prankster? A practical joker.

Now that you’ve chuckled at these April Fools’ Day jokes, try out these April Fools’ pranks you can play on your parents and kids.

Additional reporting by Kelly Kuehn.

Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is a former assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who writes about digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pickup lines and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.