ENTJ personalities are not known as the comedian or the entertainer of the group, and you don’t often hear about their sense of humor. But ENTJs love to laugh as much as anyone else! 

ENTJs thrive in group settings where they have an excuse to use their charm and wit to win people over. This is one of the best places to see an ENTJ’s sense of humor in action as they put their natural charisma into play. ENTJs can often be found cracking jokes with close friends or using humor to get new acquaintances on their side. If you live with an ENTJ, you’ll also get to see their humor come out in unexpected moments—often in the form of sarcasm, which ENTJs use to make a finer point. 

While humor always comes down to personal preference, these are some of the things that are guaranteed to make the ENTJ in your life laugh out loud. Want to know what they are? Read on!

1. Inside jokes

ENTJs are known for having bucket-loads of charisma. This personality type uses humor to immediately build strong connections with new people, whatever the setting. This is partly thanks to their high level of self-confidence which has them making knowing comments and playing the crowd even when they’re new to a group. 

And you better believe ENTJs will remember those jokes for next time you meet!

A lot of ENTJs pride themselves on their ability to make friends and acquaintances easily and inside jokes are one of the main ways they do it. This personality type is extremely articulate, and ENTJs are comfortable enough in themselves that they’re happy to be teased and are always ready with quick come-backs. 

If you want to make an ENTJ laugh, play them at their own game and hit them with an inside joke when you next see them. If it’s a good one, it will land every time.

2. Office banter

At first look, it can seem like ENTJs are too goal-oriented and work-focussed to get involved with office humor. But get to know them a little better, and you’ll soon see how much they love the chance to show off in front of their colleagues, and just how involved they are in the office joke circuit. 

ENTJs know that the best way to get on with others is through laughter. Friendly office banter is known to improve collaboration and productivity, which over-achieving ENTJs definitely will love! If your boss is an ENTJ, you’re less likely to see their humorous side in the office. But usually this is the personality type who’ll surprise you at office parties or afterwork drinks. 

So if you want to make an ENTJ laugh, try to get into the office banter. Just make sure it’s harmless—no one likes a bully, and especially not fair-minded ENTJs.

3. Sarcasm

Timing is everything in humour. If you know an ENTJ, you probably know that they can hit you with biting sarcasm in the perfect moment, which is usually when you least expect it. ENTJs love sarcasm because it has so many uses. Like getting someone to think critically about an issue, or finding out how smart someone is. 

Sarcasm doesn’t have to be dark or mean. Often, it’s just about voicing the secret opinion that everyone else is thinking but is too afraid to say. Bold ENTJs aren’t afraid to say what’s on their mind so sarcasm works perfectly for them.

When it comes to comedians, movies and shows, ones with plenty of sarcasm are very likely to get a laugh from ENTJs. Think The Big Lebowski, House and pretty much every movie Ryan Reynolds has ever made. Watch out for ENTJs using subtle sarcasm in everyday life too, sometimes without even realizing they’re doing it. Sometimes, they just can’t bring themselves to stop. 

4. Comedies about ENTJs

While we’re on the subject of sarcasm, it’s fair to say that ENTJs are not afraid to make a joke out of themselves. They know they can be really stupid sometimes, and they like it when comedies force them to face up to these shortcomings! 

Some great examples of characters that are guaranteed to get a laugh are: neurotic bosses, perfectionists, and people who are easily irritated by others. Seeing other people play out the classic traits of the ENTJ personality type can be really entertaining for ENTJs. When it’s cleverly done and really relatable, ENTJs love it!

5. Animal videos 

Contrary to popular belief, ENTJs are not unfeeling robots. If you’re an ENTJ like me, you’ll know there’s no better way to spend your downtime than by watching a goat sing Taylor Swift. Or a cat getting freaked out by a cucumber. Or a prairie dog being dramatic.

ENTJs are guaranteed to laugh at animal videos and anyone who says they aren’t is either lying or hasn’t spent enough time on YouTube. Animal videos can be cute, goofy and weird all rolled into one. They can help you to de-stress, unwind and switch off after a long day. Really, animal videos are officially a form of self-care for ENTJs. So don’t be ashamed of them! 

Bonus: Puns

I’m including this as a bonus because it’s a controversial one… Some ENTJs love puns while others hate them to their very core. It’s not a guaranteed laugh but it’s a maybe. 

When it comes to puns, then the cleverer the better for ENTJs. You won’t win any points for using standard, recycled puns. However, if you can come out with something unique and your timing is spot on, you’ll probably get a laugh from an ENTJ.

If you want to try out some puns on the ENTJs in your life, it’s probably a good idea to start small and judge their reaction. You might get ridiculed relentlessly. Or you might get a huge laugh. It’s a dice roll! 

How to make an ENTJ laugh

Of all the personality types, ENTJs aren’t known for being the funniest but that doesn’t mean they don’t love to laugh. Every ENTJ is different but at least one of these types of jokes will put a smile on an ENTJ’s face. If it’s not a quirky cat video then it will be quick sarcasm or a super-subtle inside joke. Whatever it is, you’ll know it when you find it!

Elizabeth Harris
Elizabeth is a freelance writer and ghostwriter. She’s an anthropologist at heart and loves using social theory to get deeper into the topics she writes about. Born in the UK, Elizabeth has lived in Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Dubai before moving most recently to Budapest, Hungary. She’s an ENTJ with ENFJ leanings. Find out more about her work at bethharris.com