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I’ve had both services in the past and haven’t really had any complaints about either.
I was looking for a pretty basic plan, nothing too fancy. It’s only been a couple days but I am pretty pleased so far and would recommend my local Verizon store over the local AT&T store.
It's worth noting that this is often Played for Laughs, where the understand why it's funny). Compare Lampshaded Double Entendre and Euphemism Buster (close cousins of Variant 3), "Just Joking" Justification. and Michael Waltrip used to be teammates at Dale Earnhardt, Inc (the race team created by Dale Earnhardt, Sr, who had been killed at Daytona 10 years previously).
Despite the title, this is, in fact, a comedy trope. Perhaps they forget the punchline, perhaps they have no sense of timing, perhaps they try to explain it until it stops being funny, or perhaps the joke never had a chance to be funny to begin with.
Because there is something funny about watching someone attempting to be funny and failing. Whatever the case, any attempt to make a joke will leave their intended audience staring at them dumbfounded.
Often goes with an Incredibly Lame Pun and is how such pun can lead to a Collective Groan. Also Alternate Character Reading, where puns based on this trope might Lost in Translation for those not knowing the language used for the pun and has to be explained, killing the joke in the process.
Contrast Stealth Pun (where absolutely no explanation is given), Am I Right? Not at all like Anti-Humor jokes, where the whole point is that the listener doesn't get the joke.