is this how jokes work

Me: I wouldn’t say I knew Yorick well. Not well-well. I knew OF Yorick.

JUDGE: May I remind the defendant that they are under oath.

Me: Whoah! Whoah-whoah-whoah! I’m in a COURT?! I thought I was just making a dumb Shakespeare joke on Mastodon! This is– this is– I don’t know WHAT this is!

ALIENS VISITING THE HUMAN ZOO WHERE THEY’VE RECREATED A COURTROOM AS A ‘HUMAN HABITAT’: [unrecognizable sounds in a wavelength outside our hearing]