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Funny Things to Ask Alexa: Jokes, Trivia, Animal Sounds and More

Need a good laugh? Here are 55 questions to pose to your Amazon Echo.

An Amazon Echo rests on a table
Alexa will make you chuckle with each funny joke.
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This story is part of Home Tips, CNET's collection of practical advice for getting the most out of your home, inside and out.

Whether you're looking to entertain company or you're just in search of a laugh on your own, you can prompt your Amazon Echo to say some interesting things. You just have to know the right questions to ask. 

Give Alexa a break from turning on the TV and playing music. Instead, let your Echo device supply amusing jokes, stories and interesting trivia. For example, Alexa can tell you Star Wars jokes, yo mama jokes and even some interesting trivia facts. Not to mention, it can also keep the kids busy while you're busy.

Here's a list of 55 questions you can ask Alexa to beat boredom -- and maybe even crack a smile.

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Jokes

Alexa will tell you a joke if you simply ask it to -- just say "Alexa, tell me a joke." However, you can ask more specific questions for a good laugh, too.

  • Alexa, can you tell me a "yo mama" joke?
  • Alexa, what happens if you step on a Lego?
  • Alexa, do aliens exist?
  • Alexa, I've got 99 problems.
  • Alexa, how was your day?
  • Alexa, how high can you count?
  • Alexa, what is the value of pi?
  • Alexa, what do you think about Cortana?
  • Alexa, is your refrigerator running?  
  • Alexa, why is six afraid of seven?
  • Alexa, do you have any pets?
  • Alexa, do you believe in ghosts?
  • Alexa, are you blue? 
  • Alexa, I like big butts.
  • Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?
  • Alexa, how much do you weigh?
  • Alexa, can you give me some money?
  • Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya.
  • Alexa, do you know Siri?
  • Alexa, I am your father.
  • Alexa, do you know the muffin man? 
  • Alexa, how old are you?
  • Alexa, testing 1, 2, 3.
  • Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Alexa, are we in the Matrix?
  • Alexa, surely you can't be serious?
  • Alexa, where is Chuck Norris?
  • Alexa, do you like pizza?
  • Alexa, are you married?
  • Alexa, can you sing in autotune? 
  • Alexa, do you love me? 
  • Alexa, give me a kiss.
  • Alexa, make me a sandwich.
  • Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up? 
  • Alexa, what's your favorite color?
  • Alexa, will you marry me?
  • Alexa, can you tell me a Star Wars joke?
  • Alexa, can you talk like Yoda?
  • Alexa, can you rap? 
  • Alexa, who is on first?
  • Alexa, winter is coming.
  • Alexa, beam me up.
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Trivia

Alexa's not only chock full of jokes, but it also knows tons of trivia. Here are some questions to ask.

  • Alexa, can you give me a random fact?
  • Alexa, can you tell me a movie fact?
  • Alexa, what are some interesting history facts?
  • Alexa, what are some interesting sports facts?
  • Alexa, what are some facts about the US government?
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Entertain the kids

If your kids always seem to say they're bored, let Alexa entertain them for hours with these fun questions.

  • Alexa, can you entertain me?
  • Alexa, can you meow?
  • Alexa, can you bark?
  • Alexa, can we play an animal game?
  • Alexa, can you tell me a story?  
  • Alexa, who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? 
  • Alexa, do you like green eggs and ham?  
  • Alexa, can you read me a Kindle book? (It will read you the last book you downloaded to your account.)

For more things you can do with your smart speaker, here's how to play music from any streaming service on your Amazon Echo, five unexpected uses for your Amazon Echo and six unusual Alexa skills you can try with your Amazon Echo today.

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