If you do a google search to try to find the oldest jokes that we know of, one of the jokes that you'll find is an ancient Egyptian one, with dates given as anywhere between 1600 and 3600 years old, and it goes like this:
How do you entertain a bored pharaoh?
You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish.
It lacks punch and succinctness, and that might be because this was never, in fact, a joke - or even an accurate representation or translation.
The origin of this "joke" is the Westcar Papyrus, an ancient document containing several stories set in the time of King Khufu, who ruled Egypt around 2609-2584 BCE. One of the stories centres around the event related in the "joke" - the pharaoh is bored, and so he is taken out rowing with scantily clad ladies.
However the significant part of the story involves one of the women losing a precious brooch or pendant overboard, and becoming sad for its loss. King Khufu notices this when she stops rowing, and asks what has happened. She tells him she lost the item, and he immediately offers to replace it. She refuses, saying she would rather have her own possession. So the king calls for a priest or magician, who forces the water to retreat and is able to retrieve the pendant. Everyone is happy and the outing continues.
Various interpretations or inferences have been drawn from this story by modern scholars. But personally, I like the idea that the story is supposed to show that the king is approachable - he may be divine, a literal god, with the power of life and death over all his subjects, but he's still capable of boredom and also has an interest in making a pretty girl happy. She was not intimidated by him, but felt comfortable and confident enough to ask that he put himself out and exercise the godly power under his control to retrieve her pendant. And he did. It's very human.