Definitions: (1) given to jesting; habitually jolly; merry(2) containing jokes; sportive; playful; witty

Observation: A joke that makes fun of or belittles someone is no joke.

Comment: It takes some discretion and tact to know when to interject some jocularity into a serious situation. It could be the best thing to break the tension and get people seeing things in perspective again, or it could be the most tasteless thing to do. It’s all in the timing, and reading the situation accurately.