I recently read a newspaper article which quoted a baseball player making a joke. The journalist wrote it as such: “‘[the joke],’ he quipped.” This made me realize something: any quoted bit of humor, no matter how witty or hilarious, can be nullified by calling it a quip.
Example bit of humor: “My girlfriend looks a little like Charlize Theron…and a lot like Patrick Ewing.” ~Zach Galifianakis
“My girlfriend looks a little like Charlize Theron…and a lot like Patrick Ewing,” Galifianakis quipped.
See? Less funny.