When I was a senior in high school, I went through an extracurricular British English textbook called New Concept English (I am translating the title back into English from its Chinese title. So this may not be its original English title. I think the book is from the UK.). I couldn’t remember all details of a particular article, but the central thesis of it is that sometimes people from different cultures do not get each other’s jokes. I think that article used an English, a German, and a Russian as an example.
In some cases, that is true. But each person is different. For a guy with no sense of humor like me, when people start cracking jokes, I have a hard time getting it.
So I devised a clear way to get Western humor. I have solemnly asked my better half to give me a warning before she throws out her wisecracking wit, so I can prepare my super brain for the onslaught of laughter.
But sometimes I don’t get it even after a warning. One time she saw my confused look, then she retorted back: “This is really sad. Not only do I need to warn you, I also need to explain it to you?!”
PS. My memory is right. It looks like New Concept English was/is popular, especially in China. A google full string search got 59000 records back.