This one-liner comes from Neal Brennan's standup '3 Mics'. He told it around 22 mins into the act.

The joke is:

One hundred percent of people who eat in that dining section of the grocery store are murderers.

The audience apparently got it and erupted in laughter. But I did not get this oneliner.

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    I can only guess, but could the people possibly all be eating meat? And some (many) people consider eating meat to be a form of murder. Feb 21, 2017 at 9:25
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    Voting to close because the question is not about the English language.
    – TimR
    Feb 21, 2017 at 9:49
  • I don't agree. You are thinking in the very narrow sense of 'learning english'. To improve proficiency, it is important to understand the cultural context of a discourse or a conversation.
    – user9170
    Feb 21, 2017 at 9:52
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    What is the purpose of the pictures, Anthony? If you think they provide "context" you're mistaken. What is the antecedent of that section in the sentence spoken by the comic?
    – TimR
    Feb 21, 2017 at 10:02
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    In where I live, I haven't come across dining section in any supermarket. That's why cultural context is important to understanding conversations.
    – user9170
    Feb 21, 2017 at 10:20

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As many people would put it:

It's funny because it's true! Hahahahaha!

There's nothing inherently funny in the sentence. Maybe a bit of exaggeration (obviously not everybody dining there is a murderer), but that's it. This same sentence, said by anybody else, or said by Brennan himself but out of a comedy context, wouldn't make anybody laugh.

However, people laugh. Why? Because a comedian just said "something funny".
During their shows, stand-up comedians make use of a wide range of vocal inflexions, face gestures and other visual and auditive cues to let people know when they are supposed to laugh. It's part of a comedian's work; the audience knows it, and they know the cues and will readily cooperate when they have to. And more importantly, people laugh because they want to. They paid for a comedy show, they are in the mood of having fun and laughing, and they'll laugh at every single chance there is to (usually following the aformentioned cues).

But seriously: this doesn't really have anything to do with English Language Learning (despite your comments). It may have something to do with American Culture Learning, but this is not the appropiate site for questions about that.