Monday, August 13, 2012

Knock. Knock.

Confession time: I appreciate the comedic genre of joke telling known as “the Knock-Knock joke”. This well-known joke structure is popular mainly with the ten-and-under crowd and can be found in tomes with such titles as “The Even Bigger Book of Knock-Knock Jokes, volume 7” and “Who’s there? The Unofficial History of the Knock-Knock Joke from 1854-1983”.

Its timeless versatility is the reason for its enduring popularity. If you’re not familiar with how a knock-knock joke works, welcome to this planet green bug-eyed overlords. But as a refresher, the structure is as follows:

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
[Noun or phrase]
[Noun or phrase repeated] who?
[Punchline, oftentimes related to the noun or phrase provided]

Now that you know the structure, here are five of my current favorites that you can try out on your friends and or children.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Whom who?
Yeah, I don’t know the difference either.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Wu who?
Melissa Wu, diver for Australia

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Owl says
Owl says who?

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
I don’t know.
I don’t know, who?
I don’t know who* either!

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan who?

*This should actually be “whom”, but comedy trumps grammar