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My boys are really into telling jokes. I am continually amazed at the jokes they tell, not because they’re so creative and funny–although sometimes they are–but because they are the very same jokes that I told my parents when I was a kid. And now that I think about it, probably the same jokes that my parents told their parents. Huh.

Of course I laugh like crazy so as not to spoil their punchlines, but you can only fake laughter through so many knock-knock jokes before you want to cover your ears and run screaming from the room.

Okay, maybe that’s just me being a tad dramatic. I do that sometimes.

The Classics are my favorite:

Knock-knock. 

Who’s there?

Banana.

Banana who?

Knock-knock. 

Who’s there?

Banana.

Banana who?

(Repeat 17 times, or until your Target Audience threatens mutiny, and then…)

Knock-knock.

(Exasperated) WHO’S THERE?

Orange.

(Sigh) Orange who?

(Giggling) Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

Yeah. That never gets old. To them.

Annoying jokes are their forte. Dare I say that they thrive on them? The Sons really don’t care if the joke makes any sense at all, so long as they amuse themselves. Even the Baby is getting involved. He’s pretty cute trying to repeat the jokes that his brothers tell on a daily basis–with a twist. The Baby’s version of the banana-orange joke goes something like this:

Knock-knock?

Who’s there?

BANANA YOU GLAD I DIDN’T SAY ORANGE?! (Insert Riotous Baby Laughter)

I don’t care who you are–that’s some funny stuff right there!

Son #1 resurrected a joke this morning that is new(er) and we had forgotten about. It’s from Sandra Boynton’s Amazing Cows book. BTW–if you like Sandra Boynton or cows, you should snag a copy of this book. Hilarity will ensue. But I digress..the joke goes like this:

Knock-knock.

Who’s there?

Interrupting cow.

Interrupting cow wh–

MOO!!!

Get it?! The Interrupting cow interrupted the joke. Heh-heh.

Son #1 told the joke a few times, and then, after belly-laughing so hard it hurt, the Baby had to join in. As always, his version was a little different:

Knock-knock.

Who’s there?

Annoying cow…MOO!!!

I like the Baby’s version much better. I think he’s got a future in comedy.

What’s the best joke that you remember from childhood or have heard lately?

Keep it clean, Friends. My kids are going to read them. ;)

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