Turns out hit­ting mid­dle age is no joke

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - STU HUNT

Do they call dad jokes ‘dad jokes’ be­cause dads are the only peo­ple that find them funny?

It’s a lit­tle bit sad to think that in­stead of im­prov­ing with age, your sense of hu­mour is stripped of all nu­ance and re­duced to corny word­play and san­i­tized one­lin­ers.

No one’s going to ex­pe­ri­ence in­vol­un­tary in­con­ti­nence over most dad jokes but on the plus side they’re un­likely to of­fend any­one.

My per­sonal favourite is ‘‘How did the Ele­phant man die?’’

‘‘The bearded lady shot a dwarf out of a can­non and it hit him in the head.

It was a freak ac­ci­dent.’’ Hi­lar­i­ous.

And they’re easy to re­mem­ber. No lengthy set up, no in­volved story telling, noth­ing to get wrong.

Just feeder, punch­line, then si­lence, maybe a lit­tle de­jec­tion, prob­a­bly some self-doubt and then quiet re­solve to learn a few bet­ter jokes.

Not a great start to a first date. Ac­tu­ally speak­ing of dates I was watch­ing First Dates Aus­tralia the other day, as I am wont to do from time to time.

One of the dates was lurch­ing along very un­steady on its feet and the ban­ter should have come with a ‘‘some view­ers may find the fol­low­ing dis­turb­ing’’ warn­ing.

Nerves were ob­vi­ously get­ting the bet­ter of them and fair enough.

Dates are highly stress­ful for even the most sea­soned cam­paigner.

So to take a well-earned pause, she gets up and wan­ders off to the ladies and he turns the cam­era and straight-faced says, ‘‘Crikey, I’m sweat­ing like a cat at a grey­hound meet’’.

I nearly fell off my chair. I tested the the­ory that dad jokes were so easy to learn and de­liver that I taught my 3-year-old daugh­ter one.

‘‘Why don’t sharks eat clowns? Be­cause they taste funny.’’

She loved it. In fact she was so en­thu­si­as­tic she would rat­tle it off with­out paus­ing for the punch­line.

She’d still get a laugh though mostly be­cause a 3-year-old that can crack a joke is im­pos­si­bly cute.

I didn’t get the credit for teach­ing her that one, but if the joke had been even the slight­est bit in­ap­pro­pri­ate the head shak­ing and con­cerned looks would all be com­ing my way.

Sadly the only jokes that stick in my mind bet­ter than dad jokes are the truly in­ap­pro­pri­ate ones and bitter ex­pe­ri­ence has taught me that only cer­tain peo­ple in this life will ever get away with telling them. Once they’re out, you can’t un­tell them.

So what I’ve come away with is dad jokes may only raise a laugh un­der ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances and are not re­ally solid build­ing blocks for a ca­reer in stand-up com­edy.

But they’re safe and don’t we mid­dle aged men just love that. Here’s one for the road.

‘‘What did the buf­falo say when his son left?’’



Dad hu­mour can be an ac­quired taste.

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