Turns out hitting middle age is no joke
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.