Over the last few months you may have read about China’s attempts to destroy the dad joke, or even have seen President Obama’s daughters’ dismay at his dad gags. Well, I’m sick of the term ‘dad joke’ being used as a negative – as shorthand for rubbish comedy – so here begins the campaign to save the dad joke, to reclaim it, to showcase genuinely good dad jokes.
Please fill the Comments section here with your actually-very-good dad jokes to prove that they can have some worth!
You don’t have to be a dad to be able to craft a piece of perfect pun-laden pleasure, but your joke does need to be funny and not just the Christmas cracker-fare that the media is quick to attribute to fathers. It also doesn’t HAVE to be a pun, but they usually are. Also, being a dad joke, it has to be suitable for kids and can even be aimed at them specifically. They might not enjoy it (kids are legally bound not to appreciate any adult’s humour – except maybe Justin from Justin’s House) but as long as it would get past some kind of joke jury by a majority decision then that is fine.
I tasked the fathers of the excellent Dad Bloggers network to start the list off and this is the best of what they came up with:
Spike Zelenka of Double Trouble Daddy – “What do elephants wear white tennis shoes? Their blue ones are in the wash!”
Nick Dawson – “Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl going to the bathroom? Because the p(ee) is silent!”
David Blackwood of Underdaddy -“What does a pirate pay for corn? A Buck-An-Ear”.
Plus one of mine – “Why should you never marry a tennis player? Because love means nothing to them”.
Can you do any better? Add your GOOD dad jokes to the comments!