Children have an instinct for humour. Even small babies laugh at something unexpected, however their organised and word-based humour takes a little while to kick in. But they’re keen. Most children rapidly learn the power that being able to make someone laugh conveys. The ability to inspire humour and a positive mood in another being is a powerful thing.
Part of the process of understanding humour and then being able to replicate it yourself, is the types of humour learned from one’s peers at school. As well as the inevitable and apparently hilarious toilet humour (what do you call hundreds and thousands? Smartie-poos. Hilarious! You said “poo”! And while if you have explain a joke it is no longer funny, for the sake of American readers, translate hundreds and thousands to multi-coloured cake sprinkles, and Smarties to M&Ms.), the somewhat existential chicken-crossing-road jokes, and the pun (what did the chicken say when its mother laid an orange? Look at the orange-mama-laid!), there is the knock-knock joke.
As anyone who has been subjected to endless knock-knock jokes by a small child or three knows, knock-knock jokes are not funny. They usually turn around some sort of pun and while I love puns, knock-knock jokes seem to have managed to harness every non-funny pun in the universe with which to torment me. And it would seem impossible to say just one knock-knock joke. They seem to come in packs of between twenty and a hundred. I suspect knock-knock jokes are behind many a minor car accident as a parent has been driven to distraction.
However, I have come across two funny knock knock jokes, and in the interest of balance and making things right in the universe, pun-wise, I present them here for your entertainment and delectation…..
1. A basic understanding of trekkie-dom is required for this one.: Vulcans doing knock Knock jokes.
“I do not understand.”
“Just say ‘who’s there.'”
“But I already know your identity.”
“Yes, but it’s for the joke.”
“This is a joke?”
“You better believe it, brother.”
“This is illogical.”
” … ”
“Very well. Who is there?”
“The Terran fruit or the pigment?”
“It doesn’t matter. Either one.”
“Then I choose Earth’s pithy citrus.”
“…You know what? NEVER MIND.”
“I do not ‘get it.'”
2. I admit this one is probably funny if you are a bit of a grammar-nazi.