Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jest Joking

“So a rabbi, a minister and a priest walk into a bar…” The Bartender says “Hey, what is this, some kind of joke?” The idea of this joke is about being inside of an actual joke. There is something familiar and fun about such a formulaic premise. It is no wonder I am so amused by such things. I love elephant jokes. I am always happy to hear knock-knock jokes and I am a long time fan of jokes about what it takes it take to change a light bulb.

Look them up online and you might find yourself amused for hours. Even if you’ve heard them before, you might find yourself laughing at the sublime and the ridiculous. For me, the best ones are those that can be told without reservation in mixed company to young and old. Be careful, there are plenty of jokes that borrow a format to make inappropriate or politically incorrect commentary about gender or race or religion. My advice: don’t go there.

Instead, mine those old gems for good clean fun. A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Why the long face?”; Knock. Knock. Who’s there? Boo. Boo Who? Well there nothing to cry about!;  How many elephants fit into a Volkswagon? Four. Two in front and two in back!; How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but the light bulb has to really want to CHANGE.

Maybe you are groaning a bit at the simple humor. But maybe, just maybe, one of these little jokes brings a smile. The good news: It doesn’t take any time at all for someone to get into the spirit for which these jokes are offered. Sure, maybe you will offend psychiatrist inadvertently with that light bulb joke, but you can turn him/her around when the next knee slapper about why a chicken crosses the road.

Have fun. Enjoy a few laughs.