Knock-knock joke

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A Knock-knock joke is a 5 line joke with a pun that always starts with the phrase, "Knock Knock! ("Who's there?") " They began with "do you know?" jokes around 1900. They became very popular in the 1930s.[1]


The basic setup is as follows:

Joke-Teller: "Knock, Knock!"

Joke-Hearer: "Who's there?"

Teller: "[some phrase, typically a single word]"

Hearer: "[repeats Teller's phrase] who?"

Teller: "[punchline]"

Example:

Joke-Teller: "Knock-knock!"

Joke-Hearer: "Who's there?"

Teller: "Police"

Hearer: "Police who?"

Teller: "Po-lice (please) stop telling these awful knock-knock jokes!"


References[change | change source]

  1. "The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes". NPR.org. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2017.