KNOCK KNOCK, IS NOT SO FUNNY
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 11th February 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Have you heard the one about millennials who don’t know any knock-knock jokes?
Knock, knock. “Who’s there?” Avenue. “Avenue who?” Avenue you heard this joke before? Then you must be a millennial.
The knock-knock gag is in danger of dying out, it seems, after a survey found that 20 per cent of people aged under 30 had never heard of them.
A further 75 per cent of all ages agreed that the jokes are “old-fashioned” and “not as funny as they used to be”.
Knock-knock jokes have a long history, and it has been suggested that they have their roots in Shakespeare. In Macbeth, the porter is roused by a knocking sound. “Knock, knock! Who’s there, i’ the name of Beelzebub?” and later, “Knock, knock. Who’s there, in the other devil’s name?”
By the 1930s, knock-knock jokes were said to be sweeping America. National Public Radio in the US traced their history through the 20th century and found a newspaper columnist in Texas telling readers in 1936: “The whole thing is a game. Who started it, where… is a mystery.”
That same year, Vincent Lopez, the US bandleader, had a popular hit with Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Sample line: “Knock, knock. Who’s there? Emma. Emma who? Emma gonna have trouble with you?” Lopez later wrote in his autobiography: “That tune inflicted a fiendish game upon an America already suffering through the Depression.”
The jokes have been a staple of children’s joke books and Christmas crackers for decades. But by the end of the 1980s, it was rare to find jokes on lolly sticks. At the same time, comedy in the old variety and music hall mode had been replaced by more alternative fare.
The survey, carried out by Perspectus Global, an insights and research agency, found that one quarter (26 per cent) of over-50s feel sad that old jokes have fallen out of fashion.
But those who believe knock-knock jokes have had their day include some veteran comedians. Paul Elliott, better known as one half of comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers, said: “I was never very keen myself on knock-knock jokes. They’re fine for little kids – ‘Who’s there? Doctor. Doctor Who? No…’
“But I’m with the 75 per cent of adults who think they’re not that funny.”
Elliott said comedy tastes have changed over the years. “It was probably in the early ’80s that comedy changed, and it was all about comedians who had been up to the Edinburgh Festival. It became all about stand-up, rather than visual comedy.
“There are still some old-style performers, like Bradley Walsh, and a lot of it is funny- I do like Joe Lycett. But generally it has changed a lot.”
According to the survey, 18 per cent of Britons believe that social media has changed what we find funny as a nation. It also found that knock-knock jokes are most popular in Nottinghamshire – where one-third of people admit to still finding them funny.
David Arnold of Perspectus said: “The classic knock, knock joke is part of our national heritage. However funny or unfunny they may be, they still have the ability to put a much-needed smile on our faces. It would be sad if they were consigned to the joke book of history.”
Old ones the best: Five prime examples of knock-knock jokes
- Who’s there?
A little old lady
A little old lady who?
I didn’t know you could yodel
- Knock, knock
- Knock knock
There, there, don’t cry
- Knock, knock
Olive next door, don’t you recognise me?
- Knock, knock
No thanks, I’m allergic to nuts.
Article by Anita Singh.
I have to say I do agree with these findings. Humour has changed so much over the years. In my seventy years I have seen so much change in humour. Fortunately, I have kept up today with the changes and current trends! But I can still also laugh at most of the old stuff. Although probably not as deeply.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Top Ten Untrue Sayings
- When you’re getting criticised from both sides, you must be doing a good job.
- What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
- A watched pot never boils.
- You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. (Flies are attracted to acetic acid.)
- If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. (Some jobs are worth doing only adequately.)
- All roads lead to Rome.
- No such thing as bad publicity. (Used only by people who haven’t had bad publicity.)
- I before e except after c.
- He who hesitates is lost.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. (Sometimes it’s much better to give up and go do something more profitable with your time.)
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”
— Frank Zappa
Happiness is…knowing those TEN sayings are untre.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Ham and Eggs: A day’s work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
Love is…never growing old in each other’s eyes.
A time to laugh at Knock Knock jokes…a time to laugh at more contemporary humour.
11th February 1990 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
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