It’s no joke

The JokerI wonder if one sign of ageing is losing your sense of humour? Or perhaps it’s because you’ve been around long enough to have heard all the jokes there can possibly be in all their variants?

This occurred to me as I was reading about the top fifteen jokes from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, as voted for by the viewers of the Dave tv channel, and thought most of them were rubbish.

Especially the winner from Masai Graham: ‘My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card.  He’s a man after my own heart.’

At 3 and 4 we have: ‘I’ve been happily married for four years – out of a total of 10’ from Mark Watson and; ‘Apparently 1 in 3 Britons are conceived in an IKEA bed which is mad because those places are really well lit’ from Mark Smith, both of which I’m sure I’ve heard before.

Appalling puns also featured: ‘Why is Henry’s wife covered in tooth marks?  Because he’s Tudor’ (Adele Cliff), ‘I spotted a marmite van on the motorway. It was heading yeastbound’ (Roger Swift) and ‘Elton John hates ordering Chinese food. Soya seems to be the hardest word’ (Phil Nicol).

Don’t get me wrong though – my funny bone can still be tickled. I quite liked: ‘I often confuse Americans and Canadians.  By using long words’ (Gary Delaney) and ‘I’ll tell you what’s unnatural in the eyes of God. Contact lenses’ (Zoe Lyons).

And particularly: ‘I went to a pub quiz in Liverpool, had a few drinks so wasn’t much use.  Just for a laugh I wrote The Beatles or Steven Gerrard for every answer… came second’ from Will Duggan.

But it seems to me that the best jokes fell outside the top fifteen. Here’s the pick of my favourites:

‘Racism is like cricket – it was invented here, but perfected in Australia.’ – Nish Kumar

‘My goal in life is always to turn a negative into a positive. Which is why I lost my job at the HIV clinic.’ – Andrew Lawrence

‘Just because I don’t know the literal meaning of things, don’t treat me like an idiom.’ – Phil Nichol

But the best of the bunch, at least for me, was this one from Simon Evans:

‘Hello, Schrödinger’s cattery, can I help you?’

‘Yes, hello. We dropped Pebbles off with you, we just wanted to ask if he’s still okay?’

‘Yes and no….’

So have I lost my sense of humour or has the rest of the world (the ones who tune into Dave) found a different one?

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5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 24th August 2016

    You have lost your sense of humour.

  • Steve 25th August 2016

    I’m guessing a lot of people probably didn’t get the Schrodinger’s cattery joke, which is why it didn’t score higher!

  • rhymeswithplague 25th August 2016

    I don’t understand a lot of them and I have never been considered slow…they must be veddy British.

  • Roger Green 26th August 2016

    In the main, I agree with you.
    And there’s a show in the US called America’s Funniest Home Videos, which involves falling, getting hit in the genitals, and babies crying after a mishap, which I find appalling.

    • Mr Parrot 26th August 2016

      We have a similar programme in the UK – You’ve Been Framed. I suspect the attraction for the tv company is that it makes for cheap television!


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