I am sometimes quite amazed at the simple fact that all children move through similar social phases.
As Exhibit A, allow me to present Monkey, who has just discovered knock-knock jokes.
As we were sitting at a local eatery last night, Monkey declared, “I want to tell knock-knock jokes.”
Monkey: Knock knock.
Me: Who’s there?
Me (utterly mystified): Hoosa who?
Monkey: Hoosa Mommy!
Now Monkey is quite the one to make up words and names—she still plays Gusk the Dog quite often (a post for a different day). And this is her pattern in knock-knock jokes: Say a word, often a made up one, then say that word with “you” or “mommy” after it.
Cracks herself up.
I know that she is far from understanding what makes a knock-knock joke work (i.e. The Pun), but I throw a couple more sophisticated ones her way (boo who, banana-banana-orange), and she is utterly mystified herself. Her funniest ends, “Banana orange don’t be sad!!” It makes me laugh.
What’s your favorite knock-knock joke? Leave it in the comments. After “boo” and “banana-banana-orange” I’m out of ideas, so I’m looking for some new ones. My favorite, interrupting cow, is FAR above Monkey’s adorable little head. It’s in the goofy (and family-friendly) video below.