Knock Knock

The Toddler is still trying to master knock knock jokes. She now believes they are part of dinner time ritual. After eating her food, she leans over and knocks on the table. She prefers physical comedy. Why say ‘knock knock’ when you can make a banging noise?

Before we go any further, something needs to be mentioned here. When the Silly Parents started the knock knock joke teaching, Silly Daddy thought it was amusing to use the very appropriate (*ahem*) ‘Ben Dover’. Because The Toddler wouldn’t get it or remember it, of course. Well, she doesn’t get it. She does remember. Kind of. She remembers Ben.

So, The Toddler is knocking on the table. The Silly Parents obligingly ask, ‘Who’s there?’
‘Ben who?’ The Toddler does not reply; she collapses in giggles at her joke.

The Toddler is not done yet. She knocks on the table again.
‘Who’s there?’
‘Ben.’ (This seems familiar.)
‘Ben who?’
‘Ben Bob!’ (Progress. Not towards an actual punchline, of course, but progression from ‘Ben’.) The Toddler starts giggling again.

The Toddler repeats her Ben Bob joke multiple times, each time to rapturous approval and much laughter…from The Toddler.

On the three hundredth rendition, The Toddler makes an alteration to her joke. She knocks on the table. The despairing Silly Parents say, ‘Who’s there?’
‘Ben who?’
‘Grandma!’ Oh good, perhaps Grandma knows who Ben is. Perhaps Grandma could have a look around and see if she can find a punchline anywhere: one seems to have gone astray. Perhaps Ben could help her.

The Baby has been watching proceedings from her high chair. She now feels she has got the hang of this joke thing, and is ready to join in. She knocks on her high chair and waits expectantly.
‘Who’s there, The Baby?’
The Baby is ready. She has trained for this moment: ‘Duck!’
‘Duck who?’
The Baby is a knock knock maverick. She holds no truck with punchlines. She knows the humour lies in banging things and yelling ‘duck’. She knocks on the Highchair again and yells, ‘Duck!’
(Perhaps the duck is Ben Bob?)

Silly Mummy attempts to demonstrate a full knock knock joke to The Toddler. Silly Mummy says, ‘Knock knock.’
The Toddler knocks on the table: ‘Knock knock!’
‘No, darling, you say, “Who’s there?”‘
‘Who’s there?’
‘Lettuce.’ The Toddler laughs. She really is the person who laughs because she has no idea what’s going on.
Silly Mummy says, ‘That’s not the end of the joke, The Toddler! You say, “Lettuce who?”‘
‘Lettuce who?’
‘Lettuce in, it’s cold out here!’
The Toddler considers Silly Mummy’s piece of comedy genius: ‘No, it’s not cold outside.’ The Toddler points at, yes, outside: ‘It’s cold out there.’
The Baby knocks on the highchair: ‘Duck!’

The Toddler and The Baby will be here all week, ladies and gentlemen. Duck!

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  1. It’s so cute hearing them giggle, but why do they never seem to find anything to giggle about that doesn’t involve an annoying ritual that the parents have to join in lol 🙂 #SundayStars

  2. Toddler jokes. Despairingly lame!! 😉 Love that they try though. My almost 5 yr old told us a joke today that was an actual proper joke and the relief was so overwhelming that we probably overreacted slightly. Even she looked a bit surprised at the level of hilarity we displayed! ?

  3. Kyles says:

    Get those kids on the international comedy circuit. When they’re doing the Australian leg of the knock knock world tour, let me know. I’ll be front row. 🙂

  4. Lady Nym says:

    Haha! I remember constructing a joke I was hugely proud of as a child. If I recall correctly it went:
    ‘Why did the tree fall over into some flowers?’
    ‘I don’t know.’
    ‘Because it wanted some blossom.’

    Needless to say my career in stand up comedy never really took off.

    Tyger hasn’t really attempted jokes yet. Being autistic, I can it being something he’ll struggle with but no doubt that won’t stop him trying.

    Thanks for the laugh. #AnythingGoes

  5. Karen says:

    I seem to have missed out Knock Knock jokes so far – I was thinking that this was bad, and I was denying my girls the joys of a good Knock Knock joke (if they exist) but maybe we are actually better off without them?
    We’re all about the toilet humour at the moment – do they ever grow out of that?
    Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars

  6. Until I read this post, I’d never really thought about verbal jokes, all of ours involve something fiscal, a puppet, or rude noises.

    Sometimes, if we’re lucky, it would be all three.

    Thanks for sharing. It was so funny and could picture the event happening with our two, especially the load noises. #ftmob

  7. Love toddler jokes and glad that whilst The Toddler is getting the gist of the knock knock joke (when Silly Mummy’s not the one telling it anyway!), Ben Dover has become Ben Bob instead – much less embarrassing if she starts telling people that one when out and about. Love The Baby joining in with Duck as well and giggling. Thanks for linking up to #ftmob 🙂

  8. Sarah says:

    I am so very looking forward to this toddler humour! Only another year or so to go and I’ll be laughing to myself about the same things. Kids are the best aren’t they? #TwinklyTuesday

  9. Oh funny, cute but when you’ve heard them a thousand times (and that’s no exaggeration!!) the jokes aren’t so funny or cute anymore!!
    This is lovely and my boy is still trying to get his head around knock knock jokes, although now they mainly have the word ‘poo’ as the punchline which makes everyone else laugh!!

  10. Fionnuala says:

    There must be something in the air. My 5 yo and 7 yo are knock knock crazy at the moment. Your pair are a real hoot though. I’ve said it before, they should have their own show.

  11. Ha! We’ve got this to come with the twins 🙂 No jokes, as of yet, but I think they’re imminent!! I love the fact that little ones think they’re hilarious — nothing like laughing at your own jokes is there?! 😉 Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  12. Hehe, this is great! Ben Bob and Duck sounds like a good title for a kids show! My daughter’s fave thing at the moment is ‘brrrap’, she sounds like a little grime star though she’s actually just trying to say the dog’s name, Bracken. It makes me laugh, which she doesn’t approve of at all! 🙂 #KCACOLS

  13. ERFmama says:

    I can just picture all this. 😀 It’s super cute to read! We have a knock knock joke here too… It’s the interrupting cow. Except the “interrupting” gets forgotten and it sort of just goes: Who’s there? COW MOOOOOOOO!!! COW MOOOOO!!


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