10 Origins of Famous Jokes


10 Origins of Famous Jokes 10. Light Bulb Jokes How many Youtubers does it take to screw in
a light bulb? We’ll tell you after the midroll ad break!
The lightbulb joke typically exists to mock members of a certain group, highlighting the
humorous and often offensive stereotypes that surround them. The joke is a bi-product of a more specific
set of jokes from the US in the 60s, that centred around the stereotype of the ‘dumb
Polack’. It’s believed that the first lightbulb jokes originated in this period. As for the origin of the Polish stereotype,
it comes from a considerably less funny place: Adolf Hitler. Worried the rest of Europe would
condemn their plans to conquer Poland, the Nazis spread propaganda intended as comedic,
representing the Polish people as stupid and inferior. After the war, the Polack archetype
spread to America and spawned the light bulb joke you’re now too guilty to use. 9. Doctor Doctor ‘Doctor doctor’ jokes revolve around a
peculiar ailment and a wholly unhelpful diagnosis from a medical professional. As one of the
oldest professions, it’s safe to assume the ‘Doctor doctor’ jokes have a long
history, but they actually go back as far as Roman times. The world’s oldest surviving joke book dates
to the Third Century AD and contains 265 side splitting gags. Professor Mary Beard, a classicist
at Newcastle University has focused on the ‘Laughter of Love’ manuscript in a study
of humour in the ancient Roman and Greek world. She believes the book can refute the perception
of romans as ‘toga-wearing bridge-builders’. One particular joke in said manuscript is
widely accepted as the first ‘doctor’ joke. It translates from greek as: “”Doctor,
whenever I get up, I feel dizzy for half an hour, then I’m fine.”” And the doctor replies:
“”Then wait for half an hour before getting up””. On second thoughts, perhaps they should
stick to bridge-building. 8. The Chicken joke Probably the most famous joke in history,
the real meaning of chicken joke is commonly missed. In case you’ve lived under a rock
your whole life, the joke is as follows: ‘Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to
the other side.’ This plays on the double meaning of ‘the
other side’, both as the other side of the road and the ‘other side’ in a spiritual
sense. Effectively, it’s a joke about a chicken that doesn’t want to live anymore.
But for a joke so famous and surprisingly tragic, its origin is strangely simple. Its first appearance was in a comedy magazine
called The Knickerbocker in 1847. Perhaps not surprising so far. But the page that spawned
the joke was titled “Gossip with Readers and Correspondents.” Yes, the most famous
joke in history was reader submitted. Their name has been lost to time, but it goes to
show how anyone can make history, it just takes a letter. 7. Not! This next joke is the height of intellectual
comedy… Not. See? This hilarious joke was popularized by
Saturday Night Live, most famously in Mike Myers’ Wayne’s World Sketches. It’s
heavily associated with many peoples memories of the 90’s, and so it should be, just not
those 90’s. The first known appearance of the format was
in the comedy magazine The Princeton Tiger in 1893. While the context is unknown, the
punchline was “An historical Parallel… Not.” So it seems that joke has just never
been funny. But in an interview, Mike Myers claims to
have received mail from a mathematician, claiming otherwise. The fan claims to have traced the
formula of the joke back to Sir Thomas Bodley, an English scholar who died in 1613. Myers
hasn’t shared his source, and no evidence has been provided to support the claim, so
it’s best taken with a pinch of salt. 6. Russian Reversal Joke In Soviet Russia, channel subscribes to you!
This joke revolves around the grammatical construction where ‘in America, you perform
a verb, but in Russia, the object performs that verb on you’. Not only is it a fun
play on words, but it plays off American perceptions of Russia as a strict police-state. Commonly misattributed to 80s comedian Yakov
Smirnoff, it was first popularized on the 60’s show ‘Laugh In’, where the recurring
character Piotr Rosmenko quipped ‘””In old country, television watches you””. While the
Cold War experienced a period of low conflict in this era, anti-russian propaganda like
this showcased the ongoing tension between the countries. However, what appears to be the joke’s actual
origin was the line ‘In Soviet Russia, messenger tips you!’ This appeared in a 1938 American
musical called ‘Leave It to Me!’, 7 whole years before the cold war. All giving an idea
of the sentiments that precipitated and encouraged the almost 50 year conflict. 5. Dumb Blonde Jokes In this joke, the word ‘blonde’ is effectively
used a substitute for ‘stupid’. For example, ‘Why did the blonde tiptoe past the medicine
cabinet? So she didn’t wake the sleeping pills.’ The joke content varies, but all
work on the assumption that blondes, specifically women, aren’t very clever. This idea originates from the ‘dumb blonde’
stereotype, often wrongly attributed to Marilyn Monroe. While the American cliche was popularized
by Monroe in the 1953 film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, its source can be traced across
the Atlantic. From the 18th century, a Parisian sex-worker
called Rosalie Duthé [Doo-they] is considered to be ‘the original dumb blonde’. Duthé
was characterised by her long, vacant pauses, and was immortalized in a play called ‘Les
Curiosites de la Foire’, publicizing the first ever dumb blonde jokes. 4. That’s What She Said The phrase ‘That’s what she said’ is
typically used after someone has said something innocuous that could be, let’s say ‘taken
the wrong way.’ And you guessed it, that’s what she said. It’s first documented American
use was by Chevy Chase in the first ever series of Saturday Night Live in 1975. It’s more likely you’ve heard the phrase
from Michael Scott in the US Office, but, as with the show, the line derives from what
some would call a much funnier British version. The original British phrase is ‘As the actress
said to the bishop’, and dates back as far as 1901. Emerging from Edwardian Britain, this refers
to the fact that some actresses of the time could be purchased for the evening after the
show. The actress would then confess her sins to a clergyman the following day, which is
the conversation people were referencing in the first ever ‘That’s what she said’
jokes. 3. Waiter Jokes The ‘Waiter’ premise revolves around a
diner in a restaurant addressing their server with a complaint, most famously a fly in the
soup, and the waiter’s humorous or unhelpful response. For instance, the waiter might respond
‘Don’t worry, how much soup can a fly drink?’ It’s commonly believed that this construct
originates from an actual restaurant called Lindy’s. Established in New York in 1921,
the restaurant was famous for the witty backchat of its waiters, and the waiter joke format
is thought to have been born in the establishment. As for the ‘fly’ aspect of the joke, its
roots go back to the early 16th century. The book One Hundred Renaissance Jokes, cites
an epigram by Sir Thomas More, where a banquet guest finds a fly in his wine. He removes
the fly, takes a drink, then replaces it, passing the drink on saying: ‘I don’t like
flies myself, but perhaps some of you chaps do’. 2. Yo’ Mama The aim of the yo’ mama joke is to insult
the person who gave birth to your opponent, effectively undermining their whole existence.
The format is as follows: ‘Yo’ mama is so something, that she something. For example
‘So dumb she put lipstick on her forehead to make up her mind’. These were popularized in 1930’s inner city
America, by African Americans who played a game called the Dozens. One of the precursors
for the invention of freestyle rap, it saw two people trade insults until one ran out.
Due to the importance of mothers in African families, jokes about them were seen as the
lowest blow one could serve. In 1976, the Journal of Black Studies attributed
the game’s origin to a Nigerian game called Ikocha Nkocha, which translates to ‘making
disparaging remarks’. The American name comes from the The New Orleans slave trade,
where deformed slaves were sold in groups of ‘cheap dozens’, considered the lowest
position a slave could occupy. 1. Knock-Knock! Knock knock. Who’s there? Wooden shoe. Wooden
shoe who? Wooden shoe like to know! While it may not always make for the most hilarious
punchline, this format is one of the most well known in the history of amateur comedy. No points for guessing its origins lie before
the invention of the doorbell, but they actually go as far as the 1930s. During the prohibition
of alcohol in America, illegal bars known as ‘speakeasies’ established an entry
system, where patrons would knock and give a secret password when prompted. According to joke historian Charlie Orr, as
the night wore on, drunk patrons would get increasingly creative with the password custom.
From this, a challenge emerged for the knocker to think up the funniest possible response
to the question ‘who’s there?’. And thus, the ‘knock knock’ joke was born. So that was 10 Origins of Famous Jokes. What’s
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100 Replies to “10 Origins of Famous Jokes”

  1. "Why did the chicken cross the road?"
    "Why?"
    "To get away from Colonel Sanders and his legions of Herbs and Spices"

  2. You gave a different, and fun, origin for knock knock jokes. I know it from the Porter in Macbeth:
    Enter a PORTER. Knocking within

    PORTER

    Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key.

    Knock within

    Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there, i' th' name of Beelzebub? Here’s a farmer that hanged himself on the expectation of plenty. Come in time, have napkins enough about you, here you’ll sweat for ’t.

    Knock within

    Knock, knock! Who’s there, in th' other devil’s name? Faith, here’s an equivocator that could swear in both the scales against either scale, who committed treason enough for God’s sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator.

    Knock within

    5Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there? Faith, here’s an English tailor come hither for stealing out of a French hose. Come in, tailor. Here you may roast your goose.

    Knock within

  3. How many Dragonball Z characters does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One, but it’ll take 6 episodes to do it.

  4. Here’s one I made up;

    What does a couple in the Netherlands do when they have money troubles?

    They go Dutch

  5. my favourite is: A man goes to his doctor and says, "Doctor, I can't get rid of this cough and I've tried everything!" The doctor then writes him a prescription and administers the first dose. The man asks, "What did you give me?" the doctor replies, "I've just given you the most powerful laxative I can prescribe." The man is shocked and says, "Why would you give me a laxative for a COUGH?" The doctor replies, "Try coughing NOW!"

    I got it from a really depressing movie.

  6. a sandwich walks into a bar and orders a drink the bartender says "sorry we don't serve food here"

    killing it

  7. the chicken being suicidal is messing with my head
    it's equivalent to why did the man jump off the bridge
    to swim with the fishes
    bahdumdumtss

  8. HILIOLI!!! A fool marking the begging of the second act of Macbeth represents an earlier form of the knock-knock joke.

  9. 1. Nock nock, who is there? Who, Who Who, your an owl?. 2. What do you call somebody with no arms and no lags? What? Bob… 3. Nock nock, who is it, you ruined it.4. Nock nock, Who is there Shirley, Shirley who, Shirley you should know me by now. 5. Tiger is trying to find poo bear, he asked a neighbour where can I find poo, the neighbour said, in the toilet.

  10. I feel guilty… I went to a restaurant and ordered the club sandwich but I am not even a member (dadumtss)

  11. This generic tone that most of youtubers use in their voices can cause serious brain damage, did you know that?

  12. My friend Ted would tell us jokes in the pub over a few Boddingtons back in the day and we'd all have a good chuckle or two. Dead now, of course. All the best. R.

  13. I remember this joke from 6th gradeA guy goes to a bar on the top floor of the empire state building. He sits down next to a drunk, order's a whiskey. The drunk gets up, stumbles to a window, opens it and falls out the window. The guy runs to the window and looks down, he shouts to the bartender: "call 911! This guy fell from the window"He runs back to the bar and sees the drunk stumbling out of the elevator and goes back to his seat. The conversation follows:Guy: how did you survive that!!?Drunk: it's this magical whiskey. Ya take a drink and you can fly, shit you not.So the guy orders the whiskey, drinks the entire bottle. He gets up, runs and jumps out of the window and falls to his death. The drunk busts out laughing, the bartender turns to him and says"You're a REAL asshole when you're drunk Superman"

  14. Huh. Never got that dark, double meaning of the chicken. It assumes trafic on the road. Bad joke really, if you need to explain it.

  15. This is a simple one I wrote; Why don't you ever hear of ghost anywhere cold? Because it not as scary hearing "BurrRRRrrrr", wait, I think I hear teeth chattering.

  16. Knock Knock, Who's there? Doctor. Doctor who? It's a show where dr who travels through time in a telephone box!

  17. Somewhat dark joke:
    What is the difference between a man and a tree?
    I arrested for throwing an axe for one of them.

  18. I am gonna tell perhaps the only joke that I've made that i could remember right now.
    -knock knock
    -Who's there?
    -Siri
    -Siri who?
    -Are you serious?

    P.S. I am actually better at making unintentional humor.

  19. 1) Top 10 costly car in the world
    https://youtu.be/vMIx7Rp9_S4

    2) Top 10 biggest company in the world
    https://youtu.be/bGVcGndtmqA

    3) Top 10 best cricketer in the world
    https://youtu.be/CsdjsnUK8tg

    4)Top 10 cold drink in the world
    https://youtu.be/WkddakLNNT8

  20. Pollock is a very big insult. In the USA, if you are not 100% of Polish decent, you don't get this. I was called dumb Pollock, Ski, Ski jump and other things in school. My grandparents were from Poland. My uncles fought the F*ing Nazis, my Father the Japanese. Try saying the N word as many times as you said Pollock. Yes, it is that bad to the REAL Polish. And yes, I HATE Nazis.

  21. In my experience,

    The lightbulb was 4 hispanics (Thanksgiving with family 2017)

    The chicken crossing the road
    (to escape "reality" and assault charges. look up the video of that alex Jones crew trying to interview violent communist rioters)

  22. This was great I did not know any of those things on the list and I'm not some young kid either go figure I feel enlightened thank you this was really good, and I like your jokes… somewhat…

  23. You know about the last joke, in back to the future the game. There was a minigame like that , not only that but Doc and marty were in prohibition era 🙂

  24. If Sir Thomas Moores fly comment classes as a fly joke then Macbeth's knock knock comments classify as a joke too, so surely the knock knock joke comes from Shakespeare

  25. The Yo Momma joke one is wrong. I was The Last Jedi, which took place A LONG TIME AGO, in a galaxy far far away. I believe that was the first momma joke

  26. The exact origin of the Russian reversal is uncertain, however, it is possible that the joke can date back to the early days of the Russian Civil War, which it ends the First World War for the Russian Empire.

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