Budding Comedians

3-year-olds can be quite the cut-ups. Their sense of humour starts to emerge around this age, and they know it. Humour is a form of intelligence, and it’s pretty fascinating to watch it develop and share laughs with one’s budding comedian.

(Well, the first few hundred times…)

Do you have a little funny man or lady in your house? There are 3 key elements to master if you’re to be proficient in 3-year-old comedy, at least from the research I’ve conducted:


1. Huge numbers. Ridiculously big or long or numerous things are automatically hilarious; and the bigger, the better.

ROFL… a billion carrots was funny, but a googol– now that’s comedy! Imagine that many carrots!

I heard a few kids in the strawberry fields recently competing over how many strawberries each would pick. Thousands of strawberries. No! Hold on. HUNDREDS. (Yeah, sometimes the numbers don’t actually get bigger, but you just have to go with it).

I’m told that, when I was 3, I used to tell the “How many men does it take to change a light bulb” joke in a similar fashion.

“I don’t know. How many?” my humouring parents would say.

“THREE!” (Pause for laughter) “No, wait… FOUR!”

The numbers didn’t even have to be big in my case. They just had to be numbers, apparently.


2. Nonsense words, in our case largely resulting from activities like singing songs with all the lyrics starting with the same letter.


The possibilities are endless…

You could brush your teeth, or you could MUSH your MEETH!

You could rinse your hands, or you could PINSE your PANDS! (Hmm. That kind of does sound funny)

One day he called me Bamba instead of Mama, and he was quite pleased with his sharp wit. I was worried that would be my forever name. Thankfully, the novelty wore off.

I often initiate, or at least participate, in such silliness. Once all the way home we made up variations of “Okey Dokey Artichokie”, and many sides were split.

(Good Lord. Give me an adult to talk with! Now!)


3. Toilet humour. It’s not quite there yet, but it’s starting. The other day, there was a conversation that went as follows:


And it starts. And this is going to last until… wait, how old am I? OK, never mind.

Comedic timing needs a bit of work, I admit. Sometimes you can hear the wheels turning as he summons up the most hilarious statement he can conjure, as the audience waits with bated breath.

He knows when he’s being funny, too. He points out the funny things he says. Just like his dad.

And now we’re about to head East for a visit with the grandparents, and you know grandparents often have a different threshold for what’s funny than parents do when it comes to the kids. He’s going to have an audience, and the family going to find it all hilarious, just like they do during our Skype calls.

Yes. Just what a budding preschooler comedian needs… encouragement!


P.S.: I showed Big Bro all these cartoons as I drew them, and he busted a gut. He knows good jokes when he sees them. Especially since they’re largely his.


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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Christine says:

    Love reading your blogs each time it is a breath of fresh air. When my grand kids were very young just seeing them do these comical situations made me laugh so much this is the innocent age, the age of the heart. I remember my daughter explaining g the 2 young ones at a store during the Christmas season. The line was long to the cash and the shoppers tired. So the little one, found nearby a whoopee cushion and the eldest sat on it. Well of course the youngest one tried his best but the sound was not as resounding. The eldest showed how it can be done. They tried this for a while. The shoppers in line were listening to their dialogues and of course the sound. They begin to laugh as their shoulders were moving, from tired and frantic to get home, they were now smiling , the mood changed from then on. My daughter was not expecting to buy this item, for a dollar lots of fune. So stay with me a little bit longer. When they got home, their first experiment was with their father tired from a day’s work and drive. He laugh, on our next visit the whoopee cushion was on my seat and I was nicely invited to take that specific seat.

    So I sat numerous times to their delights until I got the perfect sound. Can tell you that this cushion had a long life of pleasure and used until no more sound came out.

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    I burst out laughing reading this post! It’s so true, and the reaction of Big Bro confirms it!

  3. Cate B says:

    LOL – great funny read for a break from work! My son is all about the fart noise and blurpies! His new nick name for me “Momma-Poopy-Head”

  4. Laurie P says:

    Too funny! I know I’ll have a little comedian soon enough. Right now tho, my almost 2 yr old tells me to shhh a lot. Especially if I am about to ask her to stop doing something, or as soon as she dumps the clean laundry, I get shhh’d before I even open my mouth.

  5. Janet says:

    Thanks… I’ll have to tell Big Bro his humour is appreciated, and shared with other kids, or so it seems. Gotta write this stuff down.

  6. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Kids definitely say the darndest things. I love hearing what they have to say.

  7. Judy Cowan says:

    Love it, thanks for the laugh! Kids do keep us entertained!

  8. kathy downey says:

    Always enjoy my visit,you always make me laugh

  9. Janet says:

    Thanks! Always appreciate your comments, too. 🙂

  10. kathy downey says:

    Your comics crack me up all the time !

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