Knock, Knock


My older son loves jokes, as I’ve written about before, so I had the bright idea to introduce him to knock-knock jokes. Against my better judgment, we got a book of (the lamest ever) knock-knock jokes from the library and had a good time going through those. Groaners aplenty. Preschoolers don’t always get the word play/double meanings yet, but the lead-up to a punchline is exciting. Who cares if said punchline makes sense or even has anything to do with the original question.

His favourite are the “Interrupting [insert animal here]” ones.

For you sheltered folks out there who have managed to live this long without experiencing one, here is an example of how the “Interrupting animal” knock-knock joke goes:

A: Knock knock.

B: Who’s there?

A: Interrupting Cow.

B: Interrupting c–


(Pause for laughter)

At first, delivery was a bit of a challenge. It was a big panic for Big Bro to get the punchline out in time so that there was actually an interruption.

Now, after much (MUCH) practice, he’s an old pro at the “Interrupting animal” knock-knock jokes. Plus, he’s expanded well beyond animals to any sort of inanimate object that apparently likes to bellow in people’s faces for laughs. And his brother is getting into it too, busting a gut over random disruptive nouns.

Car rides are delightful. And by “delightful”, I mean I wouldn’t mind having one of those windows that go up between the passengers and the driver’s seat like they have in limos. Get your knock-knocks out, boys, then I’ll put the window back down and we can have a civilized conversation. 

And also, fellas, it would help to have an idea of what you’re planning to say joke-wise before you get all mad that I’m not saying “Who’s there” fast enough.

It’s not deliberately obnoxious; they just think we enjoy the hilarity and the element of surprise (??) as much as they do. Which we do, to a point. You wouldn’t think you’d ever have to set personal boundaries vis-a-vis knock-knock jokes, but here we are.

That brings us to the other day, when Big Bro asked me “is there such thing as a song that’s an infinity minutes long?”

I had an internal debate about whether to introduce him to the Song that Never Ends,  à la Lamb Chop. The bane of every school bus driver’s existence in my day.

After some thought, I decided that I didn’t know of any such song. I’m sure Hubs is grateful for that.



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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family

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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. Pieces of Me says:

    Hi Cartoon-Coloured Glasses! I am at this stage with my kids as well! My daughter is the one who is initiating the knock-knock jokes, and she will tell the same one over and over again until we distract her. She doesn’t even finish the joke properly (which is funny). Thanks for sharing this. I really enjoy all of your posts, and this one made me laugh first thing in the morning!

  2. KD says:

    I thought of that song too, but thank goodness you didn’t share it! 😉

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’m very glad you didn’t share that song, life could have become very hard! As always I enjoyed reading this and seeing the marvellous cartoons 🙂

  4. Lynda Cook says:

    The dreaded knock knock jokes, I went through that stage with my kids, I was ready to pull my hair

  5. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    Oh those were definitely fun as a kid. My mom and dad put up with them quite a bit!

  6. kathy downey says:

    My grandson has been at the Knock Knock jokes all year,maybe Grade 1 will bring something new I hope

  7. Fan R says:

    I am so tired of this song, now in-laws take care of our kiddo’s singing.

  8. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha that’s funny!

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