Where Do Dad Jokes Come From?
Prior jokes about getting laid and other more offensive topics are off the table. Now the humor must become more PG-13 than R rated, so the moms in the kids playgroup won’t go apeshit...or contact the authorities.
Can a dad come up with some fresh (and family-friendly) one-liners and knee-slappers? Sure, if he is creative and crafty enough. But the guys who can’t get out of their pre-kids mode of making people laugh are at a loss. That is where the internet comes into play.
Parade has a slew of starter material — 100 jokes to get any dad started on his path towards pretty bad jokes. Knock knock jokes are only the tip of the iceberg.
An example? “When does a joke become a ‘dad joke?’ When it becomes apparent.” We think you can do better, too.
Once you get the hang of it, the funnier you’ll be. Along with the Parade list to get the ball rolling, use already-done material to make your own set of go-to jokes. No one cares if they aren’t super hilarious, as it’s all a matter of context and your commitment. If you think they’re funny, your friends will laugh withyou, not at you.
Cheesiness is part of the program, so go heavy on the Velveeta. Realize you’re a dad now, so think of how you make the kids laugh, and apply it to the adults. Get animated and go all-in. It’s more of your style than substance. Embarrass yourself to get everyone giddy.
“How do you get a squirrel to like you? Act like a nut.”
Prepare for Dad Joke Groans
Perhaps working on your comedic “craft” yourself is a smart solution to work your way up to something better. Peruse Reddit for some “real life” input, and even share your own “gems.” Maybe you can buy a joke book on Amazon for some inspiration while you’re searching for Lysol and Kleenex.