Knock, knock? Who on earth is there?

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Like every other parent on the planet we trudge along the treadmill in a relentless quest for growth and development.   But for more than a couple of years we’ve also been pursuing an interest in telling jokes as someone has ambitions to be a stand-up comedian.

Sadly there are so many lessons to learn along the way: timing, delivery, audibility, diction, intonation, volume control and not falling on the fall in hysterics before the punch-line.

Generally our whole family favors knock, knock and elephant jokes but occasionally we branch out into other areas.  A birthday present gives us the opportunity to analyze even more aspects of this skill set but it is also the source of great frustration.

Gradually over a two-week period we achieve amazing progress, culminating in a small surprise for the world weary parent.

It is just after I have spent far too long modeling examples of what not to do that I have one last attempt at an up-beat demonstration of ‘how to.’

I ask him in fully operationally cheerleader mode, “What’s black and white and read all over?”

“A zebra with an explosive nose-bleed.”

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  2. Bad mommy:

    That’s one I hadn’t heard! I like it.

    One of our favorites is

    Knock knock.
    who’s there?
    Dwayne.
    Dwayne who?
    Dwayne the bathtub, I’m going to dwown!

  3. Stephanie:

    lol Cute response…wonder if the upcoming generation will get that joke, considering newspapers are hardly just black and white any more, nor are the read all over. Alas. They seem to be dying out faster than elephants. At least that’s good for the elephants.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Christmas- A Series of Adjustments =-.

  4. Shrinky:

    Ha, and there was me smugly thinking I knew the punchline (a zebra blushing).. guess my answer is just soo left buried in the ’70′s!!

    What a wonderful ambition to have, the world can never have enough stand-up comic’s. Hope 2011 proves to be filled with much laughter and love in your house, dear lady.
    .-= Shrinky´s last blog ..Poor Sucker =-.

  5. Club 166:

    Love the zebra with a nosebleed. Especially since Buddy Boy also has aspirations of being a comedian, and we had a trip to the ENT last week for a major nosebleed.

    Buddy Boy is constantly trying to make up new jokes (most of which aren’t really funny). But sometimes he hits with a really good one, and it’s a thing of beauty to behold.

    Joe
    .-= Club 166´s last blog ..Your Guest Speaker Has Arrived! =-.