Why are old jokes still funny? Also, cats.

Yesterday, The Independent posted an article about old jokes – and by old I mean from ancient Greece, as opposed to the ones granddad always told – and how they’re more groan- than lol-worthy. Yet, says Paul McDonald, even though they’re terribly outdated and we’ve heard them a million times, we still get enjoyment from old jokes. Here’s the oldest known British joke:

Question: What hangs at a man’s thigh and wants to poke the hole that it’s often poked before?

Answer: A key.


I also like this sentence in the article: “Lettuce, for instance, was hilarious to the ancient world (it was thought to be an aphrodisiac).” Oh lettuce! -holds sides-

As unfunny as we might now find these old jokes, I think it’s fascinating how humour has changed over time and as cultures have changed.

…Which brings me to an interview with George Lopez for the Smithsonian’s 40th Anniversary ’40 Things You Need to Know About the Next 40 Years,’ in which he talks about Comedy and Race and “how America’s changing demographics will affect what makes people laugh.” (For the record, I sure hope we don’t lose the live performance. EVER. Live is virtually always better.)

Desperate Cupcakes is a book I came across whilst browsing at Munro’s. I wish I could find some pictures of the inside, but… basically it’s a bunch of cupcake puns. I encourage you to peruse a copy next time you’re in a bookstore worth its salt. Or… icing sugar.

How to wrap a cat for Christmas. (Step 1: Drug your cat…)

Cat Diaries is a movie made BY cats. Well, made by humans who attached cameras to cats’ collars. Still.

About whoseroses

Rose is an arts administrator from Victoria, BC. She has worked at some of Canada's biggest and best festivals, including the Victoria Fringe Festival, Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Victoria Film Festival. She co-founded the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival, and helped produce the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. Rose is passionate about theatre, spoken word, comedy, and her community. She runs on festivals.
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