The knock knock joke’s birth is as mysterious as who is on the other side of the door. We have all heard the knock, some answer willingly and others reluctantly but we all want to know who is on the other side asking to come in. Into our minds, hearts and very souls. The knock, knock joke is about letting down our guards and perceptions of safety. What makes us more vulnerable than opening a locked door and letting someone in?
We know not who or what is there, the knock knock has that element of surprise in it’s hands. Gone is our footing as we hear words and their sounds, the surety of meaning is lost. A knock knock joke laughs in the face of the familiar and twists it into new phrases and punchlines. We laugh in spite of ourselves or perhaps because of ourselves. For what we know and believe can be as fleeting as a knock on a door. The joke leaves you glad they didn’t say banana and happy with our oranges. Answer that knock and let them inside.
|Hagar, you with the stars in your eyes…|
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