Knock knock jokes
Knock-knock jokes are one of the best-known forms of the pun, and represent a time-honoured "call and answer" exercise. Developmental psychologists study knock-knock-joke usage in younger children, as it provides valuable insight into how children advance their language skills.
The standard format has five lines:
- The punster: Knock-knock (indicating a door has been struck to gain attention)
- The recipient: Who's there? (an enquiry)
- The punster: a response, usually involving a name (to set up the pun)
- The recipient: a repetition of the response plus who? (a request for clarification)
- The punster: the punch line, which inevitably involves a punnish misusage of the word set up during the response.
- Knock-knock! Who's there? Nay Answer me; stand and unfold yourself!
- Knock-knock! Who's there? Panther! Panther who? Panther no pants I'm going swimming.
- Knock-knock? Who's there? Alley! Alley who? Alli-gator.
- Knock-knock? Who's there? Boo! Boo who? Don't cry it's only a joke!
- Knock-knock? Who's there? Guess! Guess who? Gestapo.
- Knock-knock! Who's there? Pancake. Pancake who? Pancake you!
- Knock-knock! Who's there? Nobody. Nobody who? Nobody! :-)
- Knock-knock! Who's there? Death! Death, for who? Death, for you!