Knock knock jokes

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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:

  1. The punster: Knock-knock (indicating a door has been struck to gain attention)
  2. The recipient: Who's there? (an enquiry)
  3. The punster: a response, usually involving a name (to set up the pun)
  4. The recipient: a repetition of the response plus who? (a request for clarification)
  5. The punster: the punch line, which inevitably involves a punnish misusage of the word set up during the response.



  • 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!