Radio Yerevan jokes

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For public broadcaster earlier known as Radio Yerevan, see International Public Radio of Armenia.

The Radio Yerevan jokes, also known as the Armenian Radio jokes have been popular in the Soviet Union and other countries of the former Communist Eastern bloc since the second half of the 20th century. These jokes of the Q&A type were presumably repeated from the Question & Answer series of the Armenian Radio.[1][2] A typical format of a joke was: "Radio Yerevan was asked," and "Radio Yerevan answered."[3][4]

Once established, this introduction became a standard format of most Radio Yerevan jokes. Their further asset was that many were passed from mouth to mouth and improved accordingly over time. Often the first step to an answer was an affirmative phrase: "in principle yes", and then followed by a different statement after the famous preposition "but".

Examples of differently structured Radio Yerevan jokes include:

  • with the if answer (about the living standards)
The Armenian Radio was asked: "Is it possible to enjoy life to the fullest in the Soviet Union?"
The Armenian Radio answered: "Yes, if you like crowded trains."
  • with the famous but (about intercourse)
The Armenian Radio was asked: "Is it good to sleep with an open window?"
The Armenian Radio answered: "Yes, but with a woman it is better."
  • with the famous but (about soviet dissolution)
In September 22, 1991 The Armenian Radio was asked: "Will the Soviet Union continue to break up?"
The Armenian Radio answered: "In principle yes, but it will exist until the last man who denies the dissolution stops to do so."
  • political jokes
The Armenian Radio was asked: "Has poet Mayakovsky committed suicide?"
The Armenian Radio answered: "We don't know, but his last words were Don't shoot, comrades!".
  • apocalyptic jokes[3]
Radio Yerevan was asked: "Could an atomic bomb destroy our beautiful city?"
Radio Yerevan answered: "In principle, yes. But Moscow is by far a more beautiful city than ours."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Paul Gleye (1991), Behind the Wall: An American in East Germany, 1988-89. SIU Press. ISBN 9780809317431
  2. ^ Birgit Beumers (2005), Pop Culture Russia!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781851094592
  3. ^ a b c Allan Stevo (2014). "Radio Yerevan Joke Collection". Bratislava Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Draitser, E. (1989). "Soviet Underground Jokes as a Means of Popular Entertainment." The Journal of Popular Culture, 23(1), 117–125.