Dad joke

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A dad joke is a short joke, typically a pun, presented as a one-liner or a question and answer, but not a narrative.[1] Generally inoffensive, dad jokes are stereotypically told by fathers among family, either with sincere humorous intent, or to intentionally provoke a negative reaction to its overly-simplistic humor.

Many dad jokes may be considered anti-jokes, deriving humor from an intentionally unfunny punchline.[2]

A common type of dad joke goes as follows: A child will say to the father, "I'm hungry," to which the father will reply, "Hi, Hungry, I'm Dad."[3] The word "hungry" isn't needed for this type of joke, as any state-of-being verb can be used.

While the exact origin of the term dad joke is unknown, a writer for the Gettysburg Times wrote an impassioned defence of the genre in June 1987 under the headline "Don't ban the 'Dad' jokes; preserve and revere them".[4] The term "dad jokes" received mentions in the American sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2008[5] and the Australian quiz show Spicks and Specks in 2009.[6] In September 2019, Merriam-Webster added dad joke to the dictionary.[7]


  • Q: What do you call a dad joke that falls on its head? A: A dud pun.
  • Q: On Thanksgiving, why did the turkey cross the table? A: To get to the other sides
  • A ham sandwich walks into a bar and the bartender says...Sorry we don't serve food here.
  • Q: What do you call a mermaid on a roof? A: Aerial.
  • Q: What does a highlighter say when it answers the phone? A: Yello!
  • I am wrapping Christmas presents. Let’s put on some rap music.
  • Q: What's Irish and comes out in the spring? A: Paddy O'Furniture.[8]


  1. ^ Jensen, Michael (3 September 2015). "Father's Day: In praise of dad jokes". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: Nine Entertainment Co. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  2. ^ Luu, Chi (12 June 2019). "The Dubious Art of the Dad Joke". JSTOR Daily. New York City: ITHAKA. Retrieved 15 June 2019. Dad jokes are a kind of anti-joke, different from other ways of joking in their performance, even formulaic jokes. Like self-deprecatingly joking about a personal flaw before your bullies do, dad jokes seem to court failure, presenting themselves as deliberately bad, deliberately uncool, deliberately anti-humor.
  3. ^ Fetters, Ashley (September 25, 2018). "The Dad-Joke Doctrine". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Don't ban the "Dad" jokes; preserve and revere them". Gettysburg Times. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Sample News Group. June 20, 1987. p. 5. Retrieved February 9, 2019 – via NewspaperArchive.
  5. ^ Fryman, Pamela (November 10, 2008). "Not a Father's Day". How I Met Your Mother. Season 4. Episode 7. CBS. Retrieved March 2, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ zombieshoes76 (August 30, 2009). "Spicks & Specks- Dad Jokes". Retrieved March 2, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "We Added New Words to the Dictionary for September 2019". Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ Ulbrich, Carla (12 February 2021). "Carla Ulbrich Friday Fun Livestream". Retrieved 17 February 2021. This video has dad jokes submitted by the audience, such as the Paddy O'Furniture joke.