A dad joke is a short joke, typically a pun, presented as a one-liner or a question and answer, but not a narrative. 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.
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." 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". The term "dad jokes" received mentions in the American sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2008 and the Australian quiz show Spicks and Specks in 2009. In September 2019, Merriam-Webster added dad joke to the dictionary.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fetters, Ashley (September 25, 2018). "The Dad-Joke Doctrine". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "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.
- 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)
- zombieshoes76 (August 30, 2009). "Spicks & Specks- Dad Jokes". Retrieved March 2, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "We Added New Words to the Dictionary for September 2019". Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
- 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.