Radio Yerevan jokes

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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 pretended to come 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]

Examples of Radio Yerevan jokes include:

  • 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."
  • The Armenian Radio was asked: "Is it true that the poet Mayakovsky shot himself?"
The Armenian Radio answered: "Yes, it is true, because his last words were Don't shoot, comrades!"[3]
Radio Yerevan answered: "In principle, yes. But Moscow is by far a more beautiful city."[3]
  • Radio Yerevan was asked: Is everything OK in Armenia with meat?
Radio Yerevan answered: Yes, everything is OK with meat, but it is awfully bad without.
Radio Yerevan answered: To spite Azerbaijan. They established a Ministry of Culture.
  • Radio Yerevan was asked: What is the socialist friendship of nations?
Radio Yerevan answered: It's when Armenians, Russians, Ukrainians, and all other peoples of the USSR unite in a brotherly manner and all together set out to beat up the Azeris.

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  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 Archived from the original (Internet Archive) on September 8, 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  4. ^ Draitser, E. (1989). "Soviet Underground Jokes as a Means of Popular Entertainment." The Journal of Popular Culture, 23(1), 117–125.