It’s Not All Mary Poppins

knock, knock

Knock-knock jokes are often the first type of joke that children learn. They’re formulaic, interactive, and have delightfully punny punch lines. But humour is a tricky concept, and just because a kid’s memorized the formula doesn’t mean they understand the equation. Here are some I’ve been subjected to:

Kid: Knock, knock!
Me: Who’s there?
Kid: Moo!
Me: Moo, who?
Kid: A cow

Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Me, who?
Is Me, Mary!!

Who’s there?
Isabelle, who?
I gots a bicycle!

Who’s there?
(Hmmm. Do I want to pursue this one? Ah, why not: the tot won’t understand the punch line anyway!)
Dick, who?
I dunno. Daddy wouldn’t tell me the rest.

Who’s there?
Banana. (I heave a mental sigh. I know this one, and it can go on for a while in the hands of a knock-knock fanatic.)
Banana who?
Banana who?
Banana who?
Orange who?
Banana went away.

(For those less familiar with these things, we’ve omitted a critical part of the punch line: Orange you glad…)

Who’s there?
Amos, who?
A mosquito just bit me!

Hey! Someone got one right!

August 9, 2005 - Posted by | Developmental stuff, socializing


  1. Oh I love it when my BoyChild does the “KnockKnockBanana” one!

    Comment by M&Co. | August 9, 2005 | Reply

  2. I love the bicycle one! Classic!

    Comment by misfit | August 9, 2005 | Reply

  3. M&Co: Hello, and welcome! How old is BoyChild? They just love this one, and mine love it when I roll my eyes and say “Banana again???”

    Misfit: you can follow the train of thought, right through when it goes completely off the tracks, can’t you?

    Comment by Mary P. | August 9, 2005 | Reply

  4. LOL 🙂

    Wow, never heard the Banana one before.

    Comment by Daily Commuter | August 10, 2005 | Reply

  5. Gee. Who knew there were any NEW knock-knock jokes?

    Comment by Mary P. | August 10, 2005 | Reply

  6. The favourite one that I got went like this:

    Knock knock
    Who’s there?
    Toothfairy who?
    Mummy said you had to give me three dollars.

    Comment by Haley | August 10, 2005 | Reply

  7. “Hey, kid”, you could answer, “I’m only being paid five dollars an hour!” I love the “Mummy says” bit – you’re never expected to argue THAT one.

    Comment by Mary P. | August 10, 2005 | Reply

  8. […] I have three-and-a-half-year-olds again. Which means, I have knock-knock jokes. […]

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