Dad Guide: How to Tell a Good Dad Joke

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What is a Good Dad Joke?

I recognize that some of you may not think that ‘good’ and ‘dad joke’ are words that should appear in the same sentence. Of course you are probably all teenagers who feel embarrassed by your dad’s sense of humour. Since that is one of the primary aims of a good dad joke, we can assume that your dad already knows his stuff.

A good dad joke should ideally involve a pun and end with a groan and ideally an eye roll from the fortunate recipient and associated audience for the dad joke.

Some dad jokes can be prepared in advance and others are situational. The timing here is important and it is always advisable to have some dad jokes in reserve if you are going to do fatherhood right.

Dad Joke Objectives

When telling a dad joke you want to achieve certain objectives.

  • take advantage of alternate word meaning and double entendre opportunities
  • frustrate your child
  • embarrass your child
  • embarrass your partner
  • elicit a groan from the audience
  • strive for a full eye roll
  • share your wisdom

Situational Dad Jokes

If you are naturally good at puns, you will be able to take advantage of many parenting situations without too much trouble – although it is important to consider the timing. Sometimes mocking your child one too many times will earn your a stern look from your partner and possibly a night on the couch.

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If puns don’t come to you naturally here are some you can keep in your back pocket and make use of as the opportunities arise.

Kid: I’m hungry

Dad: Hi hungry, I’m dad.

This one never gets old – at least from the dad perspective. It will rapidly frustrate your child and in the right circumstances, embarrass your child. Think of it as your regular pause for station identification so that you can remind your kid that you are their dad.

Kid: Can you put my shoes on?

Dad: Ok, but I don’t think they’ll fit me very well.

This one is versatile. You can use it for any request from a child to help get them dressed. It is like a new joke every time and they won’t even see it coming.

Your partner: This rash is getting pretty bad, do you think we should go to the doctor?

Dad: Let’s not make any rash decisions.

Kids get rashes, which means the opportunity for you to use this phrase will come up many times.

Back Pocket Dad Jokes

Sometimes you need to fill a gap between situational dad joke occurrences. If your kids aren’t providing dad joke opportunities, you sometimes just need to drop them into daily life. It is therefore helpful to keep some jokes in your back pocket.

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Here are some to help you get started. Some of these come from a list put together by Fatherly. Some of them are from my personal stock that I am now sharing with you

Q: How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?
A: 10 tickles.

Q: What do you call an illegally parked frog?
A: Toad.

Q: Why are skeletons so calm?
A: Because nothing gets under their skin

Q: What did one ocean say to the other ocean?
A: Nothing, they just waved

Q: Why didn’t the melons get married?
A: Because they cantaloupe

Q: What do you call a Bear without an ear?
A: A Buh

Q: What do you call a fish without an eyes?

Q: What do you call a fly without wings?
A: A walk

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Bonus Points

Obviously any good dad joke is going to result in some groans, eye rolls and heads in hands. For extra points on the dad comedy scale, it is always valuable to deliver your jokes in as public a place as possible with as many of your kid’s friends present as possible. It doesn’t hurt to have at least some of your jokes silkscreened onto a shirt or tell the joke wearing your most hilarious shirt along with white tube socks and sandals. No kid can ignore the embarrassing hilarity of that set up.

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So dads, get out there and make your mark! Show the world what you have to offer.

Share your best dad jokes

We can only get stronger as a community and as fathers by working together. Share your best dad jokes below! What have been the best ones that you have delivered or maybe even that have been passed down to you from your dad. Some dad jokes are so classic they should be treated and revered as family heirlooms to be passed from generation to generation.

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  1. Good ones, Dad! you have learned the art of being punny. Shakespeare would be proud.

  2. Hahahah Chris, this is hilarious! I love it. My partner will appreciate this one so much… he loves dad jokes even though he isn’t one.