Occupation: Business Student
Residence: South Bend, Indiana
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/23/20
Primary Language: English
The following is transcribed from a joke told to myself, GK, by the informant, CZ.
CZ: How does Harry Potter get down a hill?
GK: I don’t know. How?
CZ: J.K. Rolling
Background: The informant is a 20 year old, who is a huge Harry Potter fan. He claims to have found this joke online, and loves to tell it because “it’s such a stupid joke”. If you are not a Harry Potter fan, the joke is J.K. Rolling is the author of the series, and the joke is simply just playing off her last name.
Context: The informant and I discussed this joke over Face Time.
My Thoughts: For me, this joke would qualify as a “Dad Joke”. I say this because the joke is really short, and the only reason it brings out laughter is because it’s so unoriginal and unfunny. However, I feel like “Dad Jokes” are becoming more popular amongst the younger generation. I say this because over the past couple of years, they’ve become their own category of jokes, and have a certain style that differs them from other jokes. The style I am talking about is, how the recipient is usually laughing at the person who is telling the joke rather than the joke itself. The dynamic of the “Dad Joke” is certainly interesting in that way.