Age: College age senior
Residence: Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection:
Primary Language: English
A: A horse walks into a bar and the bartender, and the bartender says: why the long face?
(group laughs and groans)
Location of joke: N/A
Location of Performance – Classroom, Los Angeles, CA, late morning
Context: This performance was done in a group of 3-4 people after a class in response to a question about potential high school traditions, festivals, jokes, or riddles. A was the last to perform his folklore and was particularly inspired after another student performed what was termed as a “dad joke.”
Analysis: Prior to A’s performance, another “dad” joke, as the group defined it, was presented. I had my own understanding of Dad jokes prior as just being truly ridiculous in the fact that the punchline was so on the nose…hence the groan. Therefore, my understanding of the effect of “dad” jokes was confirmed through these auditory cues and conversation. It is also interesting to note that dad jokes have no association with father’s at all; possibly this implies that you do not have to be a father in order to be embarrassing – a bad joke will do.