Maximilian Gardner, 14, is a freshman in high school, and considers himself “Caucasian.” He plays football and basketball at his high school. Max learned the following knock-knock joke from one of his teammates on the football team and then performed it with the basketball team after practice.
Max: Hey, you wanna hear a knock-knock joke?
Max: Ok. Say knock-knock.
Max: Who’s there?
This knock-knock joke reverses the traditional convention of knock-knock jokes by inverting the sequence of events. By having the listener start with “Knock-knock,” he tricks them into taking on the role of the performer. Thus, when Max responds “Who’s there?” they are left without an answer and the joke is on them.