Can I tell you something that’s been worrying me lately?
Recently, a friend called out a joke I made as a “parent joke.”
“That was a strange… it was something a parent would say. I mean, it was funny, but weird.” That’s what she said to me. To my face. And I was
a little insulted for some reason! I didn’t know why, but for someone like me, that little comment was more insulting than calling me fat.
Fat, I can change. But humor? Can I change humor?
Parent jokes are not cool. Parent jokes are corny. Am I growing out of the ability to make a cool, young, hip joke?!
What if I start not being able to make any cool jokes anymore? What if all that comes out of my mouth are parent jokes. No one likes inviting a parent to the party. It sucks. I suck.
What even makes something a parent joke? It’s boringness?
Is it too punny? Not like a clever pun, but like… an average Joe pun?
WHAT IS IT?!
So I went online to look for some examples or a possible definition. What I found was this:
What is Forrest Gump’s Facebook password? 1Forrest1
Followed closely by a Reddit page that asked “What’s a joke that’s so stupid it’s funny?”
And then I knew why I was so insulted by her factual, observational comment.
Parent jokes are so stupid they’re funny.
I don’t want to be in the category of people who get laughs from insanely stupid jokes! I want to be the person that tells great, short, witty jokes! I want to earn that laugh with my brain.
There’s nothing worse than being a parent without a kid. I’m not saying that I want kids. But I don’t want to act like someone who does. What’s happening to me?