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    Smile knock knock jokes

    Hello. I don't understand what these knock knock jokes below so funny.
    Please help me!!!

    Knock Knock
    Who's there?
    Scotta
    Scotta who?
    Scotta be a funnier joke than this!

    Knock Knock
    Who's there?
    Phillip
    Phillip who?
    Phillip the tank I'm outta gas!

    Knock Knock
    Who's there?
    Chemo
    Chemo who?
    Chemo sabe will make you puke!

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    Default Re: knock knock jokes

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Hello. I don't understand what these knock knock jokes below so funny.
    Please help me!!!

    Knock Knock
    Who's there?
    Scotta
    Scotta who?
    Scotta be a funnier joke than this!

    Knock Knock
    Who's there?
    Phillip
    Phillip who?
    Phillip the tank I'm outta gas!

    Knock Knock
    Who's there?
    Chemo
    Chemo who?
    Chemo sabe will make you puke!
    I don't think they are at all funny. They are very contrived.

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    Default Re: knock knock jokes

    Hi, frindle.

    These are very poor examples of the genre. They are not funny at all.


    Scotta be a funnier joke than this!
    sounds a bit like
    'It's got to be a funnier joke than this!'

    Phillip the tank I'm outta gas!
    is supposed to sound like
    'Fill up the tank; I'm out of gas.'

    Chemo sabe will make you puke!
    'Chemo sabe' sounds like kemo sabe.
    Don't ask me to explain that one.

    Rover

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    Default Re: knock knock jokes

    The only one of those that sounds like a knock-knock joke to me is the one with Phillip.

    A knock-knock joke has a person's name or a common noun. Then that name/noun is reused as a pun where the SOUND it makes is used to complete a sentence.

    Phillip = Fill up

    The last one doesn't work because no one is named "Chemo" and while Tonto called the Lone Ranger Kimosabe, it's not part of chemotherapy, a cancer treatment, and there's very little that's humorous about cancer in any case.

    Scott is a name... is Scotta a name where you live? You're suppose to hear "It's got to be" with "Scotta."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: knock knock jokes

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't think they are at all funny. They are very contrived.
    Are there knock knock jokes that aren't contrived?

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    Default Re: knock knock jokes

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Are there knock knock jokes that aren't contrived?
    There is a question of degree.

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    Default Re: knock knock jokes

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    sounds a bit like
    'It's got to be a funnier joke than this!'
    Can it also be
    "there's gotta be a funnier joke than this"?
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: knock knock jokes

    Quote Originally Posted by JustLearningEnglish View Post
    Can it also be
    "there's gotta be a funnier joke than this"?
    Thank you.
    I'm with you on this one. I think it's meant to sound like "There's got to be a funnier joke than this" (and they're not wrong). The problem, as Barb said, is that "Scotta" is not a name. At a push, if it said ...

    Knock, knock.
    Who's there?
    Scott.
    Scott who?
    Scott to be a funnier joke than this.

    ...it still wouldn't be terribly funny but at least it would fit the general construction.

    How about:

    Knock knock
    Who's there?
    Juno.
    Juno who?
    Juno what I'm going to do if you don't open this door?!

    Knock knock
    Who's there?
    Mikey
    Mikey who?
    Mikey doesn't fit - can you let me in?

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    Default Re: knock knock jokes

    I like 'em

    Knock, Knock.
    Who's there?
    Wire.
    Wire who?
    Wire you asking?

    Knock, Knock.
    Who's there?
    Anita.
    Anita who?
    Anita a tissue! Ah Choo!


    Knock Knock
    Who's there !
    Dozen !
    Dozen who ?
    Dozen anyone want to let me in !

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