Recently I receive email number eleventy three hundred with a little laughing or smiling or whatever icon on it. It came from my gal pal at work. It was a personal message sent to about 47 of us, encouraging smiles to brighten up a dull work day. In an effort to encourage her to send me something funny versus a picture menu of emotions to pick from, I sent her an old time one liner. It went as follows:
A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar. And the bartender says “what’s this; a joke?”
I don’t get it!! I’m not laughing!
Well, it is a play on words because a lot of off color jokes begin with the phrase….. A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar; or some variation of that. Generally it was followed by some offensive reference to one or more of the participant’s dogma. While this type of joke was generally more acceptable in the 50s and 60s, derogatory humor at the expense of others, especially others of a minority, began to lose favor in the 70s. Thereby leading to a benign version of the joke which is really a spoof of the farce and those who found this type of lampoonery humorous.
Does that help?