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"Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana?" The Knock, Knock Joke

By Edited Sep 28, 2016 10 7

Knock, Knock! Who's There? 

The knock, knock joke, almost everyone has heard one. Some are funny, some silly, and some just plain bad but they all begin with the familiar phrase: "Knock, knock! Who's there . . .?" But, while the beginning is the same, there are several endings to this popular and oftentimes funny quip. If you’ve ever told a knock, knock joke you know what fun it can be to watch the reaction of the recipients. Children will often laugh with giddiness and delight, while adults get a kick out of the simplicity and silliness of the punch line. 

One of the most popular and most quoted of the knock, knock jokes is this one: "Knock, knock! Who's there? Banana.  Banana who? Knock, knock! Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Knock, knock! Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Knock, knock! Who's there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn't say 'banana?'"



Knock, Knock Origins 

The exact year of the first knock, knock joke is not known, the earliest year has been traced back to December of 1936. A popular radio program was broadcasting a playful end of the year review of what they termed the year’s least important events. These events included a segment on Ramrod Dank, a man who "invented a negative craze" and coined the phrase; "knock, knock." 

This formula gained steam and became extremely popular in the 1950s. The joke regained popularity in the late 60s and early 70s when it became a regular joke in the popular weekly variety show, "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." 

A 1936 letter from a steward on the Nahlin steam yacht was discovered in 2010. It outlined the day to day activities on the busy yacht during a Mediterranean cruise. It also made reference to some of the passengers which included King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. The letter contained the following passage: "Knock, knock! Who's there? Edward Rex. Edward Rex who? Edward wrecks the Coronation." 

Rinse and Repeat 

The knock, knock joke has been repeated by millions of people all over the world. The most familiar of these witty jokes is the banana/orange play on words but there have been several variations of the joke. 

One of the reasons for their popularity is that they are easy to understand, quick and quirky. The formula doesn't require a great deal of thinking and it appeals to both children and adults alike. 


Funny Jokes 

The following are some of the most well-known and beloved of the knock, knock jokes: 

  • "Knock, knock! Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Knock, knock! Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Knock, knock! Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Knock, knock! Who's there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn't say 'banana?'" 
  • "Knock, knock! Who’s there? Landon! Landon who? Landon Bridge is falling down!" 
  • "Knock, knock! Who’s there? Cash! Cash who? No thanks, but I’d like some peanuts!" 
  • "Knock, knock! Who’s there? Doris! Doris who? Doris locked that’s why I am knocking!” 
  • "Knock, knock. Who's there? Oink, oink. Oink, oink who? Make up your mind, are you a pig or an owl?!" 
  • "Knock, knock! Who's there? Juno. Juno who? Juno that I'm out here, right?" 
  • "Knock, knock! Who's there? Ice cream! Ice cream who? I scream if you don't let me in!"
  • "Knock, knock! Who's there?A little old lady. A little old lady who?We didn't know you could yodel."

Who’s There?

These are just a few of the hundreds, maybe even thousands of knock, knock jokes. What are some of your favorites? Better yet, I challenge you to make up your own! 

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Oct 18, 2012 12:38pm
Hi--Well you've done it again--great article and I am sure I am not alone when I say--what a memory-maker: When I was a kid, I especially loved doing "knock-knocks" like knock-knock--whose there? Ida...Ida who...Idaho. Silly huh, but loads of fun. Thanks for creative article, fun material and...all those memories. 2 BIG thumbs from e
Oct 18, 2012 1:24pm
Ha! That's another great knock, knock joke! Thanks so much!!!
Nov 15, 2012 6:47am
"Who's there?" "Dwayne." "Dwayne who?" "Dwayne the bathtub I'm dwowning!"

Intro, these are so bad they're good, and thanks for the smirk today. A thumb, darlin'!
Nov 15, 2012 10:36am
Thank ya kindly!
Nov 15, 2012 8:01am
Very funny and interesting read :)

Thumbs Up!!
Nov 15, 2012 10:37am
Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it!
Nov 20, 2012 8:38am
Knock,knock! Reminds me of similar rhymes we recited in early school days. A thumb for the creativity.
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