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Tell Me If You’ve Heard This One Before…

(by Leon Adato. This originally appeared over on his blog at

In podcast #5, “Jokes I Wish I Could Tell You”, Josh Biggley, Doug Johnson, and I talked about the nature of humor, and specifically the nature of tech/IT (or more broadly, “Geek”) humor, as well as humor that is based in a particular religion.You can listen to it here: (or check the Technically Religious homepage for links to other podcast platforms like iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, PocketCast, etc).

In the course of our discussion, there were a few thoughts (and a couple of jokes) we weren’t able to include, and I simply can’t let the opportunity pass by.

First, was a joke about jokes that, in a weird twist of ironic happenstance, my 15 year old son had heard, but I hadn’t:

What do frogs and jokes have in common? When you dissect them they’re not funny

Which really sums up the essence of the whole episode, right?

Second, after I had waxed poetic about a tweet by my friend Phil Setnik (which you can still find here: ), I remembered an even more obscure joke that required both religious (Jewish) knowledge, and geek street cred. It’s this one, titled “Callah Cthulhu”:

Front View

It’s important to note that this can be purchased as a t-shirt here:

See, “bride” in hebrew is “Callah”, get it? Also, the inscription on the bottom reads “H.P. Lovecraft – Mazel Tov!”

After talking through things during the podcast, and giving it another listen, I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe Doug was right, that geek and religious humor isn’t any more “specialized” than jokes that rely on a knowledge of sports or a particular city or age, but that the population of folks who have the knowledge to make a joke work is simply smaller.

What do YOU think? Let us know in the comments below, and maybe leave a joke or two of your own.

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