Thursday, September 1, 2011
Can't say fairer than that
Here’s the best joke from the Edinburgh Fringe, widely reported on 25th August.
I needed a password 8 characters long, so I chose Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
No I don’t think so either. We have Nick Helm to thank for that one, pictured. The prize was awarded by somebody or something named Dave. Here's a better one from BBC sports correspondent Gary Richardson who came on air on the Today programme immediately after this item.
A man went to the doctor and said I need speech therapy, I'm having trouble with my F’s and my T’s.
Doctor : You can't say fairer than that!
A couple of things to say about these jokes. Firstly, they have a common feature, namely each depends on the absence of speech marks around the operative phrase. Secondly, in the doctor joke, why did a man go to the doctor? Would it be better to say a patient or even a woman? No it wouldn't, imho. This really is an occasion where it’s better to be politically incorrect. Anything else distracts from the joke.