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The World’s Shortest Joke

Submitted by on April 1, 2011 – 12:30 pm 15 Comments

Have you heard this one?

Short and Sweet

Here on Bit Comedy we savour all the shortest bits of comedy we can find so what is the shortest joke known to man? Could it be used as an SMS joke?

Here’s 2 Short Jokes

“A fish swims into a wall…Damn!”

“A man walks into a bar…ouch!”

That’s 7 words for each of them. That’s a lot.

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr appears on YouTube claiming to tell the world’s shortest joke But o’ no he isn’t.

Jimmy Carr’s shortest joke: “Venison’s dear isn’t it?”

That’s 4 whole words. Pretty good isn’t it getting a joke down to 4 words. On a different tack how short can you make a story?

A Few Words About Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction can be any length it’s just defined as short.  Ernest Hemmingway famously summed up his ultimate short story:-

‘For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.’

It’s not funny or a joke but it shows the power of telling stories as briefly as possible. I don’t know about you but I find this story heart-wrenching. So onwards to our target…

The World’s Shortest Joke

I remember this joke being uttered by a character in John Cleese and Connie Booth’s sitcom.

The World’s Shortest Joke is: “Pretentious? Moi?

Yep 2 words. That’s the world’s shortest joke (unless you know different) so make up your own 2 word jokes and let us know and we’ll add them to Bit Comedy. Before you go here’s a couple of stabs at the 2 word joke:-

“Cameron? Lightweight.” – As told by President Obama.

“Clegg? Bugger.”

If you are a lover of SMS and have had some trouble with your auto-correct function then have a read of our ‘Auto Correct Text MADNESS!’ post.

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