I have always found Oliver funny. Ever since he was a little baby, he could make me laugh without even trying. I present for your consideration, Exhibits A through C:

I can’t imagine anyone looking at those pictures and not laughing, but I readily admit that I am biased.

Anyway, the other day, I was reading a blog post at The World According to E, Ryan and the Girl:

Ryan loves to tell jokes that he reads or hears. Sometimes, this motivates Lily to jump in with her own made-up joke.

Ryan: What is a ghost’s favorite game?

Me: I don’t know. What is a ghost’s favorite game?

Ryan: Hide and shriek!

Me: (laughing) Great joke Ryan!

Lily: Wait…Daddy…I have one!

Me: OK, let’s hear it Lily.

Lily: What is an owl’s favorite game?

Me: I don’t know. What is an owl’s favorite game?

Lily: Whooo….whooo…I love to play basketball.


This made me think of, what I refer to as, Oliver’s surreal jokes. As far as I can tell, he doesn’t yet understand the concept of jokes that rely on wordplay, but he loves telling you things that sound funny to him, as well as doing things that make others laugh. He’s an excellent mimic, which always makes me giggle, but sometimes he does things that take me completely by surprise. For example, a few weeks ago, we were walking past a big, yellow digger and Oliver started to sing the Bob the Builder theme song. Oliver loves theme songs, he doesn’t necessarily have to have seen the show (Dinosaur Train is popular with him at the moment even though he’s never seen an episode) but if it’s a show he enjoys then he tends to sing its theme with both gusto and precision. When we got to the section that goes: “Can we dig it? Yes!” I joined in and gave a resounding “Yes!” when he asked if we could dig, build and fix it. When I shouted “Yes!” in answer to the question of whether we could fix it, Oliver stopped still, looked at me in mock horror, said “Oh No Mummy!” and burst out laughing. Given my echolalic little boy scripts everything, I found it delightful that he was not only spontaneous, but he said something purely for comic effect.

His comedic masterpiece however was his adaptation of a “Why did the chicken cross…?” joke. He had heard this joke more than once so I find it doubtful that he couldn’t remember the punch line. Personally I think he rejected the ending in favour of something a little less pedestrian. Anyway, without further ado, here is Oliver’s joke:

Oliver: Why did the chicken cross the playground?

Me: I don’t know Oliver, why did the chicken cross the playground?

Oliver: Hello Chicken!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Please do give him writing credit if you use it in any stand-up routines.


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14 Comments on “Oliverisms”

  1. Lisa Ruddy April 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    What a character you are Oliver! And the ‘Hello Chicken’ joke.Hilarious. Possibly my favourite joke of the year; part Groucho Marx, part Ionesco. You are wonderful.

    • OMum22 April 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      Thanks Lisa, I will make sure to pass along your comments to Oliver. He really is a character.

  2. Barb Waller April 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Thank you Oliver for the smiles today… šŸ™‚

    • OMum22 April 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      I will pass along your thanks Barb. My goal with this post was to bring some smiles so I’m glad to see it has been successful.

  3. Veronika April 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Just gorgeous. What a way to start the day – I will be laughing all day at his chicken joke, just what I needed. Thanks Oliver

    • OMum22 April 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

      I knew you would appreciate it V šŸ™‚

  4. Teriann Morgan April 26, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Thank you Deanne (and Oliver). Just beautiful and I needed that laugh! ā¤

    • OMum22 April 26, 2012 at 8:07 am #

      You’re so welcome Teriann. Happy to make you laugh!

  5. Gingerheaddad April 26, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Oliver has this wonderful quality of making himself and others laugh or smile and I love his take on the classic “chicken crossing the road” joke.

    • OMum22 April 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

      Thanks GHD. Glad to hear that from someone else who has met Oliver in person. See folks, it’s not just me!

  6. Love Many Trust Few April 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Supercute and funny – what a winning combination. Those character traits are there from the get go – love it!

    • OMum22 April 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      Thanks for visiting the blog. I recognize your name – fellow iBabyButtons lover I think? I hope you check out my FeltBoard creations. šŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind words about my little man.

      • Love Many Trust Few April 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

        Yes I am! Did you really create iBaby Buttons? If so – you are wonderful! I just wrote a big raving review for you on iTunes. Your little guy reminds me of a baby I once cared for – big round head, searing blue eyes – absolutely gorgeous!

      • OMum22 April 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

        Oh gosh no, I wish! I just love the app and the developer. They are a husband-wife team. Thanks for writing a great review for them on iTunes, it really makes a difference in terms of getting their apps noticed. If you’re trying to place me, I’m Deanne, I recommended FeltBoard to you in the iPad group! Thanks for the compliments about Oliver. He and his brother were both gorgeous babies and now… Gorgeous 6 year olds. šŸ™‚

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