For fathers across Britain, telling your first dad joke is a right of passage and guaranteed to make the family smile. With Father’s Day soon approaching, online card and gift retailer Moonpig has launched a study to find the nation’s favourite dad joke.
Moonpig gathered the most iconic dad jokes and surveyed the UK public to determine what the country really thinks of them, identifying which city is home to the funniest dads and lastly, crowning Britain’s all-time favourite dad joke.
The UK’s Top 10 Favourite Dad Jokes
Taking the top spot as the UK’s favourite dad joke is a classic – ‘What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back? A stick.’ As with many, the obviousness of the answer is iconic and a key comical factor in the making of a great dad joke.
And when looking at the top 10, it is clear that the classics seem to be the biggest winners. The much-loved straightforward tone of dad jokes seems to be a favourite amongst individuals in the UK. Puns were also a common feature in the top 10 suggesting the nation loves a classic play on words.
- What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back? A stick.
- Why do Dads take an extra pair of socks when they go golfing? In case they get a hole in one.
- What’s the best time to go to the dentist? Tooth-Hurty.
- A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender says ‘sorry we don’t serve food here.’
- What did the ocean say to the beach?’ ‘Nothing, it just waved.’
- Dad, did you get a haircut?’ ‘No, I got them all cut.’
- My wife asked me to stop singing ‘Wonderwall’ to her. I said maybe…
- What is brown and sticky? A stick.
- I slept like a log last night. Woke up in the fireplace!
- I used to hate facial hair, but then it grew on me.
What Is the Nation’s Opinion on Dad Jokes?
Across the nations, there are some varying opinions on dad jokes. Almost half (49%) say that they find them funny, but the research also uncovered that the older you are the less likely you are to find your dad funny. 64% of Gen Z say they find their father funny, compared to only 36% of those over 55.
Multiple differences were found in how we view dad jokes depending on our location in the UK. Dad jokes seem to be a big hit in Liverpool with 20% of individuals saying they made them feel nostalgic whilst also claiming the highest percentage of individuals who found dad jokes amusing (34%).
Lucky While other locations were not as keen on dad jokes such as Norwich where 6% of individuals found dad jokes to be annoying, com. While in Brighton over 7% of residents found hearing dad jokes disgusting.
Liverpudlian Fathers are the Funniest
The research found that dads in Liverpool were the funniest with 56% of Liverpudlians saying their father is or was funny. Closely behind and tied for second, 55.5% of respondents from Birmingham and Cardiff say they have found their dad funny.
How Do Dad Jokes Make Us Feel
Moonpig’s research suggests if you often see your children cringe when telling them a dad joke, they may be putting on a show, as 35% of Brits say that hearing dad jokes make them amused and happy and only 12% of respondents find dad jokes cringy, with those aged 16-24 finding them the cringiest. Lucky for dads, it was also found that only 2% of Brits find dad jokes annoying.
All-round we seem to be a nation that enjoys a dad joke, whether you’re a father or not.