My kid's obsessed with poo and pee jokes. Surely this means she's a comedic genius.
Momlogic's Momstrosity: I don't like scatological humor -- or, put more simply, I'm not a big fan of "poo jokes." I never giggle at a fart. In fact, I don't even like writing the word "fart." So why is it I think my three-year-old daughter's newfound penchant for cracking poo-poo jokes is hi-larious? Bear in mind, a great deal of a preschooler's time is spent thinking and talking about poo. (See chart below.) But, that aside, could it possibly be:
My Child is a Comedic Genius?
I think so ... but since I'm a tad prejudiced, I asked a couple of comedy writers to analyze two of her favorite jokes.
Here's the first:
Me: Lily, What does a cat say?
Lily: Tick tock.
Me: Hm, interesting. Then what does a clock say?
Me: OK, what does a pig say?
Lily: Poopy, poopy!
"Here Lily is building on the classic formula of making unexpected sounds come out of everyday objects or beings," says Jim Earl, former 'Daily Show" writer, "she's also employing the classic comedy rule of three ... building to the poo portion of her joke."
Barry Lank, a comedian and journalist who's written for "Air America" sees Lily's joke in political terms. "The cat saying 'tick tock' represents a breakdown of society, George W. Bush's recent criminal state, in which law enforcement becomes law breaker, and society is topsy turvy."
Just as I suspected: Pure genius.
Here's another one. This one's a bit more complex:
Lily: Mom, where do you go poo? In your pants?
Mom: You know where I go poo. I go poo...
Lily: (giggling uncontrollably)...on the carpet!!
"What Lily is obviously doing here," says Earl, "is deflating authority. It's a classic comedy technique. The mom, authority figure, is relegated to pooing on the carpet, much like a family pet, or renegade monkey."
BTW, if Lily has it her way, her jokes might be going online. Yesterday, she told me she had her own website: PooPooCaCa.com, and almost snorted milk out of her nose. I checked it out, and the domain's available. Get ready.
Is your kid a comic genius? Let me know in the momlogic community.