Brits share top 20 favourite dad jokes of all time ahead of Father’s Day

Ahead of Father's Day this weekend, Brits have shared their favourite cheesy dad jokes that make them smile and cringe in equal measure – with “This graveyard looks crowded – people must be dying to get in” topping the list.

Three in five adults confess that they find dad jokes amusing, and almost a third (31%) even say they love them – despite 67% saying the cheesy gags make them cringe.

Other favourites include saying, “Ah, this takes me back”, when putting the car into reverse, and answering the question, “How do I look?” by saying, “With your eyes”.

And rounding out the top 20 list of the most eye-roll worthy wisecracks was: “Why do seagulls fly over the ocean? Because if they flew over the bay, we'd call them bagels”.

The research, of 2,000 adults, found that 83% of dads make these jokes to embarrass their kids – as 39% are convinced that their particular brand of “dad humour” has precisely this effect on their offspring.

The study was commissioned by Papa Johns ahead of Father's Day, to launch its Papa Jokes campaign.

And a spokesman for the pizza restaurant chain said: “Dad jokes are a proud tradition. Of course, one doesn’t have to be a dad to enjoy them – dad jokes can come from anywhere.

“If it’s a naff pun, a groan-inducing punchline, or something only the teller finds hilarious, rest assured, no matter who tells it – it’s a dad joke.”

Other jokes beloved of the nation included “I used to hate facial hair – but then it grew on me”, and “My wife asked if I was ever going to stop singing Wonderwall. I said maybe…”

And four in ten reckon they’ve gone their whole lives without telling a single terrible one-liner so far – but of those who have, 80% have cracked themselves up with one, even if nobody else laughed.

Respondents estimate it takes approximately four years to master the art of the dad joke, after becoming a parent for the first time.

And thinking about their own fathers, 47% remember them being amusing, with 12% described them as “very funny”.

Just under three in ten (29%) even believe their old man’s terrible gags form some of their favourite memories of them.

The spokesman for Papa Johns, which recently launched a super cheesy range of crispy cheese base pizzas, added: “While we may not laugh at a dad joke at the time, it seems many really remember their dads for them.

“So, for any budding comedians out there, who may or may not be parents yet, remember that memorability is more important than actually being funny.

“We say layer on the cheese, add in a silly accent, do whatever you do to make the joke memorable – and ideally, deeply embarrassing for your kids.”


  1. “This graveyard looks overcrowded. People must be dying to get in”
  2. “I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down”
  3. Q: “Dad, can you put my shoes on?” A: “No, I don't think they'll fit me”
  4. “I used to hate facial hair…but then it grew on me”
  5. Q: “Can you put the cat out?” A: “I didn't know it was on fire”
  6. “Wife asked are you ever going stop singing Wonderwall. I said maybe…”
  7. “Ah, this takes me back”, when putting the car into reverse
  8. “I only know 25 letters of the alphabet. I don't know y”
  9. “What do you call a magician who lost their magic? Ian”
  10. Q: “How do I look?” A: “With your eyes”
  11. Q: “Dad, did you get a haircut?” A: “No, I got them all cut!”
  12. “I'm afraid for the calendar. Its days are numbered”
  13. “Wanna hear a joke about a pizza? Never mind, it’s too cheesy”
  14. “I used to be addicted to the hokey pokey, but I turned myself around”
  15. “I am terrified of lifts. I'm going to take steps to avoid them”
  16. “What did one wall say to the other? I'll meet you at the corner”
  17. “I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now”
  18. “How do you make holy water? You boil the hell out of it”
  19. “Singing in the shower is fun until you get soap in your mouth. Then it's a soap opera”
  20. “Why do seagulls fly over the ocean? Because if they flew over the bay, we'd call them bagels”

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