The Irish are well known for having the “gift of the gab,” and Ireland is a country full of humor where the ability to “banter” is regarded as a high skill. The Irish are a nation of natural roasters; they poke fun at themselves, at their family members and friends, at their fellow countrymen, and at anyone who happens to be sitting next to them at the dinner table – not unlike the comedy legends in the Classic Friars Roasts, where the ability to laugh at yourself is as essential as making others laugh. In true roasting fashion, a bit of joking is how the Irish show affection and insert a good dose of humor into their daily lives. It’s all in good fun, and they believe that laughter truly is the best medicine, making any hardship bearable.
And, as would be expected in a nation of comedians, the Irish have some favorite things to joke about. These are the topics that prompt endless laughs from an Irish audience while making a cultural commentary on the customs of their own country, their famous citizens and their neighbors as a method of describing the Irish way and the state of the world.
Being so closely connected, the Irish love to poke fun at their neighboring countries. It’s the Irish way of being friendly, after all, and the cultural differences between the closely located countries – England, Scotland and Ireland – makes for endless comedic material. The “Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman” joke format has become a famous way for the Irish to highlight funny differences among the neighbors. These are some popular jokes about England, Ireland, and Scotland:
Q: What’s the best thing that ever happened between England and Ireland?
A: The Irish Sea!
Never ask a foreigner where he is from. If he is not English he will tell you within a few minutes, and if he is English, why embarrass him?
They say an Englishman laughs three times at a joke. The first time when everybody gets it, the second a week later when he thinks he gets it, the third time a month later when somebody explains it to him.
An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman went to a party. The Englishman took six bottles of beer. The Irishman took six crates of Guinness. The Scotsman took six friends.
There’s an Englishman, Irishman and a Scotsman. They’re being chased by the police. They see this old warehouse so they run in. Inside there are 3 empty sacks on the floor. They each jump in a sack. In comes the cop and he sees these three bundles on the floor. Goes up to the first one and kicks it. The Englishman shouts out, “Woof Woof,” and the cop thinks it’s just an old dog, leaves it, and kicks the second sack. The Scotsman yells out, “Me-ow me-ow,” and he leaves this one as well thinking it’s just an old cat. He walks over to the last sack and kicks it, and the Irishman yells out.. “Potatoes, Potatoes..!”
Clearly, the Irish also have no problem laughing at themselves. Seeing the funny side of life is, after all, an essential part of being Irish, and there are endless Irish jokes about their own country as there are about others:
An Irishman is struggling to find a parking space.
“Lord,” he prayed. “I can’t stand this. If you open a space up for me, I swear I’ll give up the Guinness and go to mass every Sunday.” Suddenly, the clouds part and the sun shines on an empty parking spot. Without hesitation, the Irishman says: “Never mind, I found one!” His wife had been killed in an accident and the police were questioning Paddy. “Did she say anything before she died?” asked the Sergeant. “She spoke without interruption for about forty years,” said Paddy.
Of course, with this tendency to poke a little fun at those near and dear to them, the Irish have plenty of jokes about their celebrities, too. U2 is the biggest band to come out of Ireland in recent decades, and if you ask anyone in Europe or in the U.S. to name one famous Irish person, Bono would be a top answer. Needless to say, the Irish have had plenty of time to build up a sizeable canon of Bono jokes. He would be the ultimate celebrity roast for the Irish. So lastly, here is the most famous Irish roast of Bono:
What’s the difference between God and Bono?
God doesn’t walk around Dublin thinking he’s Bono.
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Q: Are there any Irish jokes by the Classic Friars Club members?
A: Milton Berle told a famous joke about the Irish: that Irish Gourmet Cooking is among the shortest books in the world.
Q: If there was an Irish celebrity Roastmaster, who would it be?
A: The first candidate would be Tommy Tiernan, the most famous (or infamous) Irish comedian. He has a reputation for being unfiltered and having no off-limit jokes – anyone is a potential target, and he has roasted many celebrities over the years in his routines, making the audience both laugh and cringe.
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