A ____ Walks into a Bar

After seeing Ken (ninth grade advisor from Lafayette Big Picture School) do improv a couple of weeks ago, and getting sent this video (see embed), I have been swimming in jokes lately – jokes that ranged from simple to erudite, and all over the learning goal map.  So, Yep.  You are hearing right.  Today’s advisory activity is writing one of the oldest style jokes in the book, a guy (or duck, or virus, or unicorn, etc.) walks into a bar (and usually gets turned down).

For Example:

  • A duck walks into a bar and tells the bartender, “gimme a shot of whisky and put it on my bill!”
  • A mushroom walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says, “I can’t serve you.” The mushroom says, “Why not? I’m a fun-guy.”
  • A skeleton walks into a bar and orders a beer and a mop.
  • So a five-dollar bill walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Get outa here! We don’t serve your type. This is a singles bar.
  • A neutron walks into a bar. “I’d like a beer” he says. The bartender promptly serves up a beer. “How much will that be?” asks the neutron. “For you?” replies the bartender, “no charge”
  • Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar. One says, ‘I think I’ve lost an electron.’ The other says ‘Are you sure?’ The first says, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’

Other Examples: Check out this “science comedian” and his one liners.


  1. Working with a partner, pick a learning goal (Communication, Empirical Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Social Reasoning, or a Personal Quality)
  2. Using a Mind Map technique, brainstorm as many topics in that learning goal as you can in three minutes.
  3. Choose a topic, and using another mind map, brainstorm as many topics, ideas, people, themes, terms, etc. related to the main topic as you can in three minutes.
  4. Look them over, and using the format, a _____ walks into a bar and asks for a _____ the bartender looks at (him, her, it) and says, sorry, _______________________, write your joke (or two or three).
  5. Choose the best one, practice delivery and share with the class.  (Be prepared to explain it if necessary – thereby sucking all of the funny out, but maybe making it understandable for others….).

One of the other reasons I love an activity like this is that reinforcement that learning is and should be fun!


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