Top 10 hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes (laughter guaranteed)

We are joking legends, so obviously, we love a good knock-knock joke, here are ten hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes that will guarantee laughter.

Knock-knock jokes have been around for centuries, and although the true origin is not known, it is speculated they come from a scene in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which was written in 1606.

In the play, a porter is awoken from his drunken slumber when someone knocks on the door. This is potentially the first knock-knock joke, and it goes like this:

“Knock, knock! Who’s there, i’ the name of
Beelzebub? Here’s a farmer, that hanged
himself on the expectation of plenty: come in
time; have napkins enow about you; here
you’ll sweat for’t.

Knock, knock! Who’s there, in the other devil’s
name? Faith, here’s an equivocator, that could
swear in both the scales against either scale;
who committed treason enough for God’s sake,
yet could not equivocate to heaven: O, come
in, equivocator.”

Since then, knock-knock jokes have travelled throughout the world and have taken on many subjects.

They can range from innocent, childish jokes to naughty jokes (the latter seems to be what the Irish prefer) and so that is how we became lovers of the specific joke type.

Knock knock jokes are generally seen as childish, with the image if someone knocking on the door, followed by a witty pun at the end, some clever, some not so much, but they have evolved to suit all age groups.

Putting our unique sense of humour together with the traditional knock-knock joke was just inevitable, and what was produced got the whole crowd laughing. So, let’s check out ten hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes that will guarantee laughter.

10. Ah, thanks – it’s thank you, not tank you

One of the hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes is about how the Irish say thanks.

“Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Tank who?

You’re welcome!”

9. Yodelling – does anyone yodel in Ireland?

Do the Irish yodel?
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“Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?

Old lady!

Old lady who?

I didn’t know you could yodel!”

8. Open up – Irwish I was Irish

Let me in for one of the hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes.
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“Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?


Irwish you would let me come in.”

7. Moneylender – you’ll be paying interest on that

One of the hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes concerns euros.

“Knock, knock!

Who’s there?


Ireland who?

Ireland you money if you promise to pay me back.”

6. Please stop! can’t stop, won’t stop

Police stop!

“Knock, knock. 

Who’s there? 


Police who? 

Police stop telling these awful knock-knock jokes!”

5. Erin go bragh Aarons are sick of this one

Aarons are sick of one of the hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes.
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“Knock, knock!

Who’s there?


Aaron who?

Aaron go bragh, and all that Irish talk!”

4. Let’s go – a joke to be used once a year

St Patrick's Day.
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“Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Pat who?

Pat your coat on, and let’s go to the St. Patrick’s Day parade!”

3. Always wear green – what other colours are there?

One of the hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes is about wearing green.
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“Knock, knock!

Who’s there?


Warren who?

Warren any green today?”

2. What do cows say? – we knew that

Cows go moo.
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“Knock, knock!

Who’s there? 

Cows go. Cows go who? 

No, silly. Cows go moo!”

1. An Irish slagging – ah, be nice now

Be nice to the Irish to hear their hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes.
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“Knock, knock!

Who’s there?


Don Who?

Don be putting down the Irish now!”

As the Americans would say, knock-knock jokes are so corny, we call them cringe-worthy, but that’s what makes them so funny.

Say knock-knock to anyone around the world any they instantly know what’s going to follow, it’s a joke that has become world-famous, and it’s one of the first jokes we ever hear as kids.

Knock-knock jokes are all about surprise, and even if someone assumes they know what’s coming, they probably don’t.

The beauty of these jokes is that they are endless and you can create a joke with almost any subject.

It’s true that the Irish seize absolutely every opportunity to make a sarcastic comment, pun, or silly dad joke and they don’t take offence from stereotypical Irish jokes either because there’s always some hilarious truth to them.

When it comes to the format, the actual knock-knock joke we use today emerged in 1936, in a newspaper and went like this:

“Knock, knock!

Who’s there?


Rufus who?

Rufus the most important part of your house.”

Now, we don’t know about you, but aren’t the modern versions so much better? Especially the Irish ones.

There’s no doubt that these jokes are here to stay because if they weren’t catchy, they wouldn’t have stuck around since the 1600s.