New England’s regional humor mostly champions poor over wealthy, insider over outsider, common sense over intellectualism, and simplicity over ostentation. And although universal humor often depends on “the last word” concept, nowhere is this tool as effectively utilized as in New England. Enjoy a sampling of the best New England jokes from our archives.
The 5 Best New England Jokes
“Lived in this town all your life?”
Answer: “No, not yet.”
“Can you tell me how to get to Wheelock?”
Answer: “Well now, if I were going to Wheelock, I don’t believe I’d start from here.”
“Edward, you know we used to sit a lot closer together when we were courtin’.”
Answer: “I haven’t moved.”
“Nice little town — so old and quaint. Must be a lot of odd characters around here, though, right?”
Answer: “Oh yes, quite a few. You see ’em around. But they’re mostly gone after Labor Day.”
“Because I wasn’t born in New England, I realize I’ll never be a native. But since my three children were born in Putney, Vermont, aren’t they natives?”
Answer: “Well…if your cat happened to have kittens in the oven, would you call ’em biscuits?”
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Excerpt from “’A Few Familiar Faces | (The Most-Often-Told New England Jokes),” Yankee Magazine, September 1987