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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

I’m A Dad & I Tell Bad Dad Jokes

Dads have a unique sense of humor. We can twist words, make puns, and turn ordinary, everyday life situations into little comedy nuggets that often amuse us… but not always those around us.

The jokes I make in my house often induce eye rolls from my teenage daughters and the same often repeated phrase from my wife, “Girls, don’t encourage him.” It doesn’t matter though. I continue to torture/make them laugh at my dad jokes.

I’m not exactly sure how it came about… but a little over a year ago I started sharing my bad dad jokes with more than just my own family… I began to tell them as a way to end my daily radio show on 92.5 NASH Icon, KJJY.

My listeners loved them! I’d get Facebook posts telling me which ones were “hits” and which ones were “groan-worthy”. Before long, people were sharing their dad jokes with me.

If they weren’t sharing them they’d always be asking me what today’s joke was. Often, I’d show up at one of my kid’s school events and get a, “Hey, I missed your dad joke today. What was it?”

It was clear that I had struck on something everyone (but my wife and daughters) really enjoyed so I looked for a way to share each day’s joke online.  That led to the creation of my very first podcast. “Tony Conrad’s Bad Dad Joke Of The Day Podcast“.

I put the joke from my radio show into podcast form each day and do bonus jokes on Saturday and Sunday. So far the response has been great. I’ve been amazed at the podcast growth and the number of people giving me a few seconds of their day to hear a new joke.

The podcast even led to its own Facebook page. You can check it out (and like it if you want) here.

I’ll admit that it’s been fun to track my podcast download numbers and hear from folks that enjoy tuning in each afternoon to listen to a joke… but all that pales in comparison to what I heard in podcast episode 12, from my friend, Stacey, A Dad In The Burbs.

Let me backtrack just a minute. Stacey and I have never met in real life. He lives in Canada and I live in Iowa. We met through a Dad Blogger group we’re both a part of. We both share a love of cooking,  coffee, good food, and being the best dads we can be. You can check out his blog here.

Anyway, it turns out, Stacey listens to my bad dad joke of the day podcast with his kids every morning. I think that is really cool… but it’s not as cool as what his kids decided to do.

They took the idea of a bad dad joke and made their own “bad kid joke”. If you listen to Stacey’s podcast episode 12 you’ll know he never got a great recording of their joke… but that’s not the point, at least to me, anyway.

I just find it incredibly cool that some Canadian grade-school kids were inspired enough by my jokes to create their own kid joke. They even had the act down complete with their own rim shot and laugh tracks! How cool is that?

Their story… and the encouragement of others… makes me want to keep going with my own jokes. It makes me want to keep sharing jokes because I believe the world is a little better place when we can all share a laugh together.

What’s your favorite “Dad Joke”? Leave a comment and let me know. I might share it on the podcast someday.

***Disclaimer – I really believe my wife and daughters love my bad dad jokes… they just don’t want to let on that they do. 😉

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Memory Monday – The Gun That Wouldn’t Go Off

Not very often do sports and theatre mix… but attending two track meets in the last week reminded me of a funny theatre memory.

The town I grew up in has a very active community theatre. I started to become involved in it the Summer between 3rd and 4th grade. It was cool to have something to do and be a part of something with a wide variety of people. There were farmers, teachers, salesmen, kids… folks from all walks of life.

So, why did attending a couple track meets remind me of being a part of this diverse group? Well, at each event there were a few times that the starter’s gun didn’t work. He pulled the trigger and nothing happened. The runners were called off, he fiddled with it, and they tried again.

Each misfire took me back to one particular theatrical performance. I think the show was either Guys and Dolls or Hello Dolly.  There was a scene where a scuffle took place onstage and a cop would appear center stage at the top of a set of stairs and fire a fake gun to get everyone’s attention.

One performance, the gun didn’t go off! The actor pulled the trigger. Click. Click. Nothing. The actor, a Pastor in real life, did the best he could. He pulled the trigger twice again saying, “Bang! Bang!”

Everyone did their best to keep their composure and the show continued on… but when it was over that misfire had us all laughing backstage.  It was that moment that gave the Pastor a new nickname. After that night, Bang Bang just seemed to fit.

Where you ever in a performance that had a moment that didn’t go exactly as planned?

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