People have been queuing up at a Joke Exchange in Wolverhampton to offer up their best gags and getting one in return. And organisers say it has shown what we always knew - we're a bloomin' funny bunch in the Black Country . . .it must be the way we tell em!
The project by Creative Black Country has been run as part of its Funny Things festival to disprove reports from the Office of National Statistics stating Wolverhampton is the un-happiest place in the UK.
Now the best of the lot will appear on placards around the city centre later in the year. In the meantime we've been given a few of the choice picks. Traders from the city market where the stall was yesterday have also been telling us their quips. And some of our resident jokers at the E&S have even pitched in - but be warned your sides may be about to split.
Jenny Smith, festival producer, said: “If your joke gets chosen it will be reproduced on a hand-held placard in the city centre.
"We are especially looking for jokes that capture something of the classic Black Country sense of humour; they could be golden oldies, told in local dialect or reference nearby places or they could be something entirely new."
Organised by Creative Black Country, Funny Things will bring together top-named acts such as Jimmy Carr and Henning Wehn, alongside the Funny Marketplace, comedy theatre, family activities, workshops and new commissions.
The joke exchange stall was in the city centreon Monday in on Lichfield Street, the stall then headed to the city’s markets yesterday and finishes at Queen Square today (Weds).
If you can't make it to the stall then you can email your joke and the exchange will send you one back in return and jokes will be added to the long-list of funniest the festival organisers select.
Put 'Joke Exchange' in the subject line and send your jokes to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them and tag @funnythingsBC #JokeExchange by August 4.
And if you're struggling for a joke, here's six of our best:
What sort of cheese do you use to hide a small horse? Mascarpone.
I've burnt my Hawaiian pizza last night, I should have put it on aloha setting.
What do you call a baseball team in the Black Country? The Bostin' Red Sox.
Why do elephants have big ears? Because Noddy wouldn't pay the ransom.
Man walks into a butchers, the butcher says 'I bet you £20 you can't get that meat down off the shelf'. Man says, 'nah, steaks are too high'.
Did you hear about the broken down frog? It got toad away.