Puns and potty humor — that pretty much sums up your routine with your kid. Bad dad jokes are the family man’s Amateur Night At The Apollo. (And why Dad Joke Bot exists.) So, since the only thing better than an occasional groaner is an entire game night filled with fart jokes and raunchy quips, here are 9 of the punniest “dad joke” board and party games. Take your pick from ones that are as clean as a Jeff Foxworthy set, to others that are as dirty as Bill Burr attacking hecklers.
Despite the fact that the game play resembles getting a glaucoma test during an eye exam (except instead of air puffs, you get hit with whipped cream), Pie Face is one of those games that keeps everybody cackling and on the edge of their seats. Simply spin the dial, put your face in the mask, and hope you don’t get creamed.
Pie Face ($18)
Watch Ya’ Mouth
The name might lead you to think this Kickstarter-funded party game comes with a few bars of soap, but it’s not that risque (assuming you’re playing the family-safe version). If Pie Face was like a visit to the optometrist, this is the follow-up at the dentist. You play the game by reading phrases off the cards while wearing one of the provided plastic “cheek retractor” mouth guards that make it difficult to speak. The goal is the get the group to figure out what the hell you’re trying to say. Expansion packs are available (as is an adult-only version). And the mouth guards are dishwasher safe. That’s key.
Watch Ya’ Mouth ($20)
Beat the Parents
If the show Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? has taught us anything, it’s that adults aren’t as smart than fifth graders. But how much do kids know about grown-up stuff? This family trivia game pits young versus old — just like life. The play is simple: Kids get questions like, “Who was the first person to walk on the moon?” while the adults are asked “What’s Elmo’s favorite food?” First team to answer enough correctly and advance their playing piece across the board gets to be in charge of the household.
Beat the Parents ($26)
Gas Out Game
If ‘pull my finger’ is feeling a bit stale, here’s a breath of fresh air: Gas Out is a family-friendly card game that uses an electronic fart machine (Guster the Gas Cloud — and not that Guster) for more than just sharts and giggles. Without actually letting rip themselves, players throw out numbered cards and press Guster the corresponding number of times (i.e. drop a deuce, press him twice). If he lets one go, everyone laughs. Also, they’re out of the game. The last player to discard while keeping Guster from cutting loose wins.
Gas Out Game ($13)
Cards Against Humanity
When it comes to hilarious politically incorrect party games, you could argue this crowd-sourced adaptation of Apples-To-Apples started a revolution. And while there are now myriad themes and expansion packs (including a timely election version), the “despicable and awkward” premise remains the same: Make everybody laugh and cringe by filling in the the phrase or question with the funniest and/or horribly offensive card(s) you’ve been dealt.
Cards Against Humanity ($25)
If there was no game associated with this, it’s still a box that contains 5 fake poop hats. But there is a game here: Players go around the table trying to discard their “Toilet,” “Poo,” “Paper,” “Wash Your Hands” cards in the proper order. When a person completes their morning devotional, they hit the whoopie cushion and everybody laughs. Everybody, that is, except the player holding the most cards — they strap this pile of feces on their head. It’s the universal sign for “loser.”
Smart Ass is a trivia game that makes use of your impulse to interrupt. And unlike school, the dinner table, or presidential debates, players can chime in whenever they damn well please. One player poses a “who, what, where am I” question to the group (there are 461 provided) and then ticks off 10 clues that help reveal the answer. The first person to “think fast, talk first” and guess correctly scores.
Smart Ass ($15)
Don’t Wake Daddy
Unlike the band Oasis, this weird Parker Brothers classic from the early 90s is still going strong. It’s really quite a wonder(wall). The point of the game is simple — sneak down to the kitchen for a late-night snack without waking up dad. Make a noise and set his alarm clock off, though, and he pops up all crazy-like to send you back to bed. Which is fine as long as he doesn’t wake up in the morning and look back with anger.
Don’t Wake Daddy ($25)
Invented by comedian Jo Firestone and her father, Fred, whose groaners were presumably her inspiration to pursue writing jokes that are actually funny, this is Cards Against Humanity for pun lovers. Players take turns drawing 2 cards from the deck and reading the prompts to the group. Then they 90 seconds to come up with the best possible pun combining them both. It’s #DadJokes for the win, literally.