The Russian are famous for their humor. Sometimes it gets a bit rude, sometimes a bit straightforward, but in general, the Russians are considered to have a good sense of humor.
Jokes are the most popular form of Russian humor. They are usually short fictional stories with a punch line. Russian jokes have a series of categories with certain settings and characters and a variety of plots.
Besides politics and sex, Russian jokes have 7 standard categories:
- 1. Vovochka
Vovochka is a diminutive form of a typical Russian name Vladimir. Vovochka is a equivalent to little Johnny who is interacting with other adults and making unusually obscene and not for his age statements and jokes.
- 2. A corrupted and not very smart policeman
- 3. Chukcha
Chukcha is another stereotypical character in Russian jokes. Chukcha is a resident of Chukotka, the most remote northern part of Russia who speaks bad Russian, naïve and innocent.
– “Chukcha, why did you buy a fridge if it’s so cold in tundra?”
– “Why, is minus fifty Celsius outside yaranga, is minus ten inside, is minus five in the fridge—a warm place, however!”
A Chukcha comes into a shop and asks:
– “Do you have color TVs?”
– “Yes, we do.”
– “Give me a green one.”
- 4. A new Russian
Russians make fun of themselves as well. Especially, about so-called new Russians. New Russians are represented as arrogant, poorly educated but rich businessmen.
A new Russian and an old man lay injured side-by-side in an emergency room:
– How did you get here, old fella?
– I had an old Zaporozhets car, and I set the war-trophy Messerschmitt jet engine on it. While driving on a highway, I saw a Ferrari ahead and tried to overtake it. The speed was too high and I crashed into a tree. And how did you get here?
– I was driving my Ferrari when I saw a Zaporozhets overtaking me. I concluded, that my car might be broken and that it was actually standing still. So I opened the door and walked out…
- 5. Mothers-in-law
- 6. Cheburashka and crocodile Gena or “Drutten och krokodilen” or Topple
Gena and Cheburashka were on the tenth floor and noticed a pancake on the street. Cheburashka rushed down the staircase, while Gena decided to jump from the window. Cheburashka arrives to the street and cries: “Gena, which pancake do you want, a yellow one or a green one?
- 7. Drunkards
There are a lot more the Russians are making fun of. Due to political crisis, poverty, corruption, Russian humor acquired a self ironical flavor mixed with stories about kind and witty Russian animated characters like Cheburashka.
So, if you want to taste a slice of specific Russian culture, my advice: learn Russian!