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  • The knock-knock joke is a type of joke, probably the best-known format of the pun, and is a time-honored "call and response" exercise. It is a role-play exercise, with a punster and a recipient of wit. The standard format has five lines: The punster: Knock, knock! The recipient: Who's there? The punster: a variable response, sometimes involving a name The recipient: a repetition of the response followed by who? The punster: the punch line, which typically involves a pun-based misusage of the word set up during the response