I've spotted that domino gag before... | 'Ireland's funniest joke' is hardly original

I've spotted that domino gag before...

'Ireland's funniest joke' is hardly original

comedy As sure as night follows day, the announcement of a joke competition winner is followed by a claim it wasn't original.

And wouldn't you know it? Last week's hunt for Ireland's Funniest Joke has gone the same way.

Last week, Sean Hegarty (pictured) took the title – awarded by the Hardy Har Comedy Club in Bray – for his line: 'Do you think if one Domino's Pizza place were to close down, all the rest would have to follow?'

But yesterday Darren Walsh retweeted a very similar gag he first tweeted in 2012:

Of course Twitter has hundreds of variations on the same gag, too.

And Lee Mack can also lay claim to a version, saying on one episode of Would I Lie To You: 'You murder one pizza man, then you have to murder another pizza man - that's the Domino effect.'

If only there was a name for the phenomenon when one person cracks a joke like this, then others follow in quick succession…

Published: 11 Dec 2017

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