A ‘your mom’ joke, from around year zero, ancient Rome:

“The Emperor Augustus was touring the Empire, when he noticed a man in the crowd who bore a striking resemblance to himself.

“Intrigued he asked: ‘Was your mother at one time in service at the Palace?’

“‘No your Highness,’ he replied, ‘but my father was.'”

(I recently found my purpose in life and now I need to learn all about comedy, I thought I should start with history, this joke was unearthed by a group of historians from the UK, thought I’d share it here).

What do you think?

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  1. I’m sure you know Shakespeare’s penchant for “your Mom” jokes?

    Demetrius: Villain, what hast thou done?

    Aaron: That which thou canst not undo.

    Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.

    Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.

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