His goal: To spread joy and laughter to his neighbors, without violating any social distancing rules.
“I know about 13 or 14 jokes,” Callaghan, who is from Saanich, British Columbia.
Usually, Callaghan operates a lemonade stand around this time of year — but because of the pandemic, his mom chose a safer alternative.
“I had to think of something that was going to be contactless and cashless, but also had the same sort of community spirit and social aspect that a lemonade stand has,” Kelsea McLaughlin, Callaghan’s mom, told CNN.
The young comedian is at his joke stand by 9:30 a.m. each morning, and stays put for about 45 minutes.
“He goes back to do a matinee show in the afternoon,” Kelsea McLaughlin said with a laugh.
The young McLaughlin gets most of his witticisms from a kid’s joke book, called “Laugh Out Loud Jokes For Kids” by Rob Elliott.
“What do you call a bear without any teeth?” Callaghan quipped. “A gummy bear!”
But, he’s picked up even more jokes from the people who stop by.
“He usually has a pretty high success rate of a joke returned,” Kelsea McLaughlin said. “He has learned a whole new repertoire.”
The family’s home on Vancouver Island is close to Canada’s Pacific shore, so there are plenty of beachgoers walking around — while practicing social distancing — to stop and hear a joke.
“People can usually see him before they get to the driveway,” Kelsea McLaughlin explained.
Most of the people in Mclaughlin’s neighborhood are elderly.
“I think it helps them to feel a little more connected, because they’re one of our more isolated community groups,” Kelsea McLaughlin added.
And even though Callaghan’s jokes are a hit, he said he thinks the funniest person in the neighborhood is his dad.
Still, it’s the junior McLaughlin who is headlining in the driveway.
“It does bring a smile to people’s face,” Kelsea McLaughlin said. “It kind of reminds them of pre-pandemic times and kind of doing something fun.”
What are Callaghan’s top jokes you ask?
What do you call a lazy kangaroo? A pouch potato!
What do you call a bug that’s bad at football? A fumble-bee!
What is a duck’s favorite snack? Cheese and quackers!
Where did the bull take the cow on a date? Dinner and a moooovie!
The McLaughlin’s neighbors aren’t the only ones to appreciate Callaghan’s efforts to make others laugh.
Actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted that Callaghan is a “hero.”
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