Even in Folklore
What's the difference between a violin and a viola?
The viola burns longer.
But do you know the Czech version?
What's the difference?
The viola holds more beer.
Many musicians have senses of humor, but to be a viola player, one has to be, well, especially talented in this department. (Players of any under-unappreciated instrument, of course, are experts in self-effacement.) But I never realized that Moravian violists have viola jokes, too; and even less did I suspect that they might be the same as those in other viola-playing regions of the world! And like musicians the world over, Czechs like to go for a beer after concerts, which is the perfect opportunity to haul out the instrument jokes. It's just too bad I didn't catch any special Czech-only jokes.
I normally remember less than a few jokes at any time, but here are a few that stuck in my mind after the first beer:
How do you tell the difference between a viola and a coffin?
The coffin has the corpse inside.
You see an ad for a viola: Viola, good condition, recently tuned, never played except in first position.
And there was a banjo player there, too. (That wasn't the joke.)
What do you call one hundred banjos at the bottom of the ocean?
A good start.
And my favorite euphonium joke:
What's the difference between a baritone player and a euphonium player?
A euphonium player won't shut up about not playing the baritone.
Tags: humor, music