A six-year-old in Canada came up with a unique way to brighten people’s days in his neighbourhood: he set up a joke stand to keep them smiling.
A resident of Saanich in British Colombia, Callaghan McLaughlin set up the ‘drive-by/walk-by joke stand’ in front of his house where he tells jokes for free in an effort to brighten people’s days.
His mother Kelsea had posted a picture of the stand when McLaughlin opened it on April 14. She did it to invite friends and neighbours, and it has since featured in multiple news reports and praise on social media.
Reports said that the boy relies on one-liners and knock-knock jokes from a book that his mother got him six months ago.
The six-year-old initially wanted to open up a lemonade stand but had to improvise due to pandemic, according to a Fox news report.
On social media, many wished him luck with his venture:
God Bless you Buddy.
— bob yeager (@bassman10) April 26, 2020
Yessssss! This is awesome!
— Mo Amir ॐ This is VANCOLOUR (@vancolour) April 25, 2020
Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds also came across McLaughlin’s joke stand and called him a ‘hero’.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 26, 2020
— Angela Sterritt (@AngelaSterritt) April 25, 2020
The world needs more Callaghan’s.
— Paul Thibeault (@paulmthibeault) April 25, 2020
— Darren Hunter (@darren_hunter1) April 27, 2020
What a super ingenious idea! Cool kid!
— Donna (@yeohdonna) April 26, 2020
❤ this story. Well done young man!
— Jennifer (@Jennife72915106) April 26, 2020
— Creed Knight 117 (@KnightCree) April 26, 2020
Darn brilliant idea. Well done!
— SlateWoods (@SlateWoods) April 25, 2020
He is so awesome. Good on him. ❤️
— Mary-Lynn (@MaryLyn86125639) April 26, 2020
This kid is going far in life! What an awesome idea!
— Kat (@kitkatb_1) April 26, 2020
He certainly made me smile when I saw it on the news.
— hs88 (@hs88_hs88) April 26, 2020