Whenever I go to the movies with my father and there are like three people sitting in a huge theater, he always complains, "All the good seats are taken!"
He has been telling this joke for at least thirty years to basically the same five people and I can't even remember anyone ever laughing at it. Yet for some reason, he still persists in saying it.
This is my Empty Theater Joke:
There are a few services in the hospital that notoriously don't answer pages. It varies from hospital to hospital, but I'll go out on a limb and say that surgery never answers their pagers. It's not their fault though, I guess. I mean, they're in surgery.
Anyway, whenever someone suggests that I page surgery or another equally unreachable service, I say, "I may as well just write my callback number on a piece of paper, stick it in a bottle, and throw it in the ocean, right?"
I think this joke is incredibly witty, yet I can probably count the number of laughs I've gotten on one hand. Like maybe a chuckle or two. And maybe one, "Yeah, they suck!" More often the person just shrugs and says, "Page them anyway."
Yet I still persist in saying it. Because I know in my heart that it's a great joke and that someday, somewhere, I will meet that one person who really gets it and we'll have a good laugh together and it will all be worth it.