A British Columbia boy is bringing smiles and laughs to his neighbourhood during the coronavirus pandemic.
Every day, once all of his daily activities are done, six-year-old Callaghan McLaughlin sets up a joke stand outside his Saanich home.
Mom Kelsea McLaughlin shared a sweet photo on her Instagram account of her son sitting at the stand on his opening day, April 14. The sign reads: “Drive-by walk-by joke stand.”
“Please drive by and hear a joke from this kid,” she writes.
Callaghan usually sells lemonade at this time of year, CNN reports. He and his mom made a smart move by shifting gears to a contactless operation — much safer during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I know about 13 or 14 jokes,” Callaghan told the publication.
For about 45 minutes every morning, the young entrepreneur is at the side of the road offering laughs to anyone interested.
“He goes back to do a matinee show in the afternoon,” his mom told CNN.
While his jokes are mostly borrowed from the kids’ joke book Laugh Out Loud Jokes For Kids by Rob Elliott, Callaghan is a jokester in his own right.
“Callaghan has been actively telling us one-liners and knock-knock jokes for the past six months or so,” his mom told Yahoo Life. “We felt it was time for a fresh audience.”
It’s a fun way for her son to spend his time, and is just as beneficial for their community, which includes a lot of elderly neighbours.“I think it helps [people] to feel a little more connected, because they’re one of our more isolated community groups,” McLaughlin said.
Some of his friends and even his principal have come by to hear a joke or two from a safe distance — and they aren’t the only ones who’ve taken note of his savvy.
He’s even caught the attention of fellow Canadian and Hollywood veteran Ryan Reynolds, who hailed him a “hero” on Twitter, to which Callaghan’s mom replied: “If Deadpool says it, and his mom says it, it must be true.”
When Callaghan isn’t telling jokes, he’s dreaming of a safer world. He wants to be a scientist when he grows up.
“I want to invent things to make the world safer and cleaner.”