a look at the French,
Cajun, Creole, and Native American cultures of south
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Lafayette, LA 70507)
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux Jokes
Old Boudreaux died and went to the pearly gates. St. Pete was just waiting for him to get there. When they met up, St. Pete
said, "Whoa, Boudreaux, I can't let you pass through the gates until you answer three questions." Old educated Boudreaux
say, "Go ahead, St. Pete, give me your best shot," St. Pete say, "O.K., Boudreaux, question number one. How many seconds
do they have in a year?" Boudreaux say, "Aw, that's easy, St. Pete, twelve." St. Pete say, "Boudreaux, how did you get
twelve?" Boudreaux say, "Jan second, Feb second, etc." St. Pete say, "Boudreaux, that's not quite what I'm looking for, but
I'll let you slide. Question number two. How many days do they have in a week?" Boudreaux say, "That's easy, St. Pete,
two." St. Pete say, "Boudreaux, where you get two from?" Boudreaux say, "Today and tomorrow." St. Pete say,
"Boudreaux, that's not quite what I'm looking for. Now Boudreaux, this last question you have to get it right or I can't let
you into heaven. Who is our father?" Boudreaux say, "That's easy, St. Pete, Howard." St. Pete say, "Where did you get
Howard from, Boudreaux?" "Our father who art in heaven, Howard be thy name.
Quibodeaux, Thibodeaux and Boudreaux were sitting in a boat on a very cloudy day fishing. They had been fishing a good
while when the sky suddenly opened up just above them and a ray of light shined down directly on the front of the boat. It
spooked them and they started to get nervous. All of a sudden, they heard a voice from up above. "This is the Lord." They
all looked at one another and begin saying, "I didn't do nothing, I didn't do nothing, I didn't do nothing." The Lord said,
"Don't get nervous. I'm not here to pass judgment on you, I only want to grant each of you one healing wish." They all
calmed down and Quibodeaux stood up in the boat. "As you already know Lord, I've been having this crick in the back of
my neck for the past ten years and if you were to grant me a healing wish, that would be it." The Lord waved his hand and
Quibodeaux started moving his neck freely. "Mais, that feels good. Thank you Lord, thank you," and he sat down.
Thibodeaux stood up next. "You know Lord, that bum leg I've been having for the past fifteen years, you know how bad I
limp, if you were to grant me one wish, that would be it." The Lord waved his hand and Thibodeaux immediately felt the
limp leave his leg. "Oh thank you Lord, oh thank you, thank you." Before Thibodeaux could sit down, there was a big
splash behind the boat. Both Quibodeaux and Thibodeaux looked behind themselves and see Boudreaux swimming away
from the boat as fast as he could. Thibodeaux shouted, "Boudreaux, where you going? The Lord is not here to pass
judgment on you, he's here to grant you a healing wish. You know that bad back of yours, he can heal it for you right here
and now." Boudreaux hollered back, not missing a swim stride, "No, no, I don't want the Lord to heal me, I'll lose my
One November morning, old Boudreaux come out of the woods on a four-wheeler dragging a big black bear behind him.
The game warden, Gaspard, just happened to be there and saw Boudreaux head straight for his truck. Now, let me tell you
Gaspard had been trying to catch Boudreaux hunting illegally for the past twenty years or so but could never catch him.
This morning was his lucky day, he just knew Boudreaux didn't have a hunting license, much less a big-game license.
Gaspard waited until Boudreaux loaded up his four-wheeler and put the bear in the back of his pick-up and then drove up to
him. He got of his truck and confronted him, "Boudreaux, let me see your hunting license for killing that bear." Old
Boudreaux whips out his hunting license and shows it to Gaspard. Gaspard say, "Boudreaux, you also need a big-game
license." Gaspard say, "Mais, Boudreaux, I thought I really had you. You know I have been trying to catch you for the last
twenty years. Now, I'm going to have to let you go, but before I leave, let me see that bear." Mais, Gaspard looked at that
bear and tell Boudreaux, "I see you shot him three times, once in the head, and one time in each in the paws." Boudreaux
say, "What you mean three times, I only used one bullet." Gaspard say, "Boudreaux that's kind of hard to do with one
bullet." Boudreaux then say, "Now I remember, Gaspard. He put his paws over his face when I shined that spotlight on
One day Thibodeaux went up to Boudreaux. "You know Boudreaux, I think somethin' wrong wit me."
Boudreaux said, "Mais, Thibodeaux, tell me what's your problem.?"
"Well, Boudreaux," Thibodeaux said. "My whole body is in pain. Everywhere I press on my body it hurts."
"Thibodeaux, I think I know what's wrong with you." Boudreaux replied.
"Tell me Boudreaux, what could it be?"
"Thibodeaux, you need to see the doctor because your finger's broken."
Thibodeaux: Boudreaux, did you get the parrot I sent you for your birthday?
Boudreaux: Yes, it was good!
Thibodeaux: You ate the bird!
Boudreaux: Of Course I ate it.
Thibodeaux: That bird spoke five different languages!
Boudreaux: Then he should have said something.
Thibodeaux: Boudreaux, What's the score?
Boudreaux: Seven to Ten.
Thibodeaux: Who's winning?
Boudreaux: The ten.
When Boudreaux got home yesterday, Clotile ran out to him saying, "The car got water in the carburetor!" "How you know
that, you?" "Cause it's parked in the Bayou!"
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux had bought their own airline. On their first flight from Lafayette to Jamaica, they ran into
motor trouble. Thibodeaux came on the speaker and said, "We are going to have to make an emergency crash landing. We
are over the ocean so all of you that can swim please move to the left side of the plane, and all of you that can't swim,
please move to the right side. As soon as the plane hits the water I want all of the people on the left to swim for shore. All
of you on the right, well, Captain Boudreaux and I would like to thank you for flying Cajun Airlines.
One day Boudreaux and Thibodeaux went to the casinos. Boudreaux wandered away for a little while, then when he
returned he asked Thibodeaux to come and see this slot machine that pays really well. When Thibodeaux walked over there
he noticed that Boudreaux had been putting dollar bills in the change machine and not a slot machine. He thought he was
winning when really he was only getting change for his dollar.
One day Boudreaux saw Thibodeaux and asked him why he was so bruised up. Thibodeaux replied that he had been riding
a bull, and his foot got stuck when he fell off. The bull kept dragging him around until the Wal-Mart manager came and
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux were taking a trip to Baton Rouge. On their way they saw a sign that said Baton Rouge Left. So
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux went home.
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux were sitting on Boudreaux's porch. Boudreaux was holding his new puppy. It had the face of a
chow, the body of a weenie dog, and the hair of a poodle. Thibodeaux couldn't resist any longer. He asked Boudreaux,
"Mais, Boudreaux, what kind of thing is that?" Boudreaux said, "It's a somma dog." Thibodeaux said, "A somma dog?"
Boudreaux says, "Mais yeah, somma this and somma dat."
One day Boudreaux went to the car dealership, he brought his best friend Thibodeaux along. He decide to test drive his new
car first. So they were going down I-10 and Boudreaux told Thibodeaux to climb on to the trunk and see if his blinkers
worked. So Thibodeaux climbed to the back and Boudreaux said "Check the left one first!," and then he turned it on.
Thibodeaux said "Mais, Yes. Mais, No."
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux take their first flight ever. The plane takes off and a little while passes and the captain comes
on the intercom and says there will be a 30 minute delay because one of the engines blew. The engine is repaired and the
plane takes flight again. Some more time passes and the captain comes on the intercom again and says that another engine
has blown and there would be an hour delay this time. The engine is fixed and the plane takes off again. A little while later
the captain comes on the intercom one more time and says there will be another half an hour delay because a third engine
has broken. Boudreaux tells Thibodeaux, "Mais, if that fourth engine goes out, we gonna be stuck up here forever."
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux decided to go fishing one morning at the pond in back of Boudreaux's house. It was dark and
when they reached the pond they realized they wanted to cross to the other side. But they couldn't walk around and had no
boat or pirogue to cross in. Thibodeaux turned to Boudreaux and said, "Mais Boudreaux, how in the heck we gonna get
across." Boudreaux said, "No problem, I'm gonna shine this here flashlight across the water and you gonna walk on the
beam of light all the way across." Thibodeaux then says, "Mais, Boudreaux, you must think I'm stupid or something, cause
just when I get halfway across you gonna turn off the light."
One day, Boudreaux and Clotile were riding their boat at Bayou Benoit when they hit a sunken log and the boat overturned.
Clotile didn't have a life jacket on, and she drowned. The sheriff and a bunch of neighbors came by to try to find her, but
they didn't have any luck. A week passed and Thibodeaux knocked on Boudreaux's front door.
"Boudreaux, I have some good news and some bad news for you."
"Give me the bad news first."
"Well, the bad news is that we found Clotile. She drowned. We so sorry for you."
"Well go on, what is the good news?"
"The good new is--when we pull her up, we fill two sacks of big blue point crab."
"Mais, where you put her body?"
"Well, Boudreaux. De first time we did so good with the crabs, we decided to leave her in the water one more day."
One day Boudreaux and Thibodeaux went to a job interview, da boss came out of his office and gave them a test. Well, it
took about two hours to finish the test. The boss picked them up and graded them. When he finished, he came back out of
his office and said, "Ya'll both did very well and passed the test. In fact ya'll scored the same grade." Then he told
Boudreaux he got the job. All of a sudden Thibodeaux jumped up and said, "Well wait, if we both scored the same grade,
them why does Boudreaux get the job?" Then the boss said, "Well because of your answers, for example, on number 25,
Boudreaux wrote, 'I don't know,' and you wrote, 'me either.'"
From the Smiley Anders Column: February 17, 1998
Driving a bargain: Joe Guilbeau tells of the time Boudreaux told Thibodeaux he was having trouble selling his truck, with
200,000 miles on it, for $1,500. Thibodeaux advised him to set the odometer back to 50,000 miles to make it easier to sell.
A few days later Thibodeaux asked Boudreaux if he had sold his truck. "No," replied Boudreaux, "I decided to keep it. It
has only 50,000 miles on it."
From the Smiley Anders Column: January 27, 1998
A signal adventure: Dan Burkhalter, the Carencro Curmudgeon, tells of the time Boudreaux and Thibodeaux went hunting
and got lost in the woods.
When Boudreaux began lamenting their fate, Thibodeaux said, "You know, I heard that the best thing to do if you get lost
is to fire three shots in the air."
So they did that, and waited a while. When no rescue party showed up, they fired three more shots in the air.
Finally, when there was still no response, Thibodeaux said, "Well, I guess we better fire three more shots."
"OK, if you say so," said Boudreaux. "But somebody better come soon-- we're about out of arrows!"
Boudreaux decided to go play a game of golf with his good friends Thibodeaux and Guidry one morning. He promised
Clotile that he would be home in time for lunch. Well, lunchtime came and went, and no Boudreaux. Mid afternoon came
and went, still no Boudreaux. Suppertime passed, and Boudreaux finally shows up about an hour later. Clotile is, of course,
just a little bit mad. "Boudreaux, where have you been ? You say you gonna be home by lunch, and here it is dark time, and
you jus now gettin' home !" Boudreaux says, "Clotile, don' get on my case. My good fren, Guidry, died on de golf course
dis morning." Clotile says, "Oh, Boudreaux, I'm so sorry. I can understan' now; makin' funeral arrangements for your fren,
and all. I understan' why you late." Boudreaux says, "Funeral arrangements. What funeral arrangements? It was 'Hit de ball,
drag Guidry. Hit de ball, drag Guidry. It took me and Thibodeaux all day to finish the game!"
Dare was da time Boudreaux was having trouble sleeping at night. Boudreaux wrote a letter to the Internal Revenue
Service. He put, "Dear Internal Revenue Service, For da tax year 1993 I underpaid my federal income tax and ain't been
able to sleep well since. Enclosed is a check for $200.00. Signed, Yours in Good Government, Boudreaux". And he put at
the bottom, "Mais, P.S. If I don't sleep better tonight, I'm gonna send you da rest."
Boudreaux was sitting in the City Bar in Maurice, La. one Saturday night, and had several beers under his belt. After a
while, he looks at the guy sitting next to him, and asks him, "Hey, you wanna hear a good Aggie joke, you? The big guy
replies, "Let me tell you something. I'm an oilfield roughneck, I weigh 270 pounds, and I don't like Cajuns. My buddy here
is a pro football player, weighs 300 pounds, and he doesn't like Cajuns either. His friend on his other side, is a professional
wrestler, weighs 320 pounds, always has a chip on his shoulder, and he likes Cajuns even less than we do, and we are all
Aggies. Do you really want to tell us an Aggie joke ?" Boudreaux, all 150 pounds of Cajun attitude, tells him, "Well, I
guess not. After all I don't want to have to explain it three times !"
Boudreaux spots Thibodeaux walking down the levee the other day, carrying a sack over his shoulder. Well of course,
curiosity got the best of Boudreaux, and he asked Thibodeaux, "Hey, Mon Homme, what you got in dat sack ?" Thibodeaux
says, "Well, I got me some chickens in dat sack." Boudreaux says, "If I can guess how many chickens you got in dat sack,
can I have one of dem ?" Thibodeaux replies, "Well, my fren, if you can guess how many I got, you can have both of
A long time ago, Boudreaux and Thibodeaux decided to go out west. They were in a covered wagon but somehow got
separated from the wagon train. Boudreaux was in the front driving while Thibodeaux was relaxing in the back. All of a
sudden, Boudreaux heard a yell from Thibodeaux in the back: "Hey, Boudreaux, there's Indians on horses back here
chasing us." Boudreaux said, "Thibodeaux, how big are they?" Holding his finger and thumb about 2 inches apart,
Thibodeaux said, "Mais, Boudreaux, they only about this big." "That's okay, Thibodeaux," Boudreaux said. "Tell me
when dey get bigger." About ten minutes later, Boudreaux yelled out, "Hey, Thibodeaux, how big are those Indians?"
"Mais, Boudreaux, dey are about tree feet tall." Boudreaux yelled back, "That's still okay, Thibodeaux, but tell me when
dey get bigger." Ten minutes after that, Boudreaux cried out again, "Thibodeaux, how big are those Indians now." "Mais,
Boudreaux, dey as big as you and me!!" "Well, shoot 'em!" screamed Boudreaux, "shoot 'em!" "Mais, Boudreaux, I
can't," said Thibodeaux, holding his finger and thumb about 2 inches apart. "I've known 'em since they was dis big!"