- three residents of the British Isles, an Englshman, Irishman, and Scotsman, drinking in a pub;
- three clergymen, a minister, a priest, and a rabbi, playing golf on Monday morning;
- three women with different hair colouring, a blonde, a brunette, and a redhead, driving down the highway.
We're never told what happened to the Welshman, Cornishman, imam, or grey-haired lady.
Even though it's a joke, the funny bits are not equally shared. The minister, Englishman, brunette, and redhead never get the laugh lines.
Some characters are transferable from one joke to another: the Scotsman and the rabbi, for example; or the Irishman and the blonde.
It all begs the question: How many blonde, Irish rabbis does it take to change a light globe? (That, by the way, is the world's first post-modernist joke. It doesn't have a punchline, but it doesn't need one.)