Excerpt: The art of the fart – A modern history of the fart joke by Jake McKinnon

At the very beginnings, flatulence was to change the way modern western cultures approached humour, but it wasn’t until the late 1940’s that the fart joke was fully developed as a distinct art form in its own right, growing out of the toilet humour period of the 20’s and 30’s.

While in later years, females would express their own tone of flatulence humour. In the early years, it was assumed women were incapable of hitting the right tones, it wasn’t until 1952 when a young Angela Finnigan began to incorporate female flatulence into her shows that the genre opened it’s doors to flatulistic gender equality, proving once and for all that women not only smelt it but also dealt it.

Going back a decade before we see what is now known as “the great bugalist period”, thanks in large part to Henry Bramthom, known as ‘Henry Two Toots’ to his admiring audiences. It was Henry set the stage for what was to come.

This is an excerpt from the book: The Art of the Fart – A modern history of the Fart Joke by Jake McKinnon