soubrette jokes? who knew?

Adele in 'Die Fledermaus'


Looking for material on a post on opera and humor, I found a whole sub-category of knee-slappers–soubrette jokes. Who knew there were any?
Why would anyone pick on the soubrette? Soubrettes are almost always supporting characters. What kind of low-life jokester picks on the supporting player who never gets the last bow?
  • How is a soubrette different from a sewer rat?
    Some people actually like sewer rats.
  • What is the difference between a soubrette and a cobra?
    One is deadly poisonous, and the other is a reptile.
To those of you who’ve played any of the soubrette roles below, what did soubrettes do to be compared to sewer rats and snakes?  

I think I know where the soubrette jokes came from. Coloraturas must have written them.

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One Response to soubrette jokes? who knew?

  1. A

    Aw, it’s just fun. There are plenty of jokes about idiot tenors, evil baritones, sexless mezzi and so on. Soubrettes are the seeming ‘blondes’ of the soprano Fach. The lyrics/dramatics get the diva joshing but let’s face, it soubrette characters are not always the brightest bulb on the operatic tree, so they get the bimbo/ubercompetitive treatment. It’s just kidding 🙂 (And sometimes, the jokes are funny because they’re true… I should know. I’m a blonde soubrette!)