Context: I am 23, studying in Switzerland. I have a really good relationship with my father. Often when I visit my dad(55) we go for a walk or just have a tea. We talk about all kinds of things and from time to time he will tell jokes he has told many times. This is boring and annoying to me.
My goal is to make him stop tell these jokes, but without directly saying so. Because saying something like: "Don't tell me this joke, it is boring and you told me before" is very offensive.
What I tried: I tried numerous things which nearly never had an effect. He usually just proceeds to tell the joke. Sometimes he goes "Ah" and stops but that is rather rare and next time we meet he goes at it again.
- Not laughing at all at the joke, just lifting the sides of my lips a little bit in german "müdes lächeln"(tired smile)
- Saying: "Oh I heard this joke before"
- Saying: "You told me this joke before"
- Finishing the joke for him.
I think his intentions are to create a good mood and be funny. Now while I am not impacted much by this and the mood when we meet is always great and I enjoy seeing him, these joke have the opposite effect. How could I react to achieve my goal, but also fulfill his intention of creating a good mood? To me the mood is already good and we talk about interesting things no need for an old joke to "lighten the mood". An answer from the perspective of a dad is very welcome, maybe I am misunderstanding what this joke interaction is about and a dad can tell me the story from the other side.
Note: He also does this, repeating these jokes, to others as well. The jokes are not related to the topic we are talking, and often some random internet jokes you would find if you type 'jokes' into the google.