Can you explain what this joke means please?

“I did a gig in a fertility clinic. I got a standing ovulation.”

Tim Vine: Timtiminee Timtiminee Tim Tim to You
(Pleasance Courtyard, One)

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    Play on words: standing ovation (applauding audience on their feet).
    – TimR
    Sep 2, 2015 at 22:11
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    The line underneath is a great play on words too... I never expected the Edinburgh Festival to appear in ell.se, but perhaps its an annual occurrence... Sep 2, 2015 at 22:18
  • I love play on words.
    – kyle
    Sep 2, 2015 at 22:25
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    An additional play on words: "Gig" can mean a performance, or a temporary job.
    – Golden Cuy
    Sep 2, 2015 at 22:41
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    To be fair, it's a crap joke.
    – Alec Teal
    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:33

1 Answer 1


A "standing ovation" is when people stand up and applaud after a performance (concert, comedy, opera, et cetera) to show their support.

An ovulation is when a woman produces an egg cell - when she is fertile.

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    That's not quite right -- egg cells aren't produced during ovulation -- "all of them are present at birth in mammals and mature via oogenesis" (see Wikipedia).
    – joriki
    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:55
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    @joriki: To produce can also mean "to bring forth/to provide", without having to include its creation at that time. (Definition 3 in the provided link)
    – Flater
    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:50
  • @Flater: The way I understand that meaning of "produce", that might work if a) the woman brings forth the egg cell, i.e. it ends up outside of her body, or b) if it said "an ovary produces an egg cell" (and the egg cell ends up outside of the ovary), but I don't think someone can "bring forth" something within their own body.
    – joriki
    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:53
  • @joriki: "a woman produces an egg cell" => Depending on how deep you define "a woman", that statement can easily be inclusive of all her cells and internal organs.
    – Flater
    Sep 3, 2015 at 12:55
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    Well, because ovaries bring forth egg cells and larynxes don't speak. There are more subtleties in language than appear to be dreamt of in your philosophy.
    – joriki
    Sep 3, 2015 at 13:01

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