Caitlyn Jenner? Why not Edna Jenner, comic Keith Robinson cracks

Keith Robinson cracked wise about Caitlyn Jenner during July 23, 2015, gala show at Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. Robinson is seen here in an undated promotional image outside New York's Comedy Cellar. (Photo: Keith Robinson/Johnny Rodriguez/Keira Wesley-Busher, Wikimedia Commons)
Keith Robinson cracked wise about Caitlyn Jenner during July 23, 2015, gala show at Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. Robinson is seen here in an undated promotional image outside New York’s Comedy Cellar. (Photo: Keith Robinson/Johnny Rodriguez/Keira Wesley-Busher, Wikimedia Commons)

Hmm. The name “Caitlyn” may not be appropriate for people 65 and older, one standup comic seems to be suggesting in his routine at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal this year.

In a gala hosted by Wanda Sykes last night (July 23), Keith Robinson cracked this line, according to the Montreal Gazette: “What do you mean Caitlyn? You’re 65 years old. Edna wasn’t available?”

So, what was Robinson getting at?

Well, the name “Caitlyn” means “pure,” according to several online sources.

Reports All Parenting.com: “The name Caitlyn is a baby girl name. The name Caitlyn comes from the Irish origin. In Irish, the meaning of the name Caitlyn is: Variant of Katherine meaning pure.”

Hmm. So that must be it. “Caitlyn” is only for babies, because they are so pure. But once you get older, you’re expected to change your name because you’re obviously are not as pure as you were when you were a baby.

Who knew? I wonder if all the Caitlyns of this world have complied by officially changing their names to Kate or Katherine through mid-life?

But Robinson may be on to something with his suggestion of the name “Edna” for Ms. Jenner, despite its frumpy connotations and the fact it long ago fell out of favour.

It seems the name “Edna” means “rejuvenation, delight,” according to Nameberry.com, and is of Hebrew origins. And there is no doubt Ms. Jenner is quite delighted about her rejuvenation at the age of 65.

Robinson must have done some research on names before he cracked the Jenner joke, which is being praised by critics as one of the funniest lines of the night.

And everybody in the audience got it. I mean, that’s why they laughed . . . yes?

— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor

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“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey

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12 thoughts on “Caitlyn Jenner? Why not Edna Jenner, comic Keith Robinson cracks”

  1. *if she likes the name that is…

    If any further clarification is required, I’m in total support of her choice of name. It’s great. Who really cares if it isn’t “age appropriate”.

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      1. Well, with that in mind let me add that I happen to think the name suits her well. Caitlyn Jenner has a nice sound to it too : )

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  2. Yep, it’s not a comment on the meaning of the name at all but rather the “age appropriateness” of it…and no, there would be no reason for current Caitlyns to change their name to Kate or Katherine because that’s not how it works. How many babies were being named Caitlyn (especially with the alternate y spelling) 65 years ago?

    That said, there’s no reason why she can’t or shouldn’t have chosen that name if that’s what she likes, good for her.

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      1. No, it’s not really ageism. Maybe a little but it’s just a joke, and not one with any maliciousness to it. Sounds pretty harmless. As to why he isn’t picking on other senior Caitlyns out there, 2 reasons. For one, Caitlyn Jenner is the one in the news these days, and that’s where comedians get much of there content. Second, there can’t be very many of them out there. Again, how many baby girls were named Caitlyn 65 years ago. Very few I’d guess.

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          1. Yes, a little. I didn’t see him deliver it but as I said it really doesn’t sound like there was any malice to the comment at all. He’s probably supportive of her. I’m sure she could take the joke. She might even find it funny herself. And again, I she likes the name then ultimately that’s all that really matters. Good for her.

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  3. Name popularity changes over time. The standards like John, Joseph, Catherine and Mary are always there Christian names if you will. In the ’80s and ’90s Ashley was a popular name, inspired by a character on The Young and The Restless I believe. Tiffany was another, inspired by a jewellery store. Caitlyn is on the current hit list. I don’t think Edna was up there 65 years ago but neither was Caitlyn. Edna is a very old fashion name. I think Robinson’s joke was about her age rather than her purity.

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