A popular cannibal pun is:
“The cannibal had a wife and ate (eight) kids.”
American author and English teacher Richard Lederer wrote in Get Thee to a Punnery (1988):
“Have you heard about the cannibal who had a wife and ate children?”
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18 March 1990, The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR), “Flavorful foibles, punny games for word lovers” by Lee Crawley Kirk, pg. 6F, cols. 4-5:
You can learn about homophones (Have you heard about the cannibal who had a wife and ate children?), homographics, and double sounds (the typical knock-knock Joke.)
(Review of Get Thee to a Punnery by Richard Lederer.—ed.)
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•How do you describe the average cannibal?
A guy with a wife and ate children.
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Puns of the Weak: 12/07/01
The cannibal’s cookbook titled ‘How to Better Serve Your Fellow Man’ was written by a guy who had a wife and ate kids. (Bree Schultz)
Did you hear about the cannibal who had a wife and ate kids? Gotta love english class.
11:18 AM - 25 Sep 2009
A Man Walks Into a Bar 3
By Jonathan Swan
London: Ebury Press
I went on safari last year and there was a cannibal there who had a wife and ate kids
The Amazingly Lame Joke of the Day
Friday, August 12, 2011
And then there was the joke about Bill the cannibal.
He was a relatively ordinary guy; had a house, a wife, and ate children.
Posted by Tim Wycislak at 2:26 AM
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
Did you hear about the cannibal who had a wife and ate kids?