running joke

a joke or humorous allusion used recurrently in a play, film, television skit, etc., for a cumulative comic effect.
a subject, reference, remark, etc., that is a continual source of humor.
Also called running gag. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Well, not quite all week, but enough that it got to be a running joke.
It was so noticeable it became a running joke within the first couple of days.
There's kind of a running joke in our office because the number of courts
  always changes.
Since its now nearly thirty years later, her project has become a running joke
  among her friends and family.
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