With their funny accents and taste for pasties, the Cornish have been granted protected stereotype status by the Office for Racist Jokes.
The body, which represents funny minorities in the UK, Ireland and Essex, was set up to combat the decline in offensive region-based humour which began with the cancellation of TV show The Comedians on the 1970's.
Most noted for their ability to talk like pirates, the Cornish people were once an essential part of the nation's comedy repertoire.
'With the advent of politically-correct 'ironic' comedy, there's a danger that these regional stereotypes will be lost forever', said Minister for Regional Identity Linda Mears. 'This is why we run a number of programmes to support 'heritage' performers such as Jethro, who was once one of the world's most popular entertainers, yet it all but forgotten today.'
'When you ask a young person today to name something about Cornwall, they usually say the Eden Project, or novelist Wlliam Golding, without a mention of cider-drinking cheese-rolling yokels. This is exactly the kind of thing we are hoping to reverse.'