30 funny names

I’m a comiconomenclaturist, a connoisseur of humorous names. Each of my 350+ faux characters has an original nom de theatre, nom de plume, nom de guerre, pseudonym or alias. Many people have inadvertently funny names, or names that at least one of their parents found...

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46 great opening lines

When beginning a comedy performance, a keynote speech or a novel, a great opening line can capture the attention of your audience: “The war in Zagreb began over a pack of cigarettes.” —Girl at War by Sara Nović “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel...

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College comedy collage

You can’t micromanage macroeconomists. The threat of unemployment is merely interesting. BS is the initialism for Business School, Bible Study and … BS. Random occurrence, coincidence or serendipity? Do you learn to be a psychopath at business school, or do you have...

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More on academics

Deciding on the date when Modern History begins and Ancient History ends ensures that you're not on the wrong side of history. What's the difference between a drama degree and a theatre degree? Centrelink. Can you be a visiting professor of tourism? Is a Bachelor of...

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Academic humour that’s theoretically funny

Social science isn't very. What did the sociologist ask the anthropologist? ‘What did the sociologist ask the anthropologist?’. How did the anthropologist answer the sociologist? ‘There’s a better way to tell this joke’. If criminology students empathised, would it be...

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Jokes just for fun

I tell Dad jokes. He likes them. Memory’s a big thing at my age. I sometimes forget to put the what’samacallit in the thingamybob so whosit has to use the whatsit in the thingamajig instead, and what’shisface, who does diddleysquat on his thingo thingy, reckons...

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Dad jokes about religion

A priest, a minister, and a rabbi want to see who’s best at his job. So each one goes into the woods, finds a bear, and attempts to convert it. Later, they all get together. The priest begins: “When I found the bear, I read to him from the catechism and sprinkled him...

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Punchlines explain the whole story

Jokes demonstrate the value of being concise. Often the punchline is enough, and the set-up is superfluous. Perhaps the same can be said for many presentations and documents, when the executive summary alone is best. How do you think I rang the doorbell? There's my...

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A slogan is a slow gun unless it’s a punchline

Advertising with humour makes what’s being advertised more likeable, memorable and saleable. ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ... DeBeers “Diamonds are forever” – 1948 Nike “Just do it” (1988 video commercial) Coca Cola “The pause that refreshes” – 1929 Miller Lite...

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78 jokes about bureaucracy

A candidate goes in for a job interview and sits down with the Human Resources talent acquisition and psychometric testing director, who asks: 'What do you think is your worst quality?' The applicant says: 'I’m probably too honest'. The HR director says: 'That’s not a...

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