The joke’s on us

As writers, we have to be able to laugh at ourselves (the only alternative is to cry, after all). So let’s test your abilities with a few writers jokes:

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

“Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”

“Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. “Here, your work gets published.”


Three guys are sitting at a bar.
#1: “…Yeah, I make $75,000 a year after taxes.”

#2: “What do you do for a living?”

#1: “I’m a stockbroker. How much do you make?

#2: “I should clear $60,000 this year.”

#1: “What do you do?”

#2: “I’m an architect.”

The third guy has been sitting there quietly, staring into his beer, when the others turn to him.

#2: “Hey, how much do you make per year?”

#3: “I guess about $13,000.”

#1: “Oh yeah? What kind of stories do you write?”


How many mystery writers does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to screw the bulb almost all the way in, and one to give a surprising twist at the end.


“Twenty years from now,” said a poor writer who was having trouble with his landlord, “people will come by and look at this house and say, ‘Phillips, the famous writer, had a room here.'”

The landlord was unimpressed. “Phillips, I’m telling you that if you don’t pay your rent, they’ll be saying that the day after tomorrow!”

Thom Stratton

About Thom Stratton

Thom is a Utah transplant, works for a regional bank, and spends his lunch hours working on his latest novel. His wife, three kids, and four pets find him amusing and somewhat useful, so they keep him around.

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