Annie On Writing

April 25, 2011

Literary Fiction

Filed under: Articles From write anything,humour — Annie Evett @ 12:01 am

This article first appeared over at Write Anything

Wikipedia defines a joke as “a short story or ironic depiction of a situation communicated with the intent of being humorous. These jokes will normally have a punchline that will end the sentence to make it humorous. A joke can also be a single phrase or statement that employs sarcasm”. …

Jokes have the tendency to either unite or separate groups of people in an instant. Certainly jokes which contain specific background knowledge or niche interest information can fall flat on an audience who do not share the same base knowledge.

Just for fun, I’d like to share my top two literary jokes. Perhaps you have some literary jokes you’d like to share in the comments?


The short one –

According to Hemingway, why did the chicken cross the road?
Ans: To die, alone, in the rain.


The longer one – ( good old  “a man walks into a bar…..”)

Charles Dickens: Please, sir, I’d like a martini.

Bartender: Sure thing. Olive or twist?


James Joyce: I’ll take a Guinness.

Bartender: So Charles Dickens was in here yesterday.

James Joyce: (drinks)

Bartender: And he asked for a martini and I said, “Olive or twist?”

James Joyce: (drinks)

Bartender: You see, it’s funny because he wrote a book called “Oliver Twist.”

James Joyce: What a shitty joke.


Ernest Hemingway: Gin.

Bartender: So Charles Dickens was in here two days ago.

Ernest Hemingway: Joyce already told me that story. F*ck off.


Mark Twain: Give me a brandy.

Bartender: So Charles Dickens came in the other day and ordered a martini.

Mark Twain: Did he take an olive or twist? Ha ha ha!

Bartender: (tearful) You did that on purpose, didn’t you?


Virginia Woolf: I’ll take your second-best cognac and unadulterated experience.

Bartender: We don’t have that. This is a bar.

Virginia Woolf: Patriarchy! (drowns herself)


Have you ever told a literary joke… and no-one got it?

Hope its lightened your day. Looking forward to reading your comments.


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