April Humor Contest Results

April Humor Contest Winners (two contests)

Over 200 entries.  We had a panel of eight judges (speakers and improv players).  Here are the results.

April Fools Prank Contest

I pranked my sons by setting up “Betty” in the living room before they awoke.  I stuffed a pair of my jeans with towels and a pair of my socks with washcloths.  I put the socks in the legs of the jeans and put sneakers on “Betty’s” feet.  I took Betty and sat her in my living room recliner.  I reclined the chair and propped her feet up on the foot rest.  I then took the newspaper and taped it to poster board so it would be stiff and stood it up on Betty’s lap.  When my sons woke up I told them my friend had a fight with her boyfriend and had stopped by very late and fallen asleep in the chair.  The worst part of this prank was trying not to laugh.  I had to keep running in the kitchen to hide my smiles as they tip-toed through the house and ate breakfast at the dining room table, whispering to each other so they wouldn’t disturb Betty.
 
Karen Porter, Parlin, NJ

Note:  We received many pranks from the extravagant (setting up an outrageous Christmas display on a neighbours lawn to arranging a total blackout of a friends bedroom and removing the door handle) to the simple (putting a raisin in the toothpaste tube and filling a potato chip bag with cotton balls).  All fun pranks.  The thing to remember about playing pranks is that theyre as much fun planning as they are actually doing them!
 

Unlucky Person Contest

First Place
With my luck…I’d buy honey-scented perfume and break out in hives.
Susan Parsons-keir

Second Place
With my luck…the cure for narcolepsy wouldn’t be available in non-drowsy.
Thomas Ota, United Kingdom

Third Place
With my luck…if God ever showed up on earth, I’d have jury duty that day.
Andrew Brunelle, Myrtle Beach, SC

Honorable Mention (in random order)

With my luck…my favorite lottery numbers would be drawn the pick before I bought my ticket.

With my luck…if I went to the casino, I’d be robbed at the street before entering the building.

With my luck…if I’d go to bed dead-tired, I’d dream I am doing a marathon.

With my luck…the only time I’d manage to be on time at the office, it’d turn out it is Sunday.

With my luck…if I’d stop eating meat, we would have an outbreak of the lettuce flu.

With my luck…I’ll get caught by my boss for writing humor at w

With my luck…Hell will freeze over before I get there.

With my luck…the day of the end of the world I’d have my TV broken and I couldn’t enjoy the show.

With my luck, just after I finally found the courage to be simply
myself, I’d realize how full of it I really am.

With my luck…I’ll become the next American Idol, only to be later disqualified for not being American.

With my luck…April Fools Day is the only day people don’t play tricks on me.

With my luck…the only way I could make a killing in Vegas is to shoot someone.

With my luck…by the time I take my Christmas lights down, it will be time to put them back up.

With my luck…I’ll never be able to sing like Aretha Franklin because I don’t know how to spell.

With my luck…my day will come…Doomsday.

With my luck…401k is about ten times what my retirement’s going to be
worth.

With my luck…I’ll come up with the same joke as someone else.

With my luck…I’ll come up with the same joke as someone else.

With my luck….I’ll get the day off work, and wake up early anyway. With my luck…I’ll go to bed early, and wake up dead.With my luck…American girls would stop liking the British accent if I moved there.With my luck…itd be fashionable to be an introvert the minute I become more outgoing.

Notes:

1.  The Superiority Theory of Humor.  There is a humor technique which allows the reader or listener to complete the joke. Ill get caught by my boss for writing humor at w   … is the perfect example of this.  The implication is that the boss walked in before the line could be completed.  Excellent.  Its the same principle at work with:  I’ll never be able to sing like Aretha Franklin because I don’t know how to spell.  The writer makes the assumption that you are familiar with Aretha’s songs (Respect).

2. The double entry setup/punchline of: Ill come up with the same joke as someone else.  This was a set up and a punchline submitted by one reader in two separate emails from two different addresses.  Terrific idea. 

3.  The truth.  By the time I take my Christmas lights down, it will be time to put them back up.  Does this ring true for anyone else?  I know someone who has had his Christmas tree up for three years.  I won’t tell you who because I wouldn’t want to embarrass myself. 

4.  Relationships/connections/opposites.  Great use of these key principles throughout.  Narcolepsy/non-drowsy; dead-tired/marathon; office/Sunday; wake up/dead; introvert/outgoing.

5.  Double meanings.  Hives.  401K.  An excellent technique to create humor.

6.  Poking fun at yourself.  Just after I finally found the courage to be simply
myself, I’d realize how full of it I really am.  And, April Fools Day is the only day people don’t play tricks on me.  Self-deprecation is usually an effective and safe form of humor.

7.  Tighten the wording.  The day of the end of the world I’d have my TV broken and I couldn’t enjoy the show.  I totally love this line.  And I feel that tightening the words would make it even stronger.  The day the world ends, my TV will be broken.  The new version is cut from nineteen words to ten, almost in half.  And the punchline is implied, “What a show this will be!”  Less is more.  And let the reader/listener figure out the joke.