Punch Line – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
This week’s prompt comes from the delightful Jade Wong. I confess that all I saw was the bow tie.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

© Jade Wong

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Punch Line

So this penguin walks into a bar.
Have you seen my brother, he asks the bartender.
And the bartender says What does he look like?

Stony silence.
I am dying up here.
I’ll be honest, it’s not the first time my act has fallen flat.
But it could be the last.
Johnny E is not a man to mess with.
It’s my old mum’s eightieth birthday, he says, if she doesn’t have fun you will pay.
The sullen old crone stares at me as though a poodle had deposited me on the Persian rug.
Apparently she does have a sense of humour.
They say she laughed for a week when she saw her husband’s car blow up.
But she doesn’t like my jokes.
She doesn’t like my singing.
She made a very unladylike comment when I did my magic act.
I am pretty sure the rabbit would not have enjoyed that.
Johnny looks unhappy.
I am getting desperate.
I nod to Emmy, my lovely assistant.
She raises an eyebrow.
I shrug.
Nothing to lose.
She opens the box, lifts out a large wet fish.
Swings it, smacks me right in the face.
And the old witch d
issolves in laughter.

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20 Responses to Punch Line – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. athling2001 says:

    Great take on the prompt. Poor guy, but at least he got a laugh.


  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Well, he got her to laugh, that’s something. A fish ugg… I can smell it from here & I hate that smell. Interesting one for sure. Hugs CE 🙂


  3. Desperate times making an urgent call to desperate measures.


  4. mhmp77 says:


    Swings it, smacks me right in the face.
    And the old witch dissolves in laughter.

    Quite a reaction in response to a joke. A great twist at the end, rightly a punch-line to bring a finality to the humor!



  5. rogershipp says:

    “The sullen old crone stares at me as though a poodle had deposited me on the Persian rug.” A great line!


  6. Lavanya says:

    Funny, clever and slapstick…. all in one brilliant piece.


  7. James says:

    So she likes slapstick.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Anna Rymer says:

    Ha ha… nice one 🙂 So well written as always and a great punch line – well more of a slap really 😃


  9. Absolutely brilliant. How you came up with that I can’t imagine but I’m sure pleased you did!


  10. Iain Kelly says:

    Exceptionally funny, brilliant stuff – and a hint of Monty Python in the end, which is no bad thing if you need to make someone laugh.


  11. emmylgant says:

    God you’re funny!!!
    I’m still laughing…
    Penguins and snowman go together like tuxedo and bowties. Clever jump there C.E, I almost missed it 😉


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