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.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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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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