Over the Top – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by Roger Bultot.

© Roger Bultot

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Over the Top

I admit it.
I act like a clown.
I don’t mean I drive a car with doors that fall off.
I don’t smack anyone in the mouth with a custard pie.
No, I just say stuff.
Funny stuff.
All the time.
I know it gets on folks’ nerves.
Sometimes it even gets on mine.
But I still do it, like it’s a compulsion.
Then I met this girl.
I liked her a lot.
I got on her nerves.
Are you ever serious, she asked.
I tried once, I said.
I didn’t like it.
Why not?
It just wasn’t funny.

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54 Responses to Over the Top – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Very witty, and pleasing to read. Wonder what the girl did on hearing that joke ?


  2. WMQ Colby says:

    Why does this not surprise me? Keep on being funny, C.E. You got it going.
    Five out of five rooftops.


  3. Thom Carswell says:

    I really like this piece, C. E. What’s great is that you allow us to make our own interpretations. For me, the emptiness of the pictured city mirrors the loneliness of someone who uses humour to hide their true feelings, and therefore finds themselves increasingly lonely and isolated. There is an exquisite sadness in that.


  4. draliman says:

    Yeah, he should stick to his funny-guns, other people be damned 🙂
    An element of sadness here too though, I feel.


  5. Liz Young says:

    Not sure how you got here from the photo, but I’ve met people like that – they really get on my nerves.


  6. The cutest thing!
    I love that he is always funny.
    The World is too sad anyway.
    Let him be!


  7. .. and the connection to the prompt is …?


  8. Sandra says:

    I went out with a guy like this for about six months. I’ll never forget it, and I’d never repeat the experience either. There was an undertone of pathos to your tale.


  9. Laughter is good, but it does love an audience. 🙂
    Nice one!


  10. plaridel says:

    been there, done that. when i try to be funny and witty i oftentimes find my sense of timing out of whack and fail miserably. 😦


  11. Nobbinmaug says:

    Laugh or cry. I’ll take laughter any day.


  12. I have always thought that clowns are really sad behind their masks… maybe that’s why it’s hard for some not to joke.


  13. Thanks for another great tale.


  14. All that humor can be put to good us. Just don’t always overdo it. I have a post, too, of my reading something I’ve recently written


  15. pennygadd51 says:

    Lovely punchline!
    It’s such a delight to know that your weekly story can be relied upon for a chuckle. Nicely done, CE!
    BTW I hope the sore throat is better now?

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  16. Sometimes clowning around can be serious business too.


  17. granonine says:

    Made me smile at the end, when I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Masterfully done, as always 🙂


  18. Anita says:

    Hope the girl accepts him the way he is.
    Seriousness is needed, but how many people can see the funny side of everything?
    Stay safe.


  19. Lynn Love says:

    Haha! I know people like this – I’m married to one! Can’t complain, though – thirty odd years and he still makes me laugh. Here’s hoping your clown can find someone who appreciates him.


  20. Iain Kelly says:

    There’s definitely a balance to be struck. A constantly funny clown would be just as wearing as a constantly serious bore.


  21. Mike says:

    This reminded me of Mr Bean, now I must go and dance in the street. Yes it’s official once a day each day we now dance in the street. Exercise you know🙂


  22. This reminds of something Billy Connolly said many years ago. He needs to find someone with the same sense of humour as him.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  23. Dear CE,

    Poor sad funny clown. Well done.




  24. Tannille says:

    At least he tries. I rather this sort of clown than a stick in the mud.


  25. neilmacdon says:

    A desolate dilemma, like the empty cityscape


  26. I’m sure I’ve met him. Great last line.


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