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Funny Short Story Ideas to Keep Your Readers Filled With Laughter

Funny Short Story Ideas
Meet Mr. Goofup! His problem is that he can never remember anything. People usually put Post-Its on him so as to ensure that he remembers stuff. Now, write an interesting short story where Mr. Goofup mixes up the things to do, and creates an uproarious chaos around.
Shalu Bhatti
Last Updated: Mar 4, 2018
One Important Tip
Take note of the things around you, especially those that tickle your funny bone. The funny appearance of a neighbor, a funny accent, a favorite story that could have used more humor? It is nothing but creativity and observation that you need in order to write your own hilarious masterpiece!
When it comes to writing funny stories, long or short, one should be very careful about the characters and the way the story idea is presented to the readers. Keep in mind that what may seem funny to you, may end up hurting someone else's feelings and sentiments. For example, creating a character that is physically unfit and making fun of that particular character for making the story funny, would rather portray your insensitivity instead of your sense of humor.
You will be honored and appreciated for your ideas only when you are able to tickle the funny bone of your readers without creating a "soft target". Take the animated show South Park for example, they make fun of each and everything on this planet, which is why the show is dealing with a lot of controversies. So make sure that the stories you create should be such that everyone reads them without getting offended.
Interesting Funny Short Story Ideas for Kids
Well, there are many themes on which you can base the story on. You can either create fictional characters, like we see in stories of Superheroes, Archie Comics, etc., or go for a completely unrealistic, fairytale like story―a princess, a knight, a dragon―but with a twist! If that seems to be too much, you can keep the characters quite normal, like the people you come across everyday, and show how their normal everyday life is filled with humor and laughter. An example for the same would be series such as Two and a Half Men, Friends, etc.

The real challenge comes when you have to give the readers something new and unexpected. Refreshment is what makes a story popular and demanding. You can also just build a story on some situation and jot down the humor that arises from the confusion residing in the situation. Another way to ensure the reader's interest in your story is to bring in some amazing twist and turn to a plot that has become somewhat clichéd with time. Have a look at the following ideas to understand what we're trying to imply.
darn you prince charming
# Prince Charming passes through blistering storms and scorching heat, starves for days and nights only to rescue his true love from a dragon-guarded tower. But, wait, he ends up falling in love with the dragon itself! Use humor and funny narrative style to compose the story and how it has a "funnily ever after".
# An old witch ended up creating a magic broom accidentally while she was laughing at a joke. It was a very powerful broom indeed that could fly, sweep, write, and perform all sorts of activities. But it listened to the witch only when she made the broom laugh with a funny spell. Every command should be delivered through a spell that made the broom laugh. Otherwise it would go out of control and laugh and ruin everything around. Build a story surrounding this plot.
# Once there was a dragon, one look of which was enough to scare off the bravest of knights in the region. The only way to walk past this monster was to bring to him a female dragon who has a great sense of humor. One knight managed to find such a mate for the fierce dragon who was vegetarian! Build a story covering the series of events that took place in finding this female dragon, and how her sense of humor and vegetarianism changes things around for everyone.
man singing
# The land of Peaceville went haywire when Mr. Singaway stepped on it, for he had the power to tickle everyone in the vicinity with his singing abilities. The vibration that came from his singing made everyone whacky and they just couldn't stop laughing. Laughter is the best medicine, they say. Create a story where humor is the element used to end this humorous hassle.
story of funny bunny
# There was once a bunny whose name was funny. Although this bunny was very serious in general and hated to laugh, everything it did or said ended up making everyone around laugh hilariously. What could be the reason that this bunny seems funny to others? Is it a funny voice? A funny way of talking? Build a story based on the bunny's attempt to make a serious impression on others.
how funny is that
# Once a man was walking on the road reading a newspaper. He found the alien comic strip really funny, and while he was walking his way off laughing, he tumbled into a pothole and to his surprise, found a bunch of aliens having their secret headquarter underground. These aliens could only be communicated through the language of laughter. Write about the funny and adventurous experience the man had with the aliens.
come out you fake, I am the original one. you doppelganger
# If we look back to the earlier times, the era when the early man lived, there are quite a lot of things that we find hilarious about that way of living. Let's turn the table now. Write a story based on the early man's experience in the modern world today. And how he finds today's technology unusually funny.
# Far away in the jungle of Giranga, there was a lazy lion. He was fat and lacked the agility to hunt. Therefore, he would order other animals to hunt for him. Another young and powerful lion heard of this incompetent king, and decided to challenge him for a fight. But he couldn't win for the king used his mental sharpness and wit to defeat this challenger. Write a story of how he won by putting in bits and pieces of intelligence and a whole large scoop of laughter.
revenge taken
# Poor Little Red Riding Hood! This innocent and gullible girl has suffered enough because of this cunning wolf who ate her grandma and even her! Why not create a smarter version of this girl, who isn't as naïve as she was once? Write an interesting tale of how she ends up fooling the wolf and captures him to save herself and her grandma, of course with a touch of fun and humor!
come on oldie laugh, i need your tooth
# A prince on his quest to become the most powerful ruler in the kingdom, has to obtain a magic tooth from an old dragon. In order to do so, he must compel the dragon to laugh, cough, or sneeze seven times. After that the dragon will release the magic tooth which he must wear as a locket. This will bring him all the glory and success in the world. Write a story based on the encounter between the prince and the dragon. How he makes it laugh, cough, and sneeze and eventually wins his reward.
# Have you ever wondered how Christmas would be if Rudolph and Santa exchanged their roles? Assume that the Grinch managed to get hold of a magic spell through which he exchanged the souls of Santa and Rudolph. Write a story of how Santa uses Rudolph's four legs and Rudolph uses Santa's heftiness to make things right and defeat the Grinch while reversing the effects of the spell and making everything back to normal.
# An evil teacher would torture her students to write a poem on her everyday and pamper her with nice words. Fed up with this everyday nuisance, the students decided to teach her a lesson through the words of their poems. Write a funny story based on these clues on how the teacher learned a lesson for life.
# Vikings are known to be brave and fearless, but there was one viking who was afraid of everything. To get rid of this unsuitable member, the villagers sent him to a distant mountain where lived a dragon. This dragon was suffering from insomnia and lived in a castle that was filled with treasure. When the feeble viking entered the castle, the dragon seemed to be bothered by his inability to sleep. Write a story of how the feeble viking helps the dragon and becomes a hero, not using his strength but his wit.
# Vampires do make some interesting stories, don't they? Take the famous series by Stephanie Meyers, Twilight for instance. Doesn't the apple on its book seems to capture your attention? Now, think of this: Once a bat caught hold of this book and aspired to become a vampire so as to fall in love with a human. He goes to meet the forest witch who tells him to eat the apple from the tallest branch of the huge apple tree located on the top of the mountain. Write a story as to how the bat experiences a different world from what was written in the book and manages to find his love―human or not!
To be honest, the ideas are only confined to the scope of your imagination. The aforementioned prompts were just some examples to show you how you can mix up the ideas from the things you've learned both literally and literary. To help you further when it comes to formulating such writing prompts, it would be useful to understand the approaches that you must adapt. The same are listed in the following sections.
How to Formulate Unrealistic Ideas
By unrealistically funny short story ideas, we don't mean to write stories based on characters, themes, and locations that simply may not make the readers believe you, and how do you expect them to find the story funny if the basic element is missing, which is the 'believing or convincing' element? However, when we read stories or comics with characters that can fly, lift buildings and mountains, and speak all funny dialogs to make us laugh, we definitely believe the story in spite of knowing that these characters are just a figment of the writer's imagination. Not only this, an advantage that the writer has in writing unrealistic stories is that he/she can make the character extremely unique and interestingly funny by adding some elements that cannot be added otherwise.

An example for the same would be stories such as Ratatouille, wherein a rat named Remy wanted to be a chef and could talk to the great chef Gusteau in his mind. His journey in reaching the biggest restaurant in the city from the ratholes not only shows a great sense of inspiration, but also the writing style shows a great degree of humor. On the other hand, stories like Madagascar with funny characters such as King Julian, Moto-Moto, and the adorable Penguins, make their serious journey turn into a journey of fun and frolic, making you laugh almost all the time.
How to Formulate Reality Based Ideas
By funny short story ideas based on realistic approach, we mean that writers should take inspiration from characters based on real life. You are not talking about a rat who can cook better than humans, or a bunch of penguins who can ride anything from a car to a ship to a plane. We are talking about real characters and humor based on reality. By using this approach, the writers can also make the readers widen their horizon and sense humor in some tensed situation. If, through your story, you can teach people as to why laughter is known as the best medicine, there can be nothing more rewarding than that. You can find a lot of humor even in some critical situations, and with the gift of writing, you can actually turn your observation into a beautifully written funny short story. An example for the same would be this:

Once there was an old man who was flying from Boston to Denver with his cat. The cat was obviously kept in the pet section along with other pets. When the old man arrived in Denver, he didn't get his cat along with the luggage and was extremely worried about it. "I want my cat back or else I am going to sue this airline", the old man shouted at the airline worker. The baggage department was in a chaos and were wondering where did the cat go! Alas, they found the cat in its cage, but to their surprise, the cat was dead. The baggage authorities were already feeling guilty of making their valuable customer upset. "He will blow the airport if he finds out that his cat is dead", an airline employee told another. So they decided to replace the dead cat with a live one. With lots of troubles, the airline finally got the cat back to the old man. The old man looked at the cat and screamed, "This ain't my cat, you morons! My cat was dead and I brought him home to get him buried!"

This is what you call a funny short story idea with a twist! Funny wasn't it? You can also get a lot of interesting ideas just by looking at your daily life and the people in it. What is it that makes you laugh your teeth out? What is it that you think of and can't help but laugh? The best and most convincing funny stories are the ones that are inspired from your own experiences.

Think about it, make characters which are inspired from the real life, create some situations which will make the character act or talk funnily, and create a story based on your imagination. It is also advisable to start and complete the story at a single sitting or else you may end up losing the flow of the story. It shouldn't be a problem for you because this is a short story you are writing and not a huge essay! So start looking around, try and widen your imagination, think of the moments that made you laugh the most, and write all of these in the form of a funny story that turns out to be the best story ever, so that everyone goes on laughing at its narration. All the best!
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