Bring the Funny

There are a variety of places I like to go when I need practice material, as I mentioned a while back, but one that I really need to do more of is jokes.


They’re easy to find and fun to do.

Woof! #calligraphy #joke #magic #dogs #humor #labrador #abracadabra

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And some of them make you look smart.

One for the math folks. #calligraphy #joke #humor #fractals #math #mandelbrot

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Or ones that show off your international nature.

Har! #calligraphy #jokes #French #cooking #humor #language

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But be careful of using a joke that is too dangerous…


In the end, jokes are fun, short things to write out, and if you’re a fan of puns and groaners – like I am – you can enjoy the cognitive dissonance that comes with seeing a really bad joke written in pretty words.

For the comments, finish this joke:

How many calligraphers does it take to change a lightbulb?

Project: Mitchweek

Some Instagram calligraphers and I – @theulzo, @openinkstand, @gourmetcetera, and @dearondine – decided to do a week-long tribute the the late, great Mitch Hedberg. If you’re not familiar with his comedy, go over to YouTube and check him out.

In celebration of his work, I present my choices from this week:

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It was a fun theme week, and nice to collaborate with other calligraphers on Instagram. Thanks, all!