Bad Joke Monday gets catty

We’re back again, folks. It’s time we take another scratch at…


For those of you who just stumbled upon this mess, Bad Joke Monday is when people give us jokes one week and we take a stab at illustrating said jokes the next week.

Unless we don’t feel like it, in which case we take a nap instead.

Got it? Good!

So right off the bat, I’m taking a pass on illustrating one of them because I got distracted by something outside my window.

The joke is from WD of WD Fyfe, or rather, it’s from a machine.

WD said it came from a AI joke generator and as as he’s from Vancouver, I figure we can trust him.

Here’s the joke:

What do you call a cleaning machine with a September?
An autumn-matic washer! 

Pretty bad, right? Turns out programming humor is not so simple. You can read more on the subject with this article: Can artificial intelligence be taught how to joke?

Anyway, from the computer room we move to the opera hall: Moonstone Mary gave us this one:

What is Guiseppe Verdi’s favorite way to get around in an airport?
La Travelator!

For those of you whose awareness of classical music is limited to Bugs Bunny, airline commercials and the occasional movie soundtrack, the joke is referring to Verdi’s La traviata, the opera Julia Roberts gets weepy over in Pretty Woman.

Guess what? I didn’t illustrate this one either! Because, seriously, I’m going to draw Verdi?

But listen, I did the next best thing. I created a graphic!

Verdi on a travelator

Not too bad, eh? And dang, but Verdi had great taste in hats!

Moving on, one bright side to the two challenging jokes above is that they made Margy from Amusives’ joke seem positively easy to draw:

Eggs Benedict served on a hubcap…
because there’s no plate like chrome for the hollandaise. 

Though as I’m sure you’ll agree, that pun was so bad it was probably criminal…comic drawing of man getting arrested

And now I can let you in on a little secret: the reason the first two jokes didn’t get illustrated is that I spent a ridiculous amount of time drawing this one.

I bet it took me a half hour just to do the color, which is something I had sworn off and yet how does one show an egg on a hubcap without color? (I bet an AI would have figured it out.)

Fortunately, Eilene from Myricopia gave us one that was easier to draw and needed no caption:

What do you call a bear with no socks on?
Bare-foot!comic drawing of a dancing bear

I must say, I’m rather proud of how this one turned out. And it’s not every day you get to see a dancing bear playing the ukulele.

Our next two jokes involve cats — yay! (I love drawing cats. They’re almost as much fun as bears.)

Lynette d’Arty-Cross from In the Net gave us this charmer:

What did the alien cat say to the Earth cat?
Take me to your litter.comic drawing of two cats

To answer your question, yes, I used my cat as a model for Earth Cat. As for Alien Cat, I just winged it.

Lastly, we have something really fun! Or at least, I had fun with it.

This is from Andrew from Andrew’s View of the Week:

What did the cat say on the Zoom conference call?
Can you hear me meow?

comic drawing of cats on Zoom

As I’m sure you can tell, I enjoyed drawing this one. I also want to point out that the center top cat is using one of the optional Zoom backgrounds. (Somehow he just seemed the type.)

That’s all for this week, friends! Be sure to leave a joke in the comments and check back next week to see it illustrated (maybe).

Feature photo: Manki Kim on Unsplash

22 thoughts on “Bad Joke Monday gets catty

  1. Okay, time to take a break from high brow music jokes (but I did appreciate the Verdi graphic and reference to Pretty Woman).

    And since cats seem to be a theme, thought I’d reveal what the pollster found when he polled hundreds of cats asking for their favorite movie.

    It was, of course, the Sound of Mew-sic.

    1. A musical for cats, that isn’t Cats — sounds perfect!
      By the way, did you see the movie, Cats? I didn’t, but I saw so many clips from it that I’m still a bit shell-shocked. 😉

  2. Those illustrations are really well done! I love the hollandaise joke (and the illustration) – laughed aloud. 😀
    And, a weather joke. What’s it called when it’s raining ducks and geese?
    Fowl weather. (Courtesy of my friend Mike.)
    Now that’s bad.

    1. Glad you liked the illustration. I wasn’t kidding with how long it took me to draw it! (Sometimes I worry about my sanity.)
      As for the joke, did Mike get it from a Popsicle stick? 😉

  3. Impressive job on the hollandaise joke. I see your point about having to use color.

    What time was it when the monster ate the Canadian Prime Minister?
    Eight P.M.

    (Do you think I have to explain that the abbreviation for Prime Minister is PM?)

  4. It is my duty to inform you that the Bonnywood Award for Illustrious Illustration was not determined this week, as the jury was far too entranced with your profound multi-media piece, “Verdi and the Moving Sidewalk”. Perhaps we can get their focus back in the right direction by the next installment of BJM. In case that doesn’t happen, we are also looking into the development of an AI Jury Generator… 😉

    1. Well, I was rather proud of the graphic so I’m perfectly fine with a delay in the voting.
      The only thing I regret is that I wanted to make it an animated graphic, where Verdi actually moved across the walkway. Wouldn’t that have been great?! Alas, time ran out, and so our dream came to an end.

  5. Once again, I’m blown away by the illustrations and the quality of the bad jokes. Some of the recent ones are so bad they could get a degree at Bad Joke University. Total congrats to everyone. However, as the FEW (First Ever Winner) of BJM I must sincerely apologize to everyone for resorting to technology. My only defense is that I was overwhelmed by the competition. Never again. So — What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy? Don’t know, don’t care. cheers

    1. No worries, WD. We have no illusions as to the originality of the jokes presented here, and the quality kind of shows it?
      Besides which, the joke you present this week clears you of all wrongdoing, if there was wrongdoing.
      As if you cared. 😉

  6. I love the tiptoeing through the tulips bear! My joke brain is somewhere out with those forest cows.

    What do you get when you cross an angry sheep with an emotional cow? An animal that’s in a baaaaaaad moooooood!

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