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Notre Dame Cathedral - Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral - Paris

Funny Pun – Number Twelve

Notre Dame Job Opening – Chapter One

Remember the Hunchback of Notre Dame?

It was Quasimodo … but he did die.

That tremendous fall from the bell tower

Would kill even a very healthy guy.

Now the bell ringer job is open

Says the bishop of the cathedral.

All applicants must be very strong

Bur not especially cerebral.


The bishop interviewed the candidates

Looking for a certain mentality.

The Parisian job seekers who applied

Did not have the right personality.

Then the last man came up to the belfry

And declared, “I am capable and strong.

If you hire me for the bell ringer job

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You will see how hard I can hit the gong.”


“Sir, I do not want to hurt your feelings,”

Said the bishop to this determined man.

But my dear fellow, you do not have arms.

How can you ring the bell? What is your plan?”

“Arms are not needed,” said the armless man.

Who began striking the bell with his face.

Producing the most heavenly music

That people below were drawn to the place.

Charles Laughton as Quasimodo in 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Charles Laughton as Quasimodo in 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

The bishop watched and was thrilled and amazed.

“You will replace Quasimodo,” he said.

“Imagine the pleasure of the parish

Hearing melodies produced by your head.”

The armless man was overcome with joy

As he rushed at the bell for one more blow.

But he tripped! Over the belfry he fell

To his death so many stories below.


The bishop was stunned and quickly rushed down

Three hundred eighty-six steps to the ground.

A crowd had gathered so shocked at the sight

Of the man who had fallen from that height.

One of them asked, “Bishop, who was this man?”

“I don’t know his name.” the bishop began,

But this I can tell:

His face rings a bell!"


Now stop groaning and read Chapter Two

Next day the bishop held more interviews

With more folks for the job of bell ringer.

There was a right-winger, a left-winger,

A folk singer … even Jerry Springer. (Just kidding)

The first man who is waiting in the line

Says, “Bishop, please choose me and no other.

You know the poor man who died yesterday?

Well, sir, I am that armless man’s brother.”


“I pray you will give me an audition.

I’m strong and sound with no debility.

Please, your Excellency, your permission

To fulfill his responsibility.”

The bishop may have felt guilt and remorse,

He allowed the brother to go ahead.

The man grabbed the mallet to swing with force,

Then groaned, clutched at his chest and fell down dead.

Gargoyle atop Notre Dame

Gargoyle atop Notre Dame

Knock, Knock . . . Who's there?

Gargoyle! . . . Gargoyle who?

Gargoyle with salt water if you have a sore throat.

Two monks heard the bishop cry out with pain,

They hurried up all those stairs to his side.

"What has happened? Who is this man? Again?

How did he die? What’s his name?" they both cried.

“I must take the blame,

I don’t know his name,

But he is a dead ringer for his brother.”


© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So"

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Comments for Funny Pun about Hunchback of Notre Dame - Number Twelve

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 14, 2013:

Happy you found this one, Jodah - it's one of my punny favorites. Thank you for your nameless legless dog story. I plan to add it to my legless dog repertoire, to wit: Where can you find a dog with no legs. Answer: Right where you left him!

What do you do with a legless dog? Answer: Take him for a drag!

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on October 11, 2013:

Oh drbj, Can't stop all these 'puns'. Did you hear about the man who took his legless dog into a bar? The barman said, "Nice dog you have there. What's his name?" The man replied, "He doesn't have a name." The barman said "I never heard of anyone having a pet dog without a name before. Why didn't you give him a name?" The man replied, "What's the point? He wouldn't come if I called him."

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 23, 2013:

So sorry about the Ouch, Audrey, but delighted by the 'clever write.' Thank you, m'dear.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 22, 2013:

Ouch! Clever write!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on March 08, 2012:

Always my privilege to hear from you, Paradise. Can hear those great groans and abashed chuckles from here. Give my regards to the peanut gallery.

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on March 08, 2012:

Great groans and abashed chuckles from the peanut gallery, here!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on March 01, 2012:

What a great alternative ending, Martie: "Two brothers who could not be saved by the bell." You are in fine fettle, m'dear. Delighted I made you smile - now and forever more!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 01, 2012:

Oh shame, what a sad story! Two brothers who could not be saved by the bell.

Thanks for always making me smile, drbj :)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 29, 2012:

Thank you, Kelly, for the visit and the laugh. Hope you are feeling fine again. It does seem strange that we laugh at another person's physical discomfort, like hitting a bell or the ground with one's face. Maybe the laughter is to provide relief that the injured person isn't us.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on February 28, 2012:

LOL - His face rings a bell! haha! I thought it sounded like it would really hurt - ouch...but still, I laugh!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 26, 2012:

That makes us even, James. I love your witty hubs and comments as well. And I know you know funny so your 'funny' comment to me is much appreciated. Trust me.

I renenber the grotesque makeup Laughton wore as the Hunchback - he was an outstanding actor. 'Pithy piece,' eh? Love it!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 26, 2012:

Hi, Phoebe. Loved your 'another triumph' comment - music to my ears. Yes, the original theme of the Hunchback is tragic but there is often a funny side to almost everything. You just have to hunt for it. And it doesn't hurt to be a little off-center in one's thinking either. Thank you for the visit and the gracious comments.

James A Watkins from Chicago on February 23, 2012:

Hilariously funny! I love your witty ways. Thank you for the laughs.

"His face rings a bell!"

I know from funny and that is funny.

Charles Laughton was great as Quasimodo in 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame.'

Another excellent and pithy piece by you.

Phoebe Pike on February 22, 2012:

Another triumph. The original story of the hunchback was truly tragic, but your hub made the idea a bit humorous. Great work!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 22, 2012:

Like you, christopher, I have always been a lover of the classics. Thank you for appreciating my efforts and your sublime comments. Hapy I could provide a twofer.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 22, 2012:

So sorry, Rosemary, that this punny fun caused ringing in your ears. Tell you what, my dear, just take two aspirin and don't call me in the morning.

Thank you for your kind words, m'luv. The laughs are on me.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 22, 2012:

Even if the armless man had survived, Alastar, can you imagine him walking up and down 386 steps every day at work? Twice that if he goes out to lunch!

So I "pulled your funny finger?" My pleasure, m'dear.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 22, 2012:

Now that's a great idea, amillar. I could always follow up with the "Tale of the Quasi Quasies." Thank you for the visit and the ingenious suggestion.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on February 20, 2012:

Both of those were "classic". You surpassed yourself there.

Thanks for the laughs. Two for the price of one. Not bad.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on February 20, 2012:

Haha I can still hear the ringing in my ears.

The master of puns you did it again

Thank you for the laughs

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on February 20, 2012:

Three hundred and eighty six steps, huh. Armless man got it all but took an awful fall. tsk tsk, drbj your a punny singer that pulls my funny finger- every time!!

amillar from Scotland, UK on February 20, 2012:

If these two dead ringers had survived long enough, maybe they'd have become deaf ringers, just like Quasi. Or maybe they'd just be known as the quasi Quasies.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 20, 2012:

Hi, Dex. Sorry I missed that Hunchback rerun - it has always been one of my favorites. Laughton was so 'uglified' for that film but he was a great actor. Thanks for visiting and the kind words.

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on February 20, 2012:

Hi Dr.BJ! Very timely! In fact, the Hunchback of Notre Dame was just on Turner Classic Movies the other day! Wonderful! Wonderful!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 20, 2012:

Can you see me up here, Eddy? Thanks to these recent lovely comments I'm up, up and away on this beautiful day. Hope yours is beautiful, too, m'dear. Thanks for loving this one.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 20, 2012:

Oh, how I love to hear those melodious chuckles. Thank you, VioletSun. You are fortunate because chuckle-ness is close to Godliness ... or something like that. And thank you for the creative, funny and Up. Have a chuckle-ful day.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 20, 2012:

Oh how I loved this one;a great way to start my writing day.

Up up and away;takecare and enjoy your day.


VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on February 19, 2012:

Hahaha, sound of chuckles filled my office - my own. LOL. You are very creative and funny!

Vote up and funny of course. :)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 19, 2012:

How nice to meet you, Michael J. Thank you for loving this and your kind words of approbation. Much appreciated, y'know.

Michael J Rapp from United States on February 18, 2012:

This was great! Very clever and witty. Loved it.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

Hi, Feline. Thanks for the Haha. Delighted I could delight you. And your 'Bell said' is well said, m'luv. (Everyone's a comic!)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

Queen of the Puns? You say you're amazed at how my brain works, Mary? Imagine how I feel! Never know what's going to pop out. But if it keeps you amused, then I've done my job.

Finally saw the old crone in my avatar? Good girl. I knew you would. You just needed that vacation in Puerto Rico to rest the brain cells. Right? Thanks for the visit and the sweet comments.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

How are you, pras, my hubbuddy from the other side of the world? Thank you for your gracious comments and Up rating. If 'funny puns' belong to me, then surely the introductions to new wonders of the world belong to you.

God bless.

Feline Prophet on February 18, 2012: never cease to delight, drbj! Bell said!! :D

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 18, 2012:

You have got to be the Queen of the Puns! I wonder how your brain works sometimes! I am always in amazement as to how you think of these things. Nevertheless, you keep us amused! Hey, I finally saw the old hag in your avatar. I'm so pleased with myself.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 18, 2012:

My friend, you always bring happiness for us. Every time I read your hub, there's something different and only you can make this one. "funny pun" belongs to you, my dear. Rated up and God bless you!

Love and peace,

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

Hi, Alicia. Great ideas, eh? Well, it takes one to know one, m'dear. Thanks for stopping by and any ideas you may have for puns are earnestly solicited.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

I do apologize, John, for producing the groaning,

But laughing at puns is so much better than moaning.

Ignore the death knell,

Do try to stay well,

While I ask your debt collectors to STOP phoning!

Just kidding.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

Hi, Docmo. Please don't go phffftt! Sorry about the double ouch. It may be the masochist in you, but it's definitely the sadist in me. But you are perfectly safe. As long as I stick to fiction...

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

Hi, Ruby, you made my day with your comment, 'so funny.'

Praise from you, my dear, is almost as nice as real money.

The brothers would thank you, too, but they are 'dead to the world.' Trust me.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

Hi, snakeslane. I know it seems effortlessly, m'dear, but it takes tremendous effort not to dissolve in hilarious laughter as I write these funny puns. Trust me. Thank you for the groan, the laugh and the last word ... my story 'rings true.' You clever lil devil.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 18, 2012:

Thank you, Susan, for enjoying this 'great one.' Remember Jackie Gleason? Isn't that what we used to call him, too? The 'Great One?'

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 18, 2012:

Thanks for yet another funny hub, drbj! You come up with such great ideas.

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on February 18, 2012:

Stop groaning you say, I couldn't, not today

But wincing, I do, as I get in a stew.

Both puns went down extremely well

But the groaning has sounded my death knell.

Mohan Kumar from UK on February 18, 2012:

Ouch! Double Ouch! What is this masochistic streak that draws me back to these puns. You are killing me.You are. mmff.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 18, 2012:

LOL...You are so funny. A dead ringer..Hee..Thank's for starting my day with a laugh..

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on February 18, 2012:

Gee thanks drbj, you seem to do this so effortlessly - big groan - and a laugh, snakeslane. ps your story rings true...

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 18, 2012:

LOL!!! Another great one drbj.

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