If you’ve always been talented with making people laugh, why not use your good sense of humor to get paid for your jokes?
Yes, you read that right. You can earn some cash left and right, if you voluntarily share your funny stories, punch lines, and other hilarious jokes to the world.
There are two ways you can do this – write and publish the jokes, or write and perform it. So where do you begin?
Write for these Sites & Get Paid for Your Jokes
I mentioned a few of the sites that pay you to write funny in my massive writing gig post, but if you really want to dig deep and turn your humor into a real-money-paying “funny business,” then this list of 13 websites could help you get started.
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1. Funds for Writers ($50 per assignment)
If you have funny stories about being a freelance writer (or even not-so-funny ones), you can share your story or wisdom with other freelancers.
Funds for Writers like storypieces with “a dash of humor” and a “happy ending.”
This site opens guest posts for the right person.
2. Cracked ($50 per assignment)
Although this print mag retired in 2007, the web version is still alive and well.
You can submit funny photos (and captions), listicles, and other funny articles.
Cracked.com used to pay contributors about $200 per assignment, but with its popularity and demand for writers to submit their work voluntarily (even without pay), the payment shrunk to $50/assignment.
3. The Funny Times ($60 per assignment)
Ray Lesser and Susan Wolpert, the duo behind this 30+year-old website call themselves “publishers and troublemakers.”
Submissions accepted can be anything under the sun from food to pets to death to religion and even politics and relationships. The duo says “Not much is off limits, so do your best to make us laugh” but the piece should be about 500 to 700 words.
4. Writer’s Digest (pays 30-50 cents a word)
This writer resource is pretty popular, which means it can be a challenge to get published here.
This humor section of this magazine is called “Inkwell,” and if you’re lucky to get a spot with hundreds of competition, you’ll receive one-time fee for the printed version, then continuously for the digital version.
5. The Imperfect Parent ($25 or higher)
For parents with funny stories about their kids, parenting, and family life in general, this website accepts the stories that focus on the lighter side of parenting.
Editor Preston Carlson recommends taking a shot at “Parody, humorous takes on parenting, satire, an ‘open letter.’ Take your pick.”
6. Mother.ly ($50 per assignment)
This is another parenting site, but unlike the one before it, Mother.ly is a bit more “personal” and accepts essays written in the first person.
Submissions should be around 700 to 900 words, focusing on motherhood.
7. Reader’s Digest ($25 to $100 per assignment)
You can submit quotes, jokes, gags and funny stories and become a part of history of this 1920-launched magazine.
8. Chicken Soup for the Soul ($200 per story)
This publication is known for heartwarming stories, but it also accepts hilarious real-life stories and funny poems.
Maximum word count is 1,2000 words.
If your submission gets chosen, you’ll also receive 10 free copies of the book where your work is published.
9. Saturday Evening Post ($25+ per assignment)
Launched in 1897, the Saturday Evening Post has been publishing its magazine for decades.
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If you’re sharing something funny, address your submission to “The Lighter Side” section.
10. The New Yorker (payment varies)
If you have a knack of writing satire and fiction, The New Yorker will love you for your submission.
You’ll have an amazing audience if your work is accepted, so make sure to follow Daily Shouts for more guidelines.
11. CollegeHumor.com (varies depending on type of content)
You can get paid for your jokes from $25 to $50 by submitting funny articles, stories, comics, pictures, videos, jokes and other content for adults.
12. Weekly Humorist ($20 per submission)
This satire magazine accepts pieces 1,500 words or less.
The articles can be in list form, open letters, topical, absurdist, fake-news blurbs and so on.
13. The Offing ($20 to $60 per submission)
If you have a funny poem, story or joke, this literary magazine accepts humorous pieces for the humor section called “Wit Tea.”
Note that each website has their own voice and writing guidelines.
If you’re a fan of the site, you’re probably aware of the content style by now. If not, make sure to back-read and familiar yourself with their articles.
Sometimes, no writing opportunity will be posted, but if you send a pitch and your idea is pretty unique and match their style, you can be given a lot in upcoming issues.
Traditional Jobs that Pay You to be Funny
Aside from writing for the blogs above, you can also dip your toes into other niches.
- Write for a magazines. Think Reader’s Digest or other MAD-inspired publications.
- Write for a sitcom. You can find these gigs in traditional TV sitcoms, or new media (YouTube, streaming sites, and so on).
- Create comic strips. Even if you don’t have the skills for drawing, you can collaborate with an artist and turn your ideas into “reality.”
- Write material for other comedians. This job rarely gets advertised, but if you get lucky to receive a referral, making sure popular comedians never run out of material would be the best training ground you can find as a would-be comedian or comedic writer.
Stand-up Comedy, Pranks, and Skits on YouTube
If writing jokes in the shadows isn’t your cup of tea, then consider going the traditional route of becoming a comedian.
It can be hard work, if you follow the footsteps of Norm Macdonald, Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, (and many more), it would take you years of gigging on clubs to get to where these famous comedians are.
However, the internet has made it possible to reach an audience even from the comforts of your own home. Just look at celebrity impersonator ShaneDawsonTV, parody songwriter/performer Bart Baker, skit-comedian Nigahiga, and other famous people who shared their humor via YouTube and made bank.
Start Your Own Humor Empire
You can mix and match all the methods of making money with being funny.
For instance, while doing stand-up at local bars and doing your fair share of real-world experience, you maintain a YouTube blog to showcase your other jokes.
If performing isn’t your thing, you can submit as many funny stories as you can with third-party websites. While doing this, you can build your own website, share your ideas there, and hopefully attract a following.
Comedians like Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias has done stand-up, TV sitcoms, hosted a comedy series, lent his voice to several animated characters for different films, and even landed his own shows on Fuse and most recently on Netflix.
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The funnyman even has his own merch: he was the first stand-up to have and sold-out his own Funko Pop!.
Are You Ready to Get Paid for Your Jokes?
The cool thing about having a good sense of humor is that there are unlimited opportunities available for you these days. You can choose to write jokes for a living, perform, or do both.
Whichever route you decide to take, isn’t it awesome to be paid real cash for spreading laughter and bringing good vibes to the world?