Funny Pun about Hunchback of Notre Dame

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

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 48 comments

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

LOL!!! Another great one drbj.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

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


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

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


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

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


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

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.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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...


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

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,


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

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.


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

Haha...you never cease to delight, drbj! Bell said!! :D


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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


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Michael J Rapp 4 years ago from United States

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


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

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

Vote up and funny of course. :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

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

Up up and away;takecare and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

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


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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amillar 4 years ago from Scotland, UK

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.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

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!!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Haha I can still hear the ringing in my ears.

The master of puns you did it again

Thank you for the laughs


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

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

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


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

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


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

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


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

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

Thanks for always making me smile, drbj :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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!


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

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


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

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.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Ouch! Clever write!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

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


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Oh drbj, Can't stop smiling...love 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."


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

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!

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