HOW MANY LAWYERS DOES IT TAKE...???
LEGAL HUMOR AND HUMOR ABOUT LAWYERS IN POPULAR CULTURE
Satirists and critics have always poked fun, or worse, at lawyers and the legal system. Why are lawyer jokes perennially popular? How true are they, and what do they express about the general public's feelings about and frustrations with lawyers and the law?
Baker, Thomas E., A Compendium of Clever and Amusing Law Review Writings
Jarvis, Robert M., Thomas E. Baker, and Andrew McClurg, Amicus Humoriae (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2003).
Galanter, Marc, Lowering the Bar (
Q: "What's the difference between a vampire and a lawyer?" A: "One is a soulless, bloodsucking monster, and the other one is a bat."
Lawyers and Criminals Humor Books
101 Uses for a Dead Lawyer
Q. "Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, an honest lawyer and an old drunk walking down the street together when they simultaneously found a hundred dollar bill. Who gets it?" A. "The old drunk, of course; the other three are mythical creatures."
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Q. "What's wrong with lawyer jokes?" A. "Lawyers don't think they're funny, and nobody else thinks they're jokes."
"Did you hear that the Post Office just recalled their latest stamps? They had pictures of lawyers on them ... and people couldn't figure out which side to spit on."
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The fence between Heaven and Hell was in need of repair and Saint Peter called on Satan to undertake the job. "Hey, Satan, it's your turn to fix the fence. Get going." "Not a chance," Satan responded, as he sipped his iced tea. "I like it just the way it is." "You have to fix it," insisted Saint Peter. "The contract you signed stipulates that we trade off, and it's your turn.""You know what you can do with that contract?" Satan sneered. Saint Peter snapped back, "If you don't comply, we'll hire a lawyer to make you." "Ha!" chortled the Devil. "Where are YOU going to get a lawyer?"
Web Comics: Mason Darrow, Non-Profit Lawyer, by John Klossner
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Gary the Rat
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
Coyote v. Acme
Opening Statement of Mr. Harold Schoff, attorney for Mr. Coyote. This court case is the invention of Ian Frazier. See his book Coyote v. Acme (1996).
Ex. rel. Mayo. This case, filed pro se, was an attempt to get service of process on Satan (aka Mr. Scratch). See also John E. Schwenkler's Wacky Court Cases.
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