Examples of satire and humor writing


The Belladonna

“Top 10 Sex Dreams I've Had About Paul Hollywood”
by Heidi Lux
A repeating format on the site that is good, clean, bawdy, upsetting fun.
“How to Protest So No One Gets Offended or Even Notices”
by Mia Mercado
A well-formed topical piece that feels evergreen in its critiques.
“Hi, I’m the Female Love Interest in This Student Film. This is My Story”
by Kate Schulman
A clever monologue satirizing a very specific thing.


“'Who All Goin' Be There?' Asks Man On the Fence About Attending Funeral”
by Ronald Melletus
A great use of dialogue in a satirical news format piece.

Funny Women


The Rumpus

“Feminist Valentine’s Day Gifts”
by Elissa Bassist
A strong, clear premise, with a beautiful pattern and rhythm to it.
“It’s Me, Dead Girl!”
by Charu Sinha
A game played so well and so far that you reexamine how you watch TV.
“How To Be Adorable For Him”
by Cara Michelle Smith
We love a takedown of tropes.

Funny Or Die

“The Velvet Feels Good Against My Skin”
by Dan Chamberlain
An example of how a specific and funny voice can lead to lots of laughs.


“Please Don’t Get Murdered at School Today”
by Kimberly Harrington
This piece mixes harsh reality with beautiful writing for an indelible impact.
“A Logic Puzzle And A Hangover Cure”
by John Hodgman
A good example of a parody of an atypical format.
“Reasons You Were Not Promoted That Are Totally Unrelated to Gender”
by Homa Mojtabai
An excellent use of the list format with a strong, strong POV behind it.
“It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers”
by Colin Nissan
The famous McSweeney’s piece. A juxtaposition of unexpected tone in an unexpected place.
“A Guide to Midwestern Conversation”
by Taylor Kay Phillips
Lovingly regional satire that is relatable no matter where you’re from.
by Mike Sacks
A nice example of a joke that grows and expands into wild places, presented in a well-known format (emails).

The New Yorker

“Horror Movies Based of My Actual Fears”
by Karen Chee
An excellent example of using yourself as a character in a piece.
“So You Want to Date a New York Museum”
by Ayo Edebiri and Olivia Craighead
A fun, heightened concept with great specifics throughout.
“Leaving the Trump White House Mad Libs”
by Broti Gupta
Topical satire that manages to also be evergreen - wrapped in a familiar format.
“What I’d Say to the Martians”
by Jack Handey
Contains the immortal line, “I came here in peace, seeking gold and slaves.”
“Wow, Weather”
by Riane Konc
A piece that takes something we’ve all done (discuss the weather) and blows it out into absurdity.
“Sunday Routine”
by Jen Spyra
A great parody of a section of The New York Times.
“Werner Herzog's First Day in Improv Class”
by Bob Vulfov
An excellent example of writing in a known person'a voice.


“Wow! This Woman Has Had Bad Experiences with White People, But Never Roamed Streets Looking for One to Murder”
by Taylor Garron
A reaction to the news that also stands along as commentary on racism.
“Can I Still Be A Feminist If I Hate Myself?”
by Chrissy Shackelford
A satirical takedown in a tone Reductress has perfected.

The Toast

“The Pitch Meeting for Wishbone”
by Abbey Fenbert
So much funnier than even the incredibly funny title promises.
“Dirtbag Hamlet”
by Daniel Ortberg
A column on the now-defunct The Toast. Great examples of a specific voice and tone (gchat speak) mapped onto Hamlet.