Dealing with lawyer jokes? 'Restatement of Retorts' provides the rejoinder
Lawyer-turned-humor consultant Malcolm Kushner has a suggestion for lawyers dealing with lawyer jokes: Be ready with your own punchline.
In his book Comebacks for Lawyer Jokes: The Restatement of Retorts, Kushner supplies the comebacks, Above the Law reports.
Take this lawyer joke, for example: “What’s the difference between a lawyer and a leech?” The usual punchline is, “After you die, a leech stops sucking your blood.”
Kushner suggests supplying this punchline instead: “No one wants a lawyer who sucks.”
Another section of Kushner’s book has jokes about other professions, designed to stop lawyer-joke-telling professionals with jokes aimed at them. There is this joke, for example: “Why are jokes about lawyers always one liners?” The answer: “So doctors can understand them.”
Kushner also includes jokes aimed at helping lawyers look good. An example: “Why do public interest lawyers like the band U2?” The answer: “They’re pro bono.”