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Can Accountants be funny?

Can Accountants be funny?

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It's Friday. Time for something to chill out going into the weekend.

A recruiting firm in the states runs an annual "South's funniest accountant" competition. 2010 was the sixth year of competition and the event raises money for charity. Could we have such a competition over here in the UK? Anyone here fancy themselves as suitable candidates? Example material from those wanting to put themselves forward please.

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By Guest1
06th May 2011 12:25

As we've seen on here before,

time and time again, not everyone takes kindly to humour. My own thoughts are, it's fairly essential. There's nothing gives me more of a "kick" than seeing say a client, who's going through a rough time and being able to have them leave my company with a smile on their face.

Although not in the context of the original post I was humbled when, a couple of years ago, I had a (lady) client in, who'd recently lost her father. We talked for over an hour and I "listened", trying to give calming words and the odd small attempt at something funny. The following morning, I'd received an email from the lady which said that I had made things slightly better for her and she could see some light at the end of the tunnel. That for me, is what life is all about, putting a smile on someone else's face or, just making them feel special.

The skill is of course, being able to read the situation and knowing when not to try to be funny -as I've said, for some people, it simply won't work.

I'll throw the first into the ring and it's fairly topical (and sincerely hope it doesn't cause offence).

With the events at the beginning of the week, the UK Government is seriously considering a bank holiday very soon. Apparently we're all going an OSAMA holiday!

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By Ernest N Dever
06th May 2011 13:07

In the same vein

The Irish SAS have followed US Special Forces lead.  In a mission earlier they stormed Debenhams, having been tipped off that the Summer Bed Linen was on the third floor.

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By kevinread
06th May 2011 13:22

No!

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By Paul.Chillman
06th May 2011 13:35

Another Question

When we were asked to vote for AV yesterday, why were we not allowed an alternative vote ?  Sureley that would have been a great way to demonstrate the proposed system.

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By vince8
06th May 2011 14:27

Funny?

Some make me laugh but not because they are funny.

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By ACDWebb
06th May 2011 16:05

Yes

just look HERE

Sorry, I'll come to regret that I'm sure ;)

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By SteveOH
06th May 2011 19:33

Monty Python is to blame for labelling accountants boring

But then along came Smirnoff Vodka to our rescue in the early 70s with the advertising slogan: "I thought accountancy was boring - until I discovered Smirnoff."

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By nigelburge
07th May 2011 12:02

There are lots of very "funny" accountants on AW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
....Ducks, Runs, and Hides..............

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By cymraeg_draig
07th May 2011 14:32

..........  and some who "think" they are funny.

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By John Stokdyk
07th May 2011 17:50

I reckon so

Ever since I helped out on Accountancy Age's Taking Stock diary page, I found that accountants had quite a dry, almost masochistic sense of humour - many of them were quite willing to mock their rivals (and themselves) if it meant they got a mention in the press.

Since then, we've had some great contributions on AccountingWEB, and the tradition continues in our Born Dull!? Humour and Fun discussion group. Pay a visit and let us know what you think.

Thanks for lightening up the atmosphere after freedom of speech heaviness, Stephen - and for letting us know about the US competition - something we'll definitely follow up on the Born Dull?! beat next week.

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Stepurhan
By stepurhan
08th May 2011 13:58

Monty Python not all bad

They gave us a much more positive swashbuckling image in this little ditty

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By MartinLevin
13th May 2011 11:14

Funny??
On a Monday evening at 8pm I present a Music and COMEDY show for Hospital Radio.
It's available on the Web at:
www.TheJumboSound.com
Go on, click on it NOW, it's broadcasting 24 hours a day
Funny? Judge for yourselves - especially when you're preparing very late tax returns in January

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By zxcvb
13th May 2011 11:37

Just by saying "I'm an accountant" usually gets a laugh

Especially if I'm in costume..........

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By Ermintrude
13th May 2011 14:25

Joke

An accountant was (unusually) having a very quiet morning. 

As there was no-one around, he shut his office door, and extracted from his briefcase his latest "top shelf" magazine containing some interesting pictures including "double entry". 

Feeling suitably motivated, he then proceeded upon a discreet engagement with "Madam Palm and her five lovely daughters".

He was just about to "achieve his target" when his office door opened and in walked a client.  With quick thinking, he popped open his petty cash tin, and made a swift deposit.

"Good morning Mr Smith" said the client.  "You're looking very pleased with yourself today!"

"Well as a matter of fact I am" he replied.  "I've just come into some money".

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Stepurhan
By stepurhan
13th May 2011 16:58

Those last four letters are appropriate

Perhaps a hyphen would be in order so we know up front what sort of Magic Roundabout cow you are. ;-)

Got any more like that?

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By Ermintrude
15th May 2011 19:00

To Stepurhan

Yes it is a bit rude isn't it?  No more sorry - well, none that I think I could get away with posting here ;-)

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