Funny / Stephen King

Surprisingly, there are more than a few hilarious moments in Stephen King's works. In fact, he has been known to say that he can always get a few laughs when reading his works aloud.

  • The nonsense spewed by Guy the Demon Waiter in Lunch at the Gotham Cafe:
    I rot you, you abominations! I rot you and all your trulls! That dog of yours is so much rage! All the radioes of Coney Island don't measure up to dat dog of yours, you motherfucker!
  • The stuff about the Turnpike Wolves in 1408 is disturbing, but also pretty funny.
  • In It, several families skip town to avoid the horrors of the monster. The description of this is from Bill Denbrough's point of view:...some kids went to one of those high-class sports camps, where you learned to say "Hey, nice one" instead of "Fuck you" when someone got a killer serve past you in tennis..."
  • Tak from Desperation, despite being an insane, body-snatching extradimensional horror, has some genuinely funny lines. For instance. Tak inhabits people's bodies and in turn makes them taller and stronger—but the intensity of its presence makes them literally fall apart, starting at the source of potential illness or infection. So Tak has to buy some 'new clothes,' and as it snatches a guy, he asks how in the name of god he got so tall... Tak replies, "Wheaties!"
    • He/it also has a penchant for quoting movie and book lines and spouting Non Sequiturs, as well as that creepy-ass language.
  • In the Door Stopper Under the Dome, a character considering writing a novel wonders to herself, ""What if you wrote a thousand-pager, and it sucked?"
  • If you want to go Meta, the Family Guy parody of him, where he proposes a couple being menaced by a scary lamp. The Youtube comments both laugh at the clip, and say that Stephen King could very well make a lamp terrifying. This is the man who made a horror story out of a Polaroid camera, after all.
    • Similarly, their quick gag where Brian hits Stephen King with his car, send him twirling through the air. King mid-flight says "This would make a neat story", pulls out a notepad, and writes it by the time he has landed and executed a perfect roll. The man's got speed.
  • Another meta example would be any of his columns, interviews, or comments on writing. The man is very self-aware and has a good sense of humor— he just likes freaking you out a little more.
  • 11/22/63 has a hilariously weird moment in which Epping is thinking about a particularly horrible crime that he wants to prevent, how to go about it, and what effects it might have on the time stream. We then get this passage:
    I shuffled back through the kitchen, pausing to look at the chair with the yellow plastic seat."I hate you, chair," I told it, then went to bed again.
  • Paranoid: A Chant in its entirety.
    Stay back, goddamn you!/I know tall people!/I know VERY tall people!
  • In Dream Catcher, when Jonesy gets possessed by Mr. Gray, he encounters the alien in a dreamlike-world, where the alien is lying in a hospital bed. On the bedstand next to him is a get-well card signed by "Stephen Spielberg and all your pals in Hollywood"
  • After the publication of Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Stephen gave a speech at the National Press Club, about his career and various other topics. The speech had a generous amount of humor, and he closed it out with: "I'd just like to remind everyone that, wherever you left your cars, almost anyone could be in the back seat."
  • In the "Notes" section at the end of Skeleton Crew, King relates a funny story in the entry for "The Raft." He'd sold the story (as "The Float") to Adam, a girlie magazine, which paid only upon publication. Not long after, while on a late-night joyride around the town of Orono, he happened to run over a number of traffic cones that had been left to guard a freshly-painted crosswalk but hadn't been taken in when the paint had dried. The cones knocked his muffler loose from the car's exhaust system, and King was furious (excessively so, which might have had something to do with the fact that he was drunk at the time). So he decided to drive around the town of Orono, picking up traffic cones. "I would leave them all on the steps of the police station," he writes, "with a note saying I had saved numerous exhaust systems from extinction, and ought to get a medal." Predictably, he was pulled over by a cop after collecting about fifty cones. "I will never forget the Orono cop taking a long, long look into my backseat and saying, 'Son, are those traffic cones yours?'" He received a fine of $250 (not exactly peanuts in the '60s); the alternative was thirty days in jail. Fretting about where he was going to get the money, he got a literal Deus ex Machina about a week later in the form of a check for exactly $250 from Adam for "The Float." "It was like getting a real "Get out of Jail Free" Card. I paid my fine with it, and vowed to go straight and give all traffic cones a wide berth thereafter. Straight I have not exactly gone, but believe me when I tell you I'm quits with the cones."