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Character makes a joke or funny comment when answering the phone.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
kyeo on Feb 7th 2019 at 9:27:20 PM
Last Edited By:
InTheMirror on Mar 14th 2019 at 2:52:22 PM
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Character picks up the phone and instead of just saying hello, gives a joke greeting or a funny way of answering. Maybe they pretend to be somebody else, or a business, or maybe they just say confusing things for their own amusement.

Can occur as a Running Gag.


Film - Live Action

  • In the The Odd Couple, Oscar answers the phone by saying "Yo, divorced, broke, and sloppy!"

Western Animation

  • The various answers Moe from The Simpsons gives when he answers the phone in the bar, like "Moe's Tavern, where the elite meet to drink."

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Feb 8th 2019 at 1:37:28 AM

  • Added a Laconic so the proposal can be edited.
  • Added an Examples section and put examples in it.

Feb 8th 2019 at 4:12:49 AM

Feb 8th 2019 at 2:21:05 PM

Film - Animation

  • Megamind tends to answer the phone with the phrase, "Ollo...?", before Minion reminds him that it's supposed to "Hello?"

Feb 8th 2019 at 6:34:34 PM

On an episode Seinfeld, George's answering machine message is a parody of The Greatest American Hero's Theme Tune, explaining that George is not at home.

Feb 8th 2019 at 7:38:34 PM

See also Embarrassing Ringtone for another way phones can be used for comedy.

In one Baby Blues comic, Darryl answers the phone while baby Zoe is climbing all over him and says that the caller has reached the MacPherson playground and is speaking to the monkey bars.

Feb 8th 2019 at 8:25:32 PM

  • The Simpsons episode "Stark Raving Dad" has Bart watching TV in the living room when he gets a phone call.
    Bart: Joe's Crematorium. You kill 'em, we grill 'em!

Feb 9th 2019 at 6:10:37 AM

In the pilot of Dharma And Greg, after the title characters have impulsively gotten married, Greg's cell phone goes off while he's in the shower, so Dharma, not familiar with cell phones, answers for him with "Greg's pants!"

Feb 9th 2019 at 8:34:51 AM

Not sure if this counts:

Web Animation:

  • In the "Marzipan's Answering Machine" segment of Homestar Runner, each installment begins with a different idiosyncratic voicemail greeting by Marzipan for her answering machine. A lot of these are not intended by her to be funny, but often are anyway, poking fun at Marizpan's hippie personality. E.g.
    Hi, this is Marzipan.
    You leave me a message, and I'll leave you with an abstract though:
    Is a penguin a bird or a duck?

Mar 14th 2019 at 2:51:51 PM

  • The Simpsons: Mr. Burns answers telephone with "Ahoy Hoy!"