Toast Speaking

Three panels. In the first, my partner calls my phone. In the second, I answer while holding toast. I say "Hello, I'm eating toast." Third panel, through the phone my partner says "Hah! Hi eating. I'm-- No wait. Hello toast ... that's still wrong. How does it go?"

Three panels. First panel, my partner says over the phone: "um ... I remember now! Do you think it's to later? Maybe if we go back to the beginning. Pretend to answer the phone again." Second panel, silence. I nibble my toast. Third panel, over the phone my partner says "I'm not okay"


The pressure of living with someone as hilarious as me gets to him sometimes. Do you ever mess up jokes? Don’t tell anyone because it will make me seem bad at my job, but I do all the time.

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18 responses to “Toast Speaking”

  1. Jen at The Places We Live Avatar

    haha. It was a solid effort.

    1. Lucy Grove-Jones Avatar

      It was. Maybe I should craft-up a participation award for him.

  2. GJ Stevens Avatar

    Brilliant as always. Yes, even I mess up jokes in my other life!

    1. Lucy Grove-Jones Avatar

      When it happens to me, I lean into it and see how bad I can make it.

      1. theprincesswhowasnt Avatar

        Yes stear into the awkward is my motto!

  3. artandroses Avatar

    Haha, I hate when I mess up a joke :O

  4. artandroses Avatar

    Haha, I hate when I forget a joke hald way through saying it :O

    1. Lucy Grove-Jones Avatar

      It is the worst. I tend to give away the punchline thinking it’s part of the build up, and then there’s no saving it.

  5. betunada Avatar

    my (w)hole life is like that. I think.

  6. Laurie Avatar

    I am the worst joke-teller in the world. I forget the punch line half way through!

    1. Lucy Grove-Jones Avatar

      When I mess them up, the punchline is the bit I remember. I just forget it’s the punchline and lead with it instead.

  7. Pistachios Avatar

    Where I work, if you answer the phone like “Hello, Lucy speaking” a particular colleague will reply “Hello Lucy Speaking!” and quite possibly call you “Lucy Speaking” for the remainder of the conversation… I laugh it off, but some people roll their eyes

    1. Lucy Grove-Jones Avatar

      When I was a kid I was terrified of speaking on the phone. I can’t explain, but it was something to do with the fear of saying the wrong thing.

      I lived in very real terror of the situation you are describing.

      1. Pistachios Avatar

        I also used to be terrified of talking on the phone! But where I work, I’m on the phone so much, it’s quite a non-event now

  8. oftheicebox Avatar

    I totally relate to this. Sometimes, the joke I’m about to tell is so funny I start hysterically laughing and my partner can’t understand a word I’m saying. Since I tell jokes firstly for my own enjoyment and only secondly for his, I just laugh it off and say, “Man, sometimes I crack myself up.” Then he laughs and says, “I’m glad your enjoying your own company, dear. Want to try telling me the joke now?” To which, I must respond, “No, I’m good.” Keeps the mystery alive.

    1. Lucy Grove-Jones Avatar

      It’s important to be mysterious.

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