The Funny for Money Website is no longer in business. The guys had a good idea and actually had some funding. The funny was coming, but the money ran out. I guess they didn't have a way to monetize the site. Stay tuned for a blog post on how to make some coin while you're working on your craft.

So you want to know how write comedy and make some cash? This is a no-brainer. I spent the weekend talking to Ari Ecker and Joe Yakacki, couple of funny entrepreneurs in New York. They’ve started a website called, it’s a new concept that allows you write punchlines and win some cash. I’ve looked in to it and it’s totally legit.

This is how it works:

Each week Funny for Money posts some straight lines, based on the news (sounds like what we do in class right?). You then write some punchlines and record them on your webcam. Upload the lines and people vote on your punchline. If you win, you get $100. Not bad for doing something that you do every week as an exercise in class. You know it and I know it; most of our students could win hands-down!

They’ve gotten some venture capitalists to back them because they believe that they can turn this into a big deal for television or further it on the web. I think it’s a great idea. It’s like Dancing with the Stars meets America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Students are always asking me about how to write comedy and make money. This could be one way to do that. It’s not going to be a ton of money but when the site goes live, the monthly grand prize goes up to $10,000. That could buy some beer, huh? I’m thinking about adding this to the curriculum. Make it a weekly thing. You sign up you record punchlines and we see who wins. So what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE to sign up or you can click their logo. Just tell them Jerry sponsored you.

And that’s one way to learn how to write comedy and make some cash.

Jerry Corley
Jerry Corley

Jerry Corley is a professional comedian of nearly 30 years, working nearly every venue imaginable.

    5 replies to "How To Write Comedy and Make Some Cash"

    • Bishop Lee

      the website funny for money indicate its been change or unavailable. is the website still active.

    • Matt Clements

      So I tried the site and it’s either an elaborate cyber prank I don’t understand how to bypass on my phone, or the site is completely down.

    • Jerry Corley

      Hey Matt, thanks for letting me know! I’ll take this post down. This was a good experiment for the guys who were running it. They had some funding to back it. But I guess they didn’t monetize the site correctly and ran out of money. The post comes down today! And in my next blog I will write about how comedians and comedy writers can make some money while they continue to do their thing!

    • Matt Clements

      Awww that’s too bad. There seems to be such a difference between what they were trying to do and the other options I’ve seen. I’m very interested In anything even vaguely similar.

    • Matt Clements

      Right on thanks for the leads

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