Example of Spoof Text in Funny Story: Job in the Zoo

I always feel excited when reading a spoof text. It is one of lessons of English text types. The story often ends in unpredictable event or situation. This makes the story funny. In this way, we often call an example of spoof text as a funny story. Indeed it can not be wrong if we have an understanding of spoof as funny story. However relating text types as new approach for learning English, understanding a spoof text should cover the generic structure. We need to know how the writer organizes his paragraphs in expressing his idea and message through the story.
How a spoof text is organized? When a writer composes a spoof text, conventionally he will make the structure of his writing as follow:
1. Orientation: It introduces the participants of the story
2. Series of event: What happens to the participants. The plot of story is determined by the action, event and situation dealing the participant. Commonly the happenings will be sorted in chronological order
3. Twist: How the story is ended. This is the main element of what we call a spoof text. In this end of the story, a spoof must be finished with an unpredictable thing. That make readers feel that the story is funny. Now lets see the following example of spoof text!
The Zoo Job Story
Funny spoof text with twist  - Zoo Job
One day a clown was visiting the zoo and attempted to earn some money by making a street performance. He acted and mimed perfectly some animal acts. As soon as he started to drive a crowd, a zoo keeper grabbed him and dragged him into his office. The zoo keeper explained to the clown that the zoo’s most popular gorilla had died suddenly and the keeper was fear that attendance at the zoo would fall off. So he offered the clown a job to dress up as the gorilla until the zoo could get another one. The clown accepted this great opportunity.
So the next morning the clown put on the gorilla suit and entered the cage before the crowd came. He felt that it was a great job. He could sleep all he wanted, played and made fun of people and he drove bigger crowds than he ever did as a clown. He pretended the gorilla successfully.
However, eventually the crowds were tired of him for just swinging on tires. He began to notice that the people were paying more attention to the lion in the next cage. Not wanting to lose the attention of his audience, he decided to make a spectacular performance. He climbed to the top of his cage, crawled across a partition, and dangled from the top to the lion’s cage. Of course, this made the lion furious, but the crowd people loved it.
At the end of the day the zoo keeper came and gave him a raise for being such a good attraction. Well, this went on for some time, he kept taunting the lion, the audience crowd grew a larger, and his salary kept going up. Then one terrible day happened. When he was dangling over the furious lion, he slipped and fell into the lion cage. The clown was really in big terrible situation. He was terrified.
Sooner the lion gathered itself and prepared to pounce. The clown was so scared. He could do nothing and he began to run round and round the cage with the lion close and closer behind. Finally, the lion could catch him. The clown started screaming and yelling, “Help me, help me!”, but the lion was quick and pounces. The clown soon found himself flat on his back looking up at the angry lion and suddenly he heard a voice from the lion’s mouth;”Shut up you idiot! Do you want to get us both fired?”.

(Re-written and simplified from www.onlyfunnystories.com)

A good reader of text types approach in learning English should reach and analyze the schematic structure. In short, we have to be able to answer what is the participants, what events are dealing with the participants and what twist in the story. If we can answer such questions for above story, we have understood about spoof text.

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