How to Create a Funny Voicemail Greeting

By Kay FleuryUpdated on March 9, 2022

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Are you someone who loves a good prank? Want to get a laugh out of your friends when they try to call you? If you don’t care about your voicemail message sounding professional, recording a funny outgoing message can be pretty amusing. In this article, we’ll talk about:

  1. Our favorite funny voicemails
  2. Teach you how to create your own
  3. Share the best sites where you can download voicemail recordings

First off, let’s get into some examples of funny voicemail greetings you can use as inspiration to create your own.

5 hilarious voicemail greeting message ideas

1. Sing your greeting with music

A classic funny voicemail greeting is that from George on the sitcom Seinfeld. Along with instrumental music, he sings “Believe It or Not,” the theme song from The Greatest American Hero: “Believe it or not George isn’t at home, please leave a message. I must be out, or I’d pick up the phone. Where could I be? Believe it or not, I’m not home.” Check out a video clip of it here. You could come up with a funny spin on this and say or sing your greeting with music. Covering any popular song and customizing it can be hilarious. Check out Ross from the TV show Friends here.

2. Make your friends think you’re on the phone with them

Pretend to answer the phone. Start your recording by saying “hello?” as if you just answered the phone. Then continue as if you’re having a conversation or listening to what they’re saying. Say things like “yes,” or “mhmm,” to make them think you’re still there. Finish it off with something like “just kidding, I’m not really here. Leave a message.”

3. Pretend to ignore their call

Jokingly make it sound like you’re purposely ignoring their call – “If you’re hearing this it’s probably because I didn’t feel like answering your call. You can leave a message and I may or may not call you back.”

4. Create a rhyming greeting

Come up with a fun rhyme. You can use one of the classics, like “roses are red, violets are blue…” or be creative and make your own. You could even turn your rhyme into a rap!

5. Bring your voicemail greeting to life

Personify your answering machine. You can really have fun with this one. Say something like “Hi, this is _____’s answering machine. He/she isn’t able to answer the phone right now, but I’m always here to listen.”

Those are a few great ideas to get you started. If you don’t want to use one of our ideas, you can always get creative and come up with your own. When creating a funny voicemail message, what should you include?

What makes for a good prank voicemail

1. Use this opportunity to show off your personality and sense of humor.

Making a prank voicemail greeting is a great way to showcase your sense of humor to your friends and family. If you create something you think is hilarious, other people probably will too!

2. Get creative with it! Come up with something new and unique.

If you use a joke everyone has heard before, it won’t seem as funny to them. Coming up with something personalized or unique will allow people to see how witty and creative you can be.

3. Add in a reference to one of your favorite movies or TV shows.

Love watching sitcoms or comedy movies? Throw in a funny line or other reference to one of your favorite movies or TV series. If your friends and family have seen it too, they’ll probably find your reference as hilarious as you do!

4. Get to the punch line sooner than later.

If you carry the prank on too long, it can start to lose its funniness. Try not to string them along for too long of a period of time, otherwise they won’t think it’s funny by the time your message finishes playing – and especially won’t think it’s funny if they have to listen to it when they call you all the time.

That’s all you need to make for the best funny voicemail greeting. If you’d rather download an audio clip from the Internet to use for your greeting instead of making your own, here are a few websites with voicemail downloads that you can try out!

4 great sites with voicemail downloads

1. Soundboard

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Soundboard is a website with tons of different types of audio recordings available for download. Under their Prank Calls category, you can find a section called “Answering Machine Funnies.” Here you can find a bunch of different funny voicemail messages you can download and use for yourself. Each track does cost $0.99 to download (or $4.99 for all of them), but they’re pretty funny, so we’d say it’s worth it!

2. YouMail

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YouMail has a huge selection of voicemail greetings on their site. Everything from music clips to fake commercials, and other funny options. Check out the Funny category to browse over 1000 different recordings you can download for free!

3. SillyHumor


SillyHumor has lots of funny things on their website, from silly videos to jokes. They also have a section of funny voicemail greetings, that allows users to listen to and download them. SillyHumor doesn’t have as big of a selection as some of the other sites we’ve mentioned, but it’s completely free to use!

4. AhaJokes

AhaJokes is similar to SillyHumor. It has jokes, cartoons, funny pictures and videos. On one of their pages, they have over 250 hilarious answering machine message ideas. They are categorized by different themes, like “machine related” and “fun with the family.” Simply click on one of the numbered messages to access a script for that idea. You can use one of these ideas to record your own voicemail greeting.

Those are our favorite sites to find amusing voicemail downloads. Have you tried any of them? Do you have another favorite voicemail downloading site that we should add to this article? If so, leave us a comment and let us know!

And that’s our rundown on what makes for a funny voicemail greeting. Whether you’re downloading a recording or creating something new and unique, we hope this helps you and your friends have a good laugh! If you’re looking to record a more professional voicemail greeting, check out this article to learn how.