What About Us?
Hi! My name is Ron Kanfi, and I am the Cardologist around here. Welcome to NobleWorks; the world’s funniest greeting card company and naughty funny cards. I'm guessing you’re here because you either have a wicked sense of humor, or because you landed on this page by accident. Either way is fine by me, just as long as you enjoy and buy NobleWorks’ funny cards.
As the story goes, NobleWorks is a wholesale card company and was launched back in 1980 by my then good friends Christopher Noble, a house painter, and Jay Purvis, art director for Conde Nast's Vanity Fair and GQ Magazines. They started the company in Chris's kitchen with a grand budget of $400 in small bills – borrowed from Chris's mom (yes, she was reimbursed!). The initial line of 12 cards was more artsy-fart-sy than funny or naughty, and the cards NobleWorks published were hand-painted with Christopher’s leftover latex flat house paint. At that time, the only thing raunchy about NobleWorks was the location of its headquarters, which was in the now ultra-fashionable Meatpacking District of NYC (which, back then, was a deliciously seedy section of slaughterhouses, sex and transsexual hookers).
Despite the wretched smell and the lurking opportunities for being mugged (best case scenario) on my way to hand painting greeting cards, I decided to join the company in 1983. I became a legitimate greeting card publisher myself once I became a partner in 1986. Thereafter I became NobleWorks' president, owner and creative director in 2001 after we lost Chris Noble to AIDS.
Today, NobleWorks also known as "The Humor Company" – a boutique humor card wholesaler, publisher, online retailer and an industry leader striving to leave what we think is a hilarious mark on otherwise often sad world through our unique hilarious cards and humorous funny greetings. We currently publish more than 3,000 humor occasions cards
and holiday humor card
designs, ranging from fun, slightly silly humor to hilarious and often somewhat risqué.
Political humor, religion and current events are among the themes to which NobleWorks gives a sick, provocative and sometimes controversial spin. In fact, our other slogan is "Dare to Laugh." I can only imagine folks and friends, who receive or read our cards, can help but wonder as to whether ‘laughing’ is the appropriate thing to do. But as our moto goes: "Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke!" (did I mention we love using the F word wherever possible? Fuck yeah!
All of our cards are printed on-demand (which means that card isn’t printed until someone demands it) using recycled paper made from responsible source and managed forest– so we're green as well as funny! Today, we're located in New Jersey – although, nowhere close to the Shore (no Jersey jokes, please), and proudly print all our funny cards domestically in the United States (New Jersey in fact).
In addition to producing greeting cards, I've also written two humor books published by Running Press: "Saint Misbehavin': Modern-Day Saints You've Never Heard Of
" based on our humorous card line of Patron Saints
and "Life Is Like a Box of Dirty Diapers
– And Other Twisted Truisms." Based on our hilarious greeting cards.
Both books are available for a measly $9.95 on Amazon, in case you're itching to buy one.)
Of course there is no way I could do it all myself and though I’d like to take all the credit you must have guessed that there are some terrific folks actually doing the important part of making the company run – a few of them have been hanging out with me here for more than 15 years for some odd reason. And, of course, we also have quite a few fantastic artists. Although we're just a tiny little wholesale card company
, we've got a big sense of humor and we're big on keeping our retail and wholesale customers happy and laughing!
No matter how the world around us changes, humor will always provide great relief and healing. In fact, I'm convinced that the worse things get, the more we need a good laugh. I believe it has been scientifically proven that laughter releases endorphins in the brain. A good laugh does more than just make you feel better – it can actually help change your perspective. I'm living proof: I've been living with multiple sclerosis for two decades. I don't know how the hell I could have gotten through the day without laughing. I often remind myself that if something terrible now can eventually be a funny memory in the future, then it must be funny now, too, and so it really can’t be all that bad. With so many awful things on the news every day, humor keeps the world a bright and happy place for me. So, I've surrounded myself with humor and good laughs running this company. Funny, but it keeps me going strong!
If laughing doesn't improve your mood, restore your energy and help you feel less alone in the world, then just remember that a good laugh is the second most fun way (after sex) to burn unwanted calories. We know it works, you skinny bitches! We’ve lived and breathed (and ate) it for the past 30-plus years, and we’re determined to spread it around. So, welcome to NobleWorks. And please – consider yourself warned – you’re about to peruse some of the best greeting card humor known to man, if I say so myself. Remember we put the funny in Funnytastic!
Ron Kanfi should this be placed on top of page?