One of the most challenging parts of making an impact online is coming up with a profound personal bio.
You need to explain to people who you are, what you do, and why you’re worth listening to or following in a few words or sentences.
A bio is a small public summary about you or your business that’s displayed under a profile photo on a website, social media page, or other platforms. In the bio, you can include text, profile handles or hashtags, emojis, contact information, and other details about you or your brand.
Like pretty much everything else, your bio gives people a few seconds to scan through the details and your photos before deciding whether to listen to or even follow your account. If they’re not convinced, they may lose their interest in you or your brand altogether.
Fortunately, you can make some changes to your bio by adding some elements of creativity and fun to it.
Finding it hard to sum up who you are and give people an idea of your personality? We’ve picked out some of the best fun bio examples we could find to give you some inspiration and help you make your own bio fun and engaging.
Ree Drummond, a TV show host and cookbook author, welcomes her website visitors with a brief but exciting bio. The bio paints a picture of who she is, why she’s The Pioneer Woman, and how she started her online business.
Previously, Ree described herself as a desperate housewife who lives in the country and is obsessed with Basset Hounds, butter, and Ethel Merman. She has since changed that to add that she’s resistant to change, started her site on a whim, and 15 years later, she still runs a successful site.
Ree also adds that she will still be around to keep telling stories to her audience about her cute husband, pictures of her dogs, ranch, and everything she’s cooking.
2. Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is a popular and celebrated Hollywood actor who is known for his role in Forrest Gump, Sully, Captain Philips, and The Polar Express. The comedy-drama actor also has a fun yet unique bio on his social media pages, particularly on Twitter.
His bio tells us who he is – an actor – in some movies which we may or may not have liked, and sometimes we meet him in good shape while other times he’s not in good shape.
He finishes with a punchy phrase: Hey, you gotta live, you know?
Hanks’ bio is short, snappy, and punchy, but he gets the point across by telling his audience in less than a minute that he’s a movie actor. It almost makes you start searching for his full profile immediately to find out what he really means.
Mike Davidson describes himself as a product design leader with more than two decades of experience leading diverse design teams. Davidson worked with top brands including Twitter, Disney, NBC, and ESPN, building and leading design and research teams.
Besides people management, Davidson stays current in his craft by writing code and pushing pixels when called for, which is essential to his design successes.
Currently, Mike is with InVision, a company that’s dedicated to furthering the influence of design. Here, he works on some things like product integrations, community engagement, high-level recruiting, and corporate development.
In his bio, Mike says that he’s been “breaking grids and all sorts of other things since the 70s,” and adds his past credentials as VP of Design at Twitter, previously at NBCNews, Newsvine, Disney, and ESPN.
This is a great example of a professional bio in a lighter vein.
4. Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah is the most successful South African comedian and host of the Emmy award-winning show – The Daily Show. Noah, who is also an Emmy nominee, producer, writer, popular actor, and famous political commentator, serves audiences across the world with satire in his American news program on Comedy Central.
To add to the comedy, Noah also has a hilarious bio on his social media pages, where he says he “was in the crowd when Rafiki held Simba” (you’d recall from the movie The Lion King). Noah adds that he’s “like an African Michael Jackson.”
Janet Evanovich is a New York Times bestselling author famed for her Stephanie Plum series of books. Evanovich writes funny novels in addition to the Plum novels and co-authored the Fox and O’Hare, Lizzy and Diesel, Knight and Moon, and the Alexandra Barnaby series of novels.
Her author website includes all the books she’s ever written and how you can get them. But perhaps what particularly stands out is her author bio, which you can find on the About section of her website.
In her bio, Evanovich shares her birthday, where she’s from, the first novel that made the NY Times list, the first novel she published, her pet, and her favorite food – the Tastykake. She also shares that she loves sliced green olives and her main hobby has always been writing.
6. James Corden
James Corden is a British comic actor, TV personality, and writer known for his self-deprecating humor and likability. Corden is currently the host of The Late Late Show on CBS television and spreads his humor across his social media pages if his bio is anything to go by.
On Twitter, you’ll find a fun bio that is amusingly real and unpretentious. It reads: Sometimes it’s James, sometimes it’s the late show digital team.
7. Dave Barry
Since he discovered that professional humor was much easier than going to work, Dave Barry has been a professional humorist.
He also wrote a newspaper column for many years, won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, and is responsible for the annual movement to observe the International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Barry is also an author of over 30 books including Insane City, Tricky Business, and two other books that formed the basis for Dave’s World, a CBS sitcom.
In his bio, Barry reflects lots of humor while amusing his readers. He begins by mentioning his professional humor achievements and then goes on to say he lives in Miami with his family and a dog that’s determined to urinate on every square inch of North America.
Anthony describes himself as a Travel Tart or travel addict, a name his friends have called him for many years. In his blog, Anthony promises funny pieces about exploring the world so that it’s not too serious.
The travel blogger created the site so he can yak about the offbeat or unusual and funny travel tips – not the most up-to-date travel information on the web.
In his bio, Anthony says that his blog doesn’t take itself too seriously, because travel wasn’t meant to be a smorgasbord of bikini poses and buff shirtless pics, but fun.
Anthony goes on to say that he really doesn’t care if he’s mistaken for someone who gives a “hoot” because he’s a long-term cancer survivor who really “shouldn’t still be around”.
Katie also has a fun bio on her recipe blog, which is about all things chocolate. She describes herself as a girl who eats chocolate every day and sometimes for breakfast, she eats cake.
She started her small food blog for fun, but suddenly it skyrocketed in popularity and quickly became the number one source for comfort food recipes and healthy desserts. In fact, her blog is ranked among the best 25 cooking sites on the web with a whopping eight million monthly viewers.
Katie has also posted on her bio how different magazines have described her including phrases like the queen of healthy desserts and the next Nigella Lawson.
She’s been featured by The Today Show, USA Today, CNN, Time, MSN, People, Cooking Light, and other sites. Her brief bio lists some of these sites and magazines, and she adds that she believes in eating dessert every single day.
10. Nom Nom Paleo
Like other bloggers on this list, Michelle Tam started out with her passion, which she says borders on obsession – food. In her bio, Michelle says she always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen and as a kid, she was her mom’s little shadow as she prepared dinner each night.
From her cooking experience with her mom, Michelle got an abiding yet deep love for transforming pantry items into tantalizing meals for the family.
Initially, she wanted to be a flavor scientist and create Frankenfoods (lab-concocted) for a living from her university days at Berkeley where she majored in Nutrition & Food Science.
Her great love for food remained and blossomed, but she also met her husband, whom she calls her co-conspirator, and together they blew their student loan checks on lavish meals.
Michelle also pokes fun at her life after having kids, whom she refers to as Big-O and Lil-O, her fitness regime after taking notice of the “muffin-top poking out of her waistband”. All these led to their paleo diet, which was first discovered by her husband, and they grew a business out of it.
11. Mike Trainor
Mike Trainor is a writer, producer, and stand-up comedian. He’s famed for The Howard Stern Show, World’s Dumbest, and KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid.
Trainor’s career started at radio and TV news stations, after which he became a writer and producer. His ideas and humor have also featured on College Humor and Maxim.
He also published Giant in 2010, Fat Things: They Might Not Make You Fat, and succeeded Ted Jessup as Meetinghouse Productions Inc’s creative consultant.
In his bio, Trainor extends his humor by saying, “He who smelt it/dealt it. Hey now.” This shows self-deprecation, as it alludes to the fact that one of his shows still airs somehow despite the challenges.
UberFacts is an online platform that describes its content as “the most unimportant things you’ll never need to know.”
This is a pretty accurate description of the content you’ll find on their website and social media platforms since it was launched in 2009. You’ll find random facts on different kinds of topics from the invention that has done more harm than good to the number of janitors in the US with PhDs.
You get to fill your brain with seemingly irrelevant and useless information every day, but the site is still useful especially when playing games like trivia night or trivia crack.
13. Nelson Franklin
Nelson Franklin is an actor renowned for his roles on New Girl, Veep, and The Office. The accomplished actor is noted for his comedic timing in TV shows based on his many roles and has also appeared in dramatic movies such as Jobs, Argo, and Hello Ladies.
His bios are different on social media, but fun nonetheless.
For instance, on Twitter, he says “unfortunately, I don’t check Twitter anymore. You know, because of the horrifying wasteland of bullshit. You can find me on Instagram.”
If you go to his Instagram profile, his bio reads: The reason I’m verified is that I’m an actor. I’m taking a break from cameo for a little while because I have a newborn son. I’ll be back soon!
Franklin’s bio sparks imagination in his followers but it also stands the test of time no matter what he becomes in life.
14. Sixth Form Poet
The Sixth Form Poet started out as a mysterious figure in 2011, whose Twitter following grew to over 50,000 thanks to his pun-laden, witty, and offbeat observations on modern life.
The page, which is run by Tom McLaughlin, brings to life a collection of pithy one-liners, quirky illustrations, and whimsical poems as he takes his audience through his world.
His rise has been meteoric and has since seen him get voted as one of the funniest Twitter citizens at The Poke Awards.
McLaughlin’s social media bios are also just as interesting. He started out with “it would be so cool if I had lots of fans” and today, his bio reads, “Please buy my book, I owe people money.”
Shelby Fero is a performer, writer, and comedian who began her career by contributing to Funny or Die, Cracked, and Rookie Magazine among other humor sites while still in high school.
So far, Shelby has over 100,000 followers on Twitter, and she continues to regularly write and perform while entertaining her followers online.
She has written for and appeared in various live shows and television shows including Robot Chicken on Adult Swim, Midnight on Comedy Central, and Girl Code on MTV.
Her social media bios are just as funny and interesting as her personality.
On Twitter, her bio brings out her tasteful self-deprecating humor and it reads: Fine, I’ll teach America to laugh again!! They/them. Instead of a website, Shelby also added a direct link to a Google search about her.
Arby’s is a fast-food brand whose purpose is to inspire smiles by providing delightful experiences. The company delivers on its purpose through the provision of high-quality, innovative proteins, celebrating the art of Meatcraft and crave-able sides like Jamocha shakes and curly fries.
Their fast-crafted restaurant offerings feature quality, made-for-you care blended with quick-serve speed.
Their online bios reflect their craft and quality services as you’ll see on its Twitter bio, which reads: We have the Tweets. We’re here to help. Before that, the bio read: We have the meat, but replacing meat with Tweets is an excellent reminder of their slogan while joking about the platform they’re on.
17. Sara Rubin
Sara Rubin is a former Buzzfeed video producer, visual artist, writer, and filmmaker. As an overall uniquely creative individual, Sara started out as an intern at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Ghost Robot Productions.
She worked full-time for Buzzfeed from internship to executive video producer, so she’s familiar with creative and digital media productions. Sara is responsible for the many videos you see on Buzzfeed that also circulate around social media.
Her bios reflect her wit, whimsical and lovable character, confidence, and out-of-the-box ideas. For instance, on Twitter, she describes herself as “she/her illustrator – Formerly @buzzfeed – i love giant monsters//youtu.be/xe95sn0cN3k.”
Not to mention, she’s hilariously awkward and imaginative while adding a touch of fantasy that gives her fans a breather from the more serious bios on social media.
18. John Cleese
John Cleese is a British comic actor renowned for his TV work on Fawlty Towers and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Cleese performed and wrote in comedy revues before becoming famous and working at BBC Radio.
The actor is known for turning slow burn into high comic art and writing episodes that have been hugely popular and cult favorites in the UK and US. Cleese also won character parts in multiple movies, with leading roles in several comedies and best-known films.
He also does voice work in animations and has an incredibly humorous bio on his social media pages. On Twitter, Cleese’s bio reads “Trainee hermit, & keen amateur squirrel trainer.”
19. Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes is a writer and producer best known for Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. The self-proclaimed Hollywood showrunner is among the highest-paid and has made history as one of the first ones to ink a lucrative multi-million dollar deal with Netflix.
Rhimes is known for her interesting themes and plotlines, and has a funny quip in her bio on social media, which reads: “What will you do instead? Whatever I want.”
20. Aparna Nancherla
In her bio, Aparna Nancherla describes herself as a “general silly billy comedian with an existential, absurd and dry sense of humor” and notes of whimsy or fanciful behavior. She acts as Grace in Corporate, a Comedy Central show, or you can hear her as the voice of Hollyhock on Bojack Horseman.
Aparna also has half-hour specials on Netflix and appearances on CBS’s Late Night with Stephen Colbert, HBO, and other acting credits.
She’s also been named one of the 50 funniest people, was in a Super Bowl commercial, and has released albums too.
Her Twitter bio has some silly twists to it, from her name to her short bio, where she describes herself as a “scrunched up napkin with recyclable dreams.” She also notes that she’s “mostly here to feel bad”, and that in some cultures she’s referred to as a comedian and a total drag in others.
Not Mark Zuckerberg is a profile run on Twitter that’s in no way related to or associated with the real Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. The person (@afterthatsummer) just tweets as if they were Zuck, and is pretty funny.
The bio reads: “My story is everyone’s story: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy makes social network, girl and 1 billion others join social network.”
Whether it’s your website or social media profiles, a bio can help elevate your profile online, along with your professional and personal goals.
There’s no harm poking extra fun through your bio, and you can always reinvent them however you want.
These examples show the possibility of being fun and self-deprecating on your bio as long as it syncs with your personal and professional brand.
Tom loves to write on technology, e-commerce & internet marketing. I started my first e-commerce company in college, designing and selling t-shirts for my campus bar crawl using print-on-demand. Having successfully established multiple 6 & 7-figure e-commerce businesses (in women’s fashion and hiking gear), I think I can share a tip or 2 to help you succeed.