Shortform Explanation: Comedy writer Gene Perret once published a Comedy Writing Workbook and in it he suggests collecting “25 jokes that you think are top drawer.” What follows may not be my absolute favorite jokes but they’re great examples of what makes me laugh; “good, solid jokes that you would have been proud to have written; jokes that you would like in your own comedy act..” Below is the kind of humor I wish I could pull off on stage, and admire the heck out of people who already do without batting an eye. These are purposefully in no particular order. If I ever decide to number them, it’s only to show off whether or not i ever make it to twenty-five.
LEWIS BLACK‘s Gay Banditos
..And these queers… these queers… don their black hoods, and matching pumps, very tasteful..
GEORGE CARLIN‘s Stuff
Have you ever noticed that their stuff is shit and your shit is stuff?
BILL COSBY‘s Noah
Who is this really? What do ya want? I been good! ..am I on candid camera?
BROOKS AND REINER‘s 2000 Year Old Man
Tragedy is I stub my toe. Comedy is you fall in an open manhole and die.
ABBOT AND COSTELLO‘s Who’s On First
Who’s on first. What’s on second. I don’t know’s on third.”
“That’s what I wanna find out!
ELLEN DEGENERES‘s Phone Call To God
..except for fleas..
WHOOPI GOLDBERG‘s Surfer Girl
..there’s water in my body and there’s water in the ocean and we pass water and water passes us..
WENDY LIEBMAN‘s Forty Something
I just turned forty-six. I don’t feel forty-six cuz I’m forty-seven..
HENNY YOUNGMAN‘s Take My Wife Please
Take my wife, Please!
BILL COSBY‘s Brain Damage
Didn’t I just tell you not to do that? She says, Uh-huh! Then why did you do it? I dunno! Brain Damage!
BILL HICKS‘s Positive Drug Story
…and now here’s Tom with the weather!
DYLAN MORAN‘s endless rambling
Granny used to say ‘necks and groins. don’t matter how big they are, everything has a neck and a groin’.
[this project is currently ongoing and in progress. please excuse the mess.]