Stands Up to the Test of Time
Or to put it another way, the priceless humor of those old time stand-up comedians pass the test on "what is humor".
No matter how old a joke is, there is always someone who hasn't heard it. For years, whenever we drove past a graveyard I would say, "You know, people are dying to get in there."
My teenage daughter would just roll her eyes. Unless she was in a particularly good mood - then she would grunt as well. What I didn't realize is that in the back of the van sat four very young children that had no idea what I was talking about.
Now, that grunting teenager is grown and married, no longer subjected to my old jokes on a daily basis. But the other day, while driving past the graveyard, I let out with the old gag yet again. This time my nine year old daughter exclaims, "Oh, now I get it!"
Talk about developing a sense of humor - It took her nine years to get that joke! I wonder how long before she rolls her eyes and grunts? Well, I still have a six year old to tutor in the art of priceless jokes and "what is humor".
More Priceless Humor of the Masters
What else would you call Henny Youngman, Jack Benny, Jakie Gleason, George and Gracie and the like? Their one-liners and routines live on and are just as funny today as they ever were.
Here are some "oldies but goodies" one-liners and quotes from those masters of stand up.
- Henny Youngman... "I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back."
- Jakie Gleason... "One of these days, Alice - Pow! Right in the kisser!"
- Jack Benny... "Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air."
- George Burns and Gracie Allen
George... "Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle."
Gracie... "My husband will never chase another woman. He's too fine, too decent, too old."
"I just flew in tonight and boy, are my arms killing me!" I explained this joke to my kids and why I considered it Priceless Humor. They didn't "get" why it was funny - still don't.
Anyway, it happens to be one of Dr. Julia's favorite things to say after arriving in a new city... when traveling or whatnot.
Not everyone appreciates old, priceless jokes (like the tough crowd Dr. J is facing up there), but I think the majority of us love them - and for good reason... they're funny!
Have a Favorite Funny Joke?
Do you have a favorite one-liner that you consider Priceless Humor? Do you bore people with it? Does it amuse you so much that you don't care whether it gets a laugh or not?
Tell us your favorite Priceless Joke, the story behind it, and make sure you tell us who originated it if you can.
PS... If you know who said "I just flew in and boy, are my arms killing me!" please do tell!
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