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Thursday, November 12. 2015
I was wondering. Does anybody know how to write jokes any longer? Or more to the point, write humorously? If they're extant, I haven't noticed it. It takes a light touch to write humor, and few seem interested in giving it a try. The best writers would only salt in jokes as foils to a larger humorous situation. Wodehouse had Bertie Wooster, who was impersonating Gussie Fink-Nottle, trying to tell an inappropriate joke at dinner, which is being hosted by a gaggle of grim old sisters, some of whom are hard of hearing.
- There are these three deaf chaps on a train and it stops at Wembley.
In the book this is adapted from, the text is funny because it is a comic situation described in an amusing way. The joke is an excuse to be humorous. It's supposed to be a bad joke, but it really isn't. Twain used the same sort of approach to tell good jokes, but by prefacing them by saying, "This is a bad joke," he had an easier time weaving a humorous narrative around them. The woefully misnamed "situation comedies" have become the modern version of this form of light comedy, but they are usually just a series of blunt jokes barely strung together. Not the same thing.
At any rate, is this Wembley? Time for the links, all supplied with PG Wodehouse quotes to suit:
“...it has been well said that it is precisely these moments when we are feeling that ours is the world and everything that's in it that Fate selects for sneaking up on us with the rock in the stocking.”
"You can't be a successful dictator and design women's underwear. One or the other. Not both."
“In a series of events, all of which had been a bit thick, this, in his opinion, achieved the maximum of thickness.”
“Beggars approached the task of trying to persuade perfect strangers to bear the burden of their maintenance with that optimistic vim which makes all the difference. It was one of those happy mornings.”
“I mean, imagine how some unfortunate Master Criminal would feel, on coming down to do a murder at the old Grange, if he found that not only was Sherlock Holmes putting in the weekend there, but Hercule Poirot, as well."
"Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap restaurant. It is best not to stir them."
“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.”
“As a rule, from what I've observed, the American captain of industry doesn't do anything out of business hours. When he has put the cat out and locked up the office for the night, he just relapses into a state of coma from which he emerges only to start being a captain of industry again.”
“It was one of the dullest speeches I ever heard. The Agee woman told us for three quarters of an hour how she came to write her beastly book, when a simple apology was all that was required.”
Have a lovely practice Friday.
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He missed the joke:
ls this Wembley?, and the other says, "No, it's Thursday."
"I'm thirsty too, let's have a drink."
Oh, I think I am starting to get it. Nicely done, Roger de Hauteville!
And it was a darn good joke.
That was one of my father's favorite jokes. I suppose he picked it up from Wodehouse, or it was in general circulation in that era.
And I'd like to ask, why is it that you are not always with us, Your Majesty?
Re: The Amazing Rube Slowberg Machine
Interesting, but after all that, the ball didn't go into the cup!
Re: 10 Famous Korean War Veterans
It's sad to see what Charlie Rangle was and what he became.
Re: The Case for Buying a Home You Can't Afford
That works fine as long as something unexpected doesn't happen like you or your wife get laid off. Real estate is a high leverage game and leverage always increases risk. Your risk appetite should be higher when you're young, but this doesn't sound like a great idea to me.
I like Wodehouse.
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie played Jeeves and Wooster for 5 seasons back in the early 90s. The dramatizations were better than the books IMO.
Some episodes can be watched on youtube
And they are available on Hulu
The shows were a delight.
DH: hon--how do those new compression socks feel? Do you think they will work for you?
ME: They work fine--make me lightheaded and I feel a little dizzy like I've had too much wine ;-)
ME: Hey DH wanna see what a gal with long compression socks can do in bed?
DH: Geez--that's scary !
I recently visited the battlefield that was the first fighting by US troops in the Korean War.
Within two weeks after the North invaded, as they were rolling a tank column south of Seoul, the US flew in a group of 400 battle virgins from the occupation forces in Japan - Task Force Smith to met the NORKs in the Battle of Osan.
It was a good spot for an ambush but our weapons were grossly inadequate to put a dent in the newest Soviet tanks.
Our men were quickly flanked and we got creamed - decimated in fact. The tanks didn't even stop.
There's a great and appreciative museum at the site now, an hour's subway ride south of Seoul. Highly recommended and a fine tribute to the men who fought to keep South Korea free.